QuStream Routers Selected for New HD Mobile Units

Crosscreek Television Productions, Game Creek Video and Token Creek Mobile Television have purchased QuStream Corp. products for their latest high-definition broadcast trucks. These new mobile broadcast facilities will feature recent additions to the QuStream product line, including Cheetah 288x576 routers, DRS audio routers, and Integrity series signal processing systems.

"We wanted a rugged, road-ready router that provided standard-sized BNC connectors and internal power supplies in a compact form. The QuStream product offered the smallest router with the most functionality," said Butch Mueller, director of engineering for Crosscreek Television Productions.

The Cheetah 288x576 provides a large number of outputs to handle large monitor walls for broadcast and mobile applications, or applications that feed a large number of devices concurrently, in only 18 RU. The Cheetah routers use standard-size BNC connectors, internal redundant power, redundant frame and system controllers, and have the ability to mix copper, fiber and CWDM fiber all in the same frame.

"The DRS audio router gives us the ability to place the frames where they are needed most," said Paul Bonar, vice president of engineering for Game Creek Video.

The Cheetah DRS multiformat audio router uses patent-pending distribution technology to route audio over Gigabit Ethernet with either a single CAT-5 or Fiber cable allowing multiframe connectivity between "A" and "B" units. They can create a distributed routing system scalable from 64x64 up to 2048x2048. Format flexibility in the Cheetah DRS allows a mix of AES and analog, and synchronous and asynchronous audio, with support for Dolby-E.

Crosscreek Television Productions, a remote television production company based in Alabaster, Ala., currently operates six production trucks and three B units. Game Creek Video, located in Hudson, N.H., was founded in 1993. Game Creek Video's customers include ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC and many others. Token Creek mobile production units have been at work since 1992 in sports stadiums, arenas, golf courses and corporate venues from coast to coast. Token Creek said it will launch its first HD mobile production unit in September.