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Television Jamaica Taps Comark for NextGen TV Launch

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SOUTHWICK, Mass.—Television Jamaica (TV) recently launched NextGen TV on the island with a fully integrated ATSC 3.0 solution from Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark. Jamaica is the third country to launch ATSC 3.0 after S. Korea and the United States.

In advance of the launch, Comark delivered an E-Compact air-cooled UHF transmitter system along with a Dielectric  Communications panel array transmit antenna for the initial over-the-air service in Kingston. The E Compact transmitter family features asymmetric broadband Doherty amplifier technology for  maximum power efficiency. The E-Compact product line also features the EXACT-V2 IP Optimized  DTV exciter that is fully compatible with ATSC 3.0. Comark has deployed hundreds of E-Compact  transmitter solutions around the world. 

Comark Digital Services (CDS) provided the end-to-end “IP-enabled” workflow of ATSC 3.0 headend  equipment. The CDS solution features the ATEME TITAN Live software-based encoding solution,  which is configured with 4x HEVC encoded video services. Since the system is server based,  additional encoding licenses can be added should more capacity be needed at any time in the future.  The solution also includes Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder with  NextGen TV signaling, NRT*1, and ROUTE*2 encoding capabilities. Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 

Broadcast Gateway system simplifies the implementation and management of revenue-enhancing  ATSC 3.0 services for Television Jamaica. Finally, Television Jamaica is using Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Analyzer for ATSC 3.0 testing and monitoring. CDS provided equipment  integration, service level agreement, remote installation, and training services to the TVJ staff. 

“TVJ came to COMARK in late November and questioned if we could deploy a complete ATSC 3.0  solution with an on-air deadline of Jan. 31, 2022,” said Joe Turbolski, VP of Sales and Marketing  at Comark. “We prepared the UHF transmitter and worked with our partners to line up the  necessary equipment to make this happen. Using CDS, which was re-launched in 2018 to assist  customers with the migration to NextGen TV, we continue to provide market-leading solutions with  best-of-breed technology and system expertise for ATSC 3.0 projects.” 

“We are proud to be part of a history making event in Jamaica by being the first local FTA station to  be broadcasting in HD using the ATSC 3.0 technology and COMARK’s quick response to a very tight  deadline was very instrumental in making this happen,” Turbolski added.  

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.