Reading, U.K.--Turner Entertainment Networks, part of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System, has purchased and installed a Pro-Bel automation system for TNT in HD, its new HD channel. In May of this year, TNT in HD joined the ever-growing number of HD channels available to U.S. audiences. It is Turner's first foray into HD.
Turner chose Pro-Bel automation to control TNT in HD's ingest and on-air playout. "Turner Entertainment Networks has been using Pro-Bel automation to support 18 entertainment services directed at North and South America," said Jack Gary, director, broadcast projects and integration engineering with Turner Entertainment Networks. "All but one of these services runs parallel chains of automation. If one fails, we are able to immediately switch to another."
Turner has also installed Pro-Bel automation technology in its test facility--one parallel chain--and in its training area--four parallel chains--for a total of 45 automation-controlled program paths. "When the time came to install automation for TNT in HD," said Gary, "We decided to use Pro-Bel automation to support a further two chains. It was important to us that we have consistency in our systems."
The new automation was installed by systems integrator Azcar in conjunction with the Turner engineering team and Pro-Bel's on-site engineer.
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