PRESS ARCHIVE

October 2014

Pacific Television Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of new playout systems for Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files in its Los Angeles and New York locations

 

October 2013

PacTV New York Improves Disaster Recovery Capabilities Hurricane Sandy Prompts Facility to Adopt Best Practices and Enhance Infrastructure 
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May 2013

PacTV Increases Conversion Capabilities With 3 New For-A UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converters

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Pacific Television Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of new playout systems for Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files in its Los Angeles and New York locations.

Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, is pleased to announce the acquisition of new playout systems for Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files in its Los Angeles and

New York locations. These increased capabilities come by way of Ki Pro hardware from AJA, an industry pioneer in ProRes recording and playback.

With these new Ki Pro units, Pacific Television Center expands its ability to record and play footage of all four varieties of ProRes and DNxHD at a variety of resolutions and with an assortment of audio configurations. All customers need do is provide a KiStor module, and records and playouts become a breeze. KiStor modules are especially useful for those customers interested in recurring, long running records or playbacks, or very high quality records or playbacks.

Customers are already employing these units regularly for satellite media tours, and they are emininently qualified for sporting events as well. Additionally, due to the network connectivity of its Ki Pro units, PacTV is also able to transmit and receive ProRes and DNxHD files from over the internet, providing their valued customers with even greater flexibility regarding the handling of their content.

February 2013

Pacific Television Center Launches 24/7 Virtual Hub in Washington, D.C.

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PacTV New York Improves Disaster Recovery Capabilities

Hurricane Sandy Prompts Facility to Adopt Best Practices and Enhance Infrastructure

NEW YORK CITY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 ─ It’s been nearly one year since Hurricane Sandy rocked the east coast, leaving thousands of residents without power and access to the various broadcasting channels they have come to rely on for information. The New York City location of Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, was no exception. The broadcasting center wrestled with limited power, fuel and resources while facing many additional obstacles. Inspired by this event, PacTV created a Disaster Recovery Best Practices Team with the goal of future-proofing it’s engineering, communications and facilities, based on its experiences with Sandy.

 

First, the PacTV team took a closer look at its generator and backup power systems. After performing extensive research and experiencing additional after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, the team concluded that PacTV New York, working in conjunction with its Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS infrastructure, needed its power source to provide a seamless transition in the event of situations similar to that of Sandy, as well as to those unpredictable occurrences from its utility provider. With this in mind, the team chose to install a natural gas power unit that, while providing a quiet source of electricity, would be clean-burning and a continuous fuel choice regardless of road conditions in the city. Also, while keeping with PacTV New York’s transmission facility and studio service requirements, they also chose a unit that would provide efficient performance in the event that utility services were absent for an extended period of time, such as the case with Hurricane Sandy.

 

As PacTV constantly works with incoming feeds via satellite and its proprietary global fiber network, the UFM-30FRC’s built-in frame synchronizer is an important tool. The frame sync clears up any drops in incoming signals that have the potential to cause issues in signal conversion and distribution.

 

In addition to the facility’s power needs, its network controls were also a topic for improvement. “Since we’re the only branch that isn’t 24/7, we needed a network that can still access our local connectivity at all times,” says Vinnie Nguyen, branch manager, PacTV New York.

 


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Because of this challenge, the PacTV New York’s N.Y. HUB was designed using Grass Valley routers that are set up for remote access, allowing it to be controlled from PacTV Los Angeles. This allows PacTV New York to stay virtually operational 24/7 without having to worry about staff members traveling to the facility during off-hours or under difficult weather conditions. Due to its efficiency, PacTV’s Washington D.C. HUB was built with the same idea in mind and integrated into the PacTV Network.

 

The team also needed to find alternate paths for future transmissions and those in progress, such as third party connectivity lines, and pinpointing points of the network that could become the vulnerable piece of the puzzle. “PacTV New York is one of the few broadcast facilities connected to all the major video hubs in New York (The Switch, Encompass, Azzurro, Vyvx and Zayo),” explains Nguyen. “If a feed can’t physically get into our building because of a natural disaster, we now have alternative access points into our network.

 

Communication was also a serious challenge throughout the storm for PacTV. In order to improve this, the company chose a new phone system that has the ability to manage communications from any PacTV facility. That way, the PacTV teams in Los Angeles, London and New York can help each other in times of need. In addition, the company’s new cloud-based email system and a new remote access to the Scheduall bookings system, allows operators and bookings to communicate off-site.

 

“We have used our lessons from Sandy to strengthen our network and facilities,” says George Lopez, vice-president of operations, PacTV. “It served as a great example to the extent our staff is willing to go in order to provide our clients with flawless service no matter what the challenge. They can feel confident moving forward that PacTV will continue to be one of the most prepared broadcast facilities in the world.”

 

Overall, these lessons have enabled PacTV to further implement enhancements that are all part of PacTV’s company-wide commitment to provide its clients with the best service possible no matter what the challenge.


PacTV is using the UFM-30FRC’s built-in frame synchronizer to clear up any drops in incoming signals.

PacTV Increases Conversion Capabilities With 3 New For-A UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converters

Global transmission and live broadcast production service provider Pacific Television Center (PacTV) is relying on theFOR-A UFM-30FRC HD/SD frame rate converter to minimize the need for additional processing gear.

 

PacTV owns three UFM-30FRC units and has been using its up/down/crossconverting capabilities for wide-ranging format conversions to transmit feeds around the world.

 

As PacTV constantly works with incoming feeds via satellite and its proprietary global fiber network, the UFM-30FRC’s built-in frame synchronizer is an important tool. The frame sync clears up any drops in incoming signals that have the potential to cause issues in signal conversion and distribution.

 

 

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Both the frame sync and any format in/out functions of the UFM-30FRC reduce the amount of processing gear required and simplifies PacTV’s conversions of various standards. Another feature of the UFM-30FRC that makes production simpler for PacTV operators is the Web graphical user interface (GUI), which affords them quick, easy setup and control from any of its three facilities.

 

PacTV has used FOR-A’s UFM-30FRC for numerous international sports broadcasts, including boxing, tennis, golf, wrestling, racecar driving and martial arts events, as well as live news production. The UFM-30FRC is part of FOR-A’s UFM Modular product series and can be installed into a FOR-A UFM universal frame.

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2013

Pacific Television Center Launches 24/7 Virtual Hub in Washington, D.C.

Enhanced HD Pathway Enables PacTV to Directly Manage Customer Content

WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 04, 2013 ─ Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, is pleased to announce the completion of its new 24/7 virtual MCR in Washington D.C. An enhancement of PacTV’s existing network in Washington D.C., this hub includes a new dark fiber network within the city and increased long haul fiber capacity (OC12) for HD/SD access to PacTV’s entire portfolio of global resources.

 

"We can now offer our clients a fully managed end-to-end solution in Washington, DC,” says Nick Castaneda, V.P. Development, PacTV. “Our clients based in and around Washington, D.C. come to us for a variety of services. This gives us the capability to deliver all of their content in a more eloquent manner. And given the current demand for news and political coverage around the world, this move further solidifies our global footprint.."



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The new hub utilizes the latest dark fiber technology. This enables clients including, C-SPAN, ITN and AuBC to have local uncompressed HD connectivity. This technology provides PacTV extensive flexibility in serving the D.C. market now and into the future.

 

In addition, PacTV has increased the long haul capacity to D.C. to an OC12 so it can now utilize JPEG 2000 compression for visually lossless delivery of HD/SD content. Customers can now receive reliable and fast point-to-point access to global news and media at an affordable price point.

 

“By expanding our connectivity to an OC12, we can provide more HD-capable streams via a point-to-point circuit that is instant—no stops, no delays—just immediate access to the newsworthy and timely content our clients are seeking,” adds Michael Barnes, engineer, PacTV New York. “In essence, we have built a virtual hub in D.C. that can be controlled by our facilities in New York, Los Angeles and London.”

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