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Fighting Sioux Add IP for Broadcast

University of North Dakota goes with Barix and StreamGuys

The University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux Radio Network has installed an IP network for distribution of its football and hockey game broadcasts.

Part of the move are Barix hardware encoders and protocols along with StreamGuys networking technology and hardware. Flagship station KQHT(FM) in Grand Forks, N.D., uses a Barix Extreamer 1000 to encode the audio and put it onto the StreamGuys IP Internet-based streaming network.

The 12 Fighting Sioux Radio Network affiliates in North Dakota and Minnesota use Extreamer 1000s to decode the audio.

Jeremy Eisenzimmer, IT director and network engineer for regional broadcaster Lake Region RadioWorks, was the contractor and has used the Barix-StreamGuys combo in other jobs. Quoted in the companies’ announcement, he cited the Barix devices’ built-in closures that enable automated functions for unmanned facilities, delivering relay signals to trigger stop-sets, legal IDs, liners and other elements from studio automation systems. “StreamGuys provides the bandwidth, low-latency delivery and turnkey network development and support we need to keep the network running smoothly.”

He said the decision to go with IP over satellite delivery was made for reasons of cost and the availability of high-speed connections for fast deployment.