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Indiana Consortium Installs Harris Network

IPBS includes eight TV and nine radio stations

Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations is installing a new networking system made by Harris Broadcast.

IPBS is a consortium of eight PBS television stations and nine NPR radio stations. Harris Broadcast said the new system, based on a high-bandwidth fiber and IP video network, will allow the 17 stations to share and manage content more efficiently. It quoted Roger Rhodes, executive director of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations, describing the project as a “Statewide HD/SD Educational Network for Hoosiers.”

Harris Broadcast noted the use of baseband video and audio processing, compression and IP multicasting for statewide signal contribution, distribution and management. Products include a Selenio media convergence platform for HD/SD video networking, Intraplex IP Link 100 and 200 codecs for audio networking, and Magellan NMS system for network systems control and management.

According to Harris, the system is a configurable, expandable baseband/IP video platform. Rhodes told Harris the arrangement will facilitate more live, real-time programming and pave the way for a joint master control operation serving IPBS TV stations from one location.

For radio, Harris Broadcast said its Intraplex gear will enable IPBS NPR stations to distribute full-bandwidth broadcast-quality audio streams plus confidence monitoring streams via IP multicast. Stations will use codecs to share shows and contribute news reports to one or more IPBS radio stations; they will also serve as regional news bureaus. Rhodes said the statewide radio news service will benefit through more full-time sharing.

Harris Broadcast will configure the system at WFYI(TV) in Indianapolis and train engineers there over two days.