Australian broadcaster Super Radio Network has selected International Datacasting’s Star Pro Audio receivers to upgrade and expand their satellite radio distribution network. IDC partner Omnicast Pty Limited will install and commission the system, which will be fully operational by Jan. 1.
SRN operates 36 AM and FM radio stations, 45 translators, as well as five Sydney DAB+ stations. SRN delivers a majority of its radio programming from multiple studios to regional stations by satellite and has operated an IDC radio distribution system since 1995.
SRN will upgrade to IDC’s Star Pro Audio Solution, which has the capacity and flexibility for additional programs to SRN’s existing network and make these programs available to regional stations. The upgrade includes IDC’s new Star-4 receivers, which provide four separate stereo channels. IDC Net Manager and Event Manager products will allow easy management of the deployed network.
The new network will utilize DVB-S2 modulation, which delivers cost savings due to efficient use of satellite bandwidth. Australian satellite operator Optus has enabled regional stations’ existing satellite dishes to be used without adjustment or reorientation.