Are You Ready for 4K and ATSC 3.0?

If you’re not, don’t sweat it. 4K isn’t ready for 4K, and ATSC 3.0 isn’t either. Spoiler Alert: 4K TV RF/IP rests on a number of emerging technologies, so this blog is a longer than normal. Your Eyes Aren’t 4K The problem is, your eyes can’t discern 4K from normal viewing distances. You’d have to be less than 10’ from your 75” 4K TV to begin to see…

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Doug’s Q-Tips – Integrating Next-Gen QMODs

As we begin shipping the first of the next-gen QMODs, there will be a number of new features, plus a few more to be added with firmware updates later on. This article covers the basics, with links to more explanation on specific features and setup options. What’s New All next-gen QMODs now support 2-channel operation. There’s plenty of bandwidth in a QAM channel…

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The New Basic Cable 101 – taking control of your RF resources

A couple years ago, I wrote a story called  “The New Basic Cable – be your own in-house cable company” for Sound and Video Contractor magazine, explaining what was going on as cable providers transitioned to digital, and explained several strategies on how to get the channels you want without needing to rent cable boxes. That story is still valid today, but I wanted…

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The New Basic Cable

August, 2011 – “Help! Our cable company is encrypting all our channels! What do we do?” Most of us in the industry have heard this cry for help many times. In the August edition of Sound and Video Contractor, check out “The New Basic Cable – how to be your own in-house cable company”, written by CR’s Doug Engstrom. By taking control of your RF network, you can reduce…

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Streaming broadcast TV via Internet? You need captions, and the ATSC+SDI HDTV Tuner is the answer.

As of September 30th, 2012 services that provide IP delivery off-air TV programming must provide closed-captioning with the Internet stream. New FCC regulations require that most pre-recorded video programming must be captioned for streaming if it has been shown on TV with captions on or before September 30, 2012. More information can be found at “FCC’s New Closed…

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Miami Dade EOC – No Need to Panic (AV Technology)

The No Need for Panic article in the October 2012 edition of AV Technology, highlights the new Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) –  the command and control center for this extreme Florida weather hotspot. In the event of an actual emergency, this facility is where representatives from each county agency, and partners from other state agencies…

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QMOD HD-SDI modulators create a virtual HD-SDI routing system for two Georgia TV studios.

Noted in the August 2012 edition of Broadcast Engineering, Professional Communication Systems created a unique in-house broadcast installation for two Augusta, GA TV stations sharing the same building WJBF (ABC) and WAGT (NBC). To reduce HD-SDI routing costs, the integrator employed five Contemporary Research QMOD HD-SDI Modulators to distribute HD-SDI feeds…

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How to Apply HDTV Solutions in Houses of Worship

In the January, 2012 Technology for Worship magazine article, “The Proper Solution, New Applications in HOW HDTV Video Distribution,” Doug Engstrom explains the ins and outs for HD video distribution over RF coax. The article explains how the technology works, tradeoffs, and how to integrate HDTV for digital signage, live HD-SDI video, and cable, satellite, and off-air…

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Willow Creek Distributes HD Video Efficiently

David Cooke, Video Director for Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois, shares how the site chose broadband RF for HD media facility-wide, employing CR QMOD-HD, QMOD-SDI, and Display Express technology. Snapshots – SCN Fall 2011 House of Worship PremierScreening WILLOW CREEK CHURCH DISTRIBUTES HD VIDEO EFFICIENTLY SOUTH BARRINGTON,IL Upgrading…

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