Miranda’s iTX Playout Platform Installed at WTLW TV44

  Miranda’s iTX Playout Platform Installed at WTLW TV44

Business Wire

MONTREAL -- March 19, 2013

Miranda Technologies, a Belden Brand, a global provider of integrated
solutions for production, playout and delivery systems for television
broadcasters and multi-system operators, has announced a complete master
control rebuild with Miranda’s iTX integrated playout platform at the core of
WTLW TV44 and its second channel, the West Ohio Sports Net, TV 44.2, a full
power, locally owned television station in Lima, Ohio.

The Miranda solution replaced aging analog equipment with an HD-ready workflow
that supports file-based content and includes the iTX playout platform, an
NVISION 8144 router with redundant NV9000 controllers, a dual-channel Vertigo
character generator, Kaleido-X multiviewer and a Densité frame populated with
Densité IRD cards.

iTX’s highly integrated, end-to-end workflow capabilities streamline all core
playout processes for WTLW. WTLW made its purchase decision based on iTX’s low
cost of ownership, simple scalability and superior playout performance.

Jeff Klingler, chief engineer at WTLW said, “After considering solutions from
several major vendors, we selected Miranda to provide the key components of
our new system. Most stations of our size are affiliated with a network, with
lots of airtime filled with content from a network feed. In our case, though,
much of our content is locally produced. Before iTX, our workflow was missing
a very important component and iTX has proven to be the tool we needed to
assemble everything we produce and get it on air. Our on-air HD picture looks
like a million bucks.”

The six components of the iTX solution include infrastructure in the form of
iTX framework servers for centralized system services, central content
storage, HD/SD SDI encoding, digital file ingest, playout of dual 720p streams
with embedded AES audio multiplexed to WTLW’s transmitter and controlled user
access for any operation or service within the iTX system via three
workstations.

WTLW broadcasts 24/7 to 220,000 homes in 14 counties across northwest Ohio and
northeastern Indiana with a mix of in-house and on-location religious
productions plus local community information, sports, talk and classic
syndicated TV shows. WTLW is the only locally owned, commercially licensed
television station in the Lima area and the only known locally owned station
in the country that offers a 24-hour sports channel, WOSN (West Ohio Sports
Network), which provides local high school sports coverage within a 40-mile
radius of the station.

Before the install, workflow was a major concern for WTLW because the master
control room is not typically staffed 24-hours a day, which drove the desire
to take full advantage of iTX’s highly advanced automated playout. Operators
use the iTX client GUI to make required changes when manual schedule control
is required or live segments need to be taken.

Klingler added, “The ability to have full control of our on-air playout from
any location, be it office desk, hotel room or kitchen table at home is a
tremendous benefit. One good example of how iTX has improved our situation is
that after WOSN’s traffic manager leaves for the day, he can modify the
schedule, organize sub-clips and air a high school basketball game that
evening - all from his home.”

Flexibility and redundancy also factored heavily in WTLW’s decision. According
to WTLW Engineering system designer Ken Vedder, “The pairing of the NVISION
router and Kaleido-X multiviewer gives us flexibility in signal path and
monitoring capacity, and the robust back-end design of the iTX system provides
excellent reliability and stability for our on-air playout. Also, a single
vendor solution not only ensures that our workflow is seamless from ingest to
playout, but that everything is covered under a single support contract. In
short, once loaded with a schedule and content, the Miranda system can pretty
much run itself, which means our engineering staff can finally get a good
night's sleep.”

About Miranda Technologies

For over 23 years, Miranda Technologies (www.miranda.com) has been a leading
worldwide provider of hardware and software solutions for the television
broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industry. Its solutions span the full
breadth of television operations, including production, playout and delivery.
With a wealth of experience in delivering IT-based and traditional television
systems, Miranda leverages its expertise to create the highest quality
solutions available and delivers, deploys and supports them with a
company-wide commitment to keeping the customer first. Miranda was acquired in
July 2012 by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. and is the cornerstone of its
broadcast division. Belden is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture
and marketing of cables, connectivity and networking products for many
industries including broadcast, entertainment, consumer electronics,
education, transportation and industrial automation. For more information,
visit www.belden.com

Contact:

Miranda Technologies contact:
David Cohen, +1-215-837-8699
Director, Marketing Communications
david.cohen@miranda.com
or
Miranda Press contact:
Manor Marketing
Jennie Evans, +44 (0)1635 44991
jennie@manormarketing.tv
 
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