Utah Scientific Puts This TV Station On The IP Path


To make a gradual transition to IP operations, a large noncomm TV operation reviewed its options and engaged in a facility upgrade. In doing so, it selected a UTAH-400 Series 2 hybrid enterprise router from Utah Scientific.

Maryland Public Television is the entity that opted for the technology. MPT is the primary PBS affiliate network for viewers throughout the state of Maryland, and its member stations also reach Washington, D.C., and the parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia connected to the Baltimore and Washington DMAs.

The Utah Scientific solution was designed and architected by systems integrator Digital Video Group.

“Maryland Public Television knows the migration to IP is inevitable, but like many other broadcasters, it does not have the resources to make a wholesale, overnight switch to IP,” said Chuck Heffner, VP/Broadcast Systems at Digital Video Group. “The station sought our help in finding a hybrid solution that can run in existing SDI environments, but can also support a gradual and cost-effective transition to IP.”

At MPT, the UTAH-400 replaces two legacy routers, each about 17 years old, with one deployed in master control and the other serving in production. Both of these routers were workhorses and were still going strong, but the facility needed an upgrade and was seeking to lay the groundwork for an upcoming IP-based infrastructure.

Utah Scientific is a specialist in routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software.