CBC/Radio-Canada has chosen the Lawo VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) as the master IP control system for its new Montreal Broadcast Centre. The planned 39,000 m² (418,000 sq. ft.) Montreal broadcast facility will host several production areas dedicated to news, TV and post production activities, fed by dozens of studios, control rooms, editing and infographic workstations and audio mixing suites. Its massive Master Control and Playout Room is designed to host 40 TV channels, 40 Web channels and 160 Radio channels. The control and management of this broadcast infrastructure, and accompanying integrated technical resources, is based on Lawo VSM.
Xperi Corporation has announced that its subsidiary DTS, a global leader in high-definition audio solutions, has reached an agreement with PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), to prototype new broadcast radio services and user experiences in the vehicle using the DTS® Connected Radio™ ecosystem. The program will leverage the same development tools and platform Xperi provides to automotive OEMs and their suppliers for development of DTS Connected Radio receivers. While the program will focus on domestic HD Radio and analog broadcast radio stations, PILOT will be able to prototype services with content from broadcasters, offering a global radio user experience. Jeff Jury, general manager, automotive at Xperi says PILOT and Xperi have similar goals in wanting to ensure radio remains dominant in the vehicle. Utilizing an IP connection installed in a vehicle, DTS Connected Radio delivers an analog FM and digital (DAB and HD Radio®) experience by pairing broadcast programming with IP-delivered content. Xperi has also announced an agreement between DTS and BBC Radio to run a hybrid radio trial for 18 months. Under terms of the agreement, the UK public service broadcaster will provide content directly into the DTS® Connected Radio™ platform. This trial will allow the refining of system operations, support on-going global automotive field testing and product development of hybrid radio, and validate the implementation and listener experience in connected analog and DAB equipped radios.
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