Thanks, I did google it and found an article from Fox Networks on the box, it's a box, and as I expected, delivery is via satellite downlink to the affiliate and the HD content is streamed into master control. But as you stated it's likely that no one ever dreamed of a failover scenario so no backup for redundancy was ever thought of. Which is interesting because I recall back in my early days of broadcast I was able to take a tour of NBC NY and was impressed that EVERYTHING is redundant. When something as basic as a commercial plays it's running an a and b feed in the event that the first fails. I don't undersstand why this wasn't designed into this content delivery aspect but if $$$ is to blame then I understant.
The box the BP 5100 Broadcast Platform from Terayon Communication Systems is basically no more than an interface that takes the datastream from the air delivered content and allows the local station to insert local content directly to their encoder so there is no conversion between the HD feed and non HD local inserts.
As for my comment on non-HD delivery in the past, not just FOX, it's happened over and over where an HD feed was national and we were left in the SD realm. Look at 65 (41.1) and all their Star Trek's that were delivered in SD here and HD everywhere else for almost a full year. CBS Orlando with HD/SD swapping for entire episodes of CSI and other shows... it's just interesting that in other markets that I've visited HD is solid and here it's hit and miss.
The digital world is 1 year and just over 3 months away, unless the FCC steps in and extends and most markets are still lagging, including Orlando, heck where are the spanish stations in HD, haven't seen a signal from them yet!
I spent time working on a radio system in Raleigh and WRAL picked up on this game years ago. I asked a camera crew at the Orange County EOC 2 weeks ago who were about to go live for a hurricane when they were planning HD cams and they looked at me like I was from space.
Anyway, it just strikes me odd that if you're going to do something and it all hinges on 1 box, you might see the bigger picture and plan for it a little better. FOX should have had a backup unit FEDEX'd in or something in time for their 720p Premier.
Just my thoughts...
Originally posted by mhdiablombana - I don't have the skills, time or knowledge to explain the splicer technolog , but make a search on the main thread for fox splicer and the old threads should come up. This technology is brand new and has been and is still being installed nationwide by FOX which would explain why time wasn't spent on redundancy, but getting it up. Not sure how it can be getting old when Fox never broadcasted HD before and this was there first weekend and it works in the rest of the country, but you know those two small hurricanes that came by and said hi?...........
Someone else can explain the technical, but my assumption was either that the splicer blew out (they wouldn't have a spare on hand) or the T-1 from the tower to the station blew out.................