Large Installation of Award-Winning Upconverters Supports HD Simulcasts for an Array of Popular Channels
BURBANK, Calif. — Feb. 16, 2010 — A sweeping installation of more than 50 Snell Quasar Ph.C upconverters is supporting HD simulcasts for multiple entertainment networks of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) With its Emmy® Award-winning motion compensation technology, the Quasar Ph.C systems have enabled Turner to deliver the highest-quality upconverted video with maximum flexibility and control.
The Quasar Ph.C systems, installed at Turner's network operations center in Atlanta, are used to upconvert SD content and graphics for the HD simulcasts of TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, TCM, and truTV. In addition, the Quasars provide the upconversion needs for SD programming running on WPCH (Peachtree TV), a Turner owned-and-operated local station serving the Atlanta market. Turner uses the Quasar systems in conjunction with Snell's RollCall, which provides a monitoring and control interface for all signals in the operation.
"The Quasar Ph.C systems have enabled us to incorporate a wide range of SD sources — video, film, graphics, or animations — into our HD broadcasts with upconversion that meets Turner's high-quality standards," said Jack Gary, senior director of projects and integration engineering for the Turner Entertainment Networks.
Another unique feature of Turner's Quasar Ph.C installation is a customized 16:9 algorithm for optimum handling of 4:3 materials stretched to 16:9 widescreen. Jointly developed by Snell and Turner engineers, the customization provides user-configurable settings that enable Turner operators to fine-tune the presentation of 4:3 SD materials so that they are not distracting when upconverted to a 16x9 format.
"Turner's use of Snell's Quasar Ph.C is evidence of the upconverter's world-class picture quality and aspect ratio flexibility," said Jonathan Goldstein, president of Snell, Inc. "We're proud that Turner has selected Quasar Ph.C as part of its playout path for many of its most valuable HD channels."