Australian News Channel selects Cisco for Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC


Australian News Channel selects Cisco for Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, A-PAC

Sydney, 10 December 2009 - Techtel today announced that Australia’s public affairs channel A-PAC has installed a Cisco digital delivery system to provide connectivity between A-PAC’s Canberra and Sydney Studios. 

A-PAC is provided nationally by the Australian News Channel Pty Ltd which also owns and operates Sky News and the Sky News Business Channel.

The Cisco digital video delivery system will provide clean, sharp pictures that A-PAC will utilise in the delivery of its service that broadcasts the Australian democratic process in action with a key focus on the Federal Parliament.

Supplied by local broadcast systems specialist Techtel, the contribution system comprises of Cisco Digital Media Encoders D9022 and D9844 and the new Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) D9901.  The Cisco contribution system provides four live video feeds, all of which are multiplexed together using the powerful 1Rack Unit high Cisco DCM for the final emission from Canberra to Sydney. The Cisco DCM provides a single ASI output into the Telstra Digital Video Network where the signal is then transported to the Australian News Channel studio in North Ryde, Sydney.

The Cisco encoder and multiplexer were tested by A-PAC on the Telstra DVN and were chosen for the facility based on their ability to deliver high-quality MPEG-2 video while using very limited bandwidth. “When making our decision we wanted to be sure that we were using a product that was compatible with the backbone network” said David Clark, Engineering Manager, Australian News Channel. “Cisco and Techtel were very accommodating, arranging for evaluation hardware to provide us with the peace of mind we needed.  The Cisco DCM’s flexibility to add services or convert to IP in the future was an added bonus”.

The Cisco DCM provides additional flexibility that enables A-PAC to adapt to future network changes.  Already the multiplexer can be upgraded to provide contribution on IP trunks, bit-rate grooming, digital program insertion, transport stream scrambling, statistical multiplexing, SFN adaptation and recently introduced functionality for direct HD/SD-SDI inputs into the multiplexer for encoding into JPEG2000 or uncompressed video transport.

About A-PAC
Australia's public affairs channel A-PAC is a not-for-profit service that is fully funded by FOXTEL and AUSTAR and operated by Australian News Channel at no cost to taxpayers. It is provided to all FOXTEL and AUSTAR subscribers at no additional charge and is available free online.

A-PAC can be seen on Channel 607 on FOXTEL and AUSTAR

About Techtel
Techtel are a leading independent broadcast technology systems specialist, providing dedicated hardware and software to the Australian, New Zealand and S.E Asian broadcast communities. Incorporated in 1985, Techtel’s expertise extends from consulting and systems integration through to the supply, installation and support of the best of breed products from Techtel’s extensive catalogue.


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