Tieline’s IP Remote Broadcast Technology Helps Texas High School Football Fans Keep up with Their Local Team
Stephenville, Texas (Dec. 11, 2006) - They say everything is bigger in Texas and that certainly holds true when it comes to the Lone Star State's love affair with high school football.
If you have never visited a small Texas community on a crisp fall evening then you probably can't fathom the emotional role that high school football plays in everyday life.
"It is a religion here," said KSTV-FM general manager Robert "Boots" Elliott.
KSTV is known as The Mighty 93 which is an apt moniker for a radio station located in Stephenville, known as the Cowboy Capital of the World. Located 65 miles west of Fort Worth, Stephenville is a mix of spectacular surroundings: partly wooded, partly prairie.
But above all else, Stephenville is 100 percent football country and KSTV-FM has been around to cover it for 60 years. An incredible run of state championships in the 1990s (1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999) and 17 playoff appearances in the last 18 years has turned Yellow Jacket fans of Stephenville High School into sophisticated followers of the program.
"How many times has an owner of a radio station listened to a sports broadcast and went ‘ugh' because the technical quality of the broadcast was poor," said Elliott. "Our listeners are justly spoiled. They want high quality broadcasts. A plain broadcast is just not acceptable."
Basically Elliott, who is also the station's play-by-play man on the football broadcasts, would rather be an armadillo too slow to cross Interstate 20 than send an inferior audio broadcast back home to the football faithful and that is why they turned to the new Tieline i-Mix G3 codec to broadcast a Nov. 17, 2006 playoff road game in North Fort Worth.
When the stadium authority balked at having the local phone
company run in a new phone line or install an ISDN into the venue
for Elliott, the KSTV-FM crew was faced with the prospects of
having to use a cellular-based broadcast.
"A straight cellular broadcast usually sounds poor," said Elliott.
The stadium did have built-in Internet capability and Tieline was able to provide Elliott with an i-Mix G3 which could connect straight into the T3 internet set-up and send the audio back to the studio at high speed.
"To put it in a technical perspective, when we do a POTS broadcast we connect at 28.8kbps and when ISDN is available we broadcast at a fantastic 64kbps. The broadcast with the i-Mix G3 over the internet rocketed off the charts at 128kbps," said Elliott.
Elliott said that they could have even sent back to the studio at 256k but 128 was all that was needed for their mono broadcast.
And it wasn't just the fans back home that appreciated the new Tieline codec.
"From a technical standpoint, the guys in the studio said it was the best sounding road broadcast ever," said Elliott. "We were able to connect at the highest speeds and never had any dropouts. Using the Tieline i-Mix IP solution over the internet helped us tremendously." "I highly suggest doing play-by-play with the i-Mix, even for small stations."
A plus for Elliott was what he called the "user-friendly" set-up.
"The whole thing is menu-driven with the toggle wheel. It is simple to use and would be good for those stations that don't send an engineer out every time to broadcast," said Elliott.
The i-Mix G3 was designed with play-by-play men such as Elliott in mind as it combines six essential live remote broadcast products into one 16x9 box weighing just four pounds and can replace tens of thousands of dollars of equipment.
"It's our traveling piece of equipment because it has all the components put together in one unit. We don't need a mixing board if we have the Tieline," said Elliott.
In POTS mode, the Tieline uses unique modem stability software and algorithm technology to deliver 15kHz of audio with rock solid stability over analog telephone lines.
When ISDN is available, simply plug in the stereo/dual mono card and select from G.711, G.722, Mpeg Layer 2 and Tieline's own Music algorithm.
If no wired networks are available you can connect your broadband cellular enabled phone to the optional USB master module and deliver 15khz audio over any of the Sprint, Cingular and Verizon 3G networks.
Either way, the payoff for the technology comes when listeners provide the feedback.
"This technology really pays for itself when you consider how important these sports broadcasts are to stations such as ours," said Elliott.
Nothing but the best for Texas high school football fans.
About Tieline Technology
Tieline Technology (www.tieline.com) is the world's leading supplier of high-quality remote broadcast digital audio codecs. In fact, Tieline derives its name from the popularity of its award-winning codec line as the company changed its corporate moniker in 2001 from Audio Video Communications (AVC) to Tieline Technology. Tieline Technology today is supported by a global distribution network spanning the Americas, Europe, UK, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Australasia.
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