Clear Channel Satellite announced deployment of the first XtremeSat Media satellite broadcast distribution platform for TeleSouth Communications. TeleSouth purchased the system to deliver 10 high-quality audio channels to its affiliates and O&O radio stations from its uplink located in Jackson, MS. TeleSouth has also entered into a multi-year agreement to provide satellite capacity for the distribution of its programming, and with the new technology, they were able to significantly reduce their occupied satellite bandwidth and monthly recurring costs.
The XtremeSat Media system is the first of its kind to provide large network functionality at a small and medium sized network price point. The system will operate on C or Ku Band uplink systems and is capable of a single stereo audio channel or can be easily expanded to deliver up to 64 stereo channels in an MCPC configuration.
The XtremeSat Media Media Content Receiver (MCR) comes with one or two stereo analog and AES/EBU outputs, balanced, high quality audio on XLR connectors. The unit features eight tightly audio-synchronized relays, expandable to 16, two AAC formats (and several MPEG choices), and the ability to seamlessly transition from SCPC (single channel) to MCPC (multiple channels) for expanding networks. The receiver also features Smart Fallback to alternate RF carriers or Shoutcast web stream, web interface for settings and status, outbound IP audio stream for monitoring and FTP upload of receiver status reports and event logs. The 200 series MCR is also capable of store and forward audio, copy-split and fall-back to receiver-stored content.
TeleSouth O&Os 17 radio stations in Mississippi; SuperTalk MS Network and Mississippi Networks which includes News Mississippi, MS AgriNews and High School Scoreboard Show. TeleSouth is the exclusive multi-media rights holder for athletics for the University of Mississippi. TeleSouth Communications was one of the first state networks in the nation to upgrade to total digital transmission. TeleSouth produces and syndicates several live talk-show programs.
SuperTalk MS Network delivers compelling programming to stations across Mississippi, exploring many issues from social and political to sports news and current events taking place across the nation and the state. TeleSouth also delivers breaking and up to the minute news to 66 radio affiliates across the state.
Said Houston McDavitt, TeleSouth DOE: “When I began my current position, I inherited a 17 year old satellite distribution system. The hardware was out of production and there was little support for the system. When I started exploring the options to replace it, they were extremely limited. Either a huge, expensive platform or more old technology were the only choices. When Bob Exum of Clear Channel Satellite presented the XtremeSat Media solution, it looked like a perfect fit. From that point forward, the Clear Channel Satellite support staff and 2wcom have spent countless hours tailoring the system to fit our needs. I cannot say enough about their efforts to ensure the smooth integration and expertise in all things satellite.”