Ascent Media Network Services, a provider of outsourced network origination services to the media and entertainment industry, announced key milestones in the launch of uncompressed high definition (HD) video transport via Ascent’s Midtown Manhattan switching facility.
Ascent announced that it has secured initial customers who will utilize the 545 Fifth Avenue location’s uncompressed HD capabilities; that it received its initial uncompressed HD feed on July 4; and that it is enhancing its fiber network to increase the ability of video providers to transmit and receive uncompressed HD video. Key news items include:
— Fox News, NBC and All Mobile Video all have upgraded or added to their presences at the Fifth Avenue switching center to accommodate their uncompressed HD needs.
— On July 4, the facility received, HD encoded and uplinked to satellite a 14-hour uncompressed HD feed produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions in conjunction with The Travel Channel: a live, 4th of July celebration from the National Mall in Washington DC.