Acrodyne Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group that provides service and support for broadcast transmitters throughout the world, has entered into an agreement with Progira to become the sole distributor of the company’s advanced broadcast network planning and design tools across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Andy Whiteside, GM of Acrodyne Services and President of sister firm Dielectric, said that after working with Progira plan software for the last 12 months, his team was satisfied that it would work well with the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.
“We have been using the Progira plan to analyze a number of markets in which Sinclair operates, with a view to implementing ATSC 3.0, including the use of Single Frequency Networks,” Whiteside said. “Our collaborative work has led to a version that matches specific needs for U.S. markets as currently regulated by the FCC. We believe that, together, we can provide an important RF engineering resource to the North American broadcast community as it transitions to the new standard.”
An update to Progira plan software was officially released before the start of the International Broadcast Convention (IBC), which concluded today (Sept. 13).
Acrodyne Services and Dielectric designed and installed the nation’s first ATSC 3.0 Single Frequency Network, with transmit facilities in Baltimore and Washington, DC earlier this year.
“We have now entered the phase of field verification, wherein we will take extensive field data and feed it back into Progira plan to verify the initial assumptions and ‘tweak’ the design process and parameters, if necessary,” Whiteside said.