Carrier ID and Efficiency: 124 Million People Secured Through PBS

The largest public media enterprise in the United States, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), has updated their nationwide network for content distribution. We are talking about nearly 124 million people in the US being reached via this network each month.

Major Upgrade: The Result Was a Reduction From 4 to 3 Transponders

PBS has installed a large set of Newtec M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators for content distribution across its nationwide network. This is part of a major upgrade to DVB-S2 and H.264 while at the same time implementing Carrier ID to reduce Radio Frequency (RF) Satellite interference.

In the United States, PBS has 354 member TV stations. Nearing the completion of its 10-year project, the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System (NGIS) project, which is set to replace and significantly upgrade the current infrastructure that enables PBS, regional distributors, and other entities to distribute programming for broadcast by public television stations. The result of the upgrade to these latest technologies allows PBS to reduce its satellite capacity requirement from four to three transponders.

PBS’s Key to Success

According to Stefan Petrat, the Vice President of Distribution Operations and Engineering at PBS, selecting the best performing technology and going for quality in everything they do, has given them the opportunity to build a high quality and reliable broadcast distribution to their viewers.

PBS would like to set an example by implementing Carrier ID across all their uplinks and they are sure that many in our industry will follow. Only when the industry comes together, can we put a halt to the growing interference problem.