Austrian private radio broadcaster KRONEHIT has deployed a new satellite DVB-S system to provide better coverage to listeners in the mountainous south and west of the country. Using 2wcom’s FlexSource IRDs, KRONEHIT has developed a contribution network via satellite with robust redundancy and in-band control of remote installations using 2wcom’s SIRC capability.
In 2013 KRONEHIT began to implement a new satellite remote-controlled system for DVB-S services via Astra 3B, with QPSK 1/3 FEC modulation and APT-X audio coding. In addition to the satellite reception, the receivers were to be linked terrestrially over IP for browser-based control and configuration. Deployment to all six provinces took place during 2013, and KRONEHIT is now able to make any necessary operational changes and configurations remotely via the FlexSource’s in-built SIRC (Satellite Inband Remote Control) Management System.
“We are thrilled with the FlexSource satellite receiver and the performance of the system as a whole,” said Stefan Szakacs, technical manager of KRONEHIT radio. “Throughout the project, 2wcom provided outstanding technical collaboration to meet all our requirements, and the satellite receiver quality even exceeded our expectations. The control panels are easy to use and we can simply clone the devices for each province, which saves a lot of time during the preparation stage.”
2wcom’s FlexSource Distribution Receiver Decoder offers a means of implementing redundancy by selecting from a variety of input sources, including Tuner Transport Stream, ASI, IP 1000 Base-T, Audio over IP and audio files uploaded to the internal storage. Up to three backup sources can be defined, allowing transition from the main source to the best available backup in the case of input failure.