NASCAR Media Group (NMG) provides multiple streams of HD content captured live at the races for viewing by its 75 million loyal fans throughout the world. To accomplish this, PSSI Global Services LLC, (PSSI), a provider of mobile satellite transmission, production and streaming services, transports various HD sources over satellite to NMG’s new studio facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina — once there, those sources are switched live for distribution to DTV services providers.
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) provided PSSI with a solution featuring its MPEG-4 AVC HD encoders and receivers to support NMG and PSSI’s other clients. From track to studio, the solution allows HD content to be captured and transported using techniques to maximize the available bandwidth usage and provide the highest possible picture quality. This allows production teams to prepare and edit from pristine quality footage to create the best viewing experience for fans viewing at home. Reception of these HD sources is handled with Ericsson RX1290 decoders. A second transmission pathway is used for various clients including The SPEED Channel, and finally a third pathway is utilized to carry a five channel MCPC feed of HD video for DIRECTV Hot Pass. These other services are encoded with Ericsson E5788 MPEG-2 HD encoders.