Irving, TX (April 9, 2008)--The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN-TV) has installed a new Sundance Digital FastBreak NXT automation system at its larger broadcast operations center located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard complex.
HITN, which now serves over 30 million households in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, installed its first FastBreak system from Sundance Digital several years ago. The upgrade to FastBreak NXT is a key step in the network's transition to all digital, HD-ready broadcasting out of a new facility that includes two larger production studios, an all-new expanded master control and digital production suites. The FastBreak NXT system will control two SD outputs: one for a satellite feed to Direct-TV and the Dish Network, and the other feed to MSO's such as Time Warner, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.
Javier Casilimas, HITN's chief engineer, commented on the automation upgrade by saying "The service from Sundance was fantastic! Their techs were here for two weeks for training and commissioning. They did a great job for us, especially in integrating all the component equipment. Now we can handle HD when we switch over."
FastBreak NXT automation at HITN will drive a SeaChange Broadcast Media Library/Media Client Platform, a Pro-Bel routing switcher, Miranda's Presmaster and Imagestore-Intuition. "We plan to add Sundance's Intelli-Sat and SAM at a later date," added Casilimas. Intelli-Sat is a satellite feed recording and management system and SAM (Sundance Archive Manager) manages near-line archiving. Both tightly integrate with FastBreak NXT.
HITN-TV produces a number of popular programs seen nationally by Hispanic populations and rebroadcasts programming originating from Spanish speaking countries around the world.