Knoxville, TN (August 14, 2006)–Linear Acoustic recently delivered four OCTiMAX 5.1 Digital Television Audio Processors to Scripps Networks for use on the recently launched HGTV HD and Food Network HD. The quartet of OCTiMAX systems are split between A and B air chains, and are being used to control overall 5.1-channel surround sound levels for the two HD channels, as well as handling automated 5.1-channel upmixing from legacy two-channel material.
Pictured are (l-r): director of engineering, Tim Harty and chief engineer, Jerry Nantz with two of the four OCTiMAX 5.1 Digital Television Audio Processors installed at Scripps Networks Transmission Operations Center in Knoxville, TN.According to Mike Donovan, senior VP engineering and distribution technologies for Scripps Network, “We chose Linear Acoustic OCTiMAX for HGTV HD and Food Network HD because we desired a high quality, full-time 5.1 surround experience for our viewers. OCTiMAX 5.1 provides the audio dynamics that we need with the surround upmix capability that we want.”
The Linear Acoustic OCTiMAX 5.1 systems provide dynamic control of surround-sound levels for both of Scripps Networks’ new high-definition channels. “The upmixing function is a useful bonus for us,” Donovan said, “since we do not want our audience to wonder why sound is being broadcast in 5.1-channel on one show and two-channel stereo for the next; we let the OCTiMAX handle that under GPI control from our master control automation switcher. The systems–a main and a back-up for both HD channels–are used in real-time and remain in the transmission path at all times. They have been on-line for several months now and have proved very reliable.”