Azzurro HD: Real Time Video Transport over IP of Glenn Beck’s Video Network

Azzurro HD: all-digital ASI, SD and HD-SDI video switching facility in New York City

T-VIPS America Inc, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution, and DTV, announced that Azzurro HD, a New York-based provider of broadcast-quality video transmission services, recently purchased T-VIPS’ TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateways to provide  a real-time contribution link for HD video streams over IP for Glenn Beck's new, online HD video network, GBTV. GBTV, www.gbtv.com, features Beck’s daily show, plus original programming, news, documentaries, reality and behind-the-scenes shows.

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The managed network solution for GBTV was completed in early March, allowing video to be transmitted between GBTV - broadcasting from CRM Studios in Irving, TX - and Azzurro HD in New York. As the program is being fed live to New York from the studio in Texas, Azzurro's Network Operations Center provides a backhaul to Texas in real time.

"Transporting HD video over IP using the T-VIPS Gateways is a great way for our customers to control costs while providing consistently high-quality HD video. Both the hardware and bandwidth are fixed expenses. They’re both always available, always on 24/7, 365 days a year," said Mark C. Lowden, Vice President of Sales for Azzurro HD, a division of The Azzurro Group. "We’re providing GBTV with a highly reliable and efficient way to broadcast live HD video. As we continue to count on T-VIPS’ and its scalable video over IP transport solutions, we look to T-VIPS as a valued partner in achieving our mission.”

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From its all-digital ASI, SD and HD-SDI video switching facility in New York City, Azzurro HD provides and manages real-time switching and transmission of broadcast-quality video via long-haul fiber and satellite links so that its customers can send feeds to any point domestically or globally. Azzurro HD services range from comprehensive, 24/7 networking solutions to real-time transport of contribution quality video for occasional services.

TVG450 Gateways utilize JPEG2000 wavelet compression technology for the transport of compressed 3G, 3D, HDTV and SD television signals over Gigabit Ethernet links. Designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast-quality video over IP networks the TVG450 supports lossless and visually lossless compression. The TVG450 comes in a high density solution with up to one 3G-SDI, two HD-SDI or four SDI channels in the same unit. The units are user configurable as encoders or decoders.

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Azzurro HD has relied upon T-VIPS JPEG2000 Gateways for previous managed network solutions. Late last year, T-VIPS’ TVG430 Video Gateways were selected to facilitate real-time HD-SDI video contribution over a fiber network between Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, NY and Azzurro HD.

About Azzurro HD
Azzurro HD operates the first all-digital, HD-enabled aggregation and switching facility for video content in the USA. Located in “The Hub” at 32 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, the Azzurro HD facility provides all-digital transport and switching, with a clear forward path to serve the growing need for uncompressed HDTV transport.

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About T-VIPS
T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help our customers deliver next-generation TV services such as 3D, HDTV, live events and local content. Our IP based video transport and Digital Terrestrial TV solutions allow network operators, broadcasters, and content providers to deliver the highest picture quality at the lowest cost.

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