Cobalt Supports Station’s Sub-channels With Broadcast Signal Processors

Digital sub-channels have allowed TV stations to utilize their allotted spectrum to create ways that also generate revenue. Cobalt Digital is working with major station groups and content originators to help them grow their channel ambitions with its line of signal processors.

Cobalt's 9922-FS/BBG-1022-FS broadcast signal processor offers optional features like easy-to-use monitoring and control options.

Cobalt's 9922-FS/BBG-1022-FS broadcast signal processor offers optional features like easy-to-use monitoring and control options.

The company is promoting its product line—available in both opengear-compatible and standalone form factors—as a good way to automate master control applications for these sub-channels and for channels that do not require DVE moves or scene transitions beyond just a simple cut from one video segment to the next. These processors also address FCC requirements—like loudness leveling (CALM), auto text-to-speech (21CVAA) and emergency alert crawls and voiceovers (EAS).

These station group engineers and consultants have been using a variety of control protocols (including GPIO, SNMP, XML, SCTE 104, Dashboard and an embedded HTML5 web-GUI) that are all supported by the Cobalt Digital processors.

The technology platform on which the 9922-FS (Ross Video opengear-compatible) card and standalone BBG-1022-FS product is built allows systems to be scaled as needed by adding more units. Products equipped with the factory-installed DSP daughter board support optional Linear Acoustic UpMax up mixing, Dolby loudness processing and Dolby AC-3/E-AC3 encoding and decoding (+Dolby E).

The unit also supports up to four discrete 3G/HD/SD/SDI inputs that can be SMPTE RP-168 clean switched between. A clean and quiet switching option is offered and passive relay protected rear I/O options are also available.

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