CMAC Upgrades to HD Using Cablecast Flex Server from Tightrope Media Systems

California-based Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) has upgraded its playout infrastructure to HD and bolstered its online streaming capabilities by deploying the latest generation of solutions from Tightrope Media Systems (TRMS), including a Cablecast Flex multi-format video server and version 6.1 of the Cablecast broadcast automation software.

Using Tightrope Media Systems (TRMS) solutions, high-quality H.264 streams are created automatically through Cablecast Live and Cablecast VOD in 720p HD, while the Cablecast Reflect cloud-based service enables delivery of the HD streams to a virtually unlimited number of viewers while minimising bandwidth impact on the station’s local network.

CMAC has taken immediate advantage of the new HD capabilities to enhance the live and on-demand streams it offers for Internet and mobile viewers. CMAC has also upgraded to Cablecast 6.1, the newest update of the comprehensive automation software.

“While our channels on Comcast and AT&T can currently be distributed only in standard definition, we wanted our entire master control environment to be fully HD-ready. The Cablecast Flex 4 gives us the input and outputs we need in a single server, avoiding complexity and saving us money, space and ongoing maintenance effort.”
— Bryan Harley, Facilities and Operations Manager, CMAC

Version 6.1 is the second Cablecast software upgrade that CMAC has enjoyed in the past year, having also benefited significantly from the 6.0 release. Combined, the new Cablecast products and releases have enabled CMAC to affordably keep pace with the evolving viewing preferences of their audience, and have further reinforced the reasons that led Harley to choose Cablecast in the first place.

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