YNN Austin is a 24-hour local cable television news channel based in Austin, Texas, owned by Time Warner Cable. Originally designed and built in 1998, the Austin Cable News facility had retained much of its original infrastructure. Incremental improvements had been instituted since the initial build, but the hybrid digital video/analog audio architecture was remaining.
Although, in itself, analog audio is a sustainable format, it lacks the efficiencies afforded when remaining within the digital domain. Today’s broadcast mindset is wholly enveloped in the concept of realizing extended profitability through delivery of informational and promotional services to viewers. The digital platform provides a means of delivering both programming material and metadata together as a single unified signal, thus removing the two-tier approach of the past.
With this in mind, Azzurro reviewed the Austin facility and developed a project plan where the crossover to a completely digital facility could be achieved.
Understanding that existing services needed to remain uninterrupted throughout the process, Azzurro made the necessary upgrades and transition to the new systems in a seamless fashion.
Beyond the aforementioned digital upgrades, ASI designed and built both a digital Production Control Room and digital Master Control Room. These rooms take advantage of the benefits gained through the digital upgrade of the facility’s core infrastructure. Within the Master Control room, four transmission paths and associated monitoring elements were designed and constructed.