Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Prime TV selects BCL to upgrade broadcast links

Prime Television selects BCL to upgrade broadcast links

Prime Television has signed a new distribution linking contract with BCL to connect Prime Television's New Zealand studio in Albany to BCL's television transmission sites throughout New Zealand.

Under the new agreement, Prime Television is moving to a digital terrestrial linking system using BCL's nationwide digital microwave radio (DMR) network. Previously, Prime Television relied on satellite links to distribute its programme stream from its Albany studio to transmission sites.

BCL's General Manager of Network Services, Derek Nielsen, says the new terrestrial linking system provides Prime Television with increased flexibility.

He says Prime Television's new terrestrial linking system has been developed with built-in protection to ensure high reliability. It is based on Fujitsu radio equipment in the industry-standard 'N+1' configuration.

Prime Television's Group General Manager - Engineering, Gerry Smith, says the continued growth in the channel's audience has been an important factor in the decision to move to a terrestrial linking system.

"A terrestrial linking system gives us more options for managing regional programme streams to better meet the needs of our viewers and advertisers as our audience share grows," he says.

Prime Television's Manager - Engineering and IT, Phil Skaggs, says the broadcaster has completed a major refit of its Albany studio to coincide with the move to a terrestrial linking system.

The studio upgrade has seen the latest digital production and presentation systems installed at the network's Albany headquarters.

About BCL
BCL is a member of the THL Group, a communications network services group that also includes THL Australia and AAP Communications Services.

The companies of the THL Group provide innovative communications technology solutions to customers in the television, radio, telecommunications, desktop, utility and enterprise IT industries across Australia, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region and beyond.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Reserve Bank: Policy Lessons From A Year Of Covid-19

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua was in a sound position to continue to meet its mandate in the face of the COVID-19 induced economic shock. However, we must continue to transform so as to remain relevant and effective in addressing longer-term challenges, Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr said... More>>

Transport Industry Association: Feb 2021 New Vehicle Registrations Strongest On Record

Motor Industry Association Chief Executive David Crawford says that the February 2021 figures are the strongest for the month of February ever. Registrations of 12,358 were 8.0% up on February 2020. Year to date the market is up 7.1% (1,735 units) compared to the first two months of 2020... More>>

Paymark: Lockdown Equals Slowdown For Some

The three days of lockdown for Auckland earlier this month made a clear impression on our retail spending figures. While only Auckland moved into Level 3 lockdown, the impact was felt across the country, albeit at different levels. Looking at the ... More>>

Infrastructure Commission: Te Waihanga Releases Report On Water Infrastructure

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga’s latest discussion document highlights the importance of current reforms in the water sector. Its State of Play discussion document about water infrastructure is one of a series looking at the ... More>>

Psychic Ventures: US Consumer Spending On Video Games Jumped By 42% In Jan 2021

On a global scale, there was a 15% increase in digital games revenue in January 2021, pushing the total to $11.6 billion.
In the US, gaming revenue rose to an impressive high during the month thanks to the new generation of consoles. ... More>>

OECD: Annual Inflation Picks Up To 1.5% In January 2021 While Euro Area Records Sharp Increase To 0.9%

Annual inflation in the OECD area picked up to 1.5% in January 2021, compared with 1.2% in December 2020. Following a rebound between December and January, the annual decline in energy prices was less pronounced in January (minus 3.9%) than in December... More>>

Hemp Industries Association: Could The Next Team NZ Boat Be Made Entirely Of Hemp?

With The America’s Cup due to start in a few days’ time, innovators from a very different sphere have been wondering how long it could be before New Zealand could be competing in a boat entirely built from hemp, with the crew eating high-energy, nutritious hemp-infused foods and wearing high-performance hemp kit..? More>>

ACT: Matariki Almost A Half Billion Dollar Tax On Business

“Official advice to the Government says an extra public holiday at Matariki could cost almost $450 million,” ACT Leader David Seymour can reveal. “This is a perfect example of the Prime Minister doing what’s popular versus what’s responsible. ... More>>