New Zealand’s PCBL Chooses ATEME for Downlinking of Television Content
ATEME has provided Kyrion DR5000 Integrated Receiver Decoders(IRDs) to Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL), a New Zealand Government initiative that supports Pacific free-to-air broadcasters through the delivery of New Zealand-originated content for rebroadcast, and the provision of training to encourage the production of local content.
PCBL opted for 52 DR5000 IRDs for its easy setup, fast signal lock, and RF robustness. A future-proof solution, the ATEME IRDs provide support for HEVC, in addition to 10-bit 4:2:2, SD, HD, UHD, MPEG2 and H264 to be installed into the 25 downlink locations. The Kyrion solution provides PCBL and its regional partners – which covers approximately 20% of the Earth’s surface – with unmatched reliability and video quality.
“Some of our clients are in remote parts of the world, including Kiribati, Solomon Islands, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Niue. Support and service are obviously hard to come by quickly in these places, so the DR5000’s robustness and user-friendly operation were key to our decision,” said Natasha Meleisea, Chief Executive of PBCL. “With many of our broadcast partners spread across the Pacific, being able to roll out the decoders and configure them on-site via USB proved to be another huge advantage. The ease of configuration, coupled with the skill of the onsite team, saw our fastest installation completed within 15 minutes.”
Professionalism, ease of use, and reliability both in terms of the product itself and ATEME’s ability to deliver according to the project’s tight schedule were key factors in PCBL’s decision making. ATEME is recognized worldwide as a trusted long-term partner who can assist customers like PCBL in the implementation of its current and future vision.
“ATEME was always confident in meeting PCBL’s exacting timelines and technical requirements,” said Will Munkara-Kerr, Country Manager for ATEME Australia and New Zealand. “We are delighted to have been a part of PCBL’s ambitious vision, and now that the initial phases have been successfully deployed, we are looking forward to continuing our close relationship as that vision expands.”