CoreExpress, Inc. and Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. announced teh successfl conclusion of a 90-day field trial with CNN to test multicasting of broadcast quality video over an IP network.
Coordinated by a team of leading technology companies, the field test showed that IP networks can be used as a high quality and reliable means for exchanging live and taped news material between CNN affiliated stations. The field test required coordination by seven companies: BellSouth, CoreExpress, Path 1 Network Technologies, Leitch, Cisco Systems, Pixelmetrix and Tandberg Television. Tony Seaton, VP of corporate technology and standards at Turner Broadcasting system, said, " The trial achieved the desired level of multicast capability, latency and video quality and delivers the level of service we need to exchange news with CNN affiliates ranging from large metropolitan to small market stations."
BellSouth provided project management and Metro Ethernet Service. Cisco Systems provided routers and switchers. Leitch provided servers and business and technical coordination for non-real-time file transfer tests. Tandberg provided MPEG 2 encoders and decoders. Pixelmetrix provided the monitoring and validation of Transport Streams and Picture Quality performance assessment. CoreExpress provided a nationwide private, QoS-enabled IP network. Path 1 provided video gateways to convert MPEG2 video to IP and support multicasting, and acted as lead technical coordinator and support arm for the project.