Telecast Fiber Releases New Python 3G

Python 3G is the latest release of Telecast Fiber’s Python multichannel fiber optic HD/SDI transport system. The new Python 3G offers what’s claimed as the industry’s broadest range of digital transmission rates while maintaining the signal quality and reliability required in today’s most demanding studio and outside broadcasting environments.

“The new Python 3G is an ideal solution for broadcasters looking to lower their digital video distribution costs, simplify the cable plant, and eliminate all concerns about distance, interference, and grounding,” said Steve DeFrancesco, vice president and general manager at Telecast Fiber Systems. “With the Python 3G, broadcasters can cable once and future-proof their installation with a solution that enables them to reach hundreds of times further using a cable that is a tenth the size of equivalent coax.”

The Telecast Fiber Systems Python 3G enables fiber optic transport for up to four groups of HD/SDI channels, all in a compact 1RU frame. For example, operators can select a transmitter and a receiver frame for eight or 16 channels in one direction or two transceiver frames for channels in each direction — or they can use Telecast’s Rattler™ miniature transmit/receive modules in conjunction with Python 3G frames to distribute signals to and from several locations simultaneously. Since most Telecast SD/HD products can interface with the Python 3G, broadcasters can create the exact topology required for a given operation.

In addition, the Python 3G’s coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) capabilities enable it to carry up to 16 HD signals on a single optical fiber while remaining compatible with earlier versions of the Python. The system accepts signals ranging from 19.4Mb/s ATSC to 3Gb/s uncompressed HD/SDI, and supports numerous interface standards including applicable SMPTE, ATSC, and DVB recommendations.