Adtec Digital Provides Transmission for 2012 American Le Mans Series

The 2012 American Le Mans Series opened with one major goal in mind, to deliver the most exciting race and most content to its fans.  To that extent, the team at Mobile Satellite Connection paired with Adtec Digital technology, delivered a flawless transmission of the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring [Florida].

Utilizing Adtec Digital’s EN-81 multi-CODEC Encoders and DTA-3050 Multiplexer, Mobile Satellite Connection created a 108.337624 Mbps transport stream. Included in the stream were two H.264 linear back-haul feeds, 8 in-car camera feeds, and a “Snoop” cam that focused on the talent in the booth calling the American Le Mans Series race. This multiple program transport stream was then sent to a set of Newtec Broadcast Satellite AZ110 Modulators with built-in up-converters using 32APSK to fit it all into one 36MHz C-band transponder. Content from the backhaul feeds went to ALMS Broadcast partners and the other feeds went to the “Net” utilizing Adtec Digital’s RD-60 IRD to demodulate the 32APSK satellite transmission.

“The results were impressive and that may open the door for other opportunities for high order modulation to be used as an alternative to fiber,” said Eric W. Kludt, technical manager for Mobile Satellite Connection.

The EN-81 is designed especially for Tier One Satellite, ASI and IP transport and DSNG applications. It offers 3D, HD and SD MPEG-4 AVC 4:2:2 and MPEG-2 encoding and boasts 16 channels of phase aligned audio.

“We are pleased to see that with our current solutions customers can achieve higher level of efficiency and offer more competitive services,” said Slava Frayter, VP Americas at Newtec. “New technologies, such as Clean Channel Technology (CCT), that Newtec made available earlier this year, will allow them to deliver even better results.”

“Adtec is very focused on Tier One contribution including Satellite, ASI and IP transport. The Mobile 1 Twelve Hours at Sebring contribution transmission represents just one example of how we differentiate our contribution solutions from others,” said Kevin Ancelin, Adtec co-founder and SVP sales. “Adtec has objectively presented MPEG4 AVC 4:2:2 compression, multiplexing and 32APSK to Tier One broadcasters worldwide for many years and it’s very exciting to see these technologies converge to deliver high performance, reliability, quality and innovation.”

The entirety of the race was downlinked using Adtec’s DVBS2 32APSK capable RD60 IRD by ESPN and others for live and re-broadcast purposes. The RD60 also provided DVBS2 32APSK RF to ASI turn which facilitated the global live web streaming of the Sebring event.  In addition to live web streaming, the race was re-broadcast on ABC Sunday March 18th.