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Jacques van Oene

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From: Houten, The Netherlands
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 05-26-2005 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

NASA TV is moving forward with its July 1 plans to convert from a
single analog NTSC channel to four channels of Standard Definition MPEG-2
digital video, including a dedicated Media Services channel.

The conversion will require broadcast media to upgrade with an "addressable"
Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) to participate in live news events,
interviews, and press briefings; and to receive NASA's Video File feeds.

Agency mission coverage will air on a digital NASA TV Public Services
channel, for which a basic IRD will be needed. Educators, learning
institutions and museums also will need a basic IRD to access a new,
dedicated Education Services channel.

The digital signal for the Public Services channel is already available.
Testing of the new digital infrastructure may cause periodic interruptions
in analog NASA TV programming.

"This is a major milestone for NASA Television," said Dean Acosta, Acting
Assistant Administrator for NASA's Office of Public Affairs in Washington.
"The move to contemporary digital technology will allow us to better serve
the public and broadcast media with improved imagery and better products
specifically targeted for their use."

Addressable, store-and-forward capable IRDs will allow media users to store
"pushed" content for retrieval and playback at their convenience. This will
eliminate the need for monitoring of and rolling record tapes for agency

NASA TV's analog NTSC service will remain available through late June to
provide viewers adequate time to upgrade equipment for the switch. The new
digital NASA TV channels will be on the satellite AMC 6, transponder (17).

In addition to the media, education and public services channels, a fourth
channel will be dedicated to internal use by Space Operations for mission

For the latest information about the NASA TV digital conversion on the Web,

For technical specifications and pricing from NASA TV's equipment
contractor, visit:




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From: Brimfield, MA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 05-26-2005 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now could you say that again more slowly and maybe in English this time!(???)

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