7850 Enterprise St
Burnaby, BC V5A 3A3
Title: Visit to Global BC Shawmedia TV Studio
Presented by: Mr. Gerry Persoon
Abstract: Although HD is not mandated by the CRTC until 2011, the Global Television Network has begun taking steps towards conversion since 2008. Global Television in Ontario currently provides an HD stream to some of the larger BDUs – broadcast distribution undertaking (BDUs are your local cable or satellite providers). We will be addressing each Global station over a period of time and not all at once. There is no over the air transmission available yet, but we expect to have an over the air HD transmitter up and running for CHCH Hamilton, Global Ontario and Global BC. After they are set up and running, Calgary and Edmonton will follow for an HD transmitter, followed by the remaining Global Networks. Detailed specifications (i.e. the actual channel #’s) will come at a later date. Please join us for a visit with technical emphasis at the newly upgraded studio in Burnaby.
Biography: Gerry Persoon – Engineering Supervisor. Gerry received his C.E.T. diploma from VCC/VVI in 1975. He have been employed with the BCTV/Global BC Engineering department for 35 years. As Engineering Supervisor, he is responsible for maintaining the virtual set studios and digital newsroom system in Burnaby; the digital and analog transmitters on Mount Seymour, as well as several rebroadcast transmitters, tower cams and digital microwave receive sites in the Lower Mainland and Whistler. He also maintain 2 digital microwave live trucks and a satellite uplink truck for live News broadcasts now transitioning to HD. The local News gathering resources include 20 fully equipped News vans which are being outfitted with the latest Sony PMW 350 XDCam HD camera. We are currently working with our new owner Shaw Media to share HD video content between the entire Global Television Network using JPEG 2000 encoding, which will provide high quality and low latency for live HD broadcasts.
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