Major breakthrough in the U.S.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Acrodyne Services, has chosen PROGIRA® plan software software for the planning of digital TV networks, including SFNs (Single Frequency Networks), in the U.S. with the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

“We are very proud to introduce Sinclair Broadcast as our new PROGIRA® plan customer and start the cooperation with one of the leading broadcast operators in the U.S. Our new customer and partner in the U.S. market gives us a chance to work closely with the North American broadcasters and help  introduce the new ATSC 3.0 standard in the U.S. market,”– said Patrik Engstedt, CEO at PROGIRA Radio Communication AB.

“We knew that taking full advantage of ATSC 3.0 capabilities would require new planning software, and we found in PROGIRA a capable partner willing to take on the challenge of developing a product for ATSC 3.0 applicable to the U.S. marketplace.  We are confident that PROGIRA’s knowledge of OFDM systems, combined with Sinclair’s expertise in the U.S. market and the technical capabilities of Dielectric and Acrodyne Services, will help us extract the optimum capabilities of ATSC 3.0, including widespread implementation of SFNs (Single Frequency Networks),” stated Andy Whiteside, President of Dielectric/General Manager of Acrodyne Services, both Sinclair Broadcast Group subsidiaries.

Sinclair is an active proponent of “Next Gen” broadcast services, which allow for new business opportunities to be developed from the ATSC 3.0 standard. The PROGIRA planning/design tools complement the unique engineering and technology talent that exists within the Sinclair Engineering group and the Acrodyne and Dielectric teams of RF, antenna and transmission system experts. This level of ‘vertical implementation’ and planning has not previously existed in the U.S. because the current broadcast standard does not support the widespread use of SFNs. PROGIRA and its principals have been engaged in the planning and provisioning of OFDM based MFNs (Multi Frequency Networks) and SFNs at all levels in numerous countries for decades, and they bring a level of experience that complements the collaborative engineering teams within Sinclair.

Sinclair Broadcast Group:  Sinclair is the largest and one of the most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country.  The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.

Acrodyne Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair, provides service and support for Broadcast transmitters throughout the world. This includes the large installed base of transmitters sold by Acrodyne Industries (Ai) over its 40 year history, as well as products manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz, Harris, Comark and others. The staff of Acrodyne Services offer a combined total of over 150 years of experience in the design, manufacture, installation and support of all types of TV transmitters. www.acrodyneservices.com

Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. From remote stations to major markets, Dielectric has been delivering solutions for every need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. The Company is a trusted partner of broadcasters worldwide. More information can be accessed at www.dielectric.com