ARK Multicasting Launches Nation’s Largest Internet Broadcast Network

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CEDAR HILL, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – ARK Multicasting, a low-power television broadcaster and national leader in broadcast Internet technology, has deployed its first ten stations with ATSC 3.0 technology to enable broadcast Internet connectivity. The new TV standard ATSC 3.0 allows broadcasters like ARK to convert traditional television signals into wirelessly transmitted IP content, known as Internet Broadcast. ARK is leading the transformation from a traditional TV broadcaster to a wireless data streaming platform that offers streaming, distance learning, gaming and cloud services.

With 283 low-power television licenses and building permits across the United States, ARK Multicasting is uniquely positioned to deliver broadcast Internet services to millions of homes using ATSC 3.0 technology.

“The broadcast Internet – because of its one-to-many architecture – is ideally suited for moving large amounts of data to tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. Our network has the potential to increase the efficiency of 5G wireless networks, enable autonomous vehicles and provide farmers with precision farming technologies, ”said Josh Weiss, CEO of ARK.

The first two stations will be completed in December in Dallas, Texas and Panama City, Florida. The remaining 8 stations will begin broadcasting in ATSC 3.0 by the end of the first quarter of 2022. These stations include College Station, Texas, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Pensacola, Destin, a second station in Panama City, Jacksonville and Melbourne . , Florida.

ARK has partnered with leading providers of cloud computing and broadcast equipment to bring its broadcast internet technology online.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides infrastructure, software, and services that together form the edge-to-cloud platform for ARK’s Internet broadcast service. “We see ARK as a pioneer in the field of Internet broadcasting and praise its approach to delivering content to homes that do not have sufficient connectivity. With our best-in-class ATSC 3.0 compliant model, we can help them provide the central broadcast network controlling all stations and orchestration services, as well as enable the introduction of cases of ‘additional compelling uses,’ said Paolo Ceccherini, global business manager, digital video solutions, at HPE Communications Technology Group.

“Comark’s digital services and transmission teams are very pleased to help ARK bring a new business model to market through the development of ATSC 3.0. ARK is unique among broadcasters as it is one of the only companies in the industry to devote virtually all of its spectrum to delivering the Internet and we are excited about the future opportunities this may bring, ”said Jason Fiore, Director of Sales and business development.

Staging, Break-in and Deployment services will be completed by General DataTech, Inc. “GDT is proud to be part of the ARK Multicasting family as we partner to bring ATSC 3.0 to market. Through our partnership, ARK will be one of the largest broadcasters in the United States focused on bringing high-speed Internet and distance learning capabilities to rural America, ”said Thomas Ducatelli, CEO of GDT. ARK has also selected GDT for operations services in the future and through these services, ARK will be able to manage the entire environment from end to end.

ARK Multicasting deploys open standards-based solution from Triveni Digital which will include the SkyScraper® XM ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Data System, with ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway Scheduler, GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 and StreamScope transport encoder® XM analyzer. The Triveni Digital solution will operate in a virtualized environment to ensure high scalability for the delivery of ATSC 3.0 services.

“We are delighted to help ARK Multicasting explore the treasure trove of data streaming applications available in the ATSC 3.0 environment with our field proven SkyScraper XM data delivery system,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “In Triveni Digital’s decades of experience in traditional broadcast and data streaming, there is little that compares to the enthusiasm I feel for what ARK is deploying. They are true pioneers in this field and Triveni Digital is happy to be at their side, ”Bachofen continued.

“Since initially working with the ARK Multicasting team early several years ago, Ateme has focused his efforts on expanding the ATSC 3.0 markets with our compression solutions and our knowledge across the board. this industry, becoming a leading voice for ATSC 3.0 and working with partners to develop this space, ”said Dave Brass, vice president of strategy and market development for Ateme. “We are very motivated to work with the visionaries of ARK and all the partners on this project. ”

“Most people don’t think of broadcast television as a wireless service provider, but that is about to change and ARK is at the forefront,” said Mark O’Brien, president of SpectraRep, the distance education provider deployed on the first 10 stations. “Distance learning, public safety and other pillars of data dissemination are taken to a whole new level, and new services that we never even imagined are now possible. SpectraRep is proud to share ARK’s vision and to be part of this historic deployment of NextGenTV.

ARK has selected digital alert systems for emergency alerts. “It’s so rewarding to be a part of ARK Multicasting’s unique business model, which transforms a traditional low-power broadcaster into a key part of the Internet ecosystem,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development for Digital. Alert Systems. “There is hardly a better company to showcase the full capabilities of DASDEC. And with 300 stations across the country, ARK Multicasting represents a great opportunity for digital alerting systems as they convert more and more of these stations to ATSC 3.0 and meet their EAS obligations while improving internet efficiency.

ARK Multicasting’s first 10 ATSC 3.0 deployments are just the start of an ambitious development program for the low-power broadcaster. Pending supply chain availability, ARK intends to deploy ATSC 3.0 across its entire footprint over the next 18 months, bringing broadcast internet connectivity to more than 100 million Americans.

About ARK Multicast, Inc.

ARK Multicasting, an advanced next-generation television company, is based in Dallas. ARK leverages the power of broadcast television by adding IP multicast extension to the unicast Internet. ARK is at the forefront of developing broadcast internet services with solutions to relieve ISP congestion and provide data streaming services for many verticals including distance learning, connected car market , smart agriculture, telehealth and the best video streaming providers. ARK’s footprint of approximately 300 broadcast assets spanning 1/3 of the United States and approximately 100 million people is at the forefront of the industry in Next Gen TV ATSC 3.0. For more information, visit www.ARKMulticasting.com.

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