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GatesAir Wins TVN Chile Digital TV Transmission Contract


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Project will initially deploy 124 transmitters over a three-year period with more to follow, meeting South America’s 2022 DTV transition deadline for secondary cities

CINCINNATI, October 16, 2019GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has won a large digital TV (DTV) transmission contract with Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN Chile), a Chilean public service broadcaster. The contract stipulates a three-year rollout of 124 ISDB-Tb DTV transmitters in key cities throughout Chile, with initial deployments focused on the metropolitan centers of Concepcion and Valparaiso City.

TVN Chile selected GatesAir, one of 12 transmission suppliers under evaluation, due to its industry-leading longevity, reliable customer service and support, and positive experiences with GatesAir analog TV transmitters. TVN Chile also pointed to GatesAir’s high-efficiency transmitter designs and broad range of power levels as key factors in their decision. The initial rollout includes a mix of Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled (1 kW and higher) and UAXTE air-cooled (under 1 kW) transmitters, with additional phases to follow.

“GatesAir has been in business for nearly 100 years, and has supported many of the largest national DTV transition projects worldwide,” said Mario Sepulveda, Chief Engineer, TVN Chile. “Our experience with GatesAir has proven they can reliably support large transmission networks with technical resources and spare parts, quickly solve problems, and fortify projects with customer-friendly frame agreements and warranties. All of this speaks to the very high quality of their products and services. The very high efficiency of Maxiva transmitters will also reduce footprint and air conditioning at all of our transmission sites, lowering our total cost of ownership throughout Chile.”

Chile’s unusual geography makes DTV transmission a unique challenge for broadcasters, with mountainous and coastal regions runningnorth to south in close proximity through much of country. The country’s long length can also produce dramatic differences in temperature range, making GatesAir’s liquid-cooled solutions highly valuable in Chile’s hottest summer weather. GatesAir’s ULXTE transmitters are used worldwide to substantially reduce air conditioning use for higher power transmission systems in warmer climates.

Sepulveda adds that GatesAir’s integrated remux technology will simplify regional content distribution. Content generated at TVN Chile’s Santiago headquarters is distributed to satellites in different regions, with unique program multiplexes delivered in the north and the south. Maxiva transmitters in each region will receive their DTV broadcast multiplexes via satellite, and then “remux” the signals for transmission to regional viewers.

“Our customers in Latin America face a challenging, multi-phased DTV transition timeframe ending in 2024,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “Our experience in supporting the world’s most challenging DTV transitions and deadlines makes GatesAir the ideal partner for TVN Chile. We will work closely with TVN Chile to meet their 2022 transition deadline for secondary cities, while providing a technically superior solution that will help them introduce new services and reduce operational costs nationwide.”

About TVN

Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) is a Chilean public service broadcaster. It was founded by order of President Eduardo Frei Montalva and launched nationwide on September 18, 1969. Since then, the company has been reorganized on several occasions and its operations areas have increased over the years, becoming one of the leading television broadcaster in Chile and South America.

About GatesAir   

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.  With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.


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