Transmission Specialist II

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The Transmission Specialist II is a public representative of the Transmission department and of ESPN through routine communication and coordination with other departments and with outside service providers and affiliates. This position also includes the operation of highly complex, addressable satellite distribution systems for domestic and international ESPN networks, PPV and VOD. Performance must be accurate, timely, and with a professional demeanor befitting this role. Work must be carried out with a minimum of supervision.

ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.
ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company?s mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.

Responsible for the high-quality distribution, switching, and quality control monitoring of all full-time and occasional ESPN networks regardless of the format (linear television, IP, fiber, etc.). Work closely with Manager of Transmission, Affiliate Business Operations, Programming, Network Control, Content Integration, Network Traffic, and the ESPN Assignment Desk to implement correct allocation and distribution of ESPN program signals. Manage affiliate access based on contractual obligations. Ensures accuracy of blackout & regionalization information and accurate transmission of all feeds Setup, timely reception, testing, and monitoring of all contribution signals whether they are for any of ESPN?s networks throughout the globe or for highlight purposes. Operation of ESPNet, ESPN?s private DTM fiber network with demarcation points worldwide. Provisioning bandwidth and routing services. Troubleshooting local systems and escalating problems to 3rd party vendors as needed. Strong comprehension of link connectivity; fiber network signal flow; redundancy and protection of signal. Act as ?first line? technical liaison to affiliates, ESPN clients, 3rd party providers, and remote customers to troubleshoot signal issues. Adjusts to live programming changes. Takes diagnostic and corrective actions to correct transmission problems associated with contribution or distribution signals. Signal processing to prepare Video, Audio, and Data content for use in ESPN production facilities including, video level and color adjustment, audio shuffling and level adjustment, lip-sync and video timing. Monitors Network signals and initiates corrective actions either with Transmission support or outside departments. Regularly interacts and maintains positive operating relationships with departments throughout ESPN. Regularly represents ESPN to customers and Affiliates throughout the world as first level technical liaisons. Regularly interacts with remote and ESPN freelance representatives to test and troubleshoot contribution signals. Regularly interacts with ESPN third party distributors to ensure proper transmission of ESPN products Keeps department management informed of equipment failures and operational problems. Provide general suggestions on modifying procedures and processes for more streamline workflow. Responsible for follow-up and resolution of daily operational problems through direct communication with other ESPN departments and outside companies. Embraces new technologies.
Excellent written and oral communication, organization, problem solving and computer skills
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a deadline-oriented live television environment
Availability to work in a 24 x 7 environment including weekends and holidays
Additional Qualifications
Minimum 3 years demonstrated broadcast technical operations experience in a medium or large market
Has awareness of MPEG-2 and MPEG4 digital compression systems
Has fundamental knowledge of RF related test equipment
Has fundamental knowledge of fiber DTM technology
Understands scrambling and descrambling systems used for front-haul/back-haul transmission applications

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