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KET DataCast

KET’s transition to digital transmission allows us to expand our offerings far beyond traditional television programs. We have reserved a portion of our digital capacity for datacasting—the broadcast transmission of encoded text, image, and even audio and video files for capture by computers in homes, schools, offices, and government agencies throughout Kentucky.

The following pages contain more information about KET DataCast:

Datacasting Q&A

What is datacasting?

Datacasting is a technology that allows KET to transmit information to computers statewide. Anything that can be digitally encoded—text articles, still or animated images, data formatted to be read into a computerized database, even audio and video—can be transmitted as part of the digital television signal, then either displayed in real time by a computer or stored as local files for on-demand access.

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Why is KET doing this?

KET is required by the FCC to convert to digital television transmission. Because of our public service mission, we are committed to using the additional distribution capacity offered by digital TV to address educational and informational needs throughout the Commonwealth.

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What advantages does datacasting have for Kentuckians?

The KET DataCast service allows state and federal agencies to distribute information to local entities such as schools, health departments, and emergency operations centers around the state, without depending on Internet connections and the associated bandwidth and traffic issues.

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What data services are available?

These services are in use now:

  • NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radar images, forecasts, and warnings are available to the general public. You may also watch live Kentucky House and Senate proceedings and interim committee meetings via datacasting.
  • The KET DataCast First Responders’ Network is part of the Digital Emergency Alert System. The Louisville Fire Department uses KET’s digital network to provide simultaneous data and video, as well as weather radar images, forecasts, and warnings from NOAA, to all Metro Louisville fire stations.
  • The Kentucky Department of Family and Health Services, in cooperation with local hospitals, uses KET DataCast as a way for local health departments across the state to hold meetings and training sessions without traveling to specific locations, reducing travel costs and downtime for these services in their home communities. KET DataCast also allows local hospitals to receive up-to-date information from the Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control.
  • The Kentucky Department of Transportation is saving $100,000 annually by using KET DataCast to send information about road conditions and weather to travel kiosks at rest areas throughout the state.
  • The University of Kentucky’s Math and Science departments are exploring the potential uses of datacasting in teaching and administration.

Information to be datacast may be made available to all users of the system or may be encrypted for use only by authorized personnel. KET is working with law enforcement and homeland security agencies to identify how datacasting can help make their operations more effective and efficient. We are also developing pilot projects with K-12 schools to explore the vast potential for datacasting in education.

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What do I need to receive data from KET?

You’ll need an antenna capable of receiving digital television signals; a 500 MHz Pentium computer or better with Windows® XP, or Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later installed; Windows MediaPlayer® version 9 or above; and a datacast receiver box. See Equipment and Software for details on the products KET has tested with our system and a link to download the KET DataCast software.

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Where do I get the software?

KET’s datacasting software may be downloaded from the Equipment and Software page.

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Where can I get further information?

If you have installed datacasting equipment but are having trouble receiving data, please see our Installation FAQ for solutions to the most common issues.

For answers to other questions about datacasting, contact

Transmission Systems
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
(800) 432-0951, ext. 7171

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600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 258-7000 (800) 432-0951