XDS Information

X-Digital Systems (XDS) Distribution Platform

Westwood One distributes programs via the X-Digital Systems platform. The XDS-PRO receiver represents the very latest technology to be applied to radio network program satellite distribution and is packed with features that benefit stations:

  • The system is program-based as opposed to a channel-based system. The user schedules programs based upon a title – not a channel.
  • Automated program switching: Configure sequential program schedules via a personalized web page where you can set up your receiver for the way you use programming. No more having to switch channels manually, or to use external switching devices. Each receiver can execute separate schedules for up to four radio stations, one station per output port.
  • Special Events scheduler which allows your programming selection to override your existing program schedule for the duration of the selected Special Event programs. This scheduling feature is valuable and convenient for programming sports or live events.
  • Built-in digital recording and playback: In the XDS PRO, you may set the schedule to record network programs to internal receiver memory and play them back, complete with Netcue contact closures, at the playback time(s) you designate.
  • Do-it-yourself Netcue relay closures: On your receiver web page you can map any 3-character Netcue code to any relay contact on your receiver with a few keystrokes. Netcues are listed in the Help Menu at the site.
  • The XDS web interface allows you to make all of these changes from anywhere on the World Wide Web. No more having to go to the station to make last-minute changes. You can do it from home or from the road.
  • Internet features: The XDS PRO should be connected to a broadband, always-on internet connection. This provides you with two main features:
    • Your receiver’s technical logs and other health and status data can be reported back to Westwood One so that our Affiliate Technical Services desk can better and more quickly troubleshoot and resolve any issues.
    • If the satellite link is interrupted by bad weather, technical failures, the Spring and Fall sun outages, or for any other reason, your receiver will acquire live program streams from the Network over the internet so you won’t lose more than 30 seconds of programming.

XDS Receiver FAQs

Helpful Documents

More information and supporting documentation about XDS.

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