WLS-TV broadcasts Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in HD
January 4, 2008
On November 17th, the 16th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and parade was broadcast live on Chicago’s WLS-TV in the 720p HD format using a variety of COFDM microwave equipment from Nucomm.
To bring the popular event to more than 180,000 area households, the station set up four remote sites along the procession route, which ran three quarters of a mile between the north end of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive.
Among the Nucomm gear used included three portable ChannelMaster TX1 transmitters, two of which were based on rooftops and one located on a scissor lift and used for sending signals back to a central receive site. One ChannelMaster RX1 receiver located in the center of Michigan Avenue was also used, along with two Newscaster CR6D receivers and a Newscaster DR, all of which were stationed in the middle of the street atop a scissor lift platform.
In addition, a Nucomm Newscaster VT2 transmitter was mounted inside one of the station’s mobile trucks and a CamPac2 COFDM transmitter was attached alongside a 1936 fire truck that functioned as a chase vehicle for capturing the front of the festival’s signature Walt Disney float.
The live HD broadcast of the event was syndicated throughout the country and televised in 24 separate markets, including New York and Los Angeles.
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