WTAP-TV turns to Utah Scientific master control, routing for HD broadcast
July 25, 2006
Gray Television-owned WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, WV, recently purchased master control and routing switchers from Utah Scientific to help make the transition to HD broadcast.
As part of its new production system, the station has installed four Utah Scientific MC-2020 SD/HD master control switchers and a 144 x 144 UTAH-400 HD routing switcher.
Among the reasons WTAP selected Utah’s products was its ability to process the various feed formats entering the facility for its four broadcast streams serving the mid-Ohio Valley. NBC signals are broadcast on WTAP-DTV and -HDTV as well as the station’s UHF channel. WTAP’s two other channels, FOX and UPN, are currently broadcast in standard definition. The UTAH-400 HD routing switcher at WTAP handles analog, SDI and HD formats, and it has been set up to route the various signals to format converters as necessary. WTAP’s new system also includes Omneon Spectrum video servers and Harris automation. The HD/SD-2020 digital master control switchers provide WTAP with a full range of mixing and keying functionality, and drive all the switching and routing functions within the station’s master control facility.
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