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Florida's WPBF Taps BeckTV for HD Station Upgrade
ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, has upgraded its HD
production control room and routing infrastructure with the help of
BeckTV a system integrator bade in Austin, Texas. BeckTV worked
closely with WPBF engineers to ensure a smooth transition from old
facilities and equipment to new future-proof facilities and systems.
new control room is all HD and has improved the station's on-air
In order to
minimize disruption of the Hearst Television station's on-air
broadcasts, the upgrade project was completed in phases. Together
WPBF and BeckTV chose new rack systems and designed and built a new
electrical distribution system to support the demands of today's
IT-heavy broadcast infrastructure. BeckTV optimized the control room
environment by custom-building all of the control room cabinetry and
by situating noisy equipment away from the operational environments.
Thomas, chief engineer at WPBF, said they started planning more than
a year before the project started and his station now has "a new
facility that will withstand the test of time. And we did so while
staying on budget and on schedule."
WPBF was broadcasting an HD signal upconverted from an SD output from
the production control room. The new upgrade has enabled the station
to shift to a full HD workflow. Thus, in addition to establishing a
much more reliable and flexible infrastructure for HD production, the
broadcaster was able to boost the visual quality of the HD content it
offers to viewers.
have worked with many Hearst Television stations to assure that they
transition smoothly to HD and that their investment in new facilities
and systems meets their requirements while providing the headroom for
further growth," said John FitzRandolph, vice president and
senior engineer at BeckTV, Denver. "Though the scope of this
project was substantial, our experience and WPBF's engagement in the
process allowed us to meet all of its objectives successfully."