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Denver 8 TV Taps Telecast CopperHead for Remote Production

Denver 8 TV, a cable channel that offers live coverage of public policy programming to subscribers living in Denver, has selected Telecast Fiber Systems' CopperHead fiber-optic camera transceivers to enable remote production of live and taped meetings held within the city government offices.

The channel's production crew uses the camera-mounted CopperHead to transport audio and video signals over fiber between three cameras and the production control room located across the street at the city and county building. The CopperHead transceiver has a distance capability of more than 12 miles, and the small camera-mounted multiplexer carries all the signals required for electronic or satellite transmission via the city's telecommunications fiber infrastructure.

Denver 8 TV, carried on the basic tier of the Comcast local cable system, is currently using Digital CopperHead systems with SDI cameras in analog mode so that signals are compatible with the analog control room infrastructure. The fiber system can also handle HD-SDI should Denver 8 TV upgrade.

"The CopperHead systems were attractive to us because of their compact design and ability to feed directly to fiber at the camera," said Alan Hayden, technical lead and director-editor at Denver 8 TV. "Today we can provide high quality live coverage of events from another building without having to construct a separate control room."