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FOX adds eight Panasonic D-5 HD mastering VTRs for “NFL ON FOX”

Panasonic's AJ-HD3700B D-5 HD mastering VTRs

The FOX Network’s Engineering & Operations division has purchased eight AJ-HD3700B D-5 HD mastering VTRs from Panasonic for HDTV recording in its network operations.

FOX will use the new D-5 HD VTRs to archive this season’s broadcasts of NFL football games, including the 2005 Super Bowl, all of which FOX is producing for the first time in the 720p HD format.

These new D-5 VTRs add to those FOX purchased last year for taking in network programs from outside sources. To date, Panasonic has delivered more than 3000 D-5 VTRs worldwide.

FOX will also install the new AJ-HD3700B VTRs at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, and as of Sept. 12, will convert all of its network operations to the 720p HD format.

At that time, the network will distribute at least half of its primetime schedule in HD, as well as six regular-season NFL games per Sunday, and all postseason NFL games, including Super Bowl XXXIX. The network also will make history with the first-ever HD broadcast of the World Series this fall, and will televise NASCAR’s Daytona 500 in HD next February.

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