Fox Buys Panasonic D-5 HD Mastering VTRS

Fox Network recently bought eight AJ-JD3700B D-5 HD mastering VTRs to archive the networks' inaugural hi-def broadcasts of the upcoming NFL season.

The VTRs will be installed at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles. Starting Sept. 12, Fox will convert all of its network operations to the 720p HD format. The network's 2004-2005 HD NFL schedule includes six regular-season NFL games per Sunday, all postseason games and the 2005 Super Bowl.

"The D-5 HD machine is the optimum machine to use to archive our NFL coverage in the 720p HD format," said Andrew G. Setos, Fox Group's president of engineering. The AJ-JD3700B records up to 124 minutes in 1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p and 480/59.94i. Users can record and playback eight channels of audio in SD (NTSC or PAL) and HD.

This fall, Fox will broadcast the World Series in HD and next year NASCAR's Daytona 500 will be in HD.