Hearst-Argyle Purchases Sony Gear

Sony Electronics has signed a two-year deal with the Hearst-Argyle station group to supply DVS-9000 SD switchers to seven of its stations. Two other Hearst-Argyle stations will adopt the DVCAM format for ENG applications.

The digital video switchers are scheduled to be installed within the next two months at Albuquerque, N.M.-based KOAT, WYFF in Greenville, S.C., Louisville, Ky.-based WKLY, Omaha, Neb.-based KETV, WESH in Orlando, Fla., Pittsburgh-based WTAE and WXII in Winston-Salem, N.C. The agreement, which gives the seven stations a common control surface, "also means that a technical director at one station can build an effect that becomes available to all," said Steve Jacobs, senior VP of broadcast and production systems for Sony's Business Solutions and Systems Company.

WMUR in Manchester, N.H. and Lancaster, Penn.-based WGAL will take delivery of more than 75 DVCAM videotape recorders in the next two months, using the digital video imagery and the i.LINK (IEEE 1394) digital interface to create digital production environments with compatible equipment.

The DVS-9000 uses the same modular control panel and operational software as Sony's multi-format MVS-8000 switcher. It provides up to four Mix Effects, 80 digital video inputs, 56 outputs and eight digital effects channels with video and key.