KJCT-TV Goes Local HD in Western Colorado

KJCT-TV (“KJCT News 8”) in Grand Junction, Colo., has become the first broadcaster in that part of the state covering the Western Slope to go local HD. The station, an ABC affiliate, began transmitting its local news, weather and sports in 720p a few days ago.

The end-result of all the infrastructure makeover from analog to digital in the past several months has been both “exciting and terrifying,” the station said on its Web site, www.kjct8.com

“Behind the scenes, our newscast directors are the captains of the switcher ships, making sure video clips, camera shots and live shots are punched up at the right time. For years, they've been working with the same system. Now our directors will soon be using our new HD board. These can handle numerous different sources. Studio, traffic cameras, graphics, it's all here,” the station tells viewers online.

KJCT News 8 is deploying a new Sony switcher, a First Warn 8 Weather Center that now tracks storms with HD resolution, and improved weather maps producing far more clarity than before, the station said.

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