KTVX-TV Combines Three Stations With Utah Scientific

ABC affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City has installed Utah Scientific digital routing and control gear to combine three separate broadcast channels into a single system. The new operation brings in CW affiliate KUCW and The HiveTV, an ABC digital multicast channel with local programming.

The new installation uses two UTAH-400 routers that can be loaded up to 144x144 and support all digital formats including 1080p. The UTAH SC-400 router control system is also included in the configuration. The UTAH-400 features a flexible 8x8 source design, which allows KTVX more control as they add HD sources and will also allow them to shift easily between SD and HD sources as their mix changes.

KTVX says it selected the new Utah Scientific equipment because it needed a new routing system that would allow the facility to continue using a legacy Grass Valley 7000 Series router; the SC-400 control system, which ties the old and new systems together, met that requirement. Another factor in the selection of the Utah Scientific equipment was the tight integration with NVerzion automation. The new system went live in August 2006.

"One of the nice things about working with Utah Scientific was that they were able to meet our accelerated timeline," said KTVX/KUCW Director of Engineering David Bird. "They helped us arrange an efficient setup that ensured there was no disruption of the ABC or CW operations during the transition."