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KVBC installs OmniBus automation for new weather channel

NBC affiliate KVBC-TV/DT, in Las Vegas, has upgraded its OmniBus Columbus automation system to enable efficient playout of a new digital channel, a localized 24-hour NBC Weather Plus channel with a minimum of human intervention.

The Columbus automation system has simplified the launch and maintenance of this new channel, providing a playout schedule along with associated router control for commercial server playout, the network receiver source, and local prerecorded weather content. The OmniBus automation system is providing playout for KVBC’s main channel while delivering local content along with NBC’s national weather feed.

Viewers of KVBC’s new weather channel can watch NBC national weather combined with local weather programming and commercial playout in a 15-minute block, and updated program blocks are presented 24 hours a day in a wheel format. The new channel requires only that the station's weatherman initiate recording of clips while the production crew runs the camera and microphone audio.

With control of the master control switcher and graphics devices, OmniBus’ Columbus automation system enables operators to precompile graphics packages and news items. As a result, a single operator at KVBC is able to play out complex sequences during weather programs and bulletins.

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