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The 'Late Show' Hops on Sony's HD Highway

Perhaps the "Late Show with David Letterman" show should list the top 10 reasons why viewers should make the transition to digital; CBS is purchasing Sony switchers and monitors for HD broadcasts.

As part of the digital makeover for The Ed Sullivan Theater, the CBS show is purchasing Sony's MVS-8000A production switcher, SRW-5000 HDCAM-SR VTR and the LUMA LCD monitors, increasing the broadcast image quality.

The production switcher includes digital video effects capabilities--large storage capacity for snapshots and the ability to recall setting on-the-fly--useful for the "Top 10" list and other pre-taped spots.

Sony's VTR is part of the CineAlta product line of 24p production technologies geared towards the high capacity of TV production. The VTR writes 44 0Mbps to tape at 10-bit resolution and can record 12 channels of uncompressed audio as 24-bit/48Hz sampling.