WABC-TV Taps Nucomm for HD-ENG

WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York City, has selected the Nucomm ChannelMaster digital and analog microwave transmitter for its HD news helicopter.

The helicopter, which is owned and operated by Metro Networks, was outfitted with the Nucomm ChannelMaster CMTX1, a lightweight, dual band (2 and 7GHz) portable digital and analog transmitter. The HD signal is transmitted to the CMTX1 through an ASI input from the HD encoder. The HD signal is then received at WABC's receive site with the Nucomm CR6D Central Receiver and the NCRX1 Newscoder COFDM demodulator and MPEG-2 decoder; then it is relayed back to the studio where the HD signal is prepared for storage, editing or live broadcast.

"Nucomm has been pleased to work with WABC on this important news gathering project. As the U.S. television industry prepares for its all-digital future, the ability to provide quality, high-definition news feeds in real time, is critical to local news operations," said Dr. John Payne, president of Nucomm.