Richmond CBS affiliate automates with Morpheus

Pro-Bel has supplied a wide range of automation, routing and master control technology to Raycom-owned station WTVR and the shared services operation of Southeastern Media’s WUPV, in Richmond, VA, to facilitate the transition to digital with a clear migration path to HD.

CBS affiliate WTVR broadcasts in HD (pass through from CBS and upconverting local origination) in addition to a 24-hour SD weather channel. WUPV, which uses a much higher percentage of server-based content, is a CW affiliate broadcasting in HD and analog.

The facility has selected and installed a two-channel Morpheus automation and playout system from Pro-Bel to handle all of the automation requirements. This includes Morpheus Acquisition ingest stations and Morpheus File Gateway Delivery technology to interface with Pathfire’s Digital Media Gateway (DMG) electronic content delivery platform.

The Morpheus automation controls the switching on both HD channels between the upconverted NTSC lines and true HD sources and is used extensively for scheduled satellite recordings.

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