As channels multiple so does need for software to manage them, says TV group. First installation is slated for KVIA El Paso.
News-Press & Gazette is turning to Sundance Digital to help manage multiplying channels at its stations.
The small, St. Joseph, Mo.-based TV station group said it will use Sundance’s FastBreak NXT solution to automate spot insertion, program playout and the recording of satellite feeds.
News-Press will introduce Sundance at KVIA, the ABC affiliate for El Paso, Texas, next month, and at KTVZ Bend, Ore., and KECY Yuma, Ariz., later this year.
News-Press is upgrading its servers and routers and using “Sundance automation to direct the whole show,” says Jim DeChant, director or technical operations for the group.
The challenge is operating multiple channels without increasing the payroll, says DeChant.
KVIA, the ABC affiliate in El Paso, Texas, is a case in point, DeChant says. In addition to broadcasting a conventional ABC analog signal, he says, it is broadcasting HD on one digital channel and, starting next month, a 24-hour CW affiliate on another. It is also providing separate SD and HD feeds to the local cable system.
News-Press also owns or manages stations in Palm Springs, Calif.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Grand Junction, Colo,; and Idaho Falls, Idaho.
DeChant says he anticipates eventually deploying Sundance automation across all the News-Press stations.