In a new three-year deal, the hardware vendors will provide solid-state HD camcorders and recorders to the entire station group. It already supplies SD units to five stations.
Panasonic Broadcast today announced that it has signed a three-year deal with the Fox to supply P2 HD solid-state camcorders and recorders to all Fox owned-and-operated TV stations.
The agreement covers AJ-HPX2000 2/3″ P2 HD camcorders, AJ-HPM100 P2 HD mobile recorders, P2 Cards as well as P2 drives and other P2 products.
“We are very pleased to be chosen by Fox, one of our original development partners for P2, to supply its television stations with P2 HD and P2 equipment,” said John Baisley, president, Panasonic Broadcast. “This substantial commitment reinforces Panasonic’s leadership in high definition.”
“P2 is a proven technology with extensive customer experience, and Panasonic is deeply committed to the continued development of innovative yet practical P2 HD solid state solutions that deliver substantial workflow improvements and overall operating efficiencies,” said Baisley.
The Fox station group comprises 35 stations in 26 markets, covering nearly 45% of U.S. television homes. This includes duopolies in nine markets—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington D.C., Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
Currently, five Fox stations—WNYW and WWOR New York; WTXF Philadelphia, KRIV Houston; and KTVI St. Louis—are using Panasonic’s P2 SD gear for news production.