For about three years, Cowles Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KHQ Spokane, Wash. (DMA 75), had been relying on upconversion to deliver its HD content to audiences. With the help of systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), the station has upgraded its master control to handle full HD — and converted the operation into a centralcasting […]
Cowles is putting the finishing touches on a three-station centralcasting system in Washington state that uses fiber links obtained from Charter Cable in a retransmission consent deal to connect the hub — KHQ Spokane — with KNDO Yakima and KNDU Richland. The centralcasting system is the culmination of more than three years of planning and upgrading on the KHQ facility that also puts the station on the verge on being fully HD.
Mark Siegel, president of Advanced Broadcast Solutions, went to the NAB Show with a critical eye on the exhibitors and their offerings. He recaps the big trends (multiplatform distribution, cloud processing and centralcasting) as well as traffic replacing master control as the heart of TV stations, rapid developments in lighting, IP for ENG and his surprise at the lack of enthusiasm by stations for virtual news sets.
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