TVN TECH: NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

CNN Rides The IP Train Into Hudson Yards

The global news giant has built the first major broadcast facility to be completely based on the SMPTE 2110 IP networking standard. “The idea behind going IP was to get everything across CNN’s facilities connected,” says Bob Hesskamp, EVP of broadcast engineering for Turner. “The other reason we did this was we wanted to build a facility that wasn’t out of date on Day One, that was software-configurable, expandable and easier to make changes to.”

TECH SPOTLIGHT

Teleprompters: Not Just For Studios Anymore

Smaller, lighter and less expensive portable systems, including ones that use iPads and iPhones as displays, have expanded the market greatly. Some recent innovations in teleprompter design from nonbroadcast uses are filtering back into TV through the newsrooms of smaller-market stations and a new-media industry creating content online — evidence that the teleprompter can now be used anywhere. However, for upmarket broadcasters that value reliability over all else, larger, conventional systems are still in demand.

DMA 41 (HARRISBURG, PA)

WHTM Transitions To HD With Autoscript

When Allbritton Communications’ ABC affiliate WHTM Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 41), made the transition to HD, the station also upgraded its studio teleprompting gear, selecting teleprompters from Autoscript. “Local news is the heart and soul of what we do as a local station—it is our direct connection to the community,” said Keith Blaisdell, director of technology, […]

Autoscript Names David Cox Key Accounts Manager

Autoscript, Vitec Group’s teleprompting company/ brand, today named broadcast and professional video sales industry veteran David Cox has been appointed key accounts manager. Cox brings more than 22 years of experience to his new role, having represented several other Vitec Group brands, including Anton/Bauer, OConnor, Sachtler and Vinten. Prior to joining the Autoscript sales team, […]