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KATU and KVAL Convert News Operations to Panasonic P2

Fisher Communications sations go with solid-state memory system (August 11, 2005)

(August 11, 2005) Panasonic Broadcast announced today that Seattle-based Fisher Communications, Inc. has purchased DVCPRO P2 series solid-state memory format products for news operations at ABC affiliate KATU (Portland, OR) and CBS affiliate KVAL-TV (Eugene, OR) in a sale valued at more than $850,000. Fisher operates 10 television and 27 radio stations throughout the Northwest.

In total, KATU and KVAL-TV are currently taking delivery of 29 fully-equipped AJ-SPX800 P2 cameras, 29 AJ-PCS060 P2 Store drives, seven AJ-SDP850 decks with built-in DVD recorders, 17 AJ-PCD10 drives and a large number of 4GB P2 cards.

Kelly Alford, Director of Engineering, Fisher Communications, said, ?At KATU and KVAL, we were faced with an immediate need to replacing aging analog gear, and the decision to go tape-less was driven by the desire to move closer to more IT-related systems, in keeping with Fishers overall file-based infrastructure.

He continued, ?We chose P2 based on its total absence of any moving parts and its ability to treat everything as a file. The formats extremely file transfer rate is a huge competitive advantage?its all about getting stories on the air faster.

?P2 likewise provides seamless integration with our existing BitCentral media asset management system, which also features Canopus editing tools. With P2, we can file transfer directly into the BitCentral system, and either play out to air or even move news content in a file format across our network of stations. Ultimately, we view these P2 installations at KATU and KVAL as trial balloons gauging our ability to transition to IT/file-based news operations at all our stations.

Commenting on the purchase of ultra-rugged AJ-PCS060 portable 60GB drives, Alford said, ?The introduction of the P2 Store drive allayed any concerns we had about moving files off the cameras in the field. Equipped with the rugged drive, an ENG crew can clean out its camera, move on to the next story and continue shooting. 

The AJ-PCS060 portable drive stores 60GB of DVCPRO footage on a 1.4-pound, ultra-rugged internal hard drive that simplifies ENG workflow. A P2 card plugs into the drive and the DVCPRO contents transfers at faster than real time. With AJ-PCS060, news crews need fewer reusable P2 cards in the field since the Store drive holds the contents of up to 15 (4GB) P2 cards. A user can connect a P2-compatible edit system to the P2 Stores 2.0 port for instant access to content.

Panasonics DVCPRO P2 series products -- adopted by more than 70 U.S. TV stations -- are fully compatible with DVCPRO, the industrys standard for digital newsgathering, and provide a seamless migration path to DVCPRO HD.  DVCPRO P2 offers nonlinear acquisition and instant access to material, high-speed file transfer, laptop field editing without requirement for proxy videos, and compatibility with off-the-shelf data storage drives for low-cost archiving, while eliminating traditional digitizing and ingesting operations. Core DVCPRO P2 products AJ-SPX800 camcorder, AJ-SPD850 recorder, and AJ-PCD10 drive -- eliminate transports and mechanisms, resulting in a significant maintenance cost-savings because of the absence of any moving parts that can break down or wear out from repetitive use. Moreover, DVCPRO P2 products are resistant to environmental extremes including shock, vibration, and humidity. The P2 card is re-usable, allowing a station to substantially reduce its media budget.

About Fisher Communications, Inc.
Fisher Communications, Inc. is a Seattle-based integrated media company.  Its nine network-affiliated television stations, and a tenth station 50% owned by Fisher Communications, are located in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and its 27 radio stations broadcast in Washington and Montana. It also owns and operates Fisher Plaza, a facility located near downtown Seattle.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems.  Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.

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