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New Telecast POV System Powers Remote News Bureau

New Bureau Link provides secure, high-speed cross-town transmissions (March 08, 2005)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced that Providence, R.I.-based CBS affiliate WPRI-TV has partnered with The Providence Journal to set up a news bureau at the newspaper's facility, with cameras and bi-directional audio controlled remotely by Telecast's POV (point-of-view) fiber optic transceiver modules over eight miles of fiber. Featuring an integral 10/100 Ethernet path, the new Bureau Link POV system allows WPRI's personnel to operate the cameras and audio equipment directly from their PCs via a cross-town connection that eliminates the bandwidth and security issues characteristic of VPN or dial-up transmissions. Telecast's integration of Ethernet connectivity gives the station maximum flexibility and control over this remote bureau, allowing more diverse coverage for its viewers without further tapping the station's production resources.

"Our news bureau gives WPRI reporters the ability to go live from a location outside our main studio without needing a videographer to operate the camera or a microwave van to transmit the signal back to our station," said Gary Brown, WPRI's news director. "With Telecast's POV, we can control the camera from our own control room. We're saving money by reducing demand on our camera operators and microwave van."

The POV system allows reporters to use the Ethernet connection for secure, high-speed, cross-town transfers directly to the WPRI mainframe from their laptops. A return video path also is provided so a reporter can voice over any feed that the WPRI control room switches up. WPRI and The Providence Journal worked together with Telecast and Marlborough, Mass.-based broadcast systems integrator By Request Communications to install the permanent fiber system and indoor camera in time to conduct its first live shot on Election Day in November 2004. A second camera was installed in December on the roof of the Journal's four-story building to shoot traffic and weather shots of downtown Providence. The relatively low height of the building places the camera below the fog and other bad weather that can interfere with the scene, allowing it to capture useful footage even during a recent blizzard. WPRI also added an editing system, which is remotely controlled via the Ethernet link.


The bureau is used daily by Journal reporters to preview the next day's paper during WPRI's 5:30, 10, and 11p.m. news broadcasts. It also is available for live, late-breaking news situations and in inclement weather when the station can't raise the microwave van's mast high enough. As the two media outlets grow more familiar with the bureau's capabilities, Brown expects that they will expand its daily usage. His staff also is learning how to use the system to stream live video onto the station's Web site.

"It was an unknown for us to put a bureau in a newspaper newsroom," said Brown, "but the control software has worked as well as I could have expected, if not better. We feel we have something that is easily expandable and will grow with our needs well into the future."

The new Bureau Link system launches from Telecast's POV line of fiber optic video/audio/data transceiver modules, which provide a means to control analog or HD/SDI robotic cameras with GPI closures and duplex data paths, and to acquire and transmit the video they capture. They feature return video that can be used for monitor return or genlock/tri-level sync, and audio channels in both directions as well. POV transceivers are available as stand-alone modules for "throw-down" operation or as rack-mount modules for the Viper II frame.

Telecast's Bureau Link system will be on display at NAB2005 booth SU8375 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 18 - 21. More information about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems is available online at www.telecast-fiber.com.


About WPRI-TV
WPRI 12 is owned by the Rhode Island-based LIN Television. WPRI also programs the Pinpoint Weather Station, a 24-hour local weather channel operating on digital TV and on COX Communications in Rhode Island. LIN is one of America's pure-play broadcasters, owning/operating television stations in New Haven, Conn.; Norfolk, VA.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Dayton, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Decatur, Ill.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Springfield, Mass.


About By Request Communications
By Request Communications, Inc. is a broadcast systems integration firm specializing in unique solutions for the broadcast industry.

More information can be found at the company's website: www.brcom.com.


About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is a leader in portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. The company's video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, telecommunications providers, and private and government institutions and facilities to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. The company's systems accommodate all television production signals, including NTSC/PAL video, 601 and HDTV SDI, analog and AES/EBU audio, triaxial wideband camera interfaces, and intercom and data signals.

More information can be found at www.telecast-fiber.com.

 


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