[opendtv] PBS/Sony High Definition Production Pilot Program

  • From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 23:52:22 -0400

     Three New Stations Sign on to PBS/Sony High Definition Production
     Pilot Program
     - Apr 24, 2006 04:14 PM (PR Newswire)

'The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' to Become PBS' First Daily Series in HD
WETA in Washington, D.C.; WQED in Pittsburgh and WYCC in Chicago are Latest to
Make Transition to High Definition Production with Sony Broadcast Technology

LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAB Booth SU107 -- The
PBS/Sony High Definition Production Pilot is moving forward as three PBS
member stations have confirmed plans for their transition to high definition
program production.  The cooperative program, which was created by Sony and
PBS to cultivate high-definition television production by public television
stations, will greatly enhance the HD services provided by public television -
- including the production of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" in HD and the
construction of a state-of-the art educational facility in Chicago.

Three stations -- WETA in Washington, D.C.; WQED in Pittsburgh and WYCC in
Chicago have recently confirmed that they are moving forward with their
projects; KQED San Francisco contracted with Sony in December 2005 and is
almost finished with their facility upgrade for high definition production.
Each station is installing a range of Sony high-definition broadcast and
production technology, including multi-format cameras, switchers, VTRs and

In addition to being a PBS member station, WETA is also the production
home of the highly acclaimed series "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." For that
program, WETA will be implementing Sony's new XDCAM(TM) HD system of optical
camcorders to acquire material. For its full line-up of programming, WETA is
installing several Sony products, including the HDC-1000 studio camera, which
can handle both 1080i and 720P signals, an MVS-8000A multi-format production
switcher and professional LCD and CRT displays.


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