Detroit PBS Station Adopts Fox HD Solution

Aug 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Detroit’s public television station WTVS-TV will be the first station outside of the Fox affiliates to adopt the Fox local station blueprint for high definition. WTVS signed a deal with equipment provider Terayon to use its technology to switch between local and national HD feeds. The benefit of that system is local stations don’t need to compress and decompress the content-they can simply splice in their local commercials, graphic overlays or station logos, for instance, directly into the HD feed before it airs. WTVS is the first PBS station to deploy the Terayon solution, said Helge Blucher, VP of engineering and technology at WTVS. “We can cleanly switch between network programming and local programming,” he said. “We have a limited budget and found this is the most effective and least expensive way to go. The fact that a major commercial network did it was reassuring.”