ABC Upgrades SNG at O&Os

By Andrew Gauthier 

TV Technology

The ABC owned and operated station group recently took a giant leap forward in SNG newsgathering. With a fleet of nearly 100 ENG and SNG trucks among its 16 O&O stations, ABC upgraded 16 of its satellite newsgathering vehicles with a new MPEG-4 transmission and remote control system. The result has many at ABC smiling.

“We now have 16 trucks that are basically fully automated, so that anyone can now drive and operate them,” said Michael Huitt, director of new technologies at ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service for ABC News. Huitt worked on the project with the O&O group.

Partnering with ND SatCom, Fujitsu and Sencore, ABC created a fleet of smaller, more agile trucks based on a European model first introduced by ND SatCom nearly a decade ago. More…

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