|KUTV-TV Salt Lake City, a
Four Points Media station
managed by Nexstar
|KODE-TV Joplin, MO
uses GY-HM700's and GY-HM100's
For Immediate Release
BROADCASTING GROUP STANDARDIZES ON JVC PROHD
FOR DIGITAL NEWSROOM CONVERSIONS
Planned for Stations in Eight Additional Markets in 2010
- WAYNE, NJ (April 12, 2010) — JVC
Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., today announced
that Nexstar Broadcasting Group will deploy JVC GY-HM790, GY-HM700
and GY-HM100 ProHD camcorders in at least eight stations in 2010 as
part of its planned strategy to convert its local news operations to
digital newsrooms. The new GY-HM790 was unveiled today at the 2010
NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth C4314).
- Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Nexstar owns
or manages 62 television stations with a variety of network
affiliations in 34 markets across 14 states. According
to Blake Russell, Nexstar Senior Vice President, Station Operations,
the plan is to eventually transition all its local newsrooms from
tape-based to file-based operations, using solid-state media for ENG
- Pursuant to its plans,
Nexstar stations in Hagerstown, MD (DMA #9), Altoona, PA (DMA #101),
Rockford, IL (DMA #134), Monroe-El Dorado, LA (DMA #138), Beaumont,
TX (DMA #141), and Abilene-Sweetwater, TX (DMA #165) are among the
operations to be converted between now and the end of 2010. Nexstar
previously transitioned some of its stations to a different
solid-state technology solution for ENG, but Russell said the group
is moving forward with JVC ProHD for future conversions.
- Nexstar has chosen the new GY-HM790 as its
camera of choice for studio camera configurations moving forward.
KARK-TV serving Little Rock-Pine Bluff, AK (DMA #56) will be the
first station in the country to have the new GY-HM790.
- Other Nexstar stations
not scheduled for complete conversion in 2010 may also receive new
JVC ProHD camcorders. As older cameras start to fail, Russell
expects to replace them with JVC cameras, including the GY-HM790,
GY-HM700, and GY-HM100.
- “In today’s
economic environment, it’s not acceptable to do things the way
you’ve always done them. JVC offers a technologically advanced
product that meets our criteria for performance and value. It’s a
winning combination,” Russell explained. “Given our experience,
we’ve determined that it’s more cost effective to invest in new
technology than to continue maintaining older equipment. Chasing
repairs inside a tape environment is throwing money to the wind when
you look at repair costs versus replacement costs.”
- JVC’s use of
inexpensive, non-proprietary SDHC media cards in its tapeless ProHD
camcorders with bandwidth efficiency was a major factor in Nexstar’s
decision. “Price is a primary consideration,” Russell explained.
“For what we’re doing, JVC’s innovation is frankly a more
dynamic approach, especially when you take into account their
firmware addition for low lux with their 1/3-inch chip size.”
- Russell also praised
JVC’s customer support efforts. “Our interaction with JVC
customer service has been exceptional,” he said. “We know they
are going to be there for us and we are very satisfied.”
- Nexstar is already
using JVC ProHD cameras at two of its operations for local news.
KUTV, a CBS affiliate in Salt Lake
City (DMA #31), owned by Four Points Media Group and managed by
Nexstar, began shooting HD ENG footage with GY-HM700 camcorders in
January. In February, KSNF (NBC) and KODE (ABC), a duopoly serving
MO-Pittsburg, KS market (DMA #147), began using JVC’s new GY-HM700
and GY-HM100 camcorders in the field. Russell said the duopoly is
archiving the footage it acquires in 16:9, but is still broadcasting
local news in SD.
- KUTV is taking
advantage of the ability to record .MOV files for its Final Cut Pro
edit suites, though most Nexstar stations use Avid NLE systems. For
those stations, the GY-HM100, GY-HM700, and GY-HM790 camcorders
record native .MP4 files, which can be imported directly into Avid
(and other NLE systems) without transcoding.
- Russell said the
compact GY-HM100 is an ideal tool for video journalists because it
is easy to transport and works well for run-and-gun ENG work. The
shoulder-mount GY-HM700 is smaller and lighter than the tape-based
cameras that Nexstar is replacing, but Russell said they “still
give you the feel of a big camera.” One of his chief photographers
told Russell he has been waiting for a camera like the GY-HM700 for
a decade. “This is the ENG camera of the future,” Russell added.
“Our team loves them.”
- About Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group currently owns,
operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 62
television stations in 34 markets in the states of Illinois,
Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Pennsylvania,
Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, New York, Rhode Island, Utah and
Florida. Nexstar’s television station group includes affiliates of
NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW, and reaches
approximately 13 million viewers or approximately 11.5% of all U.S.
- ABOUT JVC U.S.A.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC U.S.A. is
a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of
video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets.
For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at
http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)526-5308.
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