Denver, CO, September 11, 2008 — Denver, Colorado ABC affiliate KMGH-TV recently broadcast the Democratic National Convention in HD using RF Centralâ€™s RF Extreme GL Series 23 GHz fixed link. In using the first 23 GHz high-definition radio available in the country, the station used the unit in conjunction with four ASI streams to transport HD video throughout its 72 hour around-the-clock coverage, which included both live and pre-taped content.
â€œWe were looking for a solution that could allow us to replace our 30-year old analog 23 GHz radio to digital in order to send as much as four HD video packages back to the station directly from our cameras,â€? says Dave Stromberg, assistant chief engineer, KMGH-TV. â€œWe approached several companies but no one was able to accommodate us. It wasnâ€™t until we discovered RF Centralâ€™s GL Series 23 GHz fixed link that were able to find the perfect solution.â€?
During its broadcast, KMGH-TV operated from a suite within the Conventionâ€™s Pepsi Center. Using four encoders that captured HD video, KMGH-TV then transmitted the content to the station studio that was approximately four miles away.
â€œRF Central is a wonderful company that knows how to accommodate broadcastersâ€™ needs,â€? adds Stromberg. â€œWhile its products offer superior quality and durability, its service is very reliable and its team always has someone available for immediate assistance.â€?
About RF Central
RF Central, LLC manufactures and supplies state-of-the-art microwave equipment to television broadcast and government customers throughout the United States. As one of the premier suppliers of broadcast equipment required to complete the 2GHz BAS transition, RF Central has grown from a few employees in 2005 to over 60 full-time dedicated professionals today. Located in Carlisle, PA, RF Central also provides specialized integration, installation, and engineering services. RF Central is marked by its unique qualifications within the industry, its focus on customer service and its dedication to expanding and improving the terrestrial microwave options available to customers. RF Central, along with Nucomm, Inc. and Microwave Service Company, form The Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, a component of The Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information, visit www.rfcentral.com.
About The Vitec Group plc
The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Groupâ€™s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (Â£274m) and over 2200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.