SOURCE: Thomson

May 23, 2007 09:43 ET

Cablevision Commits All New York City Metro Area News12 Operations To Grass Valley Ignite System From Thomson

PARIS and NEVADA CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2007 -- Cablevision Commits All New York City Metro Area News12 Operations To Grass Valley Ignite System From Thomson

Automated News Production Operations Will Serve More Than Three Million Households

Paris, France / Nevada City, Calif., May 23, 2007 - Looking to increase efficiency and minimize on-air errors, Cablevision Systems Corp. will deploy all five of its News12 regional news operations in the New York metropolitan area with new Grass Valley™ Ignite™ integrated live production systems from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS). All of the new digital video systems will be fully operational by the end of the year.

Studio operations making the conversion to the Ignite system for their newscasts include News12 Long Island, News12 New Jersey, News12 Bronx/Brooklyn, News12 Connecticut, and News12 Westchester/Hudson Valley. All will realize operational efficiencies and cost savings as a result of converting their newscasts to a fully integrated workflow that allows for the more efficient use of current staff by requiring only one or two operators to run an entire newscast—including video, audio, digital effects and transitions, camera robotics, and live feeds.

The Ignite system also seamlessly integrates with newsroom computer systems, integrating digital news production and graphics automation into a single easy to manage MOS-based workflow.

"The Ignite system meets all of our production requirements, which are at times very complicated, for very fast paced news shows," said Milan Krainchich, Director of Operations for News12. "The new Ignite system, which has been significantly redesigned with new features and capabilities, takes the original concept of automated production and gives a director a lot more power and capability. Our staff is pleased with the technology and we're happy to continue using it."

A user of the ParkerVision integrated production system (predecessor to the Ignite system), since 2002, Cablevision's News12 division serves more than three million households with up-to-the-minute news, sports, and entertainment segments as well as long-form programs, 24/7. News12 Bronx was the first beta tester for the original ParkerVision PVTV News24Plus video newsroom system in 1998.

"The Ignite system's ability to seamlessly interface with other third-party video production systems—such as newsrooms computers, graphics equipment, and video servers, was also critical to our decision to purchase the system," added Krainchich. "That, and the fact that the Ignite system is fully upgradeable to HD, and thus future-proof, helped make the choice easy."

"Cablevision clearly understands the economics and creative value of producing news using the Grass Valley automated production concept," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President, Broadcast and Professional Video Solutions for the Grass Valley business within Thomson. "We're pleased that they have committed their newscasts to the Ignite system and highly value their feedback and news experience as we continue to advance the system in the future."

Due to its ability to streamline operations, reduce technical errors, and improve their on-air quality, more than four dozen U.S.-based television stations—including KSNW, the NBC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas; KOIN, in Portland, Oregon, KHON, in Honolulu, Hawaii; WSHM, in Springfield, Mass.; WJBF and WFXG, in Augusta, Ga.; KABC, in Los Angeles; and KGO, in San Francisco—have deployed the Grass Valley Ignite system to handle all of their multiple, daily, and weekend newscasts.

The Ignite system is a fully integrated live professional broadcast video production system that allows one or two operators to control video, audio, machine, camera, and teleprompter functions from a single interface. Using the system's Transition Macro Element (TME) technology (which establishes news segments and transitions as "events" on a timeline), all segments of a live newscast can be pre-programmed and previewed prior to a show going on-air and can also be executed in real time to meet the demands of breaking news, dynamic show changes, and other non-scripted events.

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