Newton, MA (February 8, 2005)–NECN (New England Cable News), the largest regional cable news network in the country, is using routers from Network Electronics’ compact VikinX range to remotely transport audio and video signals from a remote camera position at the Cape Cod Times newspaper to its Studios nearly 100 miles away in Newton, MA.
“We cover a large geographic area and depend on our remote camera network to add local and regional personalities in the news to our coverage,” said Dave Beauvais, director of operations for NECN. “Network Electronics’ units help us to connect and control feeds from our remote cameras and other equipment, including videotape machines.”
By Request Communications, a Broadcast Systems Integration company based in Marlborough, MA, designed and installed NECN’s system. The router configuration includes Network Electronics’ V1602 16×2 video and A1602 16×2 audio routers, which physically reside in the Cape Cod Times newsroom, located in Hyannis, MA, and are capable of falling under the control of one or several remote panels. Audio and video signals are transported to the studio via TV 1 fiber.
NECN, a joint venture of Comcast and Hearst Entertainment founded in 1992, serves 3.2 million households with nearly 16 hours of programming per day comprised of breaking news and stories that affect New Englanders including weather, entertainment and sports. It is the only cable television news station to earn a George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award, among its other numerous honors.