"Our legacy system had grown over time to be so complex that it was a logistical nightmare," said KSHB Director of Engineering Jay Nix. "Knowing we had to make a change, we looked at several vendors. I had worked with Utah Scientific equipment at other stations and had only good experience with them. In the end, the dealmaker was Utah Scientific's 10-year, no-fee warranty."
At KSHB, a UTAH-400 router, V-288R frame-loaded HD 224x160, and A-288R frame-loaded AES 224x160, is replacing six legacy routers from another vendor. The installation also incorporates all-new master control equipment, including two MCP-2020 panels, two SD-2020 processors, and two HD-2020 processors. The new master control system eliminates a cumbersome set-up in which the HD switcher was on the other side of the control room. Now, KSHB operators can switch all four program streams from a single location, meaning they can work faster and more flexibly.
"Utah Scientific's 10-year, no-fee warranty is unrivaled in the business," said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. "We can offer it with total confidence because we know how reliable our equipment is. In the useful lifespan of any equipment we manufacture, 10 years is nothing."
With the installation of the Utah Scientific routers at KSHB, Utah effectively has cornered the market in Kansas City. Every television broadcaster in the No. 31 Nielsen market now relies on Utah Scientific for routing signals.
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KSHB is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication. The company's portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country, and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates, and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; and United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT, and approximately 150 other features and comics.
About Utah Scientific, Inc.
Utah Scientific, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of analog, digital, and HDTV routing switchers, master control switchers, and related products including a full range of software for controlling and managing switching systems. The company has been serving the broadcast industry for 30 years with industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized by Frost & Sullivan with its 2005 Customer Service Leadership Award and demonstrated by the industry's first 10-year warranty. Additional information about the company can be found at www.utahscientific.com.