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Connecticut PEG Stations Tap JVC for Local Election Coverage

Stations to cover live stories from the field

Connecticut’s Branford Community Television and North Haven Community Television will produce local election coverage this fall with live reports from the field using JVC GY-HM200 4KCAM cameras.

NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CT–It’s not often you see two competing PEG stations pool each other’s production resources together, but Branford Community Television and North Haven Community Television are doing just that. With a specific need to give the public more news involving local and state politics, the two stations–located 15 miles apart– have added two reporters who will use JVC’s IP video products for their live election night broadcast on Nov. 8.

“A lot of people are concerned about local elections,” said Walter Mann, station manager for BCTV and executive director of NHTV. “The big guys don’t give a lot of coverage to smaller communities.”

BCTV and NHTV will deploy two on-location reporting teams shooting with JVC GY-HM200 4KCAM cameras equipped with JVC BR-DE800 ProHD decoders.

Until now, the stations didn’t the budgets to rent a microwave truck or other live remote technology; a producer would have to physically transport footage of comments to a station in order for it be aired.

Mann is expecting video over IP gear to make a big impact for both of the stations’ future production capabilities when it comes to broadcasting high school sports and various municipal public meetings. At Branford Community Television he plans to utilize a JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster, a central receiver that picks up high-quality video streams over IP, as well as streams from select JVC cameras.

“We do more than fulfilling general PEG responsibilities,” says Mann. “If we don’t go beyond the basics, we’re not increasing our value and importance.”