TVCTV Selects UTAH-400 Router

Tualatin Valley Community Television
(TVCTV) has selected a UTAH-400/64 routing switcher, the Utah SC-4 control
system, and associated controllers and control panels to support sophisticated
local access community programming for about 450,000 viewers in 14 communities
in the Washington County, Ore. area.

A new Utah customer,
TVCTV’s router (video frame-loaded 40×24 SDI and 24×24 analog; audio
frame-loaded 24×16 AES and 40×16 analog) will be installed by integrator
Advanced Broadcast Systems to replace an outmoded, 12-year-old analog router
from another vendor.

“At a previous job, I
worked with a Utah
router that was purchased in 1992,” said Jordan Beisel, TVCTV chief
engineer. “That router was durable, flexible, and reliable — very impressive. Even more
impressive is the fact that it is still in use and still supported by Utah. When other
companies stop manufacturing equipment, they say to their customers, ‘Good luck
figuring out how to make it work in the future.’ But Utah never does that. I did my research when
deciding what to buy this time, but in the end, the best choice was Utah

TVCTV’s programming
includes local government meeting coverage, community productions, and call-in
shows. The broadcaster has three production studios, seven remote
“civic” studios located in local government meeting rooms, two small
mobile units, and one fully digital mobile production truck. TVCTV broadcasts
via Verizon in SDI digital format, and via Comcast in analog format, so that
the UTAH-400’s ability to route analog and digital signals simultaneously
without external equipment will make for a simpler, more streamlined and
efficient operation.

More UTAH-400 features
prized by TVCTV are signal-presence detection to enable automated reporting,
conservative power consumption, and redundant power supplies for enhanced

“Utah Scientific
developed the UTAH-400 to serve as a single platform for digital router
applications of all sizes and to handle all signal formats, making it a perfect
fit for a broadcaster like TVCTV,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of
Utah Scientific.

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