Utah Scientific Goes Off to the Races with Teleview
Teleview Racing Patrol, which provides broadcast services for horse- and dog-racing facilities, has deployed a UTAH-400 HD routing switcher and a UTAH-200 analog audio switcher from Utah Scientific to support a comprehensive HD upgrade at Charles Town Races and Slots in Charlestown, WV. Charles Town Races is one of only three similar tracks in the country currently broadcasting in HD.
“Router companies come and go, but Utah Scientific has survived and earned an outstanding reputation by providing solid, reliable equipment,” says Rick Kipp, Teleview Racing Patrol chief engineer. “When I saw the quote from Utah Scientific on this project, I was surprised at how reasonable it was. In fact, if I’d known I could afford Utah Scientific, I would have gone with them years ago.”
For the Charles Town installation, Teleview selected a UTAH-400 32-frame digital router, loaded 32×23 HD, and a UTAH-200 32-frame analog audio router, loaded 32×32, along with associated control panels. While video broadcast within the Charles Town complex is now HD, the signal is converted to MPEG-compressed analog composite to save bandwidth for satellite uplink. UTAH-400 is capable of handling both SD and HD signals and its modular architecture allows easy expansion and further HD upgrades for the future.
Charles Town produces programming and uplinks five days a week using four HD cameras for race coverage. All camera video and other signals are fed through distribution amplifiers and then to the router, production switcher, and monitoring area.
Teleview worked with Utah Scientific partner Midtown Video of Miami, FL, and the Charles Town staff for nine months on system design, revisions, and proposals. Once requirements were determined and the equipment purchased, the system was prebuilt and tested at Teleview’s headquarters in Hialeah, FL, before being delivered to its new home in West Virginia.
“Teleview Racing Patrol leverages high-quality, advanced technology to deliver its clients in the racing industry exceptionally cost-effective service,” says Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Like Teleview, Utah Scientific focuses on delivery of reliable, high-quality technology that delivers bottom-line benefits in an ever-expanding number of media applications.”