Buckeye Cable Sports Taps Hitachi for HD Needs
Buckeye Cable System, the premier cable service provider in the Toledo, Ohio area, purchased seven Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD studio and field cameras for use by its local sports channel, Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN).
Offered as a free service to Buckeye CableSystem’s subscriber base, BCSN uses the cameras on two of its newest HD mobile units. Buckeye Cable System launched BCSN in January 2004 and upgraded it to HDTV in April 2011.
“While it’s affordably priced, the Z-HD5000 still offers superior, native 1080i HD picture quality comparable to more expensive HD broadcast cameras,” said Tad Fowkes, BCSN’s creative services/production manager of local stations. “Our goal is to retain cable subscribers by offering them a valuable, exclusive service they can’t get from any other cable or satellite provider. In light of our goal, we have to make very judicious, cost-effective equipment choices.”
BCSN televises over 900 local sports events each year, including NCAA Division I sports at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, as well as high school games. The channel is also the TV home of the Toledo Mud Hens AAA baseball team and the Toledo Walleye Hockey Club, an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
“To produce 17 to 20 sports events each week, at locations ranging from college stadiums to high school gyms, we set up and strike our cameras roughly 300 times per year and operate them in all kinds of conditions,” said Fowkes. “The roadworthiness and durability of these cameras have proven to be a great asset to us.”
BCSN’s cameras are also used to produce several weekly programs—also at remote locations—including: “Inside the Red Zone,” a high school football show; “Rant and Rage,” a live sports call-in show; and “The T Sports Report,” co-produced with WTOL-DT (CBS) and hosted by that station’s sports personalities.
“Our management strives to be community oriented and attract and retain customers,” said Fowkes. “Offering BCSN in HD and choosing Hitachi HD cameras are two ways we’re making sure that’s just what we’re doing.”