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PBS/Sony High Definition Production Pilot Program

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 23:52:22 -0400

Three New Stations Sign on to PBS/Sony High Definition Production
Pilot Program
- Apr 24, 2006 04:14 PM (PR Newswire)

'The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer' to Become PBS' First Daily Series in HD
WETA in Washington, D.C.; WQED in Pittsburgh and WYCC in Chicago are
Latest to Make Transition to High Definition Production with Sony
Broadcast Technology

LAS VEGAS, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NAB Booth SU107 -- The
PBS/Sony High Definition Production Pilot is moving forward as three
PBS member stations have confirmed plans for their transition to high
definition program production. The cooperative program, which was
created by Sony and PBS to cultivate high-definition television
production by public television stations, will greatly enhance the HD
services provided by public television -- including the production
of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" in HD and the construction of a
state-of-the art educational facility in Chicago.

Three stations -- WETA in Washington, D.C.; WQED in Pittsburgh and
WYCC in Chicago have recently confirmed that they are moving forward
with their projects; KQED San Francisco contracted with Sony in
December 2005 and is almost finished with their facility upgrade for
high definition production. Each station is installing a range of
Sony high-definition broadcast and production technology, including
multi-format cameras, switchers, VTRs and displays.

In addition to being a PBS member station, WETA is also the production
home of the highly acclaimed series "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."
For that program, WETA will be implementing Sony's new XDCAM(TM) HD
system of optical camcorders to acquire material. For its full
line-up of programming, WETA is installing several Sony products,
including the HDC-1000 studio camera, which can handle both 1080i and
720P signals, an MVS-8000A multi-format production switcher and
professional LCD and CRT displays.


Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 23:55:25 -0400
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Subject: Annapolis Wireless Launches Free Public WiFi in Annapolis
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Annapolis to become first Maryland city offering free Internet access
for everyone, using Nortel wireless mesh solution

ANNAPOLIS, MD, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Annapolis is about to
go wireless with a free public WiFi hotspot powered by
Nortel(x)(NYSE/TSX: NT) wireless mesh technology. Local company
Annapolis Wireless will hold its official wire cutting to mark the
launch of WiFi service available to everyone on April 29, 2:30 pm in a
public ceremony on City Dock at the Market House.

The wire cutting ceremony is hosted by the Anne Arundel Tech Council,
a non-profit membership organization for technology companies in the
Anne Arundel County area. Nortel, which is working with Annapolis
Wireless, is an event sponsor and wireless mesh technology provider
for the system. SECU Credit Union, Maryland's largest credit union, is
also an event sponsor. Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.,
Mayor Ellen Moyer and county officials will be on hand to celebrate
the WiFi launch.

The creation of a city-wide WiFi system marks Annapolis' entree into a
technologically sophisticated group of cities. Cities such as
Philadelphia, Houston and New Orleans also provide free WiFi
access. But Annapolis' WiFi carries a distinct difference -- many other
cities provide the access using taxpayer funds. Annapolis Wireless, by
offering sponsorships and advertising to area businesses on its splash
page, is able to provide WiFi access to the public without using
taxpayer dollars.


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