KLCS-TV, a PBS affiliate in Los Angeles, recently finished an entire studio facility 4K upgrade, replacing every piece of equipment with new 4K/UHD-capable technology. With 4K/UHD becoming the prevalent production format for the foreseeable future, the station opted to create a completely UHD environment. This comprehensive studio upgrade would not only improve the look of the station’s vast amount of original programming and streamline facility operations but it would also increase revenue since studio rentals are an additional source of income for KLCS.
KLCS-TV is a multiple Emmy Award-winning PBS affiliate, broadcasting 24/7 to over 15 million viewers in LA and throughout Southern California. The station has three on-air program channels: KLCS, KLCS-2 (PBS Kids programs) and KLCS-3 (travel, cooking and lifestyle programs). Its original productions are seen in Los Angeles as well as 53 additional markets.
Even though they can’t currently broadcast in UHD over ATSC 1.0 (the current HD standard), KLCS is prepared for the ATSC 3.0 future when the consumer will receive UHD over an ATSC 3.0 signal. “There’s no way to future proof your facility, but this is what we believe to be a prudent path to using UHD and ATSC 3.0 in the near future,” explained Alan Popkin, Director of Engineering and Technical Operations.
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