Thursday, April 20, 2006

Munhwa Combines SD/HD using Snell & Wilcox production switcher

Seoul -- Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, Korea’s multimedia public service and digital broadcaster, has invested in four Kahuna switchers, the breakthrough multiformat SD/HD production switcher from UK's Snell & Wilcox.

MBC is believed to be the first broadcaster in Korea to embrace this new level of technology.

Snell & Wilcox say the sale is a result of MBC having asked them to provide an extensive IQ Modular system to support its multistation expansion into digital and HD broadcasting that has now grown to include facilities in 18 cities.

The Kahuna switchers will be delivered and installed by Seokwang Tech, a leading broadcast solutions distributor. Jonathan Mortimer, sales director, Asia Pacific, Snell & Wilcox Asia Pacific Limited handled the contract.

Snell & Wilcox claims that the Kahuna is the first switcher ever to offer simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe with the same control panel, and the first to enable the integration of SD sources into HD production without the need for upconversion.

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