KFYR-TV Makes the Conversion to HD | VideoJerame Novak | 4/30/2012
"What we`ve always delivered is good, comprehensive news. What we haven`t always delivered, is a pretty picture. This is a pretty picture," said News Director Monica Hannan.
"The customer is better served by going HD. Much clearer picture, better sound and everything and we`ve been working hard at it," said General Manager Dick Heidt.
Now, you will have the opportunity to view more HD programming on KFYR.
"I believe there are one or two shows yet that aren`t in HD. But otherwise everything from commercials to news stories to local newscasts will be in HD," Heidt said.
In order to broadcast in HD, new cameras and equipment had to be purchased. The cost added up fast.
"By the time it`s all said and done, it`s well north of a half million dollars," Heidt said.
New cameras and equipment weren`t the only changes. KFYR also commissioned a new set.
"It`s supposed to give you the `pop` right away that people can see," Heidt said.
On Monday, April 23rd, construction began. During construction, a temporary studio was set up across the hall. The new set, completed late last week, is an improvement.
"The aesthetics are the main thing. The lighting that`s involved in the set is unbelievable," Heidt said.
Finishing touches and tests were done over the weekend and KFYR had its official first HD broadcast on Monday morning.
Our satellite stations are expected to make the transfer to HD within the next few years. We would also like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this transition possible.