This chapter explains the facilities used for making television programs, from the cameras and microphones in the studio to the link that takes the program to the transmitter. We will cover the major parts of the production and distribution chain, and then discuss particular studio systems and equipment.
Station and Network Operations
In the United States, each local broadcast TV channel comes from a station with a transmitter near the community of license, almost always with a studio facility in the city area. Although some programming (e.g., local news) is usually produced in studios at the station, many programs actually come from a network, which sends its programs to many stations around the country from a