In August 1994, station KOLD-TV (Tucson, Arizona) installed an HP (Hewlett-Packard) Broadcast Videoserver as a key part of its strategic upgrade to the station’s broadcast technology and a replacement for its current robotics-based videotape commercial delivery platform. It was the first commercial broadcast installation of a videoserver platform although cable was using similar technologies for movie delivery and ad insertion in a similar time perspective.

The HP videoserver product, and others that would be announced in the next several months, would begin an era that would change the course of broadcast television forever.

This chapter outlines the videoserver for those unfamiliar with its physical systems, signal ...

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