- Broadcast studio upgrade with the latest LED technology
- Washington, DC
- Leyard 1.2mm pixel pitch LED display
- Leyard 1.6mm pixel pitch LED display
- Christie Spyder X20 video processor
The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The 24-hour cable news channel was founded in 1980 by American media proprietor Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage and was the first all-news television channel in the United States.
CNN primarily broadcasts from the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta is only used for weekend programming.
CNN decided to redesign their studio in Washington D.C. to include the highest-resolution, lowest pixel pitch LED displays in the world for “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer and “The Lead” with Jake Tapper.
CNN’s need for high-resolution videowalls is grounded in their distinct filming technique. In traditional television network broadcasting, news anchors report in front of a videowall, but the camera focuses primarily on them. CNN, on the other hand, uses unique camera shifts and tight zoom-shots that require a display with stunning resolution up-close and from a distance. With out-of-date LCD videowall displays, CNN’s zoom-in shots created blurry moiré and colour-shift effects that lessened the quality of their program. To resolve the issue, Advanced suggested that CNN use small pixel pitch LED videowalls that go above and beyond the norm with incredible, next-generation capabilities that will remain cutting-edge for years to come.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
Advanced presented CNN with the most innovative displays on the market, and Leyard instantly captured their attention. Together, we proceeded to conduct a wide array of camera tests to ensure that Leyard’s display technology looked nothing short of stunning on the screen.
The deconstruction of CNN’s old system and the installation of the new system took two weeks total. Since the newsroom never sleeps, the installation was well underway at CNN’s studio while shows were still broadcasted live.
To maximize on-site use, Advanced designed the large 1.6mm videowall with the capability to split it into two and flip over to be used in either Studio A or Studio B, both of which are set back-to-back. To do so, they used a Christie Spyder X20 video processer that evenly divides the screen into two separate content streams. Now, CNN can visually divide the video wall in half, and use it in either Studio A and Studio B. To physically divide the studio, a retractable and movable wall was installed into the ceiling.
To ensure that the video walls were extensively protected in case of a malfunction or power outage, Advanced designed a backup system for every single component for each videowall. If one power supply dies, another power supply kicks in automatically with no delay. This is the most resilient piece of equipment you can have, and it’s necessary in this particular application.
The entirely revolutionized set, completed after a year of LED testing and designing, includes one 25’ wide 1.2mm pixel pitch Leyard LED display, one 108′ diagonal 1.2mm pixel pitch Leyard LED display, and one 30’ wide 1.6mm pixel pitch Leyard LED display — solidifying CNN as the only televised broadcast network to utilize the latest 1.2mm videowall technologies on air.
With Leyard’s LED 1.2mm and 1.6mm pixel pitch displays, CNN is now able to achieve excellent image uniformity and no challenges with moiré on television. No other network in the world has a studio with 1.2 mm pixel pitch LED videowalls. CNN has truly set the standard for modern television.