Raycom Media has settled on the JVC GY-HM660 ProHD mobile news camera to be its primary ENG camera for the next three years and has committed to an initial purchase of 125 of the news cameras, JVCKenwood USA announced at the 2016 NAB Show this week in Las Vegas.
The camera, which JVC announced earlier this month, offers built-in streaming capability to contribute live news shots as well as integrated IFB to establish and maintain communications with reporters while doing standups in the field.
During a visit to the JVCKenwood booth at the just-concluded 2016 NAB Show, Dave Walton, assistant VP of the company, told this reporter that the camera’s integrated IFB support may have been the deciding factor for Raycom to commit to the HM660.
Raycom began buying JVC cameras for ENG in 2013 and standardized on them a year later. To date, the station group owns 400 GY-HM650 cameras.
Ten Raycom stations use the existing JVC cameras with the company’s ProHD Broadcaster servers to stream live video from the field.