WRAL Digital and “CompleteTV” Bring Together High Definition Broadcasting and Internet-Based Content


January 24, 2001
For more information, contact
John Greene, Vice President of Special Projects, CBC, jgreene@cbc-raleigh.com
Matt Godin, Rainier Corporation, (978) 464-5302, x142
Ian McMurray, Texas Instruments, 44-1604-663075, i-mcmurray@ti.com

WRAL Digital and “CompleteTV” Bring Together High Definition Broadcasting and Internet-Based Content

RALEIGH – WRAL Digital will give a select number of Raleigh families access to a new type of home entertainment experience. “CompleteTV” combines the worlds of broadcast High Definition programming and Internet-based information and entertainment. Texas Instruments heads the new project and has selected 20 Raleigh families to take part in the pilot program. WRAL Digital will provide its HD broadcast signal to the families taking part.

“We’re delighted to be working with Texas Instruments on this exciting project.” said James F. Goodmon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Broadcasting. “Both our companies share similar visions of the future of home entertainment and community service programs broadcast digitally to the home–and then viewed using a digital display technology. As a leading proponent of digital broadcasting, we feel we have much to contribute. We stand on the edge of a news and home entertainment revolution.”

The Raleigh families taking part in the project will be equipped with a large screen, rear projection HD home entertainment system from Panasonic. The system comes equipped with the necessary HD capability and PC interfaces to enable it to act as a multi-functional screen capable of simultaneously delivering outstanding quality video and high resolution graphics. During, and at the conclusion of the six month program, the twenty families will provide feedback on their experience.

WRAL was the first station in the country to broadcast in the Federal Communication Commission’s new digital television standard. It was granted the nation’s first high definition television (HDTV) experimental license in 1996, which allowed the station to transmit the nation’s first high > definition television signal. WRAL continues to broadcast HD on a daily basis on WRAL-Digital and has accomplished a number of firsts in the industry, including the world’s first all-HDTV newscast.

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Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL-Digital, WRAL-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, DTV Plus, Wolfpack Sports Marketing, and Capitol Sports Management in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Capitol Broadcasting Company also founded Local TV on Satellite in Raleigh, NC.

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