A Southern Tier TV Station Elects ‘ClassX’


When it came to a final decision on a new broadcast graphics package, Northwest Broadcasting‘s FOX affiliate serving New York’s Southern Tier turned to FOR-A Corporation of America. In doing so, this TV station is the first to sign on with FOR-A for a package delivered through an Italian partner.

WICZ-40 in Binghamton, N.Y. is now using ClassX graphics solutions; Italy’s ClassX recently forged a joint partnership with FOR-A that makes it the exclusive dealer of the ClassX premium graphics suite of 2D/3D character generation and live motion graphics and playout software across the Americas.

The agreement also gives users the ability to integrate ClassX’s suite of graphics with FOR-A’s live production switchers.

WICZ-40 purchased three ClassX real-time broadcast graphics products for content graphics creation, playout and social sharing.

The station’s new production package includes the ClassX CastaliaCG software, ClassX LiveBoard broadcast graphics playout, and social network interaction tool SocialServer. WICZ-TV is integrating its ClassX software solutions with the station’s broadcast news ticker created by Bannister Lake, called Super Ticker.

“Our intent in using our new ClassX CastaliaCG with the Super Ticker is to easily display the data from the character generator into our on-air graphics tickers for things like school closings, weather warnings, and more,” said Mike Melnyk, WICZ’s Chief Engineer. “We began using our new ClassX suite a few months ago, and they’ve proven to be effective tools for our productions. I feel like we’ve only begun to tap into its full potential, but I’m already impressed.”