Narrow-Band Video: The UPI "Newstime" Technology (1979)

By Glen Southworth, Colorado Video, Inc.

July 3, 1978, marked the beginning of a new era in visual communications. On that date United Press, International, inaugurated "NEWSTIME" programming which combined audio and slow scan television to provide a unique new information service to cable TV systems throughout the United States. In NEWSTIME, UPI effectively combined the elements of still images from wirephoto and slide sources, audio from remote feeds and studio production, plus information from many sources to produce a basic 15-minute news show, transmitted 24 hours a day, with frequent updates.

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