KHOU-TV, Houston’s CBS affiliate and a Belo TV station, uses SnapStream’s DVR technology to:
Airchecks (also known as 'as-run logs') are a TV station’s record of what is broadcast on the air. Houston-based KHOU-TV, like most TV stations, maintains airchecks for a variety of purposes, such as ad verification and legal protection. Meanwhile, the station also records news broadcasts by other Houston-area TV stations for competitive intelligence purposes.
In the past, KHOU’s airchecks were done using VCRs and VHS tapes. The station maintained an around-the-clock recording on a time-lapse VCR to produce a single aircheck tape every day. These tapes – which were 24 hours long each! – were the only way to visually confirm to advertisers that their commercials had run. These aircheck tapes were stored for up to a year. Additionally, the station used a large number of tapes for ad hoc recordings of its own news broadcasts and those of competitors. All these VHS tapes were cumbersome, bulky and inconvenient, they delivered low-quality video, and they were difficult to browse since they required time-consuming fast-forward and rewind operations.
KHOU’s SnapStream-powered appliances capture KHOU-TV from 5 AM to 12 midnight every day, along with all news broadcasts on two additional channels. The IT team administers these appliances remotely from their desktop PCs. Then, KHOU staff are able to stream live TV or previously recorded TV from their client PCs and extract clips to be emailed or burned to DVD.