BeijingChina Central Television (CCTV) will use Snell & Wilcox’s Kahuna SD/HD multi-format production switchers on OB vans for live HD coverage of key sports events including the Beijing 2008 Olympics for which CCTV is the principal broadcaster. CCTV previously acquired a Kahuna switcher for its sports studio to mix SD and HD content for coverage of the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup.

The Kahuna production switcher offers simultaneous SD and HD operations in the same mainframe and control panel, and enables CCTV to offer HD without upgrading its entire infrastructure or investing in external conversion equipment. It also allows operators to mix SD camera feeds, graphics, handheld shots, and archive footage directly into an HD production.