By: Jack Whitthaus
Univision (KXLN-TV), one of the top-rated stations in Houston, is about to launch a national weather service center in the Bayou City, which is expected to service all of the company’s stations, network, radio and digital properties in the U.S.
The multi million-dollar project opened last week but will not start broadcasting until May 8, Chris Peña, senior vice president of local news for Univision Communications Inc., told the Houston Business Journal in an email. The 3,000-square-foot project will be located on the third floor of the Univision Houston facility near the Galleria at 5100 Southwest Freeway.
About seven employees work at the center, which was built in about four months. Pulso Design designed the space.
The center features three studios with multiple live transmission paths. It also has a 60-square-foot video wall and 84-inch touchscreen monitors with internal web browsers.
In addition, the weather center will have augmented reality technology, allowing for 3D graphics to appear in front of meteorologists versus two-dimensional graphics in the background. That lets meteorologists take viewers “inside storms and weather systems to show how they develop,” Peña said in the email.
Source: Houston Business Journal