Broadcast Pix’s Slate 1000 Upgrades Hospital TV Channel

The hospital maintains a regular schedule including bingo-type games and an hour-long music and variety show.
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Broadcast Pix, a producer of live video production systems, has upgraded the production capabilities of a television studio of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Using its Slate 1000 live video production system, Broadcast Pix, headquartered in Billerica, Mass., upgraded Skylight TV, the hospital’s in-house television channel, the company says in a written statement.

While Skylight TV’s control room is located in the basement of Children’s Memorial Hospital, for more than 10 years the hospital’s television studio has been located in its “Family Life Center,” which provides a place for patients and their families to relax, play and socialize.

With more than a decade of experience, the Skylight TV team can transform the Center into a makeshift studio for a two-camera shoot—complete with scenery, wireless microphones, and, perhaps most importantly for the young patients, a prize cart—in about 20 minutes, says Rene Roy, a producer at Skylight TV.

The hospital maintains a regular schedule of four live shows each week, including bingo-type games that teach about body parts and injury prevention twice per week, and often attracts more than 200 players throughout the hospital. The schedule includes a storytelling program, and an hour-long music and variety show with patients serving as a studio audience.

Roy said the new Broadcast Pix system replaced an aging Play Trinity system. The Slate 1000 was sold to Children’s Memorial Hospital by Roscor Corporation, which is based in Mount Prospect, Ill. Roscor installed the system in August and it went live in September.