BURLINGTON, Massachusetts (October 19, 2006) Following on the footsteps of this year’s highly successful introductions of the Slate” 100 switcher at NAB, Slate” 1000 at InfoComm and Slate” 2100 at IBC, Broadcast Pix will demonstrate its entire family of Slate switchers at the Government Video & Technology Expo. This marks the first exposition where the entire Slate family will be shown. It is the first U.S. appearance of the Slate 2100, the largest Slate switcher.
GV Expo will be held December 6-7 at the Washington, DC Convention Center, where Broadcast Pix will exhibit in Booth #1406.
The new Slate switchers are the only production switchers on the market with built-in full-motion multi-view monitoring of outputs and sources, built-in Inscriber character generator, and built-in four-hour clip store. This results in a significant cost savings over conventional switchers to which those devices must be added separately. “Slate is so well integrated that a solo operator can produce the same quality live, TV look for which a team of operators is needed with a conventional control room,” said Ken Swanton, President, Broadcast Pix. “Unlike Sony’s integrated live studio offering, Anycast, the Slate 1000 provides a far more extensive and useable control panel and switcher, a much higher quality CG, and it includes a clip store — all at a lower price point.”
While designed for broadcast television, Broadcast Pix switchers have always been very popular in government applications, and are now used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and over 40 municipalities worldwide. Within the broadcast market, CBS network and an NBC-affiliated station have already placed orders for the Slate 2100 switcher.
One of the first Slate shipments was to the town of Watertown, Massachusetts for mobile video production. Watertown also has a Broadcast Pix switcher in its control room.
“Our new Slate switchers are perfectly suited to government video applications”, said Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton. “Now a single operator, with a limited budget, can create a show with the same polish as network television, thanks to all the built-in capabilities. And Slate systems start at under $10,000, so it brings high-impact, live productions to organizations that previously simply could not afford it.”
Using the Slate 2100, 1000 and 100, government entities can televise town hall meetings, school board discussions and similar productions locally with broadcast-quality production values. High schools can use the Slate 100 to produce morning announcements and sporting events. The Slate 100 is also ideal for colleges looking to offer distance learning or televise games and events on television or the Internet.
Recently, the Danish Armed Forces purchased a Slate 1000 system, and estimates it will produce an “85 to 90 percent savings compared to the costs of staffing and purchasing equipment for a traditional production suite,” according to Jan Lykke Carlsen, Chief Director of Forsvartes Mediecenter.
The Slate 2100, Slate 1000 and Slate 100 are all currently shipping.
About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrating switcher and computer technology to provide live television production systems. These are more powerful, easier to use, and much more cost effective than a traditional control room of individual components, yet retain a fast action human interface and robustness. Broadcast Pix switchers enable a single operator to create engaging live video, yet gracefully adds operators on its network when desired. It is the only switcher that can be controlled remotely over the Internet. Broadcast Pix is based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with offices in California and Europe. Customers include leading broadcast, cable, corporate, education, entertainment, mobile, faith and government studios. For more information on Broadcast Pix, go to www.broadcastpix.com. Broadcast Pix and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patents pending.