BL Develops Stills Store for The Shopping Channel HD Upgrade

Allows replacement of Pinnacle Lightning systems while maintaining similar user interface.

The Shopping Channel (TSC) in Toronto recently completed their HD transition and Bannister Lake played a key role by providing custom development of new Stills Store systems. In the high pressure world of a shopping channel, Stills Stores play an important role in presenting inventory images. In the case of TSC they used Pinnacle Lighting systems that were installed many years ago. One of the impediments to replacement of the old systems was the operator familiarity that had been gained over the years.

BL was contracted to develop a modern replacement that would feel comfortable to the existing operators. The new systems use Ross XPression graphics engines with custom BL software. After a period of shadowing the on-air program with the new systems, the operators were able to successfully move to the new HD systems.

A key part of the project was interfacing with TSC’s asset management system, provided by IPV Limited from the UK. Bannister Lake’s engineers worked closely with IPV and their onsite project manager and the whole transition went off with no disruption to on air operations.