Rogers Media – The Shopping Channel

Customer: The Shopping Channel
Application: Bannister Lake Macro Application and Still Store
Platform: RossVideo XPression Studio

Printable Version

The Shopping Channel, Canada’s premiere broadcast retail Channel based in Mississauga Ontario worked with Bannister Lake to develop an automated broadcast graphics solution for their broadcast workflow.

  • Bannister Lake Macro Application reads the product inventory database to generate graphics for each one-hour segment.
  • Name Keys, Colors, Sizes, Star Rating and product availability is also generated with each segment.
  • Operators can manually intervene to edit or modify segments and Text content while on air.
  • Recap stills of each segment are captured by the Still Store, then saved to IPV for archive and proof of play.
  • A log file is generated for each take item with Time Stamp, Item number and Product Description
  • The log is encoded into the clean feed for Digital and Web applications.
  • This configuration is mirrored in the Main and Backup Control Rooms for redundancy.

Cheddar TV

Cheddar TV required a comprehensive Financial Dashboard application to manage and generate all on air graphics for their daily broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange.

Printable Version

  • Dashboard application automatically connects to Xignite Financial data feed.
  • UI provides stock ticker preview and modules to create Bugs, Stock Charts, Bumpers, Name Keys, Lower Thirds and Banners.
  • Quick filters to setup stock chart comparisons, desktop preview of charts then quick add to playlist;
  • Click drag and drop to change items in playlists.
  • Drop Down range menu to select time including, Intraday padded, Intraday, 2 day padded, 5 day, 1 month, 3 month, 6 month, Year to Date padded, 1 > 5 year and user (Custom) ranges.
  • Application supports overnight (after market) generation of content.

Bell Media – CTV News Channel

Customer: Bell Media – CTV News
Application: Chameleon
Platform: Chameleon and RossVideo XPression

Printable Version

CTV News Channel, CTV’s National 24/7 News Channel, required a refresh on their HD look to display News, Finance, Scores, Weather and Breaking News.

  • Chameleon ingests News, Finance, Scores and Weather data sources into its centralized database.
  • Operators edit content, rundowns and schedules for each zone. 
  • Breaking News Items are triggered automatically without operator intervention.
  • Imagine ADC automation triggers Chameleon Player layout (state) for Commercial Breaks and special segments.
  • To ensure output and on air reliability, Chameleon Player uses a combination of Timecode, GPI, Serial (Sercom) and IP triggers.
  • Automatic replication of Main and Backup Chameleon Servers are connected to mirrored XPression BlueBox systems for fail over and redundancy.

Global News – 2011 and 2014 Ontario Provincial Election

Global News required a comprehensive, dynamic ‘real-time’ election package to manage their Election results and on air output for the 2011 and 2014 Ontario Provincial Elections. Bannister Lake Elector on RossVideo’s XPression BlueBox provided Global News with a superior level of editorial and graphic control for their entire election telecast.

Printable Version

  • Easy and reliable support for Election Consortium Feed with full support for automated and manually entered results.
  • Flow, BL Elector’s web based content management dashboard, provided a centralized hub for dozens of talent, producers and political analysts to the “real time” election data. Data included, Charts, candidate and riding context, ‘what-if’ scenarios and alerts that assisted in highlighting close and interesting races.
  • Playlist building from within Flow allowed workload to be offloaded from the on-air operator with the result being a dynamic and exciting telecast.
  • Elector’s standardized graphics specification allowed unlimited graphic design freedom without programming modifications.
  • Flow’s candidate management module allowed easy addition of candidate head shots for on air broadcast.
  • Elector Player output to multiple HD channels using RossVideo XPression BlueBox.

CityTV Dundas Square – Channel One/ Connectus

CityTV and Rogers Media required a reliable HD display solution to manage, schedule and output content for their Panasonic outdoor monitor located at Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The Harris Channel One and Connectus solution provided Rogers with a means of collecting and scheduling advertising content for display from all business units within Rogers.

  • Rogers Media and other business units send content to the Harris Connectus Server at Dundas Square.
  • Channel One content is scheduled remotely at Rogers Lakeshore, then published to the main Channel One output system at Dundas Square.
  • The Channel One schedule alternates between advertising and CityTV’s main broadcast feed.
  • All content displayed by Channel One is logged for ‘proof of play’ or ‘as runs’.
  • System is scalable to accommodate additional Channel One systems.

CBC Sports – BLScoreBug Hockey with NHL Scores and SuperStats

Customer: CBC Sports
Application: BLScoreBug Hockey with NHL Scores and SuperStats
Platform: Inscriber/Harris G3 HD/SD platform with RTX

Printable Version

CBC Sports required a fully automated Score and Statistics display solution for their SD and HDTV NHL telecasts. BLScoreBug and NHL Scores with Super Stats provides a real time game summary and detailed game statistics for NHL telecasts.

  • BLScoreBug AutoPilot connects directly to the local arena ScoreBoard Controller, automating the on air display for the score, shots on goal penalties, period and powerplays.
  • Selecting Home team automatically sets the type of ScoreBoard Controller for BLScoreBug AutoPilot.
  • NHL Scores and Superstats, the companion application for BLScoreBug, automatically updates a local database from NHL’s FTP with Out of Town scores, game summaries and statistics from around the league.
  • Superstats provides detailed rundown of individual Player statistics including Faceoffs, Hits, Shifts and Time on Ice (TOI). Shots on Goal and penalty minutes statistics for selected Teams.
  • Promos dialog allows entry of text for Advertising, Coming Ups and Programming announcements.
  • Both BLScoreBug and NHL Scores operate concurrently, providing Hockey fans with an enhanced viewing experience.

Bruce Power – BL BBS, Harris Infocaster

Bruce Power Communications required a series of intuitive ‘self-serve’ network applications that would allow multiple concurrent users throughout Bruce Power to enter mission critical and time sensitive data for their internal broadcast, BPTV. Bannister Lake delivered a series of robust Microsoft .Net ‘Single Click’ network applications to allow each department to enter, manage and control their own content being displayed on BPTV.

Printable Version

  • Applications include, Outages, Warnings, Sync Dates for Outages and Equipment Status.
  • All applications run from a single shared folder.
  • Each application provides support for multiple concurrent users.
  • User Account, content changes and each instance of application activity are logged for auditing.
  • Enhanced style support allows operators to assign color and styles for status and warning messages

GlobalNews / ShawMedia – BL Super Ticker

Global News required a comprehensive, dynamic News ticker package to manage display of news, weather, sports and traffic information for their 4 production centers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Bannister Lake provided Super Ticker, a enterprise broadcast branding solution that integrated seamlessly with their existing XPression MOS workflow.

Printable Version

  • Easy and reliable support for Weather, Sports, Traffic, Business and News data with full support for automated data feeds and manually entered data.
  • Flow for Super Ticker is a web based content management dashboard that provides a centralized hub for dozens of producers to access content for their programs.
  • Building of show rundown within Flow allows this task to be offloaded from the on-air operator.
  • Supports streamlined work flow from graphic design through to content scheduling and facilitates any required last minute boards or tickers.
  • Supports streamlined work flow from graphic design to content scheduling and last minute boards or tickers.
  • Super Ticker Player outputs to multiple HD channels using RossVideo XPression BlueBox.
  • New Ticker Player channels can be added without affecting existing Ticker Players.

Chameleon and CTV CanadaAM

2010 CTV Canada AM was looking for a ticker solution to display weather, traffic, finance, scores and news. Chameleon was used as the solution. 

  • Each station manages local news, sports and weather content.
  • Content administration of 7 channels are managed by CTV Agincourt.

US Democratic Senate – In-House Channel

The United States Democratic Senate broadcasts an in-house channel of the floor proceedings and required a reliable display solution to include upcoming vote information, bills in discussion, and general information on proceedings and schedules. The Bannister Lake BLFlow solution provided a simple web interface for input of new items, schedules and control over the broadcast output.

Printable Version

  • Staff Runners need to quickly input or update information on upcoming bills, votes and general proceedings from various sources (email, web, printed documents and hand written notes).
  • Runners do not have direct access to broadcast systems or have graphical knowledge/training to modify templates.
  • Graphic changes based on triggers that are operator driven through BLFlow.
  • Votes are triggered externally via GPI from the Senate floor clock.
  • All user and content changes or modifications are logged providing a complete audit of the entire system.
  • User groups allow administrator to control which groups have access rights to add or change different types of information.