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La Voz de Maria, a new cable channel that launched late last year on La Vega State Television in the Dominican Republic, has chosen the Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) Slate 1000 live production system to produce religious talk shows, public affairs programs, and church services of interest to its Latino Catholic audience.
La Voz de Maria chose the Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 because of its integrated video switcher, multiviewer, CG, and clip store that can be run by a single operator. Live and recorded programs are produced in the channel’s studio and a nearby chapel that has a direct fiber cable link to the control room. The studio is equipped with three Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 cameras, with a fourth dedicated to remote field production.
Channel officials especially like that the Broadcast Pix system is HD-ready, and can be easily upgraded by swapping out a single card, which maximizes the organization’s investment. Currently, the channel’s 12-hour broadcast schedule is seen only in the Dominican Republic, though the plan is to deliver La Voz de Maria to Mexico and Hispanic markets across the United States via satellite within a year. La Voz de Maria is produced by Fundacion Padre Fantino.
Since the Latin American professional video and broadcast markets are of great importance to Broadcast Pix, the company has energized its marketing efforts to promote the Slate system throughout this region with the help of its Latin American channel partners. “Broadcast Pix is working to strengthen its relationships with our Latin American channel partners by providing them with the support and training they need to build profitable businesses for themselves and their customers,” said Arco Groenenberg, Director of Sales for the Americas, based in San Francisco, Calif.
“We are pleased to be making major inroads with the Slate system in the Latin America market,” said Groenenberg. “The Slate is a perfect product for many of our Latin American clients – adding value, with such features as our 2-M/E control panel – and securing cost effective upgrades in the future, such as our planned 3G/1080P HD version.”