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dB Broadcast Updates The Hospital Club TV Studios

The Hospital Club in London has upgraded its television studio and control room to accommodate new 3G HD-SDI technologies, with capability for later 4k implement. The installation, which involved Grass Valley and Sony equipment, was carried out by UK systems integrator dB Broadcast.

Established in 2003 by musician-producer Dave (David A) Stewart and Microsoft co-founder Paul G Allen, the Hospital is based in the Covent Garden area of central London in what was St Paul's Hospital. Conceived as a multi-use arts venue and mixed-media centre where young artists could mix with established names in TV and music, the building houses a TV studio and recording suite. It also houses a members' club and now offers hotel rooms for its membership and guests.

The Hospital was among the first London studios to feature HD technology, which, at the time, was seen as bold move. The studio established itself as broadcasters began producing programmes in HD. Among the broadcast companies that use the 250 square metre basement TV studio are the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4.

The upgrade was carried out by dB Broadcast in two phases, both to tight schedules to ensure there was no disruption to the studio bookings schedule. Phase one took two weeks and focused on the TV gallery control room, which had new HD and 4k-ready equipment installed. This included a Sony MVS7000 4M/E production switcher, Grass Valley Kaleido-X multiviewer and five NEC 55-inch monitor displays. New technical furniture came from Lund Halsey.

The Hospital Club is based in the Covent Garden area of central London in what was St Paul's Hospital.

The Hospital Club is based in the Covent Garden area of central London in what was St Paul's Hospital.

The studio itself was included in the second phase. Five Sony HDC-2400 cameras are now being used in the basement space, which had extra connectivity added so that three more cameras can be brought in if required, offering a total of eight. More technical monitoring was added to the control room in the form of Sony PVM-A170 OLED units, while the apparatus room now features SMPTE hybrid fibre cables. This installation took four weeks and was carried out during a holiday period.

"We are delighted with our new state of the art studio and control room upgrades," commented Samantha Dunlop, The Hospital Club's head of studios. "dB Broadcast has used its expertise to design and implement a facility that provides the best of today’s technology with the potential to adapt as standards change."

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