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Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Expands HD Production with ABS Flypack

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it recently delivered a full-HD video flypack, ordered through the company’s Pittsburgh office, to the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester, N.Y. The casino has been using the system since October to produce two ongoing series.

Empire City Casino has had an in-house HD broadcast facility since 2006, when the facility was renovated and expanded from the largest harness racing track in the state to include a 5,300 slot casino. One of its regular series is Empire City’s Lucky Break, a three-camera production shot on location in the casino’s entertainment lounge using the new flypack. The one-hour weekly talent show is shown on Sundays on Cablevision throughout the Greater New York area.

The flypack is also used for a horse racing handicapping show, which is produced with a virtual set. Michael Rooney, director of media convergence, plans to use the new flypack to record presentations during other events and concert performances at the casino.

When it was time to purchase its portable production system, Rooney collected multiple quotes. He said ABS went further than most, recommending system components and offering a wide range of product choices. Plus, the company delivered a very competitive quote and “we actually got more bang for the buck.”

The compact system is contained in one case, which is long enough to accommodate three crew stations, but easy enough to roll to various locations on the property. Rooney said the flypack is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Anchored by a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 Video Control Center, the flypack features a Mackie audio console, Clear-Com intercom/IFB, JVC HD monitors, Grass Valley Turbo iDDR, and four Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio disk recorders. A slide-out shelf provides easy access to the switcher control panel, audio console, and computer keyboard.

Rooney, who has a television engineering background, was particularly impressed with the attention to detail ABS displayed during the design and build process. “The drawings were very comprehensive, and they were willing to fine tune and make adjustments,” he explained. “I appreciate that they had everything laid out nicely. They’re very easy to work with, and I would definitely recommend them.”

About Empire City Casino:

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is a full entertainment destination offering 5,300 slot machines, video roulette, electronic craps, baccarat & sic bo tables, Italian cuisine in Nonno’s Trattoria, trackside dining in the Empire Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the track for live harness racing, an International Food Court with a wide-ranging menu, year—round live harness racing five nights a week, live entertainment six days a week, including karaoke, comedy, jazz & blues, and the best party and latin bands in the tri-state area. The multi-faceted Good Time Room is available for parties, benefits, weddings, and major events for up to 400. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (at Central Avenue) in Yonkers, New York, Westchester County, (I-87 to Exit 2) and is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM. For more information call 914.968.4200 or log onto www.empirecitycasino.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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