Al Aan TV Refreshes Playout With Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications has provided playout and storage technology critical to Al Aan TV expansion of its current operations at their Dubai facility.

Following the installation, the free-to-air broadcaster, based in Dubai and serving a female-skewed audience with news and entertainment in Arabic, has enhanced its playout chain to provide full redundancy and much greater production and delivery capabilities.

Al Aan, seeking a technology refresh that would further support its already strong social media presence, has been working with Imagine Communications, which assisted the broadcaster with a transition to file-based HD production. The most recent project provided Al Aan with a unified delivery platform, while converting the original system to a fully redundant backup chain.

Central to the new Al Aan playout centre is a shared storage network using three Nexio + AMP servers with a total of 18 HD ports. Included in the fiber-connected network is a Nexio PRX transcoder and media gateway. This allows the system to provide a fully integrated previewing tool, creating proxy files much faster than real time. 

For live transmission services, Al Aan relies on Versio IOX high-performance online storage that is specifically designed for broadcast and production facilities. Imagine’s widely deployed ADC automation platform is also a key component of the installation.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

Essential Guide: Live IP Delivery

Broadcasting used to be simple. It required one TV station sending one signal to multiple viewers. Everyone received the same imagery at the same time. That was easy.

Cost-effective IP Contribution and Distribution

Saving dollars is one of the reasons broadcasters are moving to IP. Network speeds have now reached a level where real-time video and audio distribution is a realistic option. Taking this technology to another level, Rohde and Schwarz demonstrate in…

The Migration to IP: The Revolution Continues

Are you an IT engineer having trouble figuring out why the phones, computers and printer systems work but the networked video doesn’t? Or maybe you have 10-15 years of experience with video production equipment but really don’t understand why…

IMF - Interoperability and Content Exchange Made Easy

As the television business has become more global, and evolving consumer devices spawn the need for ever more formats, there has been an explosion of the number of versions that are needed for an item of content. The need to…

Broadcast For IT - Part 20 - IP Systems

In principle, IP systems for broadcasting should not differ from those for IT. However, as we have seen in the previous nineteen articles in this series, reliably distributing video and audio is highly reliant on accurate timing. In this article,…