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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.

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