Network Productions in Compaq deal

Network Productions has announced a strategic alliance with Compaq Computer Middle East allowing the former to offer low-cost digital transfer and archiving services to clients.

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By  Daniel Anderson-Ford Published  October 9, 2001

Network Productions has announced a strategic alliance with Compaq Computer Middle East allowing the former to offer low-cost digital transfer and archiving services to clients.

The agreement was finalised by chairman of Network Productions, Riad Abdul Hadi, and Dr Samer Chaar, general manager of Compaq Gulf and Levant region.

Using Compaq storage technology, Network can now offer clients the ability to migrate archived content in any format (8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 70mm, U-matic or Betacam tapes) to digital format. Network will also be able to offer storage and retrieval services using Digital Media Asset Management [DMAM] technology from Compaq. The retrieval service will use the online content archive, Compaq MediaStorage, heralding from the company's Entertainment and Media division.

Riad Abdul Hadi believes the service will allow programme makers to realise the added value of their content, and will allow for its quick and easy retrieval in digital format. Moreover, he argues that the process involved ensures minimum damage to tape footage and will dramatically speed up the digitising process, thus reducing the cost to the client.

Compaq's Dr Samer Chaar commented: "Network Productions' decision to choose us in carrying out this complex task is a further endorsement of Compaq's stature in providing tailor-made solutions to meet the most demanding industry requirements."

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