New video exchange system gets thumbs up

The new portable video-by-internet compression system announced by London-based gets enthusiastic reviews from regional TV operations.

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By  David Cass Published  July 4, 2002

Middle East broadcasters and freelance producers are quickly learning about the benefits of the new compression and transmission announced by last week.

It has taken several years and one company collapse to achieve, but TVZ directors Pete Henderson and Ken Herron are quickly finding global acceptance for their equipment, which is already under trials by the BBC, APTN and Reuters. For the first time in broadcast history they claim to be able to edit and transmit pictures in broadcast quality over the internet, either by satellite phone or standard internet connection, in a tenth of the time it previously took.

Among the regional broadcasters to inspect the new compression system is TEN Sports, the Taj Television operation which specializes in global cricket coverage for the sub continent market based in Dubai. Fred Clow, director of Operations and Outside Broadcasts thinks it is an exciting development.

“I am definitely considering giving it a trial because, while the bulk of our programming is extended match coverage, we also bring in short reports from all over the world. Many of these sites are quite remote and costly to service by traditional methods. I can see this cutting my costs substantially so I’m more than interested.”

RonBagnulo is one of the few regional freelance producers to have seen a demonstration of the new equipment and he, too, was impressed. “I love the box,” he said, “I want it. But right now in the UAE I am getting a great uplink deal from Etisalat and my clients are quite content with that.”

What about the idea of getting a group of freelancers together to buy one or two units as a co-operative venture? “In this community that idea has some merit. You could go out and buy one and see what rental work you might pick up but it would be highly localized because it looks as though all the big operations visiting would bring their own rather than rent locally. I have spoken to some colleagues about a co-op venture and we all think it’s not a bad idea but we didn’t come to a firm decision.”

You will be able to read a full report and appraisal in the September editions of Arabian Business and Digital Studio.

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