Kuwait broadcaster opts for ICE

Al Rai TV, Kuwait’s first privately owned commercial broadcaster, chooses Leitch’s NEXIO server and VelocityQ editing workstations to create an integrated content environment.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 28, 2004

Al Rai TV, Kuwait’s first privately owned commercial broadcaster, has chosen Leitch’s NEXIO server and VelocityQ editing workstations to create an integrated content environment. The Leitch equipment will form part of a complete news, production and play-out venture, which will be launched later this year. Al-Rai TV, which plans to broadcast a wide range of round-the-clock programming that covers news, entertainment and current affairs, will use VelocityQ for high-end post-production editing. The broadcaster will be able to transfer media directly to and from the NEXIO server system — creating its own integrated content environment. For fast news production, it will use Leitch’s high-resolution NewsFlash editing system, which will work alongside the low-resolution browse Headline desktop production system from OmniBus. “Leitch has a great track record in news, post production and playout, so they were a natural choice for our new venture,” said Hasan R. Sayed Hasan, technical and operations director, Al-Rai TV. “The NEXIO server’s ability to integrate with VelocityQ and third-party products was also a key factor in our decision.” NEXIO is a modular, scalable new server system for transmission and news environments, which offers integrated applications platforms for editing, browsing and media management across a multi-tiered storage hierarchy. It provides exceptional fault-tolerance and interoperability (including IP), and supports multiple compression formats in both standard and high definition, industry-standard control protocols, third-party file formats and ASI interface, providing broadcasters with the flexibility they need to meet any future requirements. As Al Rai’s operation grows, NEXIO's modular and scalable design will allow it to build systems of up to 12 terabyte in a single domain, in small, low-cost increments. “We are delighted that Al-Rai TV … is adopting a philosophy of complete integration,” said Dave Dougall, managing director, Leitch Europe. The Leitch solutions at Al Rai are integrated with the ENPS news production system from Associated Press and an automation solution from Omnibus.

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