Megahertz to build master control areas for Al Jazeera Sports

Megahertz Broadcast Systems, in conjunction with its partner company, Mideast Data Ltd, Doha, has won a contract to build three turnkey master control areas and satellite upgrades for Al Jazeera Sports Channel.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  November 1, 2004

Megahertz Broadcast Systems, in conjunction with its partner company, Mideast Data Ltd, Doha, has won a contract to build three turnkey master control areas and satellite upgrades for Al Jazeera Sports Channel. “We were successful in winning this project because of our ability to meet the channel’s short and demanding timescale without compromising on quality or flexibility,” says Steve Hope, project manager, Megahertz. Each of the three master control areas will be equipped with systems that incorporate a Thomson GVG Saturn, Pinnacle Thunder, DecoCast and Miranda Imagestore. The outputs from each area will be connected via fibre optic cables to an encoding area, where they will be encoded using Tandberg equipment. Megahertz is also supplying Al Jazeera with custom-built control room furniture, which will be manufactured at the company’s UK facility. The project, which is currently underway, will be completed by the end of the year. “The time frame for this project is particularly tight because all three of the master control areas have to be on-air by mid-November in order to fit in with Al Jazeera’s broadcast requirements,” says Hope. Al Jazeera Sports has exclusive rights to many international events, including the French Open Tennis Tournament and next year’s Australian Tennis Open.

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