MBC invests in new systems for children’s channel

With the introduction of a new children’s channel last month, MBC has deployed a number of new solutions that will improve its efficiencies and make broadcasting simpler and more cost effective.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  December 27, 2004

MBC 3, the new, free-to-air, Arabic children’s channel runs on the new MBC transponder on Arabsat 2D. It includes children’s series, cartoons and other related programmes. For this project, MBC installed Miranda’s Kaleido-K2 — a multi-image virtual wall system — instead of conventional monitors. This display reworks signal monitoring by incorporating all conceivable monitor wall features into a single display. “The advantage of using this system is that it is very flexible. Tomorrow, if we want to add more feeds, we can slot it into an existing card or add more cards. But you don’t require more metal frames to accommodate more monitors or any extra equipment,” says Paul Farnsworth, group technical director, MBC. “That means all the extras that you’d have to pay for if you had a conventional system are not there anymore. This is quick, easy, cuts installation time and is fully programmable.” The network runs on a VikinX router with a flashlink from Network Electronics. “This enables us to exchange the audio, video and data between the studio and the central apparatus room,” explains Farnsworth. Moving to an additional channel meant that MBC would require a multi-channel operation that was flexible and cost effective. As a result, it opted for NVision’s Master Control Router/Switcher. “The NV5128 offers a high degree of flexibility due to its modular approach. The ability to have a router with expansion from 16 to 128 inputs and up to four fully equipped MCR switches in one frame simplified the installation and proved more cost effective than the conventional separate router and MCR switcher. There is also a touch screen software control option allowing remote centralised operation during quiet periods when there are no live feeds,” he adds.

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