ART begins phase III of relocation to JMC

Arab Radio and Television (ART) network is expanding from a 16-programme channel facility in Jordan Media City (JMC) to 28.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  May 4, 2005

Arab Radio and Television (ART) network is expanding from a 16-programme channel facility in Jordan Media City (JMC) to 28. An additional eight channels are used for creating commercial sequences and interstitials for insertion into pass through channels. The project, which is the third and final phase of the relocation of ART’s transmission and archive services originally based in Italy and other parts of the Middle East, from Rome, will see Leitch undertake the supply and installation of the system. Phases I and II of the project involved updating the new facility to a server-based system and enhancing ingest and management of archive material. Phase III brings ART’s total number of broadcast channels to 28 from the new playout centre in JMC. An additional eight channels are used for creating commercial sequences and interstitials for insertion into pass through channels. ART’s playout facility is based on a Pebble Beach Neptune multi-channel automation system, which will be expanded to 36 playlists and will control a Leitch router, two Leitch NEXIO servers (one used as a production server and the other used as a transmission server), Leitch logomotion logo inserters, Sony Flexicarts, Aston CGs, and Screen Subtitling subtitlers. The system also includes an MPEG1 browsing solution based on IPV SpectreView technology for automatic creation of low-resolution copies of media and for proxy editing. At ART, Pebble Beach also controls an eight-drive Sony PetaSite S Series data tape library with over 3,000 tapes and two stand-alone Sony S-AIT tape drives used as back up. The Pebble Beach software provides tools for archiving material that has been ingested into the production server and this is copied later to the transmission server in time for playout. To ensure the integrity of the system, Neptune provides N+n server backup to protect against failure of a server channel during playout. This mechanism provides a cost effective backup strategy. Rather than mirroring each output a fewer number of spare decoders are assigned to protect a large number of channels. In the unlikely event of failure of a main decoder, the Pebble Beach software automatically assigns a spare from the resource pool to take over and playout resumes from where it left off prior to the failure, without any operator intervention necessary. To protect against failure of the automation system, there are main and backup automation controllers. “We were pleased with the outcome of phases I & II,” said Radi Alkhas, CEO of Jordan’s Media City (JMC). “As part of the centralised storage solution, we wanted to integrate the archive with the playout system. Pebble Beach was able to do this with its direct control of the Sony PetaSite. Neptune also enabled us to control many other third party devices,” he added.

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