MBC goes shopping at Cabsat

DMC-based broadcaster, MBC signed several deals with suppliers at Cabsat. Purchases included an eQ multi-resolution editing system from Quantel, a Sirius Gold HD/SD router from Pro-Bel, mobile satellite communication equipment from SWE-DISH and a multi-video processor from Evertz.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 1, 2006

Dubai Media City based broadcaster, MBC signed several deals with suppliers at Cabsat. Purchases included an eQ multi-resolution editing system from Quantel, a Sirius Gold HD/SD router from Pro-Bel, mobile satellite communication equipment from SWE-DISH and a multi-video processor from Evertz. Just 12 months after taking delivery of its first eQ, MBC has invested in a second eQ editing/effects/grading/mastering system. The new system comes with the Pay as you Go HD option and will reside alongside the existing machine in the company’s Creative Services Department. The addition of a second high-powered eQ resolution co-existent system will enable MBC to seemlessly work with multiple resolution material and take full advantage of the quality and versatility of HD to create high quality programmes and promos. “With its all-round capabilities, the eQ provides the perfect environment to bring our SD and HD production strands together to create the finished project,” says Keith Dallison, senior promotions editor, MBC. “eQ’s enormous speed means that it is the ideal system to meet our tight deadlines and stringent quality requirements and the Pay as you Go HD option makes it a low-risk investment for us.” The Sirius Gold HD/SD router from Pro-Bel has been purchased for MBC’s new master control and media transfer area. The router will be at the heart of MBC’s tapeless project. “We have an ongoing relationship with Pro-Bel,” says Paul Farnsworth, chief technology officer, MBC. “We have used the vendor’s systems at our facility in Bahrain and we have known it to be very reliable, which is what is required for a 24/7 operation such as ours.” MBC has also decided to go with a multi-video processor with 130 inputs from Evertz although in the past, it has used Miranda’s Kaleido system. The system was tested by MBC for a Bahrain TV project, which was put together by MBC’s systems integration department. From last month, MBC has also begun to use SWE-DISH DA150K Drive-Away systems within its mobile fleet. Mounted on top of a satellite news gathering (SNG) van, the roof box contains an antenna that deploys and automatically points towards the selected satellite and allows on-air broadcasting within 10 minutes, transmitting SNG back to base. “The DA 150K Drive-Away antenna is ideally designed for live news coverage. And the system’s quick deployment and robustness fit MBC’s requirements for efficient and professional news coverage,” says Lars Jehrlander, CEO, SWE-DISH Satellite Systems.

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