TSL wins major contract to build HDTV facility in Kuwait

TSL has been awarded a major contract to build a complete HDTV facility from the ground up for a new broadcaster in Kuwait.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  September 13, 2006

TSL has been awarded a major contract to build a complete HDTV facility from the ground up for a new broadcaster in Kuwait. The new station is owned by Dar Al-Watan, a large regional publishing house that distributes one of Kuwait’s major national newspapers and several publications. “We are delighted to announce this new relationship at IBC, which after 20 years in the business, is our first contract in Kuwait,” says Russell Grute, TSL’s head of sales. “This system has been designed with a very straight-forward tapeless workflow that allows Dar Al-Watan to get up and running in HD very quickly,” he adds. TSL will design, supply and integrate the HDTV facility on behalf of Dar Al-Watan, which will be split between two sites. The main site will house what is claimed to be the largest TV studio in the Middle East, and a second smaller space, which will contain the HD studios, MCR and two channels of HD playout. The second site will house a further three HD studios with edit suites. Both sites will produce a variety of HD programmes that will be distributed to homes in the region via satellite. Pebble Beach’s Neptune automation system has been selected for the main site and it will sit at the heart of the MCR. Neptune will manage the playout of both channels. The design of the new HD playout suite includes a Leitch IconMaster modular master control and branding system as well as a Miranda Kaleido Alto multi-image display processor for monitoring. The playout server will be based around the latest Omneon Spectrum server. The production side will be based on Apple’s Xserve RAID. Final Cut Pro will take centre stage in the new network’s edit suites. Management of the studio recording and play-in will be by Gallery Software based around its virtual VTR package.

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