Sep 09 2011
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Qvest Media Realizes New TV Channel: Al Jazeera Balkan
Dubai/Cologne, September 9th, 2011: The Qatar-based news broadcaster Al Jazeera is further expanding its international portfolio. The broadcaster is planning to go on air with a new news channel for the Balkan region in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. As a leading system integrator, Qvest Media has been commissioned by Al Jazeera to handle the implementation of all the associated technical studio, production and broadcasting capacities.
As part of the German Wellen+Nöthen Group, the company has already undertaken various projects for Al Jazeera at its headquarters in Doha, and will now take on responsibility for the further technical expansion of the broadcaster's international network. As well as the technical design, planning, system integration and commissioning of a new TV infrastructure, the company will also implement an IPTV solution for distribution and data exchange within the worldwide Al Jazeera network .
Once construction is complete, Al Jazeera will report live with about 100 staff on-site in the local languages from a glass studio with news spanning the various regions. At the end of 2010, Al Jazeera took over the Sarajevo-based station NTV 99 for this project, and this station is now being integrated into the Al Jazeera network as a pan-regional news channel. Therefore, Qvest Media has been commissioned to set up the entire production and broadcasting platform. Among others this includes to equip the recording studio with camera technology from Sony and a Snell Kahuna HD video mixer as well as the implementation of a cross-functional studio automation from Mosart. For the production and editing of news reports, Qvest Media is setting up an Avid iNews editing system for more than 40 journalists, a video and audio post-production system, a Vizrt graphic system for channel branding as well as for news and info graphics, and a central archive. Solutions from MediaGeniX are to be integrated for content planning and scheduling, while a central playout platform - consisting of in- and outgest video servers from Omneon and a PebbleBeach automation - will facilitate the material exchange. The ingest and news playout is to be controlled using Avid Interplay solutions. The overall production format will be XDCAM HD at 50 Mbit/s. This integrated and file-based workflow means the various studio personnel will be able to work with fast, user-friendly and standardized production processes. To this end, the XDCAM EX recording format used by the electronic news gathering units will also be seamlessly integrated into the workflow. Encoding and transcoding processes for downlink and uplink are to be implemented with real-time systems from Ericsson. Furthermore, in order to integrate the new facility into the worldwide Al Jazeera network , Qvest Media will also set up an IPTV solution tailored to the broadcaster's requirements with systems from Teracue. This will allow the content of the news channel to be distributed internally throughout the Al Jazeera broadcasting network.
"Following the implementation of an SD/HD live infrastructure for Al Jazeera Sports and the realization of the technical media infrastructure of the Al Jazeera Media Training & Development Center in Doha, we are particularly delighted that Al Jazeera has again put their trust into our work and have assigned us the responsibility for one of its international projects," says Peter Nöthen, Managing Director of Qvest Media. "As with similar major projects, our service and support will play a hugely important role here. We will also support the operational phase at Al Jazeera Balkan following commissioning with a response team on site and our 24/7 remote support."
About Qvest Media FZ LLC
Dubai-located Qvest Media FZ LLC is focusing on the distribution of high-end broadcasting & media solutions in the entire Middle East Region. The company distributes professional broadcasting products of renowned international and German manufacturers e.g. Annova Systems, DEV Systemtechnik, Juenger, Lynx, MediaGeniX, Riedel, RTW and S4M - Solutions for Media. Moreover, Qvest Media is one of the most powerful system integrators on-site. The planning and realization of projects according to high German quality standards can be achieved in co-operation with Qvest Media's German sister company Wellen+Nöthen. Concerning the implementation of SD and HD technology, ingest, editing and playout solutions, studio installation, outside broadcasting and mobile production solutions, customers benefit from excellent engineering know-how and the combined product portfolios of both companies.
About Wellen+Nöthen GmbH
As a specialist in innovative IT and AV solutions, Wellen+Nöthen GmbH is one of the leading German retail firms in the broadcasting and media industry. With the strategic business divisions of Sales, Rental, System Integration and Service, the company offers a complete portfolio for the supply, integration and commissioning of conventional as well as complex standard and customized solutions. The range of products on offer embraces hardware and software from the world's leading branded manufacturers of media technologies, including Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Isilon, Quantel, Sony and Vizrt. Wellen+Nöthen has also established a name for itself as Germany's leading rental company, offering its customers a comprehensive equipment park. The company also sets new standards in the high definition sector: as a partner to its subsidiary HDinside, the company offers a broad and innovative HD rental portfolio. The spectrum of products and services is rounded off with professional services such as training courses, after-sales support and hotlines. With around 100 staff at its sites in Cologne and Berlin, the company looks after more than 2,400 German and international customers.
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