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Dubai-based satellite broadcaster Al Aan TV has expanded its playout facility through a technology installation by Imagine Communications.

Anas Hantash director of sales MENA at Imagine Communications with Raad Haddadin head of engineering and support at Al Aan TV 16 Nov 2017The Arabic free-to-air broadcaster has enlisted Imagine to provide a unified delivery platform and convert Al Aan’s original system to what is claimed to be a fully redundant back-up chain.

“Our services are extremely popular and we are growing rapidly, and that has called for significant investment in new technology and systems,” explained Raad Haddadin (pictured, right), head of engineering and support at Al Aan TV. “Imagine Communications has proved to be a valued technology partner, and by working with the company to extend our playout facilities we get the workflow gains we sought, along with the ability to provide a complete back-up chain which provides channel redundancy with zero downtime.”

The new Al Aan playout centre is a shared storage network using three Nexio+ AMP servers for a total of 18 HD ports. Included in the fibre-connected network is a Nexio PRX transcoder and media gateway. This allows the infrastructure to provide a fully integrated previewing tool, creating proxy files much faster than real time.

For live transmission services, Al Aan uses Versio IOX high-performance online storage that is specifically designed for broadcast and production facilities. Imagine’s ADC automation platform is also a key component of the installation, which is now on air.

“We have watched with excitement as Al Aan has grown, providing a ground-breaking approach to news and consistently popular entertainment, and it is satisfying to continue to support that growth with technology with the capacity to evolve to meet Al Aan’s future requirements for connectivity and social interaction,” said Anas Hantash (pictured, left), director of sales for MENA at Imagine Communications.