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Metafora Production, a private Arabic media company, has chosen Ross Video and local partner AVITENG to build and launch the new facility for Syria TV.

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Syriatv 8 march 2019The broadcaster's stated mission is to “create a new image of the Arabic world” through its programming, which includes Joe Show, a sometimes controversial Arabic talk show and political satire programme hosted by Egyptian comedian Youssef Hussien. To that end, it decided to launch a new channel in the region for Syria (though it will be broadcast from Istanbul due to the political issues there).

Metafora said that it “hopes that Syria TV may one day relocate to its homeland,” but for now, the Turkey-based station will broadcast a variety of news, cultural and entertainment shows to Syrians across the region.

For local system integration specialists AVITENG, the lack of any mechanical, electrical or IT infrastructure meant that the Syria TV facility had to be a turnkey design, with the company handling the integration, installation, configuration and commissioning services for the new facility. The plans included provision for a large green screen studio and a robotic camera system from Ross Video to support the virtual sets planned by the station.

“I had previously worked with Ross products and had enjoyed positive experiences with the Furio robotic camera system and the Carbonite production switcher,” said Syria TV CTO Mohamad Ibrahim. “It therefore wasn’t hard for us to choose Ross as a technology partner and build our production workflows around Ross products like the Carbonite Black switcher, XPression graphics and both Furio robotics and the VR600 PT robotic heads. We are extremely satisfied with the result and the excellent support and training provided by both Ross and AVITENG.”

AVITENG’s co-founder and managing partner, Burak Devecel, added: “We are very pleased to have worked with Metafora Production as their systems integration partner, and to have built this sophisticated production and broadcasting centre that stands out as one-of-a-kind in Turkey. The new facility is an outstanding example of what can be delivered when you mix a highly professional and motivated customer with the best production technologies and an expert SI.”