Pebble Beach Systems today announced that GCC broadcaster Al Rayyan TV has deployed their Marina automation solution as the basis of its new playout infrastructure.
Al Rayyan TV embarked on a major upgrade as part of its move to a new broadcasting facility last year. This incorporated a complete technology refresh for the broadcaster, who elected to move away from the legacy single vendor solution they had originally launched the TV network with, back in 2011.
The new playout system which offers full redundancy with no single point of failure went on air at the end of 2018. Pebble’s Marina automation handles the playout of 3 channels and controls best-of-breed channel technology including Harmonic servers and Avid graphics. It also interfaces to a Dalet Media Asset Management system and a BTS traffic management solution.
The decision to adopt the Pebble Beach solution followed a detailed proof of concept exercise which involved extensive evaluation by Al Rayyan’s operational and engineering staff. System integrator for the project was Salam Media Cast, who managed the migration and integration of all products involved.
Mohamad Naim Al Said, Engineering Department Director at Al Rayyan, commented on the upgrade: “We are very pleased with the Marina solution, specifically its stability, redundancy and ease of operation. The migration went extremely smoothly, thanks to the friendly and supportive Pebble team. We are proud that, with assistance from all parties, we succeeded in relocating the system and launching the channels within a very short timescale”.
Samir Isbaih, Pebble’s VP of Sales for the Middle East & APAC said about the project: “Al Rayyan went through a thorough evaluation of the possible technologies and we are delighted that they chose to partner with Pebble for the playout solution. Our Marina automation emerged from the selection process as the best technical solution for their needs, and we look forward to continuing to work with Al Rayyan as their operations evolve and grow.”