Al Aan TV upgrades news production workflows

Al Aan TV moves to a production environment powered by Avid MediaCentral
Raad Haddadin, Al Aan TV
Raad Haddadin, Al Aan TV


Al Aan TV has upgraded its news production environment with Avid tools and workflow solutions.

The new workflow brings greater efficiency, reduces costs, speeds time to air and will boost the network’s social media presence.

Launched in 2006, Al Aan TV broadcasts to the Arab world from its headquarters in Dubai. The free-to-air satellite channel has an accompanying online live stream and is also available on various cable and IPTV networks. Through its network of more than 120 broadcast professionals based in Dubai, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Al Aan TV produces a total of 21 programs and nine hours of live transmissions daily.

After ten years on the air, the growing channel’s hardware infrastructure was limiting further growth. Escalating costs, inefficient operations and time-consuming manual tasks were taking away from creative time and straining resources. Al Aan TV turned to integrated Avid tools for a fast-turnaround infrastructure powered by the MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media.

“As a longtime Avid customer, we knew that Avid could provide the right solutions to help us meet the fast-paced, changing nature of news production today,” said Raad Haddadin, head of engineering and support at Al Aan TV. “Our latest investment in Avid tools and solutions enable us to work faster and more economically while increasing our social media coverage and visibility, which is critical to our growth.”

Al Aan TV’s new workflow includes Avid NEXIS, the media industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform and MediaCentral | UX, the cloud-based, web front end for the MediaCentral Platform, working together to provide a unified experience for fast, collaborative media production. Media | Distribute strengthens Al Aan TV’s digital presence with fast content delivery to its social media channels.

Avid Interplay | Production has been deployed for Al Aan TV’s complex asset management, while Interplay | Capture maximizes the broadcaster’s Interplay investment with advanced automated feed scheduling and control. The solution also comprises Media Composer | NewsCutter for nonlinear editing and Avid iNEWS for efficient newsroom management. Al Aan TV will also benefit from three years of support, to ensure its team derive the greatest value from their Avid investment.

“Al Aan TV is the latest member of Avid’s preeminent client community to transform from a hardware infrastructure to a virtualised environment, all powered by the MediaCentral platform,” said Tom Cordiner, senior vice president of global sales, Avid. “The broadcaster’s new workflows will provide unrivaled efficiency and streamlined servicing, and also offer the potential of cloud deployment in the future.”

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