Bahrain TV prepares to automate playout

New HD-ready playout centre scheduled to go on air during Ramadan.
Omneon and Pebble Beach are at the heart of playout centre.
Omneon and Pebble Beach are at the heart of playout centre.


Kuwait-based systems integrator INC has been contracted to build a fully automated, HD-ready playout centre for Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC).

Adeeb Abed, division manager, Broadcast at INC stated that the new playout centre will replace the state broadcaster’s existing setup.

“Presently, BRTC does its playout manually. This installation, however, will enable it to not just automate its operations but facilitate HD transmission as well if it wants to do so in the future,” Abed commented.

The playout centre is tentatively scheduled to go on air during the Holy month of Ramadan.

At the heart of the project is Omneon’s Spectrum server integrated with Pebble Beach automation. The Omneon server has an initial storage capacity of 600 hours (XDCAM HD 50) that can be expanded further in the future.

Content from various sources such as VTRs and wire agencies will be automatically ingested into the Omneon server. Pebble Beach automation, which controls the ingest, archive, playout as well as playout redundancy will manage file movement from production to archive, and from archive to transmission.

The project includes a traffic management system from BTS and graphics solutions from Miranda.

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