Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information will invest a whopping US $11.1 million in high definition cameras from Hitachi as part of an ambitious project to begin HD broadcasts from Makkah and Madina in time for Hajj in December 2008. The deal was announced at CABSAT 2008.
Thirty four Hitachi cameras will be deployed for the project. The cameras will be native 720/50 progressive scan in line with the Ministry's decision to adopt end-to-end progressive.
The cameras have been designed specifically for robotic/pan/tilt operation and have the same performance as the studio and portable equivalents (the SK-3200 and the SK-3200P).
Walid Al Moukhtar, GM of FGC, confirmed the deal represented one of the single biggest orders for HD cameras in the Middle East. "It is certainly a challenging project," he said. "It will mark the first time high quality HD cameras will operate in such demanding conditions.