Sky News Arabia has chosen Harris as the supplier of a key part of its infrastructure — the distribution system linking the main production base in Abu Dhabi, two additional sites in the UAE and a contribution site in the UK.
Sky News Arabia has chosen the Selenio media convergence platform for this purpose. The Selenio architecture combines traditional baseband video and audio processing, compression and IP networking features.
Sky News Arabia will use Selenio to create and send IP streams of its standard and high-definition (HD) outputs to uplink, transmission and online portals. Turnaround paths will provide compliance notifications and monitoring over the same links back to the station. The same route will accommodate content exchange with the UK contribution site to provide transmission continuity under any circumstances.
“There is no point having the best production in the world if it does not reach the audience — so we needed technology that was up to the task,” said Bevan Gibson, technical launch director at Sky News Arabia. “The Harris Selenio system is technically advanced and built for broadcast reliability.”
“Our Selenio platform is designed to be a very flexible solution at the points where baseband digital video and IP streaming intersect,” commented Said Bacho, vice president sales and service, Middle East and South Asia, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The Sky News Arabia application is a great case in point, bridging the file-based production centre to the real-time world of the viewer.”
The Sky News Arabia production centre will also use Harris Invenio software for transmission media management, ADC for transmission playout automation and Broadcast Master scheduling software.
Sky News Arabia, a localised version of the UK news channel, is due to go on air later in the year.