Al Sa'aa TV goes on air with Harris solutions

Cairo-based Lebanese-Egyptian satellite channel, Al-Sa'aa Television, has launched a new 24-hour news service using a range of Harris broadcast newsroom solutions that have been integrated with the station's ENPS newsroom application.

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Cairo-based Lebanese-Egyptian satellite channel, Al-Sa'aa Television, has launched a new 24-hour news service using a range of Harris broadcast newsroom solutions that have been integrated with the station's ENPS newsroom application. The installation includes multiple Harris NEXIO XS HD/SD server systems for recording and playout, NewsFlash high-resolution news editors, NewsFlash Preditor low-resolution desktop editors and the Inscriber G1 real-time SD broadcast graphics system. The newsroom was designed, commissioned and installed by Egypt's Integrated Systems in collaboration with Harris Corporation.

"For our new digital newsroom facility, we needed a system that enabled us to perform a fast turnaround of edits and play to air, and the Harris integrated newsroom solution allows us to do this seamlessly," commented Samer El Hosseni, CEO of Al-Sa'aa Channel. "The Harris high- and low-resolution non-linear editors can start working while the material is being ingested, allowing journalists to simultaneously browse and edit low-resolution content at their desktops, and then playout the clip in full resolution without having to wait for rendering. The G1 system has further optimised workflow by providing creative flexibility, with its infinite layering and creating real-time 3D effects and animation capabilities. It also allows us to easily produce independent real-time virtual channels on a single physical channel."

The Harris NEXIO XS server system interfaces with the ENPS newsroom computer system (NRCS) using a MOS protocol and the NEXIO with MOS Gateway and MOS Playlist Manager, creating an integrated news production environment. The connection between ingest and playout is via Gigabit Ethernet.

"Harris continues to see a remarkable growth in the number of server customers in the Middle East," commented Said Bacho, managing director, Harris Broadcast Communications, Middle East region. "The reliability and design of the NEXIO XS server platform, integrated with the NewsFlash editors and the ENPS solution, is fundamental to the success of the mission-critical application at Al-Sa'aa's newsroom. With our regional support base in Dubai, fully equipped with spares and staffed by Arabic-speaking engineers and support staff, we are confident that we can provide Al-Sa'aa TV with the support they need to be successful."

Harris has also secured several deals in other parts of the Middle East including Sharjah TV, Ajman TV, Abu Dhabi Media Company, Taj TV and Showtime Arabia. Sharjah Television will deploy the NEXIO AMP NX3601HDX media platform with shared storage and NEXIO Playlist software for recording and playout, as well as a large number of 6800+ core processing products at its broadcast facility while the neighbouring Ajman Television will install a 32x32 Integrator router, the Inscriber RTX broadcast graphics systems and a range of modular products from the 6800+core processing platform at its station.

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