JRTV invests in router and server tech

Jordanian broadcaster upgrades with Grass Valley router, switcher and server tech
Said Bacho, senior VP sales, EMEA, Grass Valley.
Said Bacho, senior VP sales, EMEA, Grass Valley.


Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV) has upgraded its routing, production switching and servers with equipment from Grass Valley.

The broadcaster bought five 3G-ready K2 Summit transmission client media servers and a master control suite that includes a router and multiviewer controlled by a new Jupiter routing switcher control solution.

The installation was managed by systems integrator AVC Al-Waseet, located in Amman, Jordan, and its partner, Hannu Pro of Latvia.
“We’re a full-time operation with live news being broadcasted in several different languages, so the reliability and performance of our technology is crucial to the success of our station,” said Khalaf Al-Khawaldeh, director of engineering, JRTV. “Grass Valley helped us put together a unique combination of products that give us the confidence to distribute news around the clock without worrying about failure.”

At its core, the K2 Summit transmission client is built for mission-critical operations with two bidirectional channels and two playout channels, upgradable to three.

Jupiter routing control combines hardware and software that gives JRTV full management of all its devices with the simple touch of a button on the Jupiter network. Jupiter interfaces with the master control switcher to give JRTV a range of flexibility, including the ability for up to eight on-air keys and four audio voiceovers, as well as support for a multitude of audio channels and branding sources.

“The need for more flexible and higher-quality broadcast systems is continually on the rise, especially in the Middle East where the market is seeing considerable growth,” said Said Bacho, senior vice president, sales, EMEA, Grass Valley.

“In this ever-changing broadcast landscape, it’s important that our customers are on the leading edge with their solutions, and our deal with JRTV is a perfect example of how we execute that plan,” he added.

JRTV, Jordan’s public broadcaster, simulcasts three programs on terrestrial and satellite and functions as the primary broadcaster for Jordan in the Middle East. The station delivers a 24-hour Arabic broadcast coupled with an English-language service for 21 hours a day and a French-language service for 13 hours a day.

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