Aman TV is a new entrant into the television market in Pakistan, aiming to deliver high quality news and current affairs broadcasting with worldwide coverage. It will operate from a new broadcast center in Lahore with a complete Harris Broadcast newsroom and playout infrastructure.
Aman TV requires a highly automated operation to deliver slick 24-hour television in a cost-efficient manner. The new channel will be on air in May 2013, with additional bureaus in London and Dubai to start.
“My vision for Aman TV is to create a channel that leads opinion and serves comprehensive news to the people of Pakistan,” said Mr Sheraz Hashmi, CEO of parent company Sunbiz. “To focus on the best content we cannot compromise on the technology, which is why we asked Harris Broadcast to design and build an end-to-end solution for us.”
The Harris Broadcast ADC™ automated content and distribution system controls the entire news production and playout infrastructure, with Harris Broadcast NEXIO AMP® servers and a NEXIO Farad™ online storage system providing content delivery and storage. A server system enables direct attachment to Apple® Final Cut Pro® editors, speeding craft edits of news stories and station promotions, while Harris Broadcast’s MOS integration links the production and playout system to the editorial computer network.
The installation includes Harris Broadcast’s IconMaster™ master control switcher and an IconStation™ channel branding system. Combined, the systems offer master control and graphics creation; and insertion for news production and channel branding. Signals are managed through the Harris Broadcast 6800+™ modular processing units, Panacea™ routers and HView™ multiviewers. The contract also includes Harris Broadcast’s Videotek® test and measurement equipment to maintain signal quality.
“Aman TV is our first complete infrastructure and workflow solution in Pakistan,” commented Said Bacho, vice president of sales and services, Middle East and South Asia at Harris Broadcast. “We have a great systems integrator in the country, United Engineering and Services, doing the integration and installation for us, and together we can provide excellent support over the lifetime of this system. We are delivering a seamless system to Aman TV, which gives them the power to create great television on a slick, automated hardware platform — a showcase installation for the region.”
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