September 6, 2012

Harris Broadcast Communications will provide a digital end-to-end integrated high-definition (HD) infrastructure and workflow solution at a new Palestine TV news production and playout facility, providing all necessary tools to drive the broadcaster’s news, production and master control centers. Based in Ramalla, this new studio and master control room (MCR) will support the entire workflow production chain from ingest through to playout, playing news stories to air with speed and efficiency.

The installation is expected to start in September and is due on air by end of 2012. The project was brokered by Star 2000, a leading dealer and systems integrator in Palestine.

The Harris solutions are built around the Harris® NewsForce™ HD/SD news platform for live digital news production. The Harris® NEXIO® MOS Gateway will provide seamless integration with Final Cut Pro editors and a central newsroom computer system, allowing journalists direct and immediate access to content stored on the NEXIO storage area network (SAN). Harris® NEXIO AMP™ servers will play news stories to air while NEXIO low-resolution browse software will enable journalists to preview and edit low-resolution clips, reducing storage and management complexity.

“We were looking to work with an established vendor that could provide a complete integrated HD news production and playout workflow, and Harris fit our requirements perfectly,” said Firas Abed Al-Rahman, chief of development and technical support at Palestine Television. “The regional availability of technical support and stock that Harris offers directly and through its collaboration with Star 2000 is an added benefit, providing easy access to local engineers and fast service response times.”

Harris® ADC™ automated content management and distribution brings everything together in the file-based environment, managing complex operations within master control. Its media ingest capabilities include automated and manual processes for content acquisition and preparation, giving operators maximum flexibility and ease of use.

The installation also incorporates a 256 x 256 Harris® Platinum™ router to manage facility-wide signal distribution, while Harris® HView™ multiviewers consolidate signal monitoring across the studio production control and master control rooms. Harris® Inscriber® G7™ integrated HD/SD broadcast graphics will provide the channel branding to enhance the on-air look. Harris 6800+™ signal processing, distribution and conversion systems complete the solution.

“As broadcasters migrate to file-based environments they are looking to implement integrated solutions that help to streamline workflow processes and optimize operational efficiencies,” said Said Bacho, vice president sales and service, Middle East and South Asia, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The new facility at Palestine TV will provide advanced functionality, increased on-air reliability and reduced total cost of ownership.”


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Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.