Thursday, September 07, 2006

Digital Vendors | TSL | Kuwait Dar al Watan TV Channel Contract

Digital broadcast equipment vendor and TV system integrator, Television Systems Ltd - TSL has won a vital contract to build a complete high definition television (HDTV) production and playout facility for a new private, Kuwaiti TV station.

The two "Dar Al-Watan" satellite TV channels-to-be, are owned by the respected Middle Eastern publishing house of the same name.

UK-based, TSL is to design, supply and integrate a complete HDTV facility on behalf of Dar Al-Watan, which will be split between two sites in Kuwait City, the country's capital.

The main structure will house the largest TV studio in the Middle- East, and a second smaller space, which will contain the HDTV studios, Master Control Room (MCR) and two channels of HD transmission Playout.

The second site will house a further three HD studios with edit suites. Both sites will produce a variety of HD programs that will be distributed to homes in the region via satellite.

Centre piece at the Dar Al-Watan facilities will be "Pebble Beach" Neptune automation system, selected for the main site, which will form the heart of the MCR.

Neptune will manage HD broadcast playout of both channels and the design of the new HD broadcast playout suite also comprises a Leitch IconMaster modular master control and branding system and a Miranda Kaleido Alto multi-image display processor for monitoring. The TV play out server will be based around the latest Omneon Spectrum server.

The production element will be based on Apple’s Xserve RAID and Final Cut Pro will take centre stage in the new network’s edit suites. Management of the studio recording and play-in will be by Gallery Software based around its Virtual VTR package.

Russell Grute for TSL Sales said that after 20 years in the broadcast business, this was the first contract in Kuwait. He noted that TSL designed system system based on a very straight-forward tapeless workflow permitted "Dar Al-Watan" to get up a running in HD very quickly.

Digital broadcast vendor, TSL did not say when they plan to get the station on air.

[We do not believe the names for the Dar Al Watan satellite channels have been announced. If you know them, please let us know.]

Kuwait Ministry of Information runs a number of radio and TV channels by terrestrial transmission and satellite broadcasting. "Al rai" satellite TV and Flash TV are the other private TV station in Kuwait. The fist private radio station is music station "Marina FM"

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