Qatar TV builds for the future with Grass Valley
May 16, 2012
The Qatari Television Support and Development Committee (TVSDC) has selected Grass Valley for a major modernisation project for Qatar TV. Grass Valley will be providing a complete master control room solution for the new Broadcast Centre in Doha.
The design for Qatar TV’s new Broadcast Centre focuses on adaptive and flexible workflows, while being future-proofed for emerging technologies, such as 3 Gb/s 1080p. This ensures that Qatar TV will be able to serve its viewers for years to come, without fear of technical obsolescence.
Grass Valley is providing the systems integration, installation, and commissioning for this multi-million dollar project. The experience and knowledge of Grass Valley’s best-in-class system architects are vital in ensuring that Qatar TV achieves its stringent deadlines.
“This project is core to the development of Qatar TV, and we needed a technical partner with a track record of proven technology,” said Samer Younes, Consultant Engineer of Qatari TVSDC. “We want to build a world-class playout center that is flexible and supports evolving requirements, uses the latest service orientated architectures, and is enabled for future technical growth in order to provide our audience with continuous, high-quality service.”
This initiative calls for the complete turnkey development and delivery of the new broadcasting center. Grass Valley system architects scoped the requirements and designed the complete system, with support from a third-party system integrator. The project also includes training Qatar TV staff on the new technologies and workflows, and a continuing service agreement.
“Grass Valley is a world-class company with vast experience in delivering this type of project in a timely and cost effective manner, which is why we selected Grass Valley as our trusted provider on this modernisation project, said Younes.”
For maximum efficiency, key technologies such as Grass Valley’s Trinix NXT router with integrated multiviewers is being used alongside the Maestro master control system, offering an exceptional combination of integrated features, expandability, and control options.
“Qatar TV required a state-of-the-art broadcasting center to match its ambitions to serve its audience with high-quality service,” said Alan Wright, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Grass Valley. “We have great experience in completing this sort of project, and we understood their innovative ambitions for the future. Qatar TV’s new home will be a showcase for modern broadcast workflows.”