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Mon 30 Apr 2007 10:32 AM

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Al Jazeera English opts for Harris systems

The NEXIO XS server, installed at Al Jazeera’s news headquarters in Qatar, allows its English channel to record four incoming 24-hour agency feeds simultaneously.

Al Jazeera English has taken delivery of the Harris NEXIO XS server platform for its new news headquarters in Doha.

The NEXIO XS server platform at Al Jazeera English consists of four NXS3600HDX servers with more than 30 terabytes of storage. Al Jazeera English retains the video feeds in high definition on a rotating basis for up to one week as a means of backup using the NEXIO XS server. The NEXIO XS server allows Al Jazeera English to record four incoming 24-hour agency feeds simultaneously. The server can record and output high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) where required.

"We have had significant success in the Middle East across the whole Harris broadcast product range and particularly with our NEXIO servers, and the installation at Al Jazeera English substantiates that success," says Dave Dougall, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "This deal was won against stiff competition and it has been possible because we have been providing local sales and support to our customers here."

The NEXIO XS HD/SD transmission servers feature integrated, software-based codec technology and software-driven up-, down- and cross-conversion to provide reliability, scalability and format flexibility. The NXS3600HDX servers connect to the NEXIO storage area network (SAN), and provide broadcasters with a streamlined infrastructure for producing, processing, distributing and managing SD and HD content.

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