By Vijaya Cherian
After supplying HD systems to Saudi TV's HD playout centres in Wassim and Madinah, Harris has now been awarded the contract to supply more of its solutions to the channel's Riyadh facility.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI), which is gradually converting all Saudi Television facilities to high definition, has placed a third order with Harris Corporation to upgrade its Riyadh station. Previously, Harris was contracted to undertake HD projects for Saudi TV's facilities in Madinah and Qassim.
The latest order will see Harris provide High Definition solutions to upgrade Saudi TV's Riyadh facility, which consists of two HD studio control rooms for the sports and news channels and a third for production, serving all Saudi TV channels in Riyadh.
"The Harris approach of integrating its products along the workflow chain is critical to our new HD operation in Riyadh, providing us with interoperability and cost efficiencies for our national TV channels," stated Dr. Riyadh Najm, deputy minister of engineering, Ministry of Culture and Information. "Furthermore, the existence of a Harris regional office in the Gulf enables us to have local, Arabic-speaking engineers available to support us throughout the installation and beyond."
At the heart of each all-HD control room will be a fully interoperable Harris broadcast system comprising NEXIO video servers, Platinum routers, CENTRIO multiviewers, Inscriber G3 graphics solutions, Videotek TVM-950 multiformat HD/SD-SDI signal analysers, and a host of video/audio processing and distribution products.