Ikusnet in the Dubai Marathon broadcasting

The sports oriented TV channel Dubai Sports, belonging to Dubai Media Incorporated, has used Prodys’s video codec IKUSNET for the coverage of some sections of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2012. The IKUSNET video codec was installed in a moving car and permitted to take nice shots of the running athletes during the whole duration of the race, whose winner, the Ethiopian Ayele Abshero, won with a record time of 2:04:23, the forth fastest in history. The video codec was able to transmit the video live to studio using Etisalat 3G mobile network with an excellent video and transmission quality.

After broadcasting the race, Mr. Rashid Al Amiri, Head of Dubai Sports, declared that he liked very much the possibilities opened by the use of IKUSNET technology in live event transmissions and he was very happy with the quality of the transmission obtained.

The success of this transmission would not have been possible without the support given by Prodys’s distributor in the Middle East area, Mr. Ihab el Baba, from BBS (www.bababroadcast.com), who was always willing to resolve any doubt in the installation and operation of the video codec.

XOR Media supports 32-channel DNxHD for Oman TV’s playout

XOR Media, developer of high-performance, open, IT storage for media applications and private cloud data centers, announced that the Sultanate of Oman Television increased their HD transmission capacity through XOR Media’s video server MediaServer 1200. XOR Media, developer of high-performance, open, IT storage for media applications and private cloud data centers, announced that the Sultanate of Oman Television increased their HD transmission capacity through XOR Media’s video server MediaServer 1200. Sony Professional Solutions MEA facilitated the systems integration for this project in Oman TV.

The MediaServer 1200 is a standalone video server that offers multi-resolution and multi-format operations with a high channel density of up to 12SD or 11HD in 3RU. It has a built-in storage of up to 16TB in a 3RU chassis.

One of the first customers to choose the XOR MediaServer with the DNxHD120 software codec, Oman TV has increased the capacity of their XOR Media playout servers to a total of 32 channels since they switched to state-of-the-art HD broadcasting. The system is integrated with Tedial Hierarchical Storage Management and Media Asset Management, as well as Pebble Beach automation.

The XOR infrastructure provides a server solution to handle the DNxHD codec and to support a file-based production workflow in Oman TV. Specific requirements of Oman TV like multi-site media movement from Muscat and Salalah and additional layers of redundancy are also addressed.

“Robustness, flexibility, open technology,” began Marcello Dellepiane, vice president for EMEA sales, XOR Media. “XOR Media installations are defined not only by their power but also by how they integrate in an ecosystem of best-in-class media application providers. Our Oman TV setup is only one example. We will have many more.”

MBC FM acquires Prodys Audio Codecs

MBC FM, a reference radio station in the Middle East, has acquired a set of Nomada IP XL portable audio codecs for contributions over 3G mobile networks and Prontonet audio codecs for their studio facilities.

MBC FM is currently using these portable IP audio codecs to establish a link between Lebanon and Dubai to do live interviews to the contestants of the famous TV program Arab Idol.

Nomada IP XL is a 4-audio-inputs, full-duplex, dual (Program & Talkback) audio codec which works on IP,3G/3.5G, ISDN and PSTN networks. Its robust and compact design and a flat control surface that prevents damage to the knobs and controls, makes it very easy to use.

Nomada IP XL comes fitted with an inbuilt channel mixer to route and mix all the input sources and output destinations. All audio and communication parameters can be remotely configured and controlled. These can be stored in different presets to make setup and use by non technical staff very easy.

Prysm’s LPD Display Solution Transforms the Set of Dubai TV’s Sports Channel


Digital display solutions innovator, Prysm, is proud to announce the company’s first Middle East broadcast installation on the studio of Dubai TV’s sports channel. Installing a 13ft x 4ft video wall as the new backdrop for the sports studio, Prysm’s display solution transformed the Dubai set into a stunning, visual experience. Powered by Prysm’s revolutionary Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology, the new display enhances the broadcast experience with its low power consumption, wide viewing angle and crisp images.

Dubai TV selected Prysm’s LPD video wall to enrich the studio’s sporting coverage by enabling captivating reporting on events around the world. Inspired by the video walls used in weather reports, the Prysm video wall will display a large scale map of the world as the backdrop of the Dubai Sports news desk.

Reporters will be able to scroll through the interactive display and highlight different sporting events happening in various regions of the world, and then zoom in on event pictures using special graphics transitions. It will also be used as the main backdrop for the Dubai TV news desk that often includes news reports and multi-party discussions.

The Prysm video wall will be used to conference in various speakers in different locations, as well as display sports statistics and event time tables.