ISOL selects ATEME encoder for Mideast newsgathering

Michelle Clancy | 17-12-2013

ISOL, a provider of satellite services in Lebanon, has selected video compression provider ATEME's Kyrion CM5000 for its digital satellite news-gathering operations.

Based in the centre of Beirut, ISOL is an independent provider of production and newsgathering services operating its own fleet of vehicles and fly-aways. ISOL clients include leading news broadcasters in the Middle East and throughout the world such as Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabic, CNN, Al Hourra and the BBC.
ISOL selected ATEMEšs Kyrion CM5000 encoder includes satellite modulation to save costs and space in vehicles and fly-aways and additional features that effectively simplify field operations, reduce setup time and minimise risks of configuration errors, the company said.
"At ISOL, we often operate under extreme pressure, whether in Lebanon, or when covering news in other Middle East countries," said Houssam Mansour, head of broadcast operations at ISOL. We found the ATEME encoders and decoders to be very well designed for our day-to-day race against time, effectively saving us precious minutes when we need them."
He added: "Picture quality was also important in our selection process, as we strive to delight our customers in every aspect of our service."