Al Aan prepares for HD broadcasting with Harris technology
Rebecca Hawkes | 12-03-2014

Dubai-based satellite TV station Al Aan has implemented a new file-based high definition (HD) content management and playout technology from Harris Broadcast.

The women-centric Middle East satellite channel, which launched in 2006, has expanded its existing video servers by using a network of Harris Broadcast HD / SD Nexio server and storage technology, along with Nexio Motion intelligent media movement software, to allow customized workflows to suit the broadcaster's operation.

"Our decision to select the Harris Broadcast servers and software stems back to the first-rate experience I had while at Jordan Media City, and I could see that the latest solution developments offered the best specifications and workflows for the project at Al Aan," said Raad Haddadin, head of technical at Al Aan.

"As well as ADC automation, we also have Harris Broadcast's Landmark sales and scheduling system, and the benefits of seamless integration from initial planning to final playout are huge."

Al Aan plans to move its entire operation to HD, but initially Harris has supported its move from SD playout to 16:9 aspect ratio.

Mathias Eckert, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Harris Broadcast, said: "We have worked closely and directly with Raad and the team at Al Aan on this project to smoothly move all their content and operations to the new workflows. They have already gone widescreen, and are ready for HD at the touch of a button."