Equipping Iraqi HD news channel


Harris Broadcast Communications has delivered an integrated infrastructure and
workflow solution for the first Iraqi high-definition (HD) news channel in the
Kurdish region of the country. Rudaw Media Group, one of Iraq’s leading
publishing companies, selected Harris technology as the core of its new file-
based production workflow and playout facility. With this channel, Rudaw
extends its reach beyond print media and venture into television to gain
audience share from Kurdish-speaking TV viewing communities.

Based at a recently completed Greenfield site in Erbil, the capital city of Iraq’s
Kurdistan region, this news production centre incorporates the latest Harris HD
infrastructure and workflow technologies for signal routing and management,
distribution and play to air. The deal was brokered by Sahi-Ateksis, a leading
distributor in the region.

The facility is primarily used for the production of news programming and

The infrastructure solutions implemented at Rudaw include a Harris Platinum
router that integrates video and audio processing, as well as Harris HView SX
Pro multiviewers, within its frame. This single-frame routing and multiviewer
solution minimises space requirements, cabling and energy consumption. Harris
Videotek CMN-41 test and measurement devices will ensure signal integrity and
superior on-air quality.

Harris Invenio digital asset management software will simplify content ingest
and storage across the media workflow, and transfer that content to the NEXIO
HD playout server for onward transmission — all under the control of the Harris
ADC automated content management and distribution system.


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