A+E Networks® UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a leading media network reaching 58 million homes across 100 countries. With its global portfolio of popular, high-performing and creative brands – HISTORY®, Crime+Investigation®, Lifetime®, HISTORY2® and UK free to air BLAZE® – A+E Networks® UK has entertained and inspired audiences for over 20 years; telling the stories that need to be told. They currently partner with over 360 operators broadcasting throughout the Nordics, Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, is a communications satellite operator headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Es’hailSat was established in 2010 to deliver services to broadcasters, enterprises and governments in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and beyond. With the goal to become a world class satellite operator and the foremost satellite services provider in the MENA region, Es’hailSat launched its first satellite, Es’hail-1 in 2013 and positioned it at 25.5⁰E orbital spot. Es’hail-1 started commercial operations with the region’s best known and premier media networks, beIN Sports and Al Jazeera Media Network. Es’hail-2, the company’s second satellite was launched in 2018 and entered commercial operations in early 2019 and is located at 26⁰E orbital position. Having both Ku-band and Ka-band payload on satellites co-located at 25.5⁰E / 26⁰E broadcast hotspot enables Es’hailSat to provide the region with the most advanced and sophisticated services including broadcast, telecommunications and broadband. Es’hailSat’s expansion plan will continue with newer state-of-the-art satellites in other prime orbital locations around the globe, offering customers the most flexible and reliable services. Es’hailSat is adopting the concept of “world-wide footprints” through partnerships with leading regional and international satellite operators around the globe.
It’s true – traditional broadcasting of live content, such as sports events, is getting more and more expensive. At least, it will be if you’re still utilising expensive outside broadcasting (OB) methods. Securing media rights is costly enough – the last thing you want is the expense of sending out a large portion of your broadcasting operation to a different country, with huge technical teams and transmission suites in tow. You need a solution that allows you to produce and playout content from a centralised broadcast location, with low latency and high reliability. With less expense, you’ll be able to focus on providing richer content to your audience. That’s where Remote Playout comes in.
At NAB, Rohde & Schwarz announced its first fully virtualized broadcast product – PRISMON.cloud. In this article, Dr. Alexander Hackmann, Senior Business Development Manager at Rohde & Schwarz, explains the strategic importance of this product to a company that has 70 years’ heritage as a hardware-based broadcast solution provider. Furthermore, he explains how a long-term Rohde & Schwarz customer, MX1, played a central role in the product’s development.
This article is from The IABM Business Intelligence Digest from December 2017. The full report can be viewed here We examine specific trends driving broadcast and media technology spending in Middle East and Africa. The trends we discuss are: - Transition to Digital Broadcasting - Transition to HD and UHD - OTT and Multi-Platform Delivery The transition to digital broadcasting is a government-led initiative that has encountered many problems in the Middle East and Africa. The transitions to HD, UHD and multi-platform delivery are instead natural evolutions of broadcasters’ infrastructures. Transition to Digital Broadcasting The transition to digital broadcasting in the Middle East and Africa is still underway as only a few countries have completed it. In the Middle East, these are Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, while in Africa only Morocco, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania have completed the transition to digital broadcasting. Despite the global deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union, of June 17 2015 to cease analog transmissions, the transition has been sluggish. The chart below shows a detailed map of the transition status of countries to DTT in the Middle East and Africa. [caption id="attachment_63114" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Source: ITU[/caption] As in the case of...
The MEA region is made up of diverse countries with strong cultural and religious values present in everyday business and economic activities.
While many countries in this region lack the infrastructure and resources required to develop the broadcast and media industry, further challenges are presented by the unattractive business and political environment in certain countries, which also deters investment. In fact, in recent years, the region has struggled with a slowdown in economic growth, caused by weak macroeconomic policies, political uncertainty and a volatile business environment.