twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Arabsat partner to expand the region’s satellite industry

The agreement will see Arab Satellite Telecommunication Organisation (Arabsat) and twofour54 launch a new set of satellite TV channels on the Arabsat Badr-4 satellite.

twofour54 is already the Capital for content creators and home to a thriving community of more than 470 media companies, including a number of broadcasters.

Arabsat is the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, providing more than 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-TV networks and HD channels to tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

The agreement with Arabsat offers twofour54 partners and broadcasters across the region the ability to distribute content to a huge audience directly from the free zone.

Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, Arabsat President & CEO, said: “twofour54 is a remarkable community of content creators from across the world and from every part of the media industry. Arabsat is proud to expand its broadcasting partnership portfolio by launching our new bouquet on Arabsat Badr-4 satellite from there, enabling new premium capabilities and quality of service for our clients in MENA, as well as empowering twofour54’s clients to reach MENA, Europe and beyond. This all forms part of our development strategy for our Hotspot at 26º East.”

The satellite TV sector within the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is undergoing rapid change and witnessing more and more demand for the latest satellite broadcasting services with advanced uplink technology and HD, 4K, and UHD resolution, which is one of the driving forces behind the decision of Arabsat and twofour54 to work together on strengthening the satellite broadcasting market for organizations from both MENA and outside the region.

H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “The satellite uplink-platform at twofour54 is yet another example of the thriving media ecosystem that is being built in Abu Dhabi as well as the growing demand in the region for high-quality content. Content creation is at the heart of everything we do at twofour54 and we are delighted to be working with the largest satellite company in the region on a project that will also allow us to play an important role in its distribution as well. Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for more than 40 years and this service is yet another example of their commitment to the region. This uplink will provide great value to our existing partners as well as even more incentive to those looking to join our community in the future.”

One of the partners that has taken advantage of the opportunity is Quest Arabiya.

George Baroudy, Head of Operations and Planning, said: “Having an uplink at twofour54 is fantastic news for our business. It will save us so much valuable time now it is on our doorstep.”

Arabsat will work with twofour54 on a number of projects to develop the teleport services, including a HDR platform which is the first in the UAE. twofour54 and Arabsat will also begin testing the HbbTV platform, which will place twofour54 in a unique position, providing state-of-art technology through collaboration with respected partners such as ArabSat.

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Riedel Names Kevin Broce to Head U.S. West Coast Business Development Effort

Broce brings over a decade of experience in live event production and audio technologies to his new role. He will report to Joyce Bente, President and CEO of Riedel North America.

Bente commented, “Kevin is an ideal choice to head up our rapidly growing business development effort in the West. Live events are an important target for Riedel solutions, and he knows that market inside and out after having held technical, operations, and management roles for high-profile live event producers. With his keen understanding of these customers’ technical and business requirements, Kevin is an outstanding addition to our U.S. team.”

Broce joins Riedel from Meyer Sound, where he served as business development coordinator in charge of uncovering and coordinating sales opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. He also held audio department management roles for Third Eye Sound Company and SoCal Productions, where he managed audio, wireless, and communications equipment for a broad range of live events as well as broadcast and studio productions.

Prior to that, he served as audio department manager for Centerstaging, where he supervised and scheduled day-to-day operation of 10 live music rehearsal studios. Broce holds a bachelor’s degree in music industry and technology, with a focus on recording arts, from California State University at Chico.

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AIMS Members to Offer Practical Guidance on AES67 and SMTPE ST 2110 Audio Networking at AES Milan 2018

“With the publication of SMPTE ST 2110 and the industrywide push toward all-IP workflows, audio engineers are working to implement the newest standards and ensure their AES67-compatible devices will play well in the new IP world. World-class audio networking experts from AIMS member companies will share their insights at AES Milan to help audio engineers navigate the changing landscape,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “This is the first AES convention since AIMS merged with the Media Networking Alliance, and as a result of the merger, we can offer AES Milan visitors even deeper, broader expertise on perfecting audio networking within media-over-IP workflows.”

Andreas Hildebrand of AIMS member company ALC NetworX GmbH will give the tutorial “AES67 & ST 2110 — An Overview” on Wednesday, May 23, at 4:30 p.m. In this tutorial, Hildebrand will describe the basic principles of and the commonalities and differences between SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, and he will expand upon the constraints defined in ST 2110 with respect to AES67. Hildebrand will also share a brief outlook on how transport of nonlinear audio formats (AES3) will be defined in ST 2110.

On Thursday, May 24, at 1 p.m., Hildebrand will offer a workshop titled “AES67 Practical — A Guide on How to Set Up AES67 Networks.” This hourlong session will give insight and provide tips on system planning, device and network configuration, management, and monitoring.

Jeff Berryman of Bosch Communications, Greg Shay of The Telos Alliance, and Nicolas Sturmel of Merging Technologies — all AIMS member companies — will present a workshop on Friday, May 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. The 90-minute workshop, “Beyond AES67, a Better and Unified Experience of the Audio Network,” will address the issue of controlling and monitoring an audio network through various open initiatives that provide a level of unification on the network. The renowned experts will explore the AES70 standardized control protocol — the open interface specification and API for connection management of NMOS and some other network-oriented tools — and welcome questions from attendees. The session will be presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems.

Finally, Hildebrand and Sturmel will join colleague Claudio Becker-Foss of AIMS member company DirectOut for a workshop titled “AES67 in Real-World Applications.” The workshop and Q&A session will take place Friday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop will focus on practical aspects of using AES67 and ST 2110-30 in the field, answering such questions as: What are the benefits of using AES67? What are the difficulties? What should I do / not do when configuring my network? Panelists experienced in real-world applications will provide valuable insights and share opinions on the importance of AES67 and its role as part of ST 2110 for the wider broadcast market. This session will be presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems.

AES Milan 2018 will take place May 23-26.