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Al Jazeera Sports chooses Newtec

Broadcaster Al Jazeera Sports Channels will use technology from satellite communication specialist Newtec and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) to receive its multimedia content.

Aljazeera has invested in several Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) TV interactive terminals from Newtec. The technology will be used to receive TV and data from key sporting events.

MENOS network is an all-IP solution for exchanging multimedia content over satellite and is operated by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU). It enables fully automated, cost-effective sharing of video and radio content among scattered sites.  The ASBU MENOS network is jointly operated with Arabsat utilising their satellite capacity.

Slaheddine Maaoui, ASBU director general, said: “For the first time Al Jazeera will be benefitting from the ASBU-MENOS network we successfully operate. We are pleased to continue our ongoing cooperation with Al-Jazeera in this vital project for the Arab region. We are constantly looking at ways to improve technology and services. Thanks to the MENOS network there is now a professional broadcast exchange network ensuring a high quality service to our members, as well as other broadcasters in the region.”

The TV Satellite Interactive Terminals (SIT) will be provisioned in the ASBU network, utilising Arabsat satellite capacity. In addition to installing the terminals, Newtec will also be training Al Jazeera staff and providing professional service training.

Newtec will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand1.A49