Alarab TV, the new Middle East news channel backed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talalm has chosen Elemental to deliver technology to support its live linear and multiscreen offerings.
The Bahrain-based channel, for which Bloomberg is supplying a programming block, will deliver a mix of news programming as well as regular news roundups and travel content.
The Alarab TV broadcast workflow includes multiple Elemental Live encoders paired with Elemental Conductor management systems. Elemental Live will be used to process live video into H.264 streams for both linear television and multiscreen delivery to smartphones and tablets supporting the HLS protocol. Video streams also may be stored as archives for video-on-demand (VOD) retrieval and catch-up TV content. Elemental’s regional channel partner in Dubai, Qvest Media, designed and installed the entire broadcasting infrastructure.
“Image quality and high availability are both extremely important to us as we aim to offer the very best level of service possible to our end-viewers,” said Jamal Khashoggi, general manager at Alarab TV. “For these reasons, we chose software-based solutions from Elemental, which are able to meet our stringent demands for service quality.”