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Egypt and Saudi host highest number of FTA channels Egypt & Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE, host the highest number of FTA channels broadcasting in the Arab World, according to a report titled Satellite TV in the Arab World 2011 from Arab Advisors Group. The number of FTA satellite TV channels in the Arab World increased by 10.5% between April 2010 and April 2011 to reach 538 channels broadcast on Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat (fully operational channels reached 501) The highest number of channel types were the private-sector general channels followed by government-sector general channels. According to the research, the total number of distinct FTA satellite channels reached 538 on Arabsat, Nilesat and Noorsat by April 2011. This reflects an increase of 10.5% over the number of channels recorded in April 2010.

TBS Arabia announces new development studio Turner Broadcasting Systems Arabia (TBS Arabia) will launch a new Cartoon Network animation development studio, Cartoon Network Studios Arabia, as part of a new agreement signed with twofour54 Abu Dhabi. Last year, the Cartoon Network Animation Academy was launched in collaboration with twofour54; to provide training in 2D animation. The studio is aimed at supporting local talent from across the Middle East, and will help develop and distribute new productions to local and international markets. Graduates from the academy will be offered internships at The Cartoon Network animation development studio, where they will be guided by established professionals. Speaking about the new launch, Michael Carrington, GM of Cartoon Network Studios Arabia said: “It has been our goal for Cartoon Network Arabic to produce local content in collaboration with local people that can be enjoyed all over the region but that might also have the potential to enthrall our various global audiences.”

David Roberts, industry group manager, CABSAT.

CABSAT announces dedicated DSLR zone for 2012 exhibition CABSAT will introduce a new zone dedicated to DSLR cameras, technology and equipment as part of the annual exhibition, which will be held from February 28 to March 1, 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, BroadcastPro ME has learnt. The zone will be located in Hall 4 at the Convention Centre during CABSAT while the main exhibition will be held at the Sheikh Saeed hall. Exhibitors in Hall 4 will also be permitted to sell their products over the counter. Speaking about the new zone, David Roberts, industry group manager, CABSAT told BroadcastPro ME: “There has been a lot of demand from the industry for a zone dedicated to DSLR technology both in terms of video production as well as related software and accessories. This is primarily because many still photographers are beginning to use the video feature on their DSLR cameras to develop films. The video production market has also been using

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DSLR technology extensive to create everything from TVCs to films. With the increasing use of this technology, it seemed appropriate for us to dedicate some space to this.” Roberts confirmed that some exhibitors who will be part of the main CABSAT hall have also booked a separate booth at the DSLR zone to showcase products specific to this market and also, take advantage of the ability to sell their products at the exhibition. “There will be a retail angle as well so every exhibitor who is part of this zone will have a quick ROI. Of course, the exhibitors must keep within the confines of the profile for this zone. We hope to be working in conjunction with Gulf PhotoPlus, a trade association that runs events related to high end photography at Knowledge Village in Dubai for this zone.” CABSAT also hopes to host a dedicated conference stream and interactive feature for this zone.

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), a state-backed entity engaged in monitoring and research activities for the UAE government, has issued a tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of a digital archive system, BroadcastPro ME has learnt. The project should include training and technical support. As ECSSR archives broadcast data from satellite TV channels, radio channels and news agencies, its aim is to build a database that enables easy access to the content at any given time. The statement from ECSSR added: “The project must include the installation of a digital camera network at ECSSR’s conference hall, which should, in turn, be connected with the monitoring and directing room. It is also required to improve the reception of wireless signals from various satellite channels. Therefore, the ECSSR expects to receive bids and quotations from experienced and professional companies.” The tender profile can be bought for US $815 from the purchase section at ECSSR between June 12 and June 19. Last date for bidding is July 10, 2011.

NEWTEC APPOINTS ME REPAIR CENTRE Turkey-based SVS Telekom has signed a landmark deal with Newtec to become its first third party repair centre in the Middle East. It will cover all repairs to Newtec equipment sold in the region. SVS Telekom also has a strong reputation as an integrator of SNG vehicles and fixed earth stations. Sander Boom, Newtec’s VP Customer Services and Production stated that a “centralised repair centre presented a suboptimal solution for customers in different regions, where there were often logistical difficulties”. “We, therefore, decided to seek partners to carry out in-region repairs and participate in the incident handling process.” The centre will guarantee reduced turnaround time for repairs and will optimise the entire logistic process as all repairs will be carried out in the region where they are used.

BroadcastPro Middle East - June 2011 Issue  

Broadcast Pro Middle East is a monthly publication covering television and radio broadcasting technology as well as filmmaking trends in the...

BroadcastPro Middle East - June 2011 Issue  

Broadcast Pro Middle East is a monthly publication covering television and radio broadcasting technology as well as filmmaking trends in the...