Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001

Jordan’s JRTV Expands 24/7 Broadcast Infrastructure with Grass Valley

The Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, JRTV, serves as the primary broadcaster for Jordan in the Middle East, reaching several million viewers with breaking news, and simulcasting three programs on terrestrial and satellite infrastructure. The station combines a 24-hour Arabic broadcast with an English-language service for 21 hours a day and a French-language service for 13 hours a day.

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JRTV has recently bought and installed new routing, production switching and servers manufactured by Grass Valley to support their overall broadcast infrastructure and dependability. Their broadcast configuration now includes five 3G-ready K2 Summit transmission client media servers and a master control suite incorporating a router and multiviewer controlled by a new Jupiter routing switcher system. The installation was managed by systems integrator AVC Al-Waseet in Amman, Jordan, and partner company Hannu Pro of Latvia.

“Because we are a full-time operation broadcasting live news in several different languages, the continuous reliability and performance of our sysytems are crucial to the success of our station. With Grass Valley we put together a custom combination of products that gives us the ability to distribute news around the clock without worrying unecessarily about failure,” said Khalaf Al-Khawaldeh, director of engineering, JRTV. The need for more flexible, higher-quality broadcast systems continues to rise in the Middle East,where the market is experiencing marked growth.

At the installation’s core is the K2 Summit transmission client with two bidirectional channels and two playout channels, upgradable to three. Jupiter routing control combines hardware and software that centralises JRTV’s management of all its devices via the Jupiter network. Jupiter interfaces with the master control switcher to give JRTV a range of options, including the capacity for up to eight on-air keys and four audio voiceovers, plus support for numerous audio channels and branding sources.