Grass Valley Brings Reliability and High Quality to JRTV’s Broadcast Infrastructure

Middle East broadcaster purchases new router, switcher and server technology for enhanced system dependability

The Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV) is a Jordan public broadcaster that simulcasts three programs on terrestrial and satellite and functions as the primary broadcaster for Jordan in the Middle East, reaching millions with breaking news. The station delivers a 24-hour Arabic broadcast coupled with an English-language service for 21 hours a day and a French-language service for 13 hours a day.

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In an effort to improve its overall broadcast infrastructure and dependability, JRTV has turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, for new routing, production switching and server technologies. The broadcaster has purchased a solution that includes five 3G-ready K2 Summit transmission client media servers and a master control suite that includes a router and multiviewer controlled by a new Jupiter routing switcher control solution. The installation was managed by systems integrator AVC Al-Waseet, located in Amman, Jordan, and his partner, Hannu Pro of Latvia.

“We’re a full-time operation with live news being broadcasted in several different languages, so the reliability and performance of our technology is crucial to the success of our station. Grass Valley helped us put together a unique combination of products that give us the confidence to distribute news around the clock without worrying about failure. The power, speed and overall dependability of their product lines is truly unmatched,” said Khalaf Al-Khawaldeh, director of engineering, JRTV.

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At its core, the K2 Summit transmission client is built for mission-critical operations by delivering 24/7/365 reliability with two bidirectional channels and two playout channels, upgradable to three. Jupiter routing control combines hardware and software that gives JRTV full management of all its devices with the simple touch of a button on the Jupiter network. Jupiter interfaces with the master control switcher to give JRTV a range of flexibility, including the ability for up to eight on-air keys and four audio voiceovers, as well as support for a multitude of audio channels and branding sources.

“The need for more flexible and higher-quality broadcast systems is continually on the rise, especially in the Middle East where the market is seeing considerable growth,” commented Said Bacho, senior vice president, sales, EMEA, Grass Valley. “We’re delighted to work with JRTV to improve their services with technologies that are reliable and perform to an exceptional standard. In this ever-changing broadcast landscape, it’s important that our customers are on the leading edge with their solutions, and our deal with JRTV is a perfect example of how we execute that plan.”

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About Grass Valley
The new Grass Valley keeps broadcasters, content owners and service providers future-ready as they navigate the changing landscape of television. With the most comprehensive collection of workflow solutions in the industry, Grass Valley delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution workflows that enable the efficiency and flexibility broadcasters need to stay competitive today—while offering technological foresight they need to keep pace with consumers’ desires for more content on more devices. Grass Valley, headquartered in Montreal, leverages the collective expertise and depth of the Grass Valley Group and Miranda Technologies, each having been acquired by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. Belden delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world.

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