VIZRT installs software in Middle East TV Stations

Vizrt, has
expanded the widespread use of its systems into new areas of the Middle East
and
Africa. Vizrt, based in
Norway, recently completed several extended
projects with three television stations located in
Lebanon,

Bahrain and

Egypt. Vizrt
systems already enjoy significant deployment in
Jordan,

Iraq,
Saudi Arabia,
United
Arab Emirates,
Qatar
and

Pakistan.

Lebanon
’s National Broadcasting Network
(NBN TV) went on air March 1, 2007 with Vizrt’s Viz|Virtual Studio, a module
that lets producers enhance fixed sets or create simulated 3D studio
environments, and Viz|Trio CG system, a powerful real-time 3D character
generator. “Viz|Virtual Studio allows us to update our look or add a unique
element of creativity to our programs without having to invest in periodic set
updates or remodels,” said NBN CEO Kassem Soueid. NBN Technical Manager Mohamad
Daher added, “The intuitive and interactive features of the Viz|Trio CG system
not only enhance our production value, they simplify on-air changes to graphics
during any of our live programs.” Vizrt delivered a turnkey solution with

Lebanon
based system integrator and Vizrt local representative, Broadcast &
Communication Systems s.a.l.

Vizrt collaborated
with
Montreal,
Canada
based systems integrator, Astucemedia, on an election coverage project with
Bahrain TV, the governmental network in

Bahrain.

Bahrain’s Parliamentary elections
for the Chamber of Deputies or lower house of Parliament take place every four
years. Voter turnout for the first round of elections reached 72%, with a
second run-off election taking place in December.

Vizrt and
Astucemedia designed a graphic solution for the network’s Arabic and English
channels for both rounds of elections covering five administrative divisions
and forty constituencies within the

Kingdom
of
Bahrain. In just three
weeks before the first election round, Bahrain TV implemented a complete
election solution using Vizrt 3D, user interface and on-air operator. Bahrain
Radio and Television News Center Technical Manager Engineer Yousif M. AL-Butti
said, “The interactive features, the output quality and the incredible art
of animations Bahrain TV was able to use during our election coverage gave us
tremendous flexibility to make on-screen changes. We plan to add more Vizrt
applications to further develop our programs.” Vizrt also plans to work
with Bahrain TV on a business channel in the future.

Vizrt and
Astucemedia also collaborated to produce a graphic turnkey solution for Beeaty
TV in

Egypt.
Beeaty TV provides information on weather and the environment to its Egyptian
viewers. Data from

Storm

Weather
Center,
the leading commercial weather service provider, was applied to Viz|Weather, a
complete 3D as well as HD/SD real-time weather solution with countless
visualization possibilities and easily accessible, accurate weather data.
Astucemedia provided the station’s graphics design. The system allows Beeaty TV
to control, switch and manipulate graphics and animation, driven by weather
data, in seconds.