New York, NY (March 6, 2014)—The US-based Al Jazeera America news channel recently launched on-air operations from its New York headquarters supported by a complement of Cobalt Digital modular terminal gear.
The network’s infrastructure comprises 60 each of Cobalt’s 4-channel 9400 series fiber transmit and receive cards for a total of 240 transmit and 240 receive channels in a12 RU/12 HPF-9000 frame configuration. The equipment package also includes 19 frame synchronizers with embed/de-embed, 20 multi-functional 9061 up/down/cross converters, a number of distribution amplifiers, and several openGear OGCP-9000 control panels. In addition, Al Jazeera installed Cobalt’s multi-purpose 9901-UDX up/down/cross conversion module to address signal processing requirements including loudness, audio loudness metering, Dolby encode and decode, color correction, and fiber transmit/receive.
Al Jazeera America’s 23,000-square-foot facility, located in midtown Manhattan, was built out to include technical facilities and an upgraded studio. The network provides both domestic and international news, and is available to more than 40 million households via all the major carriers. The facility supports 12 US bureaus that are situated in major cities throughout the nation.
“We are delighted to participate in Al Jazeera America’s debut,” commented Cobalt sales manager Anthony Klick. “They were determined to fit a sizeable amount of gear in a small footprint and maximize midtown Manhattan real-estate. We were pleased to accommodate with 480 total channels in only 12 of our HPF-9000 high-power frames.”
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