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Al Watan Television Chooses Dalet News Suite

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News : Al Watan Television Chooses Dalet News Suite

New Kuwaiti channel to implement Dalet tapeless newsroom and production system to launch first tapeless HD newsroom in the region

Last Updated: May 7, 2008 9:20 pm GMT
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(Dubai, United Arab Emirates--May 7, 2008) Dalet Digital Media Systems today announced that Al-Watan Television has chosen Dalet News Suite as its tapeless newsroom and production system. The station launched September last year as the first tapeless HD channels in the region Al WATAN AND AL WATAN PLUS.

“Al-Watan will the first tapeless HD channel in Kuwait and it was essential that we opt for a flexible digital newsroom computer system that can help us provide the best news coverage to our Kuwaiti viewers,” explains Mr. Ihab El Baba CTO of Al-Watan TV. “With Dalet News Suite, we will be able to combine the flexibility of our Apple Final Cut Pro edit suites with the reliability of our Omneon play-out servers.”

“We are truly honored by Al-Watan’s choice,” says Mr. Stéphane Schlayen, Chief Operating Officer of Dalet. “It not only proves the unique potential that Dalet News Suite brings to newscasters, but also demonstrates our increasing success and commitment to servicing Middle-East broadcasters”.

Nearly twenty Dalet workstations will be deployed at Al-Watan TV. The Dalet News Suite platform will provide a fully integrated newsroom and tapeless news production system. From their Dalet News Suite workstations, journalists and producers will consult incoming agency wire stories, browse available video feeds, script rundowns and make shot selections. HD packages will be put together using a combination of Dalet and Apple Final Cut Pro editing tools. Gallery automation will be streamlined thanks to Dalet News Suite native integration with Omneon playout servers and a Dalet MOS gateway to a WASP3D template-based, real-time CG engine.

About Al-Watan Television
Created by Dar Al-Watan, a large regional publishing house, Al-Watan Television which is to be launched later this year, will be the first tapeless HD channel in the middle-east. This free to air, family entertainment channel will cater for the entire Arab family. Al-Watan Television aims to broadcast high quality news and family entertainment programs delivered with a Kuwaiti feel to its local citizens and Arab expatriates viewers. Based in Kuwait City, Al-Watan Television will be broadcast on ArabSat 26, NileSat 7 West and Atlantic Bird 8 West.

About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet is a worldwide leader in software that empowers broadcasters and content professionals to produce and manage audio and video content in a digital, multi-platform world. Dalet media asset management (MAM) solutions streamline production costs and increases revenue opportunities by simplifying the distribution of rich-media assets across both interactive and traditional platforms.

Dalet tools are used around the world by thousands of content producers including major television and radio public broadcasters (BBC, CBC, DR, NPR, RFI, Russia Today, RTM, VOA, WDR), commercial networks (ART, eTV, Grupo Prisa, Prime Television, The Press Association, Warner Bros., XM Satellite) and government organizations (Queensland JAG, Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C):
ISIN: FR0000076176, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.

For More Information
For more information on Al-Watan TV, visit http://www.watan.tv

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