International broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) has extended its partnership with Avid to transition its production operation towards a cloud-based subscription service, together with multi-site collaboration and remote production.
The broadcaster is using Avid’s products to upgrade and expand its news and programming creation workflows and connect teams distributed across its regional hubs – in Qatar, London, and Washington, DC – and its global network of news bureaus and other sites.
The new multi-year comprehensive agreement will convert Al Jazeera onto an Avid MediaCentral | Flex subscription model, giving them access to the latest platform tools and Avid NEXIS storage. It will also include a transition path in the near future from its existing hardware servers onto Avid’s software-based and cloud-enabled media ingest and playout platform, Avid | Stream IO.
In addition, the new agreement comes with subscription licenses to Avid | Edit On Demand, Avid’s complete production environment in the cloud, allowing Al Jazeera to spin up its editing capabilities across the broadcaster’s entire network of bureaus, while exploring all the possibilities of cloud workflows.
Commenting on the agreement, Ahmed AlFahad, AJMN’s executive director of technology and network operations, said, “We’re very pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Avid. This new subscription agreement gives us a comprehensive end-to-end solution and all the flexibility we need, so that our journalists can focus on what they do best–telling the important stories of the day.”