Al Jazeera America Launches From New York City Facility with Cobalt Terminal Gear
April 01, 2014 --
"Cobalt's gear provides extraordinary value," explained Michael Marno, director of engineering - the Americas, Al Jazeera Media Network. "We looked at competitive equipment and by and large, Cobalt was the best bang for the buck, and the open architecture design of the openGear platform was very attractive. When we evaluated the quality, ease-of-use, flexibility and reliability, it was evident that Cobalt furnished the solution we sought. "
Al Jazeera America's 23,000 square foot facility, located in mid-town Manhattan, was built out to include advanced technical facilities and an upgraded studio. The award-winning network provides both domestic and international news, and is available to more than 40 million households via all the major carriers. The facility supports twelve US bureaus that are situated in major cities throughout the nation.
"We are delighted to participate in Al Jazeera America's debut," commented Klick. "They were determined to fit a sizeable amount of gear in a small footprint and maximize mid-town Manhattan real-estate. We were pleased to accommodate with 480 total channels in only 12 of our HPF-9000 high-power frames."
"Cobalt's team, headed by Anthony Klick, made themselves available and supported us through the entire process," added Marno. "They allowed us to evaluate different models and guided us from selection thorough configuration. They made amazing deliverables when we thought it would be impossible. All in all, Anthony and his team made it a very smooth experience."
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