TSL Systems collects Digital Studio Award 2018 for Best Technical Installation for the systems integration and design of the new MBC1 studio.

The award recognised TSL Systems for its work to deliver MBC’s new facility at Dubai Studio City – a project that featured an aggressive timeline, an unfinished building and an immovable deadline.

Working closely with MBC’s broadcast team to gain their trust and respect, TSL’s Dubai team, led by CTO Suhail Ahmed and supported by TSL UK, pre-built the entire system offsite in an ‘Intensive Care’ clean facility and rebuilt it again on-site once the building work was complete.

The system featured the first ever regional deployment of the Avid Interplay Delivery system to connect the new facility with MBC’s HQ situated 15km away, as well as the Dante audio networking protocol. The system went live on 5 March 2017, on time and within budget.

In 2016, MBC, the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab world, decided to give its flagship MBC1 channel a facelift and at the same time create a new studio facility for it. MBC’s headquarters at Dubai Media City was already at capacity with no room for further expansion, so the broadcaster decided to locate additional production facilities 15 kilometers away at Dubai Studio City.