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August 23, 2023 at 9:04 AM EDT

Al Jazeera Extends Relationship with Avid to Enable Subscription and SaaS Cloud-Based Production for Thousands of Users Around the World

Global broadcaster signs multi-year agreement to upgrade to Avid’s global tech platform and subscription tools

BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading media and entertainment technology provider Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) has extended its agreement with long-time customer and global media conglomerate Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN), with a deal that will transition the network’s production operation towards a cloud-based subscription service, together with multi-site collaboration and remote production.

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Al Jazeera selected Avid to completely 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.

Al Jazeera is one of the largest and most influential international news networks in the world. Launched in 1996, it was the first independent news channel in the Arab region, and now broadcasts to more than 450 million homes across 150 countries.

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 next-generation 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 the latest editing capabilities across its entire network of bureaus, while exploring all the possibilities of cloud workflows.

Commenting on the agreement, Ahmed AlFahad, AJMN’s Executive Director of Technology & Network Operations, stated, “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.” 

Avid’s Chief Revenue Officer Tom Cordiner explains, “We’re delighted to extend our agreement with such a long-time customer as Al Jazeera. This move to subscription provides them real flexibility and the latest functionality from Avid, while positioning them to take advantage of new upgrades to meet their future requirements.”

To learn more about how media companies achieve new operational advantages through subscription software, please visit: https://www.avid.com/products/mediacentral/mediacentral-subscriptions. Visit Avid at the IBC Show in Amsterdam, September 15-18, stand 7.A59.

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Al Jazeera Extends Relationship with Avid

New deal with Avid transitions the network’s production operation towards a cloud-based subscription service

Source: Avid Technology, Inc.