Tekserve, a veteran New York City-based technology provider and Apple reseller, has announced their partnership with Al Jazeera America (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/) to prepare the network’s U.S. headquarters for launch. Tekserve provided and installed the equipment for the groundbreaking newsroom, which televises.
Al Jazeera America went live, broadcasting its inaugural segment to 48 million homes in the US at 3 p.m. EDT on August 21. Headquartered in New York, the channel has 12 bureaus in major cities around the country, three broadcast centres, and a team of nearly 900 journalists and staff.
Viewers will receive more than 14 hours of live news, magazine and discussion programmes daily, with news updates at the top of every hour 24/7.
“We will take full advantage of our extraordinary reporting resources to give our viewers the most up-to-date information available no matter when they tune in,” Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian commented ahead of the launch.
As Al Jazeera America’s technology partner, Tekserve provided 350 pieces of technology to outfit 17,000 square feet of space in Al Jazeera America’s midtown headquarters. The floor-to-ceiling buildout, the first of its kind to be opened by a major overseas news outlet, was completed ahead of schedule to get Al Jazeera America up and running before Wednesday’s launch.
Al Jazeera America’s newsroom contains state-of-the-art digital production technology and is the only news organization in the world to utilize every one of the products in Avid’s suite of offerings. Avid creates the digital audio and video technology that creative professionals use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. Additionally, Al Jazeera America is beta testing products not yet available on the market.
“We’re incredibly proud of this project, says Walter Viegas, Vice President of Professional Services at Tekserve. Al Jazeera America had extensive technology needs to get their headquarters launched, and we are thrilled to see the knowledge and expertise of our engineers, project managers, and professional services team in action as Al Jazeera America goes live. We look forward to continuing to work with the network to provide, implement, and maintain their technology needs.”
Tekserve has, for more than 25 years, delivered a broad range of strategic services, solutions, and products to support the technology needs of creative professionals, small-to-medium sized businesses, and top corporations. From Apple to HP, from Avid to Adobe and more, Tekserve helps clients find, create, and utilize the best possible solutions for their technology challenges.
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