Just the Ticket for Middle East World Cup Graphics Upgrade


Gearhouse Broadcast’s Doha office recently teamed up with market-leading broadcast graphics solutions provider Vizrt to provide Arabic and English language broadcast giants Al Jazeera with a graphic system and studio upgrade to do justice to their coverage of this summer’s football World Cup in South Africa.

The increasing demand for Gearhouse Doha’s broadcast systems integration and project solutions expertise across the Middle East led to the opening of our Qatar offices in Doha two years ago.

Satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera was the first 24/7 news channel to broadcast in both Arabic and English, and its comprehensive HD coverage of the World Cup in June was in huge demand across the Middle East and also in North Africa and Asia.

Since the Gearhouse Broadcast Doha office opened in 2008 it has been involved in a number of high profile projects in the Emirate.

It was responsible for designing and delivering a bespoke, complete and ready to use integrated broadcast system for the State Mosque of Qatar, believed to be the biggest in the Middle East and capable of holding 10,000 worshippers.

In Doha itself, Gearhouse Broadcast provided audio visual and cabling upgrades to the prestigious Khalifa Squash and Tennis Club and also installed a robotic camera system at the Aspire Tower in the city

Gearhouse Broadcast’s Doha broadcast systems integration team were brought in to work with Vizrt to expand Al Jazeera Sports’ studios to coincide with the most widely watched sporting event on earth.

Vizrt’s systems are used to Broadcast 3D on-screen logos and characters to weather maps and broadcast graphics tools for everything from sports statistic analysis to election coverage.

Specialists from Gearhouse Broadcast supplied the necessary expertise to upgrade and extend the 3D on-screen logo Vizrt system and permanently install new infrastructure  links to a further three studios within Al Jazeera’s Doha complex.

Having configured the system according to a meticulous layout plan drawn up in collaboration with Virzt, our engineers routed and installed the direct cabling required to upgrade and extend the Vizrt system to the additional linked studios.

Rigorous testing was carried out before the new system was turned on and went live. The transfer and integration with the existing Vizrt system was seamlessly achieved within a critical two hour downtime slot.

“This is our first project with Al Jazeera, and we are very pleased to have worked with this most high profile broadcaster in the region,” said Gearhouse Broadcast.

“Vizrt are world leaders in the field of broadcast graphics and it is a tribute to our Doha team’s reputation for delivering broadcast systems integration solutions that they turned to us to manage this important systems upgrade.”.