02.05.2009 12:50 PM
NHK Taps Streambox for IP ENG
Japanese broadcaster NHK is using the Streambox SBT3-9500 encoder for IP-based newsgathering from a number of locales around the world. NHK has deployed the small-form-factor hybrid HD/SD encoders, equipped with ACT-L3 software, to its field reporters and foreign bureaus along with video management and play-out systems at its Tokyo-based headquarters.

The SBT3-9500 is the newest in the company’s line of integrated HD/SD newsgathering and video transport solutions. It enables broadcasters to get more HD and SD video back to the studio over a variety of low data rate networks, including 3G, WiFi, WIMAX, the Internet, and satellite networks. It facilitates multiplexing and de-multiplexing of a single video stream over two lower-cost, lower data rate IP. The video can be inserted into scheduled broadcasts or even live-to-air shots, depending on broadcaster requirements.

The SBT3-9500 is based on the ACT-L3 codec, enabling fast transmission and play-out of high-quality HD and SD video streams over low-latency, low data rate IP networks. The solution encodes stunning full-frame 1080i/720p HD video and NTSC/PAL SD video and audio. For live HD newsgathering, Streambox users will typically select encoding rates between 512 Kbps and 6 Mbps. For live SD newsgathering, data rates ranging from 256 Kbps to 4 Mbps are the norm.

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Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

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