Satellite and Remote at the 2013 NAB Show
If you’re in the news business or any
business where you need to move media
around the globe in an efficient,
professional manner, this year’s NAB Show
was the place for you. The four little cousins,
WiFi, microwave, satellite, and bonded
cellular, have all been forced to become
one happy family (or at least play nice
together). This show was all about erasing
those family lines and consolidation
of the technologies. As evidenced, most
new products at the show contained more
than one transmission option.
Abe Elettronica debuted the “RXS” series
DVB-S/S2 multistream receiver, with support
for all modulation schemes and up to
six different transport stream outputs. The
company also showed their DML series
digital TV microwave links for fixed (STL)
and mobile applications.
Dawnco had for review the D5502 Satellite
Receiver Decoder (IRD), along with the
latest in LNB offerings. The company also
showcased its BestBuddy-TurboS2 sat signal
level tool, as well as satellite terrestrial
interference (TI) filters to block interference
from local radar, and other TI.
|Donald Engelhardt of KSBW checks out the new Sprinter 144 van from Accelerated Media Technologies that his station just bought.
Ericsson demo-ed their AVP 3000 Voyager
and RX 8200 receiver Content Acquisition
Tools. Features include support for multiple
codecs (MPEG-2/4, JPEG 2000), low latency
mode and UHDTV (4K) acquisition,
for DSNG applications.
Inmarsat featured the Cobham Explorer
710 mobile sat terminal, including enhanced
functionality in a smaller size. Features
include WiFi connectivity with mobile
devices, streaming rates of about 650
Kbps, optimized codecs, hot swap battery,
and the ability to uplink video without a
SIS Live turned heads with the ManPak
integrated and compact VSAT terminal,
which weighs less than 12kg. Also at their
booth, the DriveForce fully automated vehicle-
mounted antenna system, uPak 60 integrated
and compact VSAT terminal, and
the Tr-uPod compact tripod style satellite
SAPEC showcased the ALTUM SNG contribution
encoder, a professional video
and audio H.264 encoder with support
for 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 profiles (in H.264 and
MPEG-2) with embedded modulator.
Sencore was pulling signals from the sky
with the MRD 5800 modular receiver/
decoder, which supports H.264, MPEG-2,
4:2:2, 4:2:0, 10-bit, and 8-bit decoding. Also
on stage, Sencore’s cost effective MRD
4400 SD receiver/decoder.
Viking Satcom showed their 3.0m, 3.4m
and 3.7m motorized, dual-axis prime focus
antenna systems, along with
“Navigator” mounts, which allow
for extended motorized
Azimuth and Elevation travel.
Also at their booth, the 4-port
motorized C/KU feed assembly,
offering simultaneous reception
of dual C & dual Ku band polarities.
Accelerated Media Technologies
introduced its next-generation
Horizon HD 3500 ENG, SNG and
DS/ENG platform based on a custom
configured Chevrolet HD-
3500 Express, available in gasoline,
diesel and an all new factory CNG
configuration. The company also showcased
its Swift Series E250 and Sprinter
144 Series ENG vans.
Anton/Bauer displayed the AB-HDRF System,
a compact and lightweight RF system
that transmits multiple camera signals to
one receive site. The 12-channel unit is
powered by Anton/Bauer Logic Series batteries.
Also at the show, the AB Direct VU
handheld COFDM receiver/monitor option
for the AB-HDRF system.
Elber Srl offered up the new REBLE610
broadcast microwave link, which integrates
XPIC capability in a completely
new chassis and hardware/software platform.
Features include half or full duplex,
a bandwidth of 56 MHz (transporting a
maximum 620 Mbps payload) 10 ASI connectors
configurable as I/O’s, a GbE port,
and E1 channel.
Eurotek S.r.l. showcased its A4D Radio
Links, designed for STL, TSL, and mobile.
Frontline Communications brought the
SNV NT-7, featuring a custom, all-aluminum
modular body, with seven racks,
along with the DSNG HT, their custom
turnkey Ku Band DSNG-350 High Top. Also
on display, the Short Wheelbase High Top
and Next Generation Broadcast Vehicle.
Integrated Microwave Technologies demonstrated
the Nucomm + DeJero Connect
Live COFDM and Multi-4G/LTE Live-Video
HD Transmitter, along with the RF Central
microLite HD receiver, and the Nucomm
Newscoder Rx4. Also for review, Connect
Live Aggregation Server, which aggregates
multiple IP streams back into a single
|Ken Zamkow with LiveU (L) and Jim Sears with Raycom Media discuss the features of the LU Smart Grip that provides live video via bonded cellular connections.
Silvus was at the Streambox booth demonstrating
the new low latency mesh video
and data communications system. The
StreamCaster is an IP packet based 4x4
MIMO radio which provides longer range
and higher throughput than WiFi and other
commercial waveforms, especially in
high multipath, extreme non line-of-sight,
and high mobility applications.
Screen Service Broadcasting Technologies
showed the OMNI-LINK | RadioLink
1024QAM for fixed or mobile applications.
Features include Quasi Non-Line-Of-
Sight (NLOS), robust COFDM modulation,
and 1024 QAM.
VidOvation showed the VidLink II-5 60
GHz wireless video link system which
features zero frame delay, zero interference,
uncompressed 1.5G HD-SDI video,
270 Mbps SD and DVB ASI. It’s housed in a
ruggedized and water resistant enclosure,
and range in HD is 500m, SD range is
greater than 1000m.
BSI marked its 30th anniversary at
the show by launching its “Intelligent
Diversity Receive System,”
which uses BSI’s proprietary technology
to connect a network of receive
sites throughout the desired
coverage area of a given event, enabling
the operation of various wireless
|Judy Mueller (L) with DSI RF systems points out features of the NewsShark 4G/LTE portable newsgathering system to Frank Lieberman from 2C Corp.
Cobham previewed the new “Solo Micro
HD” transmitter, a matchbox-size
unit that features 15ms latency, in conjunction
with Cobham’s UMVL (ultra mobile
video link) modulation. The company also
launched a new HD MPEG-4 IP encoder
that can easily be connected to virtually
any camera; and MediaMesh, a lightweight,
rapid set-up field newsroom.
Comrex showcased its LiveShot IP Video
Codec, which allows delivery of live video
over a range of IP networks for broadcasters.
Features include low latency video
from anywhere Internet access is available,
and the system is specifically optimized
to perform well on challenging IP
Dejero announced the launch of the LIVE+
VSET, a 1U vehicle-mount transmitter designed
for use in satellite and microwave
trucks. LIVE+ VSET automatically combines
a high-latency satellite connection
with multiple low-latency cellular connections
resulting in the delivery
of high-quality video with latencies
of 1.5 seconds or less.
DSI RF Systems debuted CameraShark,
a low-latency, HD
video codec system that uses
cellular networks for remote
video backhaul, using H.264
compression. The company
also launched v2 of its News-
Shark bonded cellular-based
system, now with support for
HD SD/SDI and 4G LTE internal
IHSE USA LLC showcased the
Draco Extender COMPACT for
transmission of DVI/HDMI signals up to
resolutions of 1080p60. In addition, USB
HID, USB 2.0, analog or digital audio and
serial data signals can be extended to distances
up to 140m over CATx cable.
JVC launched v2.0 of its GY-HM650 platform
that adds live HD transmission to
the handheld mobile newscamera. When
equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE USB modem,
the camera can transmit footage to a
broadcast facility in real time while simultaneously
recording a full HD file to solidstate
LiveU showed the LU40-S Handheld, Lightweight
Uplink Device along with the LU2
which combines two LiveU field units
for extra resiliency. Also at the show, the
LU-Lite laptop video uplink device, LiveU
Xtender external antenna and LiveU Total
Matrox launched the MXO2 LE MAX,
which provides broadcast-quality I/O and
monitoring for leading editing apps. MX02
turbocharges H.264 encoding and is also a
capture solution for streaming live events.
Pixelmetrix showcased the Pelican video encoder,
which is smaller than a 3.5-inch hard
drive and ideal for remote newsgathering,
enterprise video, hospitality, government,
education and healthcare applications.
Streambox showed its Avenir Mini, the
company’s smallest hardware-based mobile
encoder, along with Signal Extender
2.0, a modular device that can bond three
3G/4G modems to increase bandwidth.
Also at the show was the Streambox ME
Pro App, which allows users to send pro
quality video using only a smartphone/
TVU Networks announced the launch of
TVU Grid, which consists of the TVU
Grid Transceiver, TVU Grid Switch Panel,
TVU Grid Server, and TVU Grid Management
Server. The TVUPack, TVUPack Mini
and TVU Anywhere mobile broadcast solutions
are also an integral part of the
TVU Grid ecosystem.
|Dan Sorensen (L) with TVU Networks describes the TVU grid IP based distribution routing and switching system to David McMillan with Fairfax Media in Australia.
Visionary Solutions showcased PackeTV
Mobile, an HTTP-based media streaming
communications system, along with the
AVN443 encoder and PackeTV mobile
Vislink launched the LiveGear AirStream
cellular internet newsgathering (iNG)
transmitter, LiveGear LGR-1000 cellular
internet newsgathering (iNG) receiver
and the LINK L9801 Sony Side Mount
Wireless Camera Transmitter. The company
also showcased its GIGAWAVE DCam
“Clip-On,” an H.264/MPEG-4 HD
digital wireless camera transmitter, and
the ADVENT Mantis “MSAT” Man Portable
Satellite Data Terminal.
Vitec showed the Optibase MGW Pico
Encoder, an ultra small professional grade,
full-featured HD/SD H.264 encoding and
streaming appliance with KLV metadata
support. The pocket-sized encoder consumes
less than 5 Watts and is offered with
an enclosure or as board-only.