SES Announces Sat LNB With IP Output

It seems everything is IP-enabled today, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by an announcement from SES this week describing a new IP-LNB that delivers satellite broadcast content to TVs, tablets, smartphones and PCs connected to the home's IP network, wired or wireless.

SES says the IP-LNB is a prototype device that will deliver eight concurrent channels from any of a satellite’s transponders. These channels may be forwarded via IP unicast or multicast to fixed and portable devices. Satellite signals will be distributed via Ethernet, power-line communications (PLC) or a Wi-Fi local area network (LAN). The technology can be used for free-to-air or pay TV applications.

The LNB-IP combines SES' SAT>IP protocol innovations, MaxLinear's Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) DVB-S2 receiver IC, Abilis' TB101 Broadcast to Broadband Bridge (“B3”), and Inverto's software stacks and a new high-performance LNB product design.

The IP-LNB operates in the 10.7-12.75 GHz Ku-band and consumes less than 10 Watts, allowing it to be powered via Ethernet. A “wake-on-LAN” feature reduces standby power consumption.

In addition to providing an IP stream with satellite programming, the device also features remote spectrum, temperature, and PHY metrics monitoring, and is upgradable via Ethernet and via satellite.

This could be the ideal model for a next-generation broadcasting tuner—just incorporate it into the antenna and let the consumer place it in a window, outside, or in the attic. It would then be connected to the user’s home network and TV via Ethernet cable.

The technology was demonstrated at the SES Industry Days 2013 conference on April 18 and 19 in Luxembourg. The announcement said, “The parties are currently engaging with key customers to characterize various parameters for a first commercial IP-LNB product and its deployment schedule.”

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack. A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.