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IBC 2015: Dishes and solutions for broadcasters

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IBC 2015

End. Please read the beginning in the articles IBC 2015: TV and Media Set-Top Boxes and IBC 2015: Satellite Operators, Monitors for Broadcasters and Interesting Solutions.

SOLUTIONS FOR CONTENT PROTECTION

 


Among the exhibited products and technologies for content protection (conditional access systems by brands like Conax, Irdeto, Verimatrix, Viaccess-Orca, Nagravision, etc.), we would mention the solutions of Conax (more detailed presentation of these solutions can be found in the article “Conax: content protection is above all”).

DISHES

Actia Telecom / Actia Sodielec (Actia Group unit, France) presented DEKA 150F/1000 FlyAwaySat, a 150-cm dish for the Ka-band, capable of operating at frequencies of X- and Ku-band. Optional motorised version is supplied. Two people can deploy a satellite terminal in 30 minutes.

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APEXSAT (Germany) presented a line of motorised dishes Fly & Go of 60 cm to 1.9 m  diameter (bands Ka/Ku/C/X). The solution is focused on the news studios; it provides a positioning accuracy of 0.01 degrees and does not require specially trained staff to install it, and the same installation does not exceed 3 minutes. Another line of motorised dishes is All Move Track with diameters between 0.3 m and 9 m.
Geritel S.R.L. (Italy) presented a compact parabolic reflector GHP2 for broadcasters, mobile operators and wireless networks. The dish is available in versions with different polarizations and for different frequencies (between 5.2 and 26.5 GHz). The diameter of unit is 0.6m; its performance is maintained at a wind speed of 200 km/h.

SOLUTIONS FOR BROADCASTERS AND OPERATORS

 


The  Newtec company has not just updated software to enhance equipment options in its product range, but also presented new solutions for broadcasters, including MCX7000, multifrequency satellite gateway R1.0.
Those, who have been abroad, surely observed cases of alternative energy sources, especially the solar ones. The solar panels can feed not only dishes of mobile operators, but also usual street traffic lights, advertising boards and other devices (most often it can be observed in the United States).

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Focusing on more cost-effective solutions, the Thomson Broadcast company  presented a solar-powered autonomous transmitting station (transmitter DVB-T/T2).

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The device consists of several elements, i.e. the system components as follows: TMS 100/TMS 100L cased in 1U (19˝) for remote monitoring of equipment under standards DVB-T/T2/T2Lite in the range between 5 Hz and 1 GHz; repeater DREAMLINE (frequency range of 470-860 MHz; DVB-T/T2/H) with low power consumption and air-cooling, with wattage output of 35 W to 125 W (1RU for wattage up to 70 W and 2RU for the one up to 125 W); DVB-T/T2 transmitter DREAMLINE with low power consumption and wattage of 80 W (1RU), 150 W (2RU) and 350 W (3RU).
The LLC Mart (Russia) presented a TV transmitter ADTV 10/5 (DVB-T/T2), having an option of remote monitoring via Ethernet/RS-232) with wattage output of 10 kW (analog) and 5 kW (digital). It is also designed the ADTV-20/10 version.
By the end of the year, LLC RPE Kvant-Efir, the company that is also well-known outside Ukraine, also promises to present new transmitters (wattage between 250 W and 5 kW) with improved efficiency (allegedly up to 35%) and air-cooling.
The solution Flex3G, presented for the first time by the Tecnologia e Solucoes Digitais Aplicadas LTDA (Brazil), ensures signal monitoring on remote devices (eg, transmitter parameters in Ukraine and Brazil). The solution supports Ethernet, 3G/GSM, USB; it is available in rack version 19˝.

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Shenzhen Konvision Technology (China) presented several models of switches (KCV-0808, KRS-2408, KRM-208A) for broadcasters, production studios and videoconferencing. The solution has 8 outputs 3G-SDI and provides a smooth (without interferences to video picture) switching of sources without any jitter effects, abrupt changes in brightness, etc. The remote control is performed via Ethernet or RS-422. The KRS-2408 has an automatic equalizer for incoming signals.
Enensys Technology presented and insert of targeted commercials into the video stream for DVB-T2 broadcasts.
The growing interest in flying cameras gradually transforms drones into a must have equipment for TV studios, individual TV channels and even private camera men. Among the newcomers of exposition we would mention the ProDrone Technology, which presented models of 4-propeller drones Byrd ($900).

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The vehicle, as befits the model like this, has a start position return, and its flying time is limited to 30 minutes. The flying radius is 2 km in any direction from the start position. Although the drone is controlled by only one operator, up to four users can simultaneously watch video on their mobile devices, filmed by the flying drone camera. Dismantled device fits a package exceeding a bit the one of iPad.
The stand of Arri demonstrated for the first time the most recent camera Alexa SXT with a 35-mm sensor.


But the most impressive was the Canon innovation,  the camera ME20F-SH can shoot reaching very high ISO 102,000(!), and the video footage has almost no digital noise. By the way, the maximum ISO mode of this camera is truly impressive – 4000000 (4 million!).

 

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The Dutch division of Emerson Network Power, presented an advanced high-performance KVM receiver and transmitter Avocent HMX6000.

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Ross Video presented its platform Ultrix as a set of two devices (Ultrix-FR1 and Ultrix-FR2), supporting 4K/UHD (the signal is relayed by a single coaxial cable).

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Cobalt Digital presented a converter supporting SMPTE 2022-6 (SDI-to-IP, IP-to-SDI), and the Bridge Technologies presented the VB330V solution for heavy traffic networks. Visually, a piece of iron is no different from the VB330, but works on any blade server.


Imagine Communications demonstrated an upgraded version of the video router Platinum IP3, as well as options of slow motion replay and remote video production.

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NEC Corporation demonstrated an external disk array SS-2000 for the video service system Armadia ff (600 GB HDD, recording time in HEVC 4K up to 150 hours).


Unilumin Group presented the video walls based on the Upanel components (pixel pitch 1.2).

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CONCLUSION

Given the continuing decline in prices of larger displays and extending sources of UHD content, it is about to hope that in the near future the Ukrainians will be able to contemplate the content in HDR quality not only at exhibitions, but also at their home. And if the prices of drones drop, then the use of helicopters as a normal attribute like a monopod to produce own content will be available not only to TV studios, but also to private camera men.