Broadcasting the 2012 Olympics

BSkyB will broadcast 48 new BBC channels dedicated to London 2012 Olympic coverage. Over 40 of the new channels will broadcast in the UK through the ASTRA Satellite System. The 24 HD and 24 SD channels will cover each of the Olympic locations and show the full range of different events during the Games.

New redundancy switcher

Thomson Video Networks has launched a new version of the widely-deployed Amethyst III Redundancy Switcher, with new IP input and output features. With four gigabit Ethernet interfaces, the Amethyst III can perform seamless automatic transport stream switching over IP networks, with built in bypass for continued secure operation in the event of power failure.

Distributing HD video signals

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced the launch of the Terrapin FTR-D6, a 3Gb/s fiber optic video transceiver that also incorporates a six-output distribution amplifier. With four modes of operation, the Terrapin is a compact, bidirectional throw-down device that is ideal for distributing an HD video signal to several locations within a large venue.

Hosted payloads a viable option

NSR today released its newest market survey and forecast report: Hosted Payloads on Commercial Satellites, 2nd Edition. The report provides an in-depth overview of demand trends for military and civil government requirements for creative solutions that address Communications and Earth Observation/Science missions, as well as the emergence of private enterprise risk-taking.

Evertz to the rescue

Australian systems integrator Quinto Communications recently supplied Australia’s SBS Television with an Evertz MVP3000 Multiview display processor system for transmission monitoring at its Sydney Broadcast Centre.

Unusual antenna installation

Jampro Antennas, Inc, a manufacturer and designer of radio frequency components and antennas for radio and television transmission has announced the successful installation and commissioning of a custom designed, digital television transmission antenna for CFAP-DT, a French language broadcaster located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Global satellite industry denounces UNIDROIT protocol

The European Satellite Operators’ Association (ESOA), the US Satellite Industry Association (SIA), the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Canadian Satellite and Space Industry Forum, the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia and the Global VSAT Forum today voiced continued satellite industry opposition to the UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, which was approved today at a UNIDROIT diplomatic conference in Berlin.

African TV distributed in Europe

Satellite company SES has signed a capacity and uplink agreement with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via its ASTRA satellite at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position (12,168 MHz vertical polarisation) covering Europe.

SatCom Africa 2012

Boosting access to cost-effective Internet across Africa, improving network infrastructure to aid future technology deployments, as well as increasing broadband and delivering affordable mobile TV have been identified by Chief Technology Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Technical Directors as some of the challenges for this year.

Yahsat and Newtec agreement

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat, has announced that it is to implement Newtec’s FlexACM technology for its high-speed, Ka-band IP trunking service.
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