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Drones on the up: The difference between US and UK regulations October 3rd 2014 - 02:24 PM

The US has belatedly permitted six film companies to fly unmanned craft while the UK has dozens.

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High Resilience Transmissions with Power Control September 8th 2014 - 02:48 PM

Satellite uplink facilities must deliver reliable, uninterrupted service continuity. Broadcasters derive revenue from advertisers that is dependent upon reliable distribution of content. Any interruption in the distribution process results in loss of revenue and market share. Therefore, facility designs include several layers of redundancy; including redundant satellites, backup sites, and backup hardware at each site.

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Helping Slash OB Production Costs September 8th 2014 - 02:30 PM

TV 2 Norway airs the program Sommertid (Summer time)as a key part of the summer schedule. This live 1-hour program runs 4 days a week for 9 weeks during the summer months. Traditionally the TV 2 Sommertid program was shot on the roof of the TV 2 facility house. For 2014, TV 2 decided it would be more dramatic and exciting if the backdrop were the bustling Oslo harbour, marine docks and restaurant area of Oslo. To facilitate this, the production set is situated on a floating pier on which local and international talent are interviewed and interweaved with live musical segments.Normally this would necessitate using an OB truck. However, OB trucks are relatively expensive and the floating- pier location meant that the OB truck would have to be at least 300 meters from the cameras, adding a great deal of cabling leading to higher complexity and set-up and running costs. Norwia were able to provide a fiber solution to connect the remote at Oslo harbor with the studio 5km away at TV2 TV centre.

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The Integrated Network September 3rd 2014 - 10:05 AM

Integrating optical and copper transport of A/V and IP signals. Optical transport has been a mainstay in the broadcast and production industry for decades. The introduction of optical transport made a huge difference sending content over long distances. It solved the challenge of moving content within boundaries of cities, venues and facilities. For field production it solved the issue of degradation over long cable runs. It has reduced the need for amplifiers and maintained signal integrity on long haul delivery. It has become one of the core layers in facility and venue infrastructure.

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The everyday tasks of the broadcast engineer have evolved into more IT-centric technology.

Systems Management in the IT Universe September 2nd 2014 - 08:52 PM

When exactly did IT become such a significant presence in the broadcast plant? Conventional wisdom points to the birth of digital television. In retrospect, the seeds of TV facility computerization began the moment stations considered how automation might improve traditional facility workflow processes.

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The Critical Campaign to Safeguard C-band September 2nd 2014 - 08:40 PM

Envision this future headline: “Public Outcry as Final Minutes of World Cup Soccer Lost Due to Wireless Interference”. While this may seem impossible in today’s world, it could very well become a reality if the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) favors the reallocation of some C-band spectrum rights to mobile providers.

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Tactical fiber cables. Courtesy Belden.

Simplifying Fiber Transport in Mobile Production with Multidyne September 2nd 2014 - 08:10 PM

Those of us working on the technical side of broadcast and production like to have options. Certainly when it comes to equipment choices, we’re lucky to have an array of vendors to choose from for all but the most specialized products. However, when it comes to connectivity – an ever-present requirement in mobile production -the options quickly diminish.

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Converging Broadcast Distribution into ‘The Cloud’ September 1st 2014 - 04:40 PM

Digital…..the word has such broad connotations. Digital ‘gadgets’ are now affecting nearly every person on the planet today, in one form or another.

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