With each new program or channel launch, broadcasters are experimenting with the latest technologies that disrupt the traditional models of distribution and improve upon the sharing of content between stations. They have to in order to produce high-quality and captivating multimedia content with ever-shrinking resources amidst today’s highly competitive TV landscape.
Imagine Communications has implemented a new multichannel playout center for Alpha TV in Athens, Greece. The new installation gives Alpha TV the ability to meet its viewers’ demand for HD on all channels, and builds a platform for future growth plans. It also ensures business continuity by providing full redundancy, eliminating the risk of any channel going off air.
On December 2, Eutelsat Communications helped Japan’s national broadcaster NHK launch the world’s first 8K network, transmitting live images of the from the Vatican. The new NHK network, called BS8K, uses a broadcast link to Tokyo via the EutelSat 12 West B satellite to broadcast images live, 12 hours a day.
The playout business received another jolt today when facilities provider Arqiva announced that it intends to move out of the sector over time. The company, which has been a major player in playout for the past 18 years, also plans to redirect its Occasional Use (OU) division away from conventional uplinks and satellite distribution.
The World Teleport Association has announced that Axesat has achieved provisional certification of its Bogota, Colombia Teleport under WTA’s Teleport Certification Program.
The Satellite Interference Reduction Group announced that it is expanding its reach to encompass all types of innovation within the satellite communications industry. As part of that expansion, it has changed its name to Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG).