The production of ITV Studios’s popular reality TV show “Love Island” is no small feat considering it utilizes two locations separated by 3 km (roughly 2 miles) on the island of Majorca, Spain. To establish reliable connectivity between the two sites, veteran systems integrator Timeline Television was called in to provide ITV Studios with inter site connectivity as well as the establishing RF facilities to enable the transmission of the show live in London on the ITV 2 channel.
In remote rural locations, satellite backhaul is often the only mobile transport available that can provide the reliability and quick service rollout that is required. Newtec, a provider of equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has deployed its Dialog multiservice platform in West Africa to provide cellular backhaul for Mattel, the nation of Mauritania’s main mobile service operator.
Growth of online services both from pure OTT players like YouTube and also operator offerings like AT&T’s DirecTV Now in the US and Sky’s Now TV in Europe is creating a boom in associated streaming devices for casting to main screen TVs. At the same time, rising bandwidth and QoS over the Internet, along with availability of suitable TV sets, is propelling this market towards 4K devices, as was confirmed by the latest data from ABI Research. Indeed by 2022 all streaming media adapters shipped in Europe will be 4K capable, according to that study, and by then the worldwide annual total will be 56 million.
SmarDTV, part of the Kudelski Group, has been chosen by South African maker of hybrid set top boxes (STBs) and gateways Altech UEC to supply System-In-Package (SIP) products for the country’s OpenView HD free-to-air (FTA) digital satellite TV platform. Altech UEC will be integrating the SIP package into new HD STBs sold on the retail market to consumers of the OpenView FTA service.
Today’s broadcasters face increasing challenges in the preparation and delivery of digital video in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Content now needs to be delivered across a growing number of platforms and screens. And processing such assets in multiple formats requires new workflows and tools, all of which increases operational complexity. Is there a solution? Yes.
Globecast satellite services will debut its Optim’Net, Content Distribution Network (CDN) cost optimization technology at the 2017 NAB Show.