March 2013 Edition
InfoBeam Part I, Latest News Items, by the editors
News and Notes of Interest to the Satellite Community
InfoBeam Part II, Latest News Items, by the editors
News and Notes of Interest to the Satellite Community
SatBroadcastingIs C-Band The Next Beachfront Property?, by Mike Antonovich, Senior Contributing Editor
One of the trends I’ve seen over the last decade is a “winners and losers” environment when it comes to standard plan C-band satellites, especially over North America.
SatBroadcastingSNGs New Edge, By Paul Seguin, Application Specialist, C-COM Satellite Systems, Inc.
A quick review of the Broadcast Industry and its use of Satellite technology suggest some very interesting information. Prior to the use of satellite, video images shot on site needed to be put on tape and hand delivered to a studio for editing and broadcast. While this provides a secure delivery method, it could prove to be a very lengthy process, making the event being covered less than "current". As all agencies were in the same position, the public was used to this obscene delay, and it was considered a normal course of events (<em>e.g.</em> during World War 1, stories were often submitted by Post).
SATCOM SolutionsCPIs HPAs + BUCs, CPI possesses the broadest and most established offering of Ka-band HPAs on the market.
There are several primary applications for SATCOM HPAs and BUCs. These include the Internet, <em>Digital Satellite Newsgathering</em> (DSNG), mobile communications, maritime VSATs and offshore energy, <em>Direct-To-Home</em> (DTH) television and military communications (MILSATCOM).
SatBroadcastingReducing Satellite Transponder Bandwidth, By George Mancuso, President + Principal Consultant, DivSat
An increased need for satellite transponder bandwidth is being driven by greater use of Full-Motion Video (FMV) gathered by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems collecting mosaic wide area imagery are accelerating the pace at which bandwidth is required.
Executive Spotlight: Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Astrium Services Business CommunicationsMaritime division
Tore Morten Olsen has 17 years of experience in the satellite communications sector working for Telenor and Vizada. He started in 1994 as a Technical Product Manager and moved into the commercial field responsible for the governmental market sector in 1997.
SatBroadcastingIn Search Of Quality Monitoring, By Simen Frostad, Chairman, Bridge Technologies
Year on year we are noting greater proliferation and diversification in the satellite market. The only thing we can be sure of is that there is constant evolution in the way satellites are being used. In addition to the traditional applicationsif we can talk about practices that are only a few years old as traditionalthere are newer ways of using satellite capacity that reflect the massive expansion in mobility, in professional and consumer domains.
SatBroadcastingSports Broadcastings Future Challenges, By Mylan Tanzer, Director of Sports Services, SatLink Communications
Today, consumers are faced with many ways of accessing and watching television programs. Whether via a television set, PC, mobile or tablet device, the change in habits and the audiences desire to watch what they like, when and where they like, is an area that has involved much discussion. These developments pose many challenges for sports broadcasters as they look to meet customer demand, stay ahead of competitors, and retain audience share. In sports, more than any other genre, new technologies are in great demand, but there is still a need for traditional delivery methods.
Ensuring Satellite ReliabilityVibration Testing, By Noel Brown, Program Manager, Brüel & Kjær
The ever-shortening design and development timeframes and budgets of modern space programs demand correct-first-time engineering. High quality, goal-focused, time and cost-efficient vibration testing is critical to meeting programme milestones. RAL Spaces contribution to the new James Webb Space Telescope required a new vibration test systemthey selected to stay with the LDS range of shakers.
Executive Spotlight: David Ball, Chief Technology Officer, NewSat
David Ball has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors with a significant portion of his career specialising in satellite communications. David has held senior positions encompassing sales team management, product development, engineering and space systems development. Prior to joining NewSat, David was the Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific for Intelsat and also held that position for PanAmSat prior to the merger between PanAmSat and Intelsat in 2006. More recently, David was the Managing Director for Intelsat Broadband Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Intelsat Corporation.
SatBroadcastingThe Four-Point Advantage, By Richard Harvey, Product Manager, Fujitsu Network Media Solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America
Increased flexibility, optimized remote monitoring and configuration, cost-effectiveness, and reduced concatenation make real-time IP encoding over satellite the ideal method for news and sports applications.
Satellite Backhaul In Emerging Countries, By Louis Dubin, Vice President Product Management, Comtech EF Data
The rural cellular market in emerging countries has changed significantly in the past couple of years. Newer usages and technologies have helped reshape the landscape. Social networking, smart and feature phones, sophisticated voice and data plans have all fueled the uptake of mobile communications and further reinforced the need for high data traffic.
Executive Spotlight: Amiee Chan, President + CEO, Norsat
Dr. Amiee Chan has more than 15 years of experience in executive management and research and development in the telecommunications industry. Offering a rare blend of technical and corporate strength, Dr. Chans strategic vision has driven Norsats innovative product development program and has resulted in consistent revenue growth since her appointment as the CEO in 2006. In 2012
SatBroadcastingProtecting Broadcast Content Delivery, By Greg Caicedo, Vice President + General Manager, SAT Services, SAT Corporation
What if more than the lights went out during the Super Bowl? Imagine sitting at home and losing the audio of the broadcast and missing the refs call... or, what about watching video that is so jumbled that the longest kick return in history is totally missed? You would have some unhappy customers and, no doubt, you would hear about it. Unfortunately, these things happen all the time. In todays highly competitive broadcast video marketplace, delivery of error free content is key to retaining your customer base.
Sadtler On Careers: Good Doggie?, By Bert Sadtler, Contributing Editor
As a long time dog owner, I have found there is nothing more loyal than your dog who welcomes you with unconditional love when you arrive home from work. On the other hand, there is nothing more terrifying and upsetting than someone elses dog in your neighborhood that is loose, aggressive and capable of injuring you or your family.
Business TVWatch Your Way To Knowledge, By Mike Tippets, Vice President, Hughes Solutions Group
Change is constant in successful businessesthey continuously invest in new systems, sales programs and other efforts to maintain a competitive edge. However, its folly to expect success by pushing out new systems and programs to the employees on the front lines with nothing more than an email notification.
The Global Perspective Offered @ NSS, The Space Symposium is expected to bring together more than 9,000 international participants from all sectors of the global space spectrum
ach spring, the Space Foundations National Space Symposium is offered in conjunction with a separate Space Foundation cyber conference. Cyber 1.3 is a full-day event taking place on April 8th at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, immediately preceding the opening ceremony of the 29th National Space Symposium.
SatBroadcastingBroadcasting To The Diaspora, By Eran Avni, Executive Sales Manager, ECS (European Communication Services)
As the world becomes a smaller place and people move from one end of the Earth to the other, broadcasters are realizing new opportunities. In the Diaspora World people may be far from each other physically, but they are never far from enjoying each others experiences, lives and feelings. A sense of unity, in spite of the scattering of peoples across the globe, is enabled through the streams of information and entertainment produced by broadcasters, linking all to their homelands and their sense of oneness.
SatBroadcastingA Submerged Challenge For DSNG, By David Leichner, Vice President, Gilat Satellite Networks
Deep underneath the QianDao Lake in Zhejiang province of China rests the thousand-year-old Lion City. This ancient site was submerged half a century ago to build a reservoir that later became a hydropower station.
SatBroadcastingBridging The Gap, By Matthew Huntington, Vice President, Product Marketing, NAGRA
Broadcasters and payTV service providers are seeking to exploit the potential of convergence and are increasingly focusing on multiscreen delivery, enabling content to be enjoyed everywhere and on any device.
SatBroadcastingEnd-To-End SNG + Asset Management, By Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer, Xytech
For the first time in broadcasting history, the acquisition of content is no longer a major technical challenge. Satellites, microwaves, fiber and high-speed Internet connectivity put crews on the scene quickly, transmitting back to the facility repeatedly during the day from diverse locations. Compared to only a few years ago, the amount of content that now arrives at a facility is staggering. The number of times that content is repurposed continues to grow at an exponential rate as additional formats and platforms emerge and are monetized.
Gottlieb On Maritime: The Price Must Be Right, By Alan Gottlieb, Senior Contributing Editor
Word is on the street, and DPs and customers have been notified. A new, second round of Inmarsat price increases arrived on March 1st (in addition to the increases imposed by the Company last May) and they are expected to hit low volume users especially hard, providing new opportunities for competitive technologies and vendors.
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