Novelsat DSNG innovation for multi-camera production

NovelSat has announced a solution that enables Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) units to deploy multiple cameras using a single satellite modem without the need for additional bandwidth for each camera.

Events that call for multiple live camera feeds can require additional DSNG equipment and satellite bandwidth to support each individual camera. This adds significant cost to DSNG event coverage.

The new NovelSat multi-camera solution, however, enables multiple, concurrent live HD video feeds on a single modem, using a single satellite carrier. This capability can reduce the cost of contributing multiple video streams via satellite, even for the smallest flyaway unit. It also open up new revenue opportunities for smaller DSNG service providers.

The NovelSat NS3000 Satellite Modem, together with NovelSat DUET bandwidth reuse technology can provide bi-directional HD video and IP data traffic simultaneously on a single carrier. A single modem can support up to 850Mbps of satellite traffic in full duplexed transmission. Adding NovelSat NS3 transmission technology to the mix typically boosts bitrate per MHz by 40% to 60% – that’s the satellite industry’s most cost-effective use of satellite bandwidth.

A DSNG or flyaway operator covering an event that requires multiple cameras, such as a live interview or sporting event, can transmit video from multiple cameras by streaming video IP data alongside an HD video broadcast stream, all using the same satellite bandwidth at no additional cost.

‘Slave’ cameras can be connected via Ethernet or Wi-Fi at the remote site and can be controlled from the studio control room. In fact, any camera can be used, from broadcast quality to consumer video cameras and even smartphones.

“As satellite bandwidth costs rise and availability becomes more scarce, broadcasters and DSNG operators can take advantage of NovelSat technology to stay competitive,“ said Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “The new multi-camera solution from NovelSat is a part of our strategy to reduce complexity and operating costs for broadcasters, DSNG operators and data service providers.”

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