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UpTrade with Linear Linear Acoustic is introducing its ‘UpTrade’ programme, which allows customers to trade in their existing legacy equipment for a credit to be used towards the purchase of a similar product from the current Linear Acoustic line-up. “For any station that is considering upgrading its audio, now is the right time,” said Christina Carroll, senior vice president of Global Sales at Linear Acoustic.

Starfish launches AD Starfish Technologies introduces the latest versions of its product range to the US market at NAB 2012. Working with US distributor MPro Systems of Los Angeles, Starfish Audio Description (AD) enables broadcasters to meet the requirements of the FCC legislation that becomes effective in July 2012. “We have extensive experience of implementing AD in Europe,” said Starfish Sales and Marketing Director Peter Blatchford. N4119

TV One to Margate

TV One has expanded its UK facility with an additional warehouse on the Westwood Industrial Estate in Margate. The new warehouse adds 79,705ft3(2,257m3) of space, fully racked out for the latest automated distribution systems. Steven Mattingly, general manager of TV One’s European operations, said: “Expanding our Margate site allows us to provide customers with fast delivery of our products.” and Vizrt partner on 3D assets has signed a preferred partnership agreement with Vizrt. Under the agreement, both companies will promote and support each other’s products, which together give customers a unique, best-in-class solution for interacting with audiences in realtime via Facebook, Twitter, and second- screen apps, and then displaying the results of those interactions.

New tech for Wohler Wohler Technologies has appointed UK-based Broadcast Service Center (BSC) as its new EMEA technical support and service centre. Under the new agreement, BSC will service the entire line-up of Wohler’s audio, video, and ancillary data solutions — both warranty and non-warranty — across the EMEA region.

SBS boosts throughput with DIVA

Archiving By Melanie Dayasena-Lowe

LONDON’S SBS Broadcasting Networks has upgraded its existing Front Porch Digital DIVArchive system to include greater storage capacity and an integrated external Isilon disk. Front Porch Digital supplied the high-performance disk and upgraded the DIVArchive management system to give SBS higher throughput and smoother performance for users who access its archive. “Our existing DIVArchive system currently manages two Quantum robotic tape libraries,” said Keith Nicholas, managing director of SBS Broadcasting Networks. “An audit with Front Porch Digital confirmed that in order to keep up with demand and ensure a smooth experience for all users, we needed to increase our throughput. With Front Porch Digital’s expertise behind us, we

can be sure we’re always maximising our system’s performance and making our content easily accessible to anyone who needs it.” SBS purchased additional

disk capacity in an external 389TB Isilon storage disk with six nodes, as well as upgrades to DIVArchive that enable it to integrate and manage the additional storage. “SBS Broadcasting is a great

example of the need for mixed and smooth integration between disk and tape technologies, and how DIVArchive can manage those technologies to optimise throughput and performance,” said Rino Petricola, Front Porch Digital senior vice president and managing director. DIVArchive, the content storage management system, is a centralised content repository for digital media assets regardless of format, size, or type.

Eutelsat NewsSpotter puts new face on newsgathering

ENG Operations By Jake Young

SATELLITE OPERATOR Eutelsat Communications has officially launched its NewsSpotter newsgathering service. This expands the range of professional services provided through Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite and is provided by its Skylogic affiliate. NewsSpotter broadens opportunities for newsgathering by offering broadcasters and service providers the ability to transmit high definition and/or standard definition live video from the field in a fast and cost- efficient manner. The service is also ideal for fast transmission of film rushes and proxy file transfer from the field. NewsSpotter can instantly connect mobile news crews to

application or having pre-booked for planned use and guaranteed reservations, can reserve bandwidth online. NewsSpotter uses professional-

Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite delivers NewsSpotter

studios for transmission of live recordings, images and data. Providing native IP connectivity, NewsSpotter is integrated for the workflows of modern newsgathering operations. The NewsSpotter satellite dish

and terminal can be set up in two minutes, including deployment, auto pointing, and connection. News crews, using a self-booking

grade KA-SAT terminals for video contribution from crews in the field to a broadcaster’s master control room. Using standard IP routing, the service is capable of transmitting at speeds of up to 20Mbps via KA-SAT and its dedicated ground network fibre infrastructure. NewsSpotter user terminals have been developed in three

versions: Fly-Away, Vehicular Compact and Vehicular Rugged. Fly-Away terminals require manual pointing and come in the form of backpack or flight case, weighing in the range of 5-10kg, with dish sizes in the range of 60-75cm. The Vehicle Compact terminal has motorised and autopoint capability and is available with dish sizes from 75-90cm. Rugged Vehicle mounted terminals are available with dish sizes from 75-120 cm.

Digital Nirvana by four versions

Broadcast Monitoring By Jake Young

DIGITAL NIRVANA shows its flagship product, Monitor IQ, in four versions — Starter, Essentials, Plus and Premier — and at a range of prices at this year’s NAB. In its full form, the Monitor IQ BMS (Broadcast Monitoring System) combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieval and repurposing, web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance. Its web-based management user interface makes it easy to use for technical and nontechnical personnel. Monitor IQ Starter offers all the logging functionality necessary for a one- to two- channel system and includes 90 days of low-resolution storage. Searching is based

upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP. The Monitor IQ Essentials system accepts ASI/IP, HD/SD-SDI, DVB-T/C/S2, ATSC/QAM and NTSC/QAM, and NTSC/PAL formats. It records audio, video, VANC metadata and captioning in both high and low definition.

Monitor IQ Plus includes

all of the features found within Essentials and adds several new enhancements. Shown for the first time will be the ability to connect and control Monitor IQ via an iPad, iPhone, or Android interface. Other new features include watermark NAVE decoding, a central management server, and a web services (REST) API. N3438 April 2012

The Monitor IQ Essentials system records audio, video, VANC metadata and captioning in both high- and low-definition

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