New Solution from NovelSat Helps Flemish Broadcaster Improve Spectral Efficiency and Enhanced Features
Ra’anana, Israel, September 13, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced that VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie), the Belgium national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Region and Community, has implemented NovelSat satellite broadcasting solutions including NovelSat modems and software.
VRT broadcast services include contribution, DTH channels, and radio, all via satellite and a fiber network, across Belgium and parts of The Netherlands and Luxembourg. They approached NovelSat with a request to replace their ground station links and contribution SNG transmission equipment. VRT had been transmitting using the outdated DVB-S2 satellite transmission standard with 20-35% RoF (Roll-off Factor). In addition to the efficiency issues, one of the primary catalysts for the request was the new regulation from the Belgium government requiring CID insertion in satellite signals as of 2018.
CID (Carrier ID) refers to a unique ID that is injected into video or data transmissions by a satellite modulator or modem so that an interfering carrier can be easily identified to enable quick resolution of interference situations.
The initial solution provided by NovelSat, together with VP Media Solutions, a major Belgium reseller of broadcast solutions and services, includes NS3000 Professional Satellite Modems, with configurations supporting Carrier in Carrier (Carrier Eco Cancellation) and Dual Channel (ASI+IP) capability, all with built-in TCP Acceleration. The NovelSat modem offers 5% RoF with the DVB-S2 and S2X standard, and as low as 2% RoF with the NovelSat NS4 satellite waveform. These and other features make the NovelSat NS3000 the most bandwidth-efficient modem in the satellite industry.
NovelSat NS3000 Professional High-Data Rate Satellite Modem
The primary features of the NovelSat satellite broadcast solution for VRT include:
Dual channel ASI+IP – Dual channel ASI+IP support enables simultaneous bi-directional transmission of video and IP data. With this capability, VRTs SNG trucks can more efficiently cover major live events more efficiently, at lower cost, and using less satellite bandwidth.
NovelSat DUET CeC – NovelSat DUET CEC (carrier-echo-cancellation) software-based Band Reuse Technology doubles the effective data rate over the same transponder segment by enabling simultaneous full duplex video, data, and voice communication using the same bandwidth for both uplink and downlink.
NovelSat NS4 – NovelSat solutions support all satellite transmission standards, including DVB-S/S2/S2X. In addition, NovelSat provides NS4, the world’s most bandwidth-efficient satellite transmission waveform, which supports high data rates of up to 425Mbps using 80Msps, enabling transmission of a single carrier over an entire 84MHz transponder. NovelSat NS4 delivers satellite bandwidth savings of up to 45% compared with DVB-S2 and up to 32% vs. DVB-S2X.
Seamless Integration – While other vendors need to customize solutions to enable features such as Channel-in-Channel support and dual channel IP+ASI transmission to work together, all of the software-based efficiency-enhancing features of the NovelSat NS3000 modem work together seamlessly out of the box. The simplicity and feature set of the solution was a major reason that VRT choose the NovelSat solution.
“At NovelSat we strive not only to provide the most efficient satellite transmission products and solutions. We also take pleasure when our customers find it easy to get the features they want without a complicated integration process,” said Gary Drutin, NovelSat CBO. “The NovelSat broadcast solution for VRT meets the customer’s needs for greater efficiency, bi-directional video and data transmission, CID insertion and more. We look forward to providing additional capacity and capabilities to VRT in the future.“
“The new NovelSat modems have improved our contribution efficiency with Carrier-in-Carrier transmission, dual channel IP and ASI for video contribution feeds, and a return IP stream for data sharing with our SNGs,” said Tom Grenson, VRT System Engineer ICT Networking & Telecom. “This has provided benefits to our fleet for large scale events where bandwidth demand is high, and cellular coverage or WIFI are often not sufficient.“
“VP Media Solutions was happy to introduce this flexible NovelSat solution to VRT to meet their growing satellite requirements. We supported the project from POC through installation and the first successful implementation for a large-scale live international sporting event covered by VRT,” said Emmanuel Charlet, Partner, Head of Sales and Pre-sales, VP Media Solutions. “Improved spectral efficiency and better control of both the forward and return channels under the same frequency has proven to be highly economical for VRT in a variety of scenarios.”
Visitors at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, September 13-18 can learn more about the world’s most bandwidth-efficient satellite broadcast solutions in the NovelSat booth, A51 in Hall 5.
Independent Field Tests At Large UK Teleport Show Updated Version of NovelSat NS4 Increases Efficiency Advantage Over DVB-S2X By Up To 32%.
Ra’anana, Israel, September 12, 2018 – Recent independent testing, confirmed by NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, indicate that new enhancements to the NovelSat NS4 satellite transmission waveform have further increased its efficiency edge over the DVB-S2X standard. Head-to-head comparison tests performed by a large teleport in the UK show that NovelSat NS4 performs up to 32% more efficiently compared with DVB-S2X. That translates into more data and video transfer per MHz of bandwidth for satellite communications providers, especially in saturated environments.
Live field tests were performed over a 36MHz transponder on both linear (non-saturated) and non-linear (saturated) links. While NovelSat NS4 showed a 22% boost in efficiency, compared with DB-S2X, over linear links, the results over non-linear links far outstripped previous results, at up to 32% better than DVB-S2X. The enhancements that NovelSat has made to its NovelSat NS4 waveform set the stage for the company to break the satellite transmission bandwidth efficiency record that it had set with the previous version of NovelSat NS4 (which performed up to 22% better than DVB-S2X).
The field tests also included linear bi-directional links supported by NovelSat DUET CeC (carrier-echo-cancellation) software-based Band Reuse Technology. NovelSat DUET CeC doubles the effective data rate over the same transponder segment by enabling simultaneous full duplex video, data, and voice communication using the same bandwidth for both uplink and downlink. The results of these bi-directional tests rendered an impressive 37% advantage over DVB-S2X on the same links.
The NovelSat NS4 satellite transmission waveform can be implemented on any NovelSat satellite modem, modulator or demodulator – which also support DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-S2X and DVB-CID standards. Existing NovelSat customers can benefit from the new NovelSat NS4 enhancements through easy OTA (Over-the-Air) software upgrades.
“Our engineers are on a constant quest to break the satellite transmission efficiency records that we have consistently set over the last 7 years,” said Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “Our broadcast and data transmission customers are constantly increasing the load on their satellite links. With these new enhancements to NovelSat NS4, they will transmit even more data and video without increasing their budget of expensive satellite bandwidth.”
NovelSat will showcase its enhanced NovelSat NS4 solutions at the IBC 2018 show at the Amsterdam RAI, September 12-18, 2018 in booth A51 in Hall 5.
The New NS10C and NS20C from NovelSat Are the Only Satellite Modulator and Demodulator Cards That Support DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-S2X and NovelSat NS4.
Ra’anana, Israel, September 5, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced global availability of the new PCIe-based NovelSat NS10C Satellite Modulator Card and NS20C Satellite Demodulator Card. The new cards from NovelSat are designed for plug and play integration into any PC-based satellite broadcast platform for Cable, DTH and OTT live delivery of SD, HD and Ultra HD content. They are ideal for both space-side and terrestrial OEM satellite broadcast applications including mobile flyaways and SNGs. They are the only satellite transmission cards that support all satellite transmission standards, including DVB-S/S2/S2X, DVB-CID and NovelSat NS4, as well as the NovelSat DRM (Digital Rights Management) license.
The space saving PCIe form factor helps to reduce power consumption and maintenance – important when going mobile with SNGs and flyaways. The NS10C and NS20C enable broadcasters to build all-in-one distribution solutions by integrating a modulator into an encoder, convert a decoder into an IRD by adding a demodulator, enhance transcoders, multiplexers, statmuxes, packagers and origin servers.
In addition, the NS10C and NS20C add versatility to every mobile satellite operator (SNG, Flyaway etc.) who can now support, on-the-fly, any satellite transmission standard (DVB-S/S2/S2X and NovelSat NS4) used by various broadcasters.
When equipped with the optional NovelSat NS4 waveform, the NS10C/NS20C cards support high data rates of up to 425Mbps using 80Msps, enabling transmission of a single carrier over an entire 84MHz transponder. NovelSat NS4 delivers satellite bandwidth savings of up to 45% compared with DVB-S2 and 32% vs. DVB-S2X. The NS20C also packs groundbreaking signal processing methods such as an adaptive equalizer and error correction techniques that enable the receiver to be more resilient to impairments.
“The broadcast industry transition to IP is gaining momentum. With the new NovelSat PCIe-based satellite transmission cards, we can meet its changing demands, plus give broadcasters a product with the flexibility to seamlessly support all satellite broadcast standards,” said Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “Our new cards are already integrated into a number of solutions from selected partners, with successful reports from the field.”
Visitors at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, September 13-18 will be able to see the new NS10C and NS20C satellite modulator and demodulator cards in the NovelSat booth, A51 in Hall 5.
Collaboration with NovelSat and V-Nova provides up to 3x bandwidth savings
Kuala Lumpur, 25 June 2018 – MEASAT Global Berhad (“MEASAT”) announced today a showcase in collaboration with NovelSat and V-Nova to demonstrate cutting-edge compression for Ultra High Definition (UHD) primary distribution over satellite. The new technology provides up to three (3) times bandwidth savings and will be demonstrated live at MEASAT’s booth in CommunicAsia 2018 from 26 – 28 June.
MEASAT has also partnered with some of Asia’s leading UHD content creators for this must-see showcase. Fashion One 4K, Fun Box UHD, Insight UHD, Love Nature 4K and TravelXP 4K will display their UHD content on a stunning 86 inch 4K UHD TV sponsored by LG.
The content will be encoded using V-Nova’s PERSEUS Plus codec at 50 fps, 4:2:0 8- bit colour depth and broadcast with DVB-S2 at 8 Mbps. The NovelSat NS4 based solution can deliver more information bit rates per MHz and raises the total transmission capacity. The feed will then be delivered via MEASAT-3 satellite at the 91.5°E orbital slot to CommunicAsia. This solution makes distribution of UHD channels more cost effective without compromising video quality.
“One reason MEASAT is Asia’s preferred UHD partner is because of our commitment and belief in working with leading technology partners to provide innovative solutions to the market,” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales. “With NovelSat and V-Nova, MEASAT continues to be on the cutting edge of broadcast technology and provide significant cost savings for UHD distribution across the Asia Pacific.”
“Driven by more channels and more high resolution content, MEASAT is constantly on the lookout for solutions that help them manage increasing demand for satellite capacity,” said Ronen Sadan, AVP Marketing, NovelSat. “NovelSat NS4 offers the world’s most efficient satellite transmission technology, which makes it easier for MEASAT to expand their offering using much less bandwidth compared with other solutions.”
“We are delighted to partner with MEASAT and NovelSat to deliver this monumental step forward in UHD primary distribution,” commented Guido Meardi, Founder and CEO of V-Nova. “Delivering live UHD at the quality consumers demand at just 8 Mbps is simply impossible with any other video codec and is another great showcase of how PERSEUS Plus can transform the economics of video delivery throughout the industry.”
NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing next-generation modulation solutions for satellite communications. NovelSat offers superior spectral efficiency with its NovelSat NS4™ satellite transmission software package, which is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators. All NovelSat equipment also supports DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X transmission standards. In addition to unmatched spectral efficiency, NovelSat offers a broad range of satellite communications solutions including NovelNet – a full-featured NMS for satellite/terrestrial networks, ProtCASTER – a DRM solution for satellite broadcast based on virtually unbreakable 256-bit encryption, unmatched resilience algorithms that mitigate the effects of various types interference and PCIe-based mod/demod cards for OEM applications. NovelSat solutions deliver the satellite industry’s most compelling ROI and the most scalable transmission solutions from 64Kbps to 850Mbps on a single modem. Learn more at www.novelsat.com
Contact: Ronen Sadan / +972 77-8994269 / email@example.com
V-Nova Ltd. is a London-headquartered technology company providing next-generation compression solutions that address the ever-growing media processing and delivery challenges. V-Nova provides solutions spanning the entire media delivery chain, including content production, contribution, storage and distribution to end users. V-Nova’s award-winning PERSEUS™ is the only cross-media codec format and delivers on the promises of next-generation image and video compression, today. Using PERSEUS technology, media and entertainment companies can now monetise unmet consumer demand for higher definition video everywhere, on existing devices and infrastructure, by a simple software upgrade.
The PERSEUS technology works in 2 ways: PERSEUS Pro is an Intra codec for mathematically lossless and visually lossless professional production, contribution and imaging workflows. PERSEUS Plus is a temporal codec designed to enhance a base codec such as H.264 or HEVC, adding additional layers of detail and upscaling for unbeatable distribution efficiency to consumers. For more information please visit www.v-nova.com
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MEASAT is a premium supplier of communication and video services to leading broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) communication satellites, MEASAT provides services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.
Working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include UHD, HD and SD video play-out, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP connectivity services. For more information, please visit www.measat.com.
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Technology partnership results in integrated UHD video encoding and satellite modulation unit to reduce broadcasters’ operating costs.
Ra’anana, Israel, April 5, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced that the company has extended its technology cooperation with ATEME, a global leader in video delivery. The new collaboration between the long-time partners includes the integration of NovelSat’s state of the art PCIe-based NS10C Satellite Modulator cards and NS20C Satellite Demodulator cards into the ATEME’s TITAN software converged headend solution. The new integration was rolled out to offer broadcasters enhanced solution for HD and Ultra HD transmission by including high-efficiency satellite signal modulation within single unit video encoding/decoding, compression and acceleration.
TITAN© Live from ATEME is a high-quality, HD video software compression solution, designed for Cable, DTH and OTT live delivery of mobile, SD, HD and 4K Ultra HD content. TITAN Live is a True virtualized software-based solution, based on the ATEME 5th Generation STREAM© compression engine. It delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates with accelerated parallel processing.
ATEME TITAN Architecture
NovelSat NS10C & NS20C PCIe-based Satellite Modulator and Demodulator Cards
The PCIe-based NS10C and NS20C satellite modulator and demodulator cards from NovelSat are designed for easy integration into any PC-based satellite broadcast platform. They are ideal for both terrestrial and space-side OEM satellite broadcast applications including mobile flyaways and SNGs. Designed to meet the demands of any broadcast application, the new NovelSat cards support all satellite transmission standards, including DVB-S/S2/S2X, DVB-CID and NovelSat NS4, as well as the NovelSat DRM (Digital Rights Management) license. The PCIe form factor reduces space and equipment demands, power consumption and maintenance.
When equipped with the optional NovelSat NS4 waveform, the NS10C/NS20C cards support high data rates of up to 425Mbps using 80Msps, enabling transmission of a single carrier over an entire 84MHz transponder. NovelSat NS4 delivers satellite bandwidth savings of up to 45% compared with DVB-S2 and 21% vs. DVB-S2X. The NS20C also packs groundbreaking signal processing methods such as an adaptive equalizer and error correction techniques that enable the receiver to be more resilient to impairments.
“Our past collaboration efforts with NovelSat have led to successful technology solutions that provide significant advantages and savings for satellite broadcasters,” said Remi Beaudouin, ATEME VP Marketing. “Integrating NovelSat modulators and demodulators into our TITAN platform is another great example of how complementary technologies are even more powerful together.”
“NovelSat engineers and our colleagues at ATEME continue to single-mindedly design solutions that are easy to integrate so that the unique benefits of both systems can be combined into unified, cost-saving ‘super-solutions’,” said Efi Levinzon, NovelSat CPO. “Our PCIe-based satellite modulator and demodulator cards offer unmatched bandwidth efficiency. Together with ATEME’s high-quality, low-bitrate encoding and decoding, the TITAN platform is an easy choice for satellite broadcasters.”
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NovelSat announces that Eurovision Media Services – the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union – recently updated their satellite distribution network with new technologies, including the NovelSat NS4 waveform and new NovelSat ProtCASTER, the first satellite broadcasting solution with AES 256-bit encryption.
Ra’anana, Israel, April 4, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, announced today that its NovelSat ProtCASTER DRM solution was implemented as a part of a major satellite network upgrade by Eurovision Media Services (EMS). As a part of the upgrade, EMS also replaced their current satellite waveform, NovelSat NS3, with the more robust NovelSat NS4, further boosting spectral efficiency by up to 15%.
Co-developed with EMS, NovelSat ProtCASTER DRM is the only satellite broadcast content protection solution based on virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption. In addition, ProtCASTER offers a set of easy-to-use graphical tools to dynamically handle satellite broadcast content Digital Rights Management (DRM), entitlement, scheduling and booking. ProtCASTER is embedded in the Eurovision Hypermux Satellite Content Distribution Platform and has already been proven in the distribution of major sporting events.
NovelSat has also reached an agreement with EMS to commercialize the ProtCASTER technology so that it can be licensed to other media distribution players and benefit the broadcasting community at large. NovelSat will also offer ProtCASTER as a new service.
NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Performance Monitor
NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Scheduler
NovelSat ProtCASTER Dashboard
In addition to ProtCASTER, EMS also included the NovelSat NS4 software package in their upgrades. NovelSat NS4 has enabled EMS to achieve about 15% additional efficiency compared with the NovelSat NS3 waveform that was previously used. NovelSat NS4 is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators, which also support and are backward compatible with industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X.
NovelSat NS4, with a ROF as low as 2% and a wide variety of modulation codes, can boost capacity by up to 45% without increasing bandwidth demand compared with DVB-S2. The NovelSat NS4 waveform, like all NovelSat features, is a software-upgradable option that can be installed remotely. It also includes a set of advanced mitigation algorithms and detection mechanisms to handle most types of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).
“As one of the world’s biggest distributors of live HD TV content, EMS – like any company – has to protect itself against the threat of pirating, especially as these methods become more sophisticated over time,” said Oscar Teran, Senior Manager of Technology & Solutions, EMS. “We have relied on NovelSat for satellite efficiency technology for years. Now, we are even more confident that our content is well protected with the AES 256-bit encryption in the ProtCASTER solution co-developed by NovelSat and ourselves. We are confident this will become a leading solution in the broadcast market,” he continued.
“EMS has always been at the forefront of satellite network technology. As a major player in the media market, they want to be sure that they are using the strongest tools to secure their content,” said Efi Levinzon, NovelSat CPO. “Novelsat co-developed the ProtCASTER with EMS to ensure that the solution meets the needs of media organizations and operators around the world. We can scale our solution for broadcasters of all sizes,” he continued.