NovelSat and ATEME Collaborate to Roll Out a New Integrated Satellite Broadcast Solution

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

ATEME TITAN Architecture

OEM Cards

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 Satellite Technologies Integrated into the Eurovision Global Network

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.

ProtCASTER Performance

NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Performance Monitor

ProtCASTER Scheduler

NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Scheduler

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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.

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NovelSat Introduces LIBRA Dynamic Capacity Allocation Solution for Point-to-Multipoint Satellite Networks

New solution dynamically allocates real-time satellite capacity without remote terminal disconnection.

Ra’anana, Israel, March 8, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced the availability of NovelSat LIBRA, a new satellite network management engine that seamlessly provides real-time space segment capacity allocation without remote terminal disconnection or data loss. NovelSat LIBRA is based on SCPC architecture and a suite of NovelSat hardware and software that is optimized for Point-to-Multipoint satellite networks. This solution is designed to help satellite network operators ensure the best user experience in applications including IP trunking, cellular backhaul, oil & gas, military, maritime and homeland security.

SCPC-based satellite network architecture delivers guaranteed bandwidth, with low latency and low jitter, from a hub to multiple remote sites. These are necessary benefits for meeting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in real-time applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, broadcast and Internet services. SCPC, however, leaves bandwidth unused when remote links are not fully loaded or are offline. On the other hand, TDMA-based networks offer more efficient satellite bandwidth utilization, but without the quality of SCPC.

NovelSat LIBRA provides network operators with a flexible solution for offering high quality Point-To-MultiPoint communication links which can be adjusted instantaneously based on dynamic usage demands. With this solution, a service manager can announce a different service capacity scenario for each site or group of sites; A site can have a Committed Info Rate (CIR) at all times, or a CIR with the option to increase capacity once available. In a third scenario, a remote site’s capacity can be defined to fall to a Minimum Information Rate if the site is lightly loaded or, alternatively, increase to a Maximum Information Rate if the site is overloaded. NovelSat LIBRA can accomplish this all automatically with zero data loss and without disconnection.
The NovelSat LIBRA management terminal monitors and manages the remote terminals’ resource utilization according to different scenarios per application, data load, pre-determined schedule, Quality of Service (QoS) rules, or manually using the NovelNet (NovelSat Network Management System) console.

NovelSat LIBRA DashboardNovelSat LIBRA Dashboard

NovelSat LIBRA is part of NovelSat XneT – an optimized platform for Point-To-Multipoint satellite data links. It includes the NovelSat NS-HUB4000 Multi Rx IP demodulator Platform, NovelNet Network Management System and NovelSat NS3000/300X Satellite Modem series.

“For Point-to-Mulitpoint satellite networks, NovelSat LIBRA offers the best of two worlds: the efficiency of dynamically allocated satellite resources and uninterrupted link quality,” said Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “Together with the unmatched spectral efficiency of the NovelSat NS4 waveform and other NovelSat solutions such as the newly announced ProtCASTER data protection platform, our customers truly say that they have the most cost-effective satellite networks.”

NovelSat will be showcasing LIBRA, its new dynamic resource allocation solution for satellite networks, at the Satellite 2018 show in Washington, DC, March 12-15, in booth 1833.

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NovelSat Introduces ProtCASTER for Data Links, AES 256-bit Encryption Solution for Satellite Data Transmission

New NovelSat ProtCASTER for Data Links delivers the highest level of security available for satellite transmission.

Ra’anana, Israel, March 5, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced availability of ProtCASTER for Data Links, a new data protection solution for satellite-based IP data networks that uses virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption, embedded in NovelSat modems. In the world of global satellite data transmission, where hacking and data theft are commonplace, demand for more secure transmission is high.

Based on virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption, ProtCASTER from NovelSat delivers the highest level of data security available for satellite transmission. When working in conjunction with NovelSat NS4, the optional high-efficiency waveform, available only in NovelSat modems, the satellite link protection is intensified even more than when operating using other satellite transmission standards. This level of data encryption is essential for markets were hacking immunity is crucial such as banking, the oil and gas industry, homeland security and others.

In contrast with systems where encryption is added using an external device, the new data encryption solution is now embedded in all NovelSat NS3000 and NS3000 satellite modems. It uses a secured OTA channel for exchanging AES keys with remote devices and is integrated with NovelNet, a full-featured NMS (Network Management System) that offers end-to-end network orchestration.

NovelSat Satellite Modem NS3000

NovelSat NS3000 Professional High-Data Rate Satellite Modem

NovelSat NS300X

NovelSat NS300X IP Satellite Modem

“In addition to the most spectrally efficient satellite transmission solutions, we recognize our data networking customers’ need for enhanced security,” said Ronen Sadan, NovelSat AVP Marketing. “That is why we integrated the satellite industry’s highest level of content security into all of our data networking satellite modems.”

NovelSat will be showcasing ProtCASTER, its new 256-bit data encryption solution for satellite IP data networks, at the Satellite 2018 show in Washington, DC, March 12-15, in booth 1833.