Satellite broadcast/multicast overlay solution incorporates all core-to-edge video processing and management to enable efficient delivery of live TV and OTT services
Ra’anana, Israel, April 30, 2019 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today unveiled a comprehensive satellite broadcast/multicast solution for the delivery of live TV and OTT video services. The innovative satellite-to-mobile video solution now enables mobile service providers to roll out TV and video services on a large scale while optimizing network investment.
As mobile video dominates mobile data traffic, a mobile service provider using a hybrid satellite-terrestrial network can now keep pace with traffic growth while introducing new video services such as live TV channel bundles. Complementing existing backhaul links with a satellite broadcast overlay enables service providers to leverage 4G infrastructure while evolving to 5G networks and services. The broadcast overlay network delivers new levels of video quality and volume for OTT distribution to remote cache storage and for live TV streaming, thus offloading broadband backhaul connections.
The NovelSat satellite-to-mobile video solution incorporates all core-to-edge video delivery functionalities including high-efficiency multi-stream, multi-profile video encoding/decoding, multi-channel video transcoding, multi-profile video packaging, high-efficiency satellite modulation/demodulation, the highest level of content security and protection, content entitlement and scheduling tools, resource management and optimization and more.
The comprehensive solution comprises a Video Core, a Video Edge Gateway, a Video Manager and a Network Management System. Utilizing software-based modules, the solution is highly scalable and enables large-scale deployment of ample bandwidth to numerous cell sites and locations.
“Users now want to consume video when they want it, where they need it, in the device of their preference, and they expect live TV and video with the consistency and quality they experience at home. As general viewing habits continue to favor linear video consumption, live streaming will be the fastest growing component in IP traffic,” said Lluc Palerm, senior analyst at NSR – Northern Sky Research. “Satellite has a unique set of attributes that make it ideal for many use cases and NSR expects demand for hybrid satellite-terrestrial video delivery networks to take off circa 2020.”
“NovelSat is excited to be at the forefront with a comprehensive and innovative solution that resolves mobile operators’ capacity challenges on the road to 5G,” said Gary Drutin, NovelSat CEO. “Our video delivery network solution brings together the worlds of satellite and mobile for a truly immersive user experience.”
NovelSat is showcasing the mobile video delivery network solution and other satellite transmission solutions at the Satellite 2019 show, May 6‑9, in Washington DC, USA, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Booth # 2119.
Solution enables powerful, easy-to-implement content protection for ad-hoc broadcast contribution links with virtually unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption keys.
Ra’anana, Israel, April 4, 2019 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced a new solution that streamlines DRM operations for broadcast contribution links. Now, only a single key insertion at the modulator is needed for all transmitted media streams. This DRM solution enables fast and easy provisioning of point-to-point satellite links required for ad-hoc contribution applications such as SNGs, flyaways and more.
Based on virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption, NovelSat’s comprehensive DRM solution delivers the highest level of data security available for satellite broadcasting and transmission for both network-level and link-level connections. The DRM solution is available as an integrated option in the entire NovelSat product line and includes per-service Entitlement (PID), Program Scheduling and Booking as well as Network Management.
“NovelSat once again demonstrates an innovative approach to resolving satellite broadcast challenges for its customers,” said Aviv Ronai, NovelSat VP Marketing & Products. “Our powerful DRM solution addresses operation ease and cost for every satellite broadcast scenario, making content protection easier than ever to implement.”
NovelSat is showcasing the DRM and other satellite broadcast solutions at the NAB show, April 6‑11, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Upper Level, Booth #SU9505.
All-in-one high-efficiency satellite modulation, encoding and multi-channel transcoding solution delivers unparalleled broadcast transmission efficiency.
Ra’anana, Israel, April 3, 2019 – Broadcasters face increased demand for higher resolution video standards that require an order of magnitude more satellite capacity. Meanwhile, spectrum is being challenged by 5G roll-outs. With that in mind, NovelSat has teamed up with igolgi to introduce NovelSat FUSION, an all-in-one solution offering new levels of satellite transmission efficiency so that broadcasters can drive down operational costs.
NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology and igolgi, a leading provider of video processing, delivery and analytics software and solutions, have developed the FUSION solution, which integrates high-efficiency multi-stream video encoding and satellite modulation in a single transmit unit and satellite demodulation and multi-channel video transcoding in a single receive unit. The all-in-one NovelSat FUSION solution offers broadcasters significant savings in satellite bandwidth or enables transmission of up to three times more video content without increasing link budgets.
The FUSION encoder/modulator receives multiple simultaneous video streams in any video format or delivery standard and encodes them into a high-efficiency HEVC (H.265) video stream. The compressed video is modulated and securely uplinked using virtually unbreakable (optional) 256-bit AES encryption. On the receive side, the FUSION transcoding IRD decrypts and demodulates the satellite signals and transcodes to any video format including MPEG‑2, MPEG‑4 (H.264‑AVC) and HEVC to support OTT, ABR and linear TV streams. Optional packaging to HLS or DASH is also available in the receive unit. In addition, the unit can be a decoder only or can pass through content for direct packaging.
NovelSat FUSION supports all satellite transmission standards, including DVB-S2/S2X, in addition to NovelSat NS4, the world’s most bandwidth-efficient satellite transmission waveform. With the most current, advanced HEVC encoding from igolgi, the efficiency benefits of NovelSat NS4, and tight integration, FUSION outperforms all other broadcast solutions.
“Changes in the satellite broadcasting market necessitate a new look at how broadcasters use satellite bandwidth,” said Gary Drutin, NovelSat CEO. “NovelSat FUSION is an efficient and economical solution to help broadcasters resolve their spectrum challenges.”
“By leveraging satellite bandwidth efficiency technologies from NovelSat along with powerful video compression solutions from igolgi, NovelSat FUSION brings to market a formidable offer for spectrum efficiency and video flexibility,“ said Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy, President, igolgi Inc.
NovelSat is showcasing a live demo of the NovelSat FUSION solution at the NAB show, April 6-11, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Upper Level, Booth #SU9505.
New NovelSat NS-HUB4000 optimizes data hub rack space with up to 32 high-efficiency satellite receivers in a Single 1U unit.
Ra’anana, Israel, February 11, 2019 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced availability of their new Multi-Rx Satellite IP Demodulator, the NovelSat NS‑HUB4000. The NS‑HUB4000 is a multi-receiver satellite transmission IP unit designed for mobile backhauling and enterprise satellite data transmission network operators, who want to optimize their hub CAPEX and achieve high transfer rates for inbound data traffic.
The NS-HUB4000 houses four internal Rx cards, each with 8 satellite receivers, packing up to 32 high-efficiency receivers into a single 1U rack-mounted unit. The compact NovelSat NS-HUB44000 is the ideal choice for Point-to-Multipoint satellite network data applications in which a single NS-HUB4000 hub unit can receive data at an aggregate inbound rate of up to 2Gbps. Each of the 32 NS-HUB4000 carriers can simultaneously receive at up to 120Msps per carrier, saving rack space and reducing equipment and operating expenses.
The NS-HUB4000 supports automated hot-standby redundancy plans that eliminate any single point of failure without any external equipment. In addition to multiple receivers, the NS-HUB4000 is equipped with dual power units and dual external interfaces.
The cost-effective NS-HUB4000 includes built-in IP processing features to improve data transmission efficiency. NS‑HUB4000 interfaces include Ethernet 1G/10G, dual power supply ports, and M&C interfaces such as USB ports and an SD card slot for data import/export, software upgrade and many other uses.
The NS-HUB4000 is a member of the NovelSat Professional Satellite Demodulator family. It is a major element in the NovelSat line of Point-to-Multipoint network solutions. Combined with the NovelSat NS300X or NS3000 modem series, the NovelNet NMS (Network Management System), and NovelSat LIBRA (Dynamic Resource Allocation Solution), the NS-HUB4000 contributes to an optimized and highly efficient Point-to-Multipoint network.
According to Ronen Sadan, NovelSat AVP Marketing, “The one thing we hear most from our customers is, ‘How can we optimize satellite hub costs?’. “Between superior bandwidth efficiency and the many signal optimization features offered by NovelSat, and now up to 32 receivers in a single box, the NS‑HUB4000 is a perfect space saving, cost saving satellite transmission solution for enterprise satellite IP data service providers.”
NovelSat founder and outgoing CEO Itzik Wulkan to retain position as President.
Ra’anana, Israel, December 5, 2018 – NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, today announced that Gary Drutin has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NovelSat and as a member of the Board of Directors of the company. The Board has accepted the request by Itzik Wulkan to be released from his position as CEO, a role he has held since co-founding NovelSat 11 years ago. Mr. Wulkan will continue to serve the company as its President, focusing on strategic Business Development and as an observer of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Drutin joined NovelSat earlier this year as Chief Business Officer. He has served as CEO of FST Biometrics, Chief Customer Officer for Allot, and Bizdev Director for Broadcom’s Microwave business following the acquisition of Provigent, where he was SVP Worldwide Sales. Mr. Drutin also held GM, VP and other positions for AudioCodes, Cisco and Digital. Mr. Drutin was appointed to the top management position by the NovelSat Board of Directors with the full support of the company’s lead Investors.
David Rubner, Chairman of the NovelSat Board of Directors endorsed the move, saying, “Gary’s experience and talents are well suited for the challenges facing NovelSat. I am confident that, as CEO, he will be an asset in building the company’s future success.”
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.