Leading Asian Broadcaster Teams Up with NovelSat to Boost Up Satellite Broadcast Content Security

Major Indian Cricketing Content provider to implement NovelSat’s cutting edge multi-layer content security across its distribution and contribution networks

Ra’anana, Israel, September 16, 2019 – NovelSat, a world leader in content connectivity over satellite, announced today that a major Indian broadcaster has selected NovelSat’s content security solution for its network’s satellite broadcast of feeds for live and non-live high value content.
By adopting the only satellite broadcast content security solution based on virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption, the customer will be implementing the highest level of content security available today for satellite broadcast.
NovelSat’s content security solution is a multi-layer solution includes AES 256-bit encryption to secure valuable content, AES keys encryption, a secured OTA channel for exchanging AES keys and access protection based on each receiver’s viewing entitlement rights, defined per video channel (PID). With easy-to-use management tool for key generation, distribution and activation, and for event scheduling and content entitlement, the broadcaster will be able to confidently secure and easily distribute it content to thousands of satellite broadcast receivers.
“Nowadays content security is vital for content producers and owners,” said Gary Drutin, NovelSat CEO. “This major powerhouse of content joins major broadcasters with its adoption of our content security solution, that protects valuable content from the growing threats while ensuring the highest level of safety and quality viewing experiences. I’m confident this solution will bring significant value to the broadcaster and its customers throughout Asia, paving the way to a successful deployment.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to be working with one of the world’s leading media companies and are gratified by the trust the customer has put in NovelSat to secure its content,” commented Parvinder Singh, Director of Sales, India & SAARC, at NovelSat. “While content security was the key driver for this project, NovelSat’s highest spectral efficiency was certainly an added advantage for this leading broadcaster. NovelSat broadcast solutions are already deployed at some of the largest Tier-1 broadcasters in Asia and selection of NovelSat further demonstrates our technological superiority and positions us for further success in the region.”
NovelSat will be showcasing its content security solution and other content connectivity solutions at the IBC show, September 13-17, in RAI Amsterdam, Hall 5, Booth A51.

VRT, Belgium National Flemish Broadcaster, Selects NovelSat’s Technology to Deliver Tour de France Live Broadcasting

 Ra’anana, Israel, September 9, 2019 – NovelSat, a leading provider of next-generation content connectivity solutions, announced that VRT (Vlaamse Radio -en Televisieomroeporganisatie), the Belgium national public service broadcaster for the Flemish Region and Community, has once again selected Novelsat’s highly efficient broadcast solution to deliver live coverage of the Tour de France, the most prestigious bicycle race in the world.

 

The on-the-road coverage of the Tour de France was delivered to VRT Broadcast Center from Satellite News Gathering (SNG) vans of Videohouse, a leading European provider of broadcast facilities. The SNG vans provided live broadcast coverage along the 3,500 km tour route which included challenging terrain and conditions.

 

Installed on both VRT Broadcast Center and Videohouse SNG vans, NovelSat’s solution delivered significant savings of satellite capacity utilizing NovelSat NS4™, the most bandwidth-efficient waveform, NovelSat DUET™ CEC™ (carrier-echo-cancellation) band reuse technology, and dual channel (ASI+IP) functionality for simultaneous bi-directional transmission of video and IP data.

 

NovelSat’s solutions deliver best-in-industry spectral efficiency and transmission performance, enabling broadcasters to transmit more bits and channels, and to gain significant savings in satellite bandwidth. All the software-based efficiency-enhancing features of Novelsat solution work together seamlessly out of the box, simplifying setup and operation.

 

“Novelsat technology is providing major benefits for large scale events such as the Tour de France,” said Tom Grenson, System Engineer of ICT Networking & Telecom at VRT. “VRT enjoyed the high-efficiency and high-performance transmission delivered by NovelSat solution.”

 

“High profile events such as the Tour de France requires flawless operation,” said Herman Vandenwaeyenberg, Broadcast Engineer at Videohouse. “We found the NovelSat solution easy to set up and operate, delivering high bandwidth transmission over narrow channels.”

 

“Novelsat is proud to enable the live broadcast of the Tour de France,” said Gary Drutin, CEO of NovelSat. “The partnership with VRT and Videohouse has demonstrated once again the benefits provided by our content connectivity solutions. We look forward to supporting additional demanding events.”

 

About NovelSat

NovelSat is a leading provider of next-generation content connectivity solutions for satellite communications. Powered by our innovative technology, our solutions are setting the industry standards in spectral efficiency, transmission performance, and content security. Our high- performance products include satellite modems, modulators and demodulators, integrated video transmission/coding and content security solutions, transforming delivery of data and video over satellite. Delivering more capacity with greater availability, coverage and protection, our solutions are powering mission-critical and demanding applications for the broadcast, cellular, government, and mobility markets. For more information visit www.novelsat.com

 

About VRT

VRT, short for Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie, is the Flemish public broadcaster for radio and television in Belgium.  VRT has three television channels, five radio channels, additional digital television offerings, and multiple online products.

 

About Videohouse

Videohouse has been a stable presence in the Belgian media business for years. The company was founded in 1980 and has grown into the technical market leader in Belgium. Today, Videohouse is part of Euro Media Group and is present in over seven countries: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. www.videohouse.be

NovelSat Awarded BIRD Foundation Grant for Cooperation With US-based igolgi

The grant will support joint activity between the companies to streamline the distribution of video content via satellite to content providers, distributors and to 5G networks

Ra’anana, Israel/Barrington, IL, USA, July 9, 2019 – NovelSat, a technology company that develops and manufactures satellite-based video and content transmission solutions, announced that it has received a grant from the BIRD Foundation for its cooperation with igolgi, which specializes in developing compression solutions for video delivery. The grant will support a joint project of the two companies in the field of satellite video distribution and will greatly improve the transfer of video and audio content between content providers and distributors as well as to 5G networks.

As part of the joint research and development process, NovelSat and igolgi are working together to develop an end-to-end integrated video encoding and modulation solution that will enable wide satellite transmission of video and audio channels and will improve the efficiency of satellite broadcasting. The solution focuses on significantly increasing the number of video channels that can be transmitted at a given bandwidth, without compromising viewing quality. In addition to streamlining video transmission between content providers and content distributors and users, the collaboration between the companies will also enable high-efficiency distribution of content and video channels directly to the base stations of 4G and 5G networks, while reducing the load on the terrestrial transmission network.

“Our partnership with igolgi, with the support of the BIRD Foundation, will enable us to expand our activities and continue to lead the way in the field of satellite content connectivity,” said Gary Drutin, CEO of NovelSat. “Our flexible business model gives us the ability to cooperate with strategic partners to increase our competitive edge.”

“Partnering with NovelSat to significantly improve the efficiency of media transmission over satellite is timely, given the market demand for higher resolution video and much greater volume of video traffic,“ said Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy, President of igolgi. “With the BIRD Foundation support, we can now accelerate our cooperative efforts to bring useful products to the satellite video delivery market.”

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NovelSat Unveils First End-to-End Video Delivery Solution for 4G/5G Mobile Networks

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.

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New NovelSat DRM Integration Simplifies Point-to-Point Satellite Broadcast Link Operation

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.

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NovelSat Introduces NovelSat FUSION For Satellite Broadcasters to Address UHD Adoption and Spectrum Challenges

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.

NovelSat FUSION NS5000 Series Satellite Broadcast Modulation/Transcoding Solution

NovelSat FUSION NS5000 Series Satellite Broadcast Modulation/Transcoding Solution

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.

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NovelSat Introduces a Compact Multi-Receiver for Satellite IP Data Hubs Offering Up to 2Gbps Per Unit

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.


NovelSat NS-HUB4000 Multi Rx Satellite Demodulator

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.”

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Gary Drutin Appointed New CEO of NovelSat

NovelSat founder and outgoing CEO Itzik Wulkan to retain position as President.

 Gary Drutin, CEO, NovelSat

Gary Drutin
CEO, NovelSat

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.”

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VRT, Belgium National Broadcaster Implements NovelSat Satellite Broadcast Solutions

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.

Enhancements To NovelSat NS4 Set the Satellite Transmission Efficiency Bar Even Higher

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.