New NovelSat FreeBand Gives Broadcasters Free Occasional Satellite Bandwidth for Remote Video Contribution

Product enables broadcasters to send live video over satellite contribution and distribution networks without additional bandwidth

Ra’anana, ISRAEL, March 26, 2014 NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technologies, today announced the availability of NovelSat FreeBand – a new solution that gives broadcasters free satellite bandwidth for video contribution. Broadcasters who lease satellite bandwidth for their video distribution needs understand the costs connected with the space segment. Unfortunately, broadcasters also need to lease additional bandwidth every time they deploy a remote contribution unit, including DSNGs and flyaways.

With NovelSat FreeBand, broadcasters use the same bandwidth, transmitting at the same frequency, both to send video to the point-to-multipoint distribution network and to receive video from DSNGs and the like. In essence, with NovelSat FreeBand, broadcasters no longer have to pay for satellite bandwidth every time they deploy a remote contribution unit within the footprint of their satellite distribution network. This translates into huge savings in operational costs. If you consider that satellite bandwidth for a DSNG can typically cost $250 per hour or more, NovelSat FreeBand can pay for itself in a matter of weeks.

NovelSat FreeBand

Another benefit of NovelSat FreeBand is unique to setting up a contribution site with a flyaway in a remote location. With NovelSat FreeBand, not only is the contribution bandwidth available at no additional cost, it is available without the hassle of having to coordinate satellite time and configuration details. That lets the remote team get up and running more quickly.

NovelSat FreeBand works with both DVB-S2 and NovelSat NS3™ satellite transmission technologies at the Hub and remote terminals and is powered by NovelSat DUET™ band-reuse technology. While the system can run on DVB-S2 technology, customers can optionally implement NovelSat NS3 to achieve up to 40% higher spectral efficiency. By transmitting video well below the noise floor of the remote terminals, the remote transmissions can be received by the NovelSat FreeBand modem without interfering with outbound video transmission to the distribution network.

NovelSat FreeBand causes no significant signal degradation and no additional delay to either downlink or uplink signals. In fact, when NovelSat NS3 is implemented in the NovelSat FreeBand modems, the signals benefit additionally from superior resilience to interference and jamming, weather fluctuations and phase noise.

A prerequisite for NovelSat FreeBand is that the antenna at the distribution hub be larger than the remote antenna. For example, a 7m hub antenna with 2.4m remote antennas are supported along with wider antenna ratios.

“Although the technologies developed for the NovelSat FreeBand solution are sophisticated, this is an easy way for broadcasters to stop paying for extra bandwidth,” said Dan Peleg, NovelSat VP R&D. “For broadcasters using NovelSat satellite modems for video distribution, NovelSat FreeBand will be like cashing in a coupon for free bandwidth every time they deploy a DSNG or a flyaway.”

Together, NovelSat NS3 and NovelSat DUET technologies in the NovelSat FreeBand solution offer the world’s most robust, bandwidth efficient and most scalable satellite transmission technology, capable of delivering from 100Kbps up to 425Mbps in each direction on a single modem.


About NovelSat
NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing the next-generation modulation standard for satellite communications. NovelSat NS3™ technology – encompassing ultra-high end modulators, demodulators, modems and ASICs – essentially replaces DVB-S2 as the industry standard. NovelSat delivers the fastest data rates, the widest pipe and the most compelling ROI. That means you get the best performance at the lowest costs, resulting in the highest profits. Learn more about the rapidly-growing list of global broadcasters, communications service providers, defense contractors and systems integrators already maximizing satellite capacity with NovelSat NS3 at

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