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Satellite newsgathering (SNG) has continued to serve broadcasters as a reliable source of delivery medium, with the additional ability of exchanging content in multiple formats across different transmission channels

In this increasingly connected world, news crews need to be able to share breaking news and live sports events promptly across multiple platforms. No matter what time of the day it is or where in the world an event is happening, evolving technology has created an expectation of instant access to information — and in the highest quality video format, says Hans Massart, market director, broadcast, Newtec.

He tells APB: “This presents challenges as the industry moves towards providing a combined media experience, encompassing not only live video, but also radio, social media and online content. As such, existing newsgathering solutions will need to provide the much-needed flexibility to manage multiple video formats and address modern expectations.”

In October last year, Newtec teamed up with Network Innovations, VRT Sandbox and Pacific Live Media, to deliver live stream interviews and backhaul action video clips of the Punch Powertrain Solar Team as they competed in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a solar-powered car race which took place in Australia. Using Network Innovations’ Maverick VSAT service, the crew was able to broadcast daily overviews of their journey from Darwin to Adelaide.

Thierry Garritsen, spokesperson at the Punch Powertrain Solar Team, explains that transmission of the video clips was a time-consuming process, as it included driving up to 150km away to find a broadband connection. Hence, the team required a solution that allowed them to be in live contact with its base.

“Thanks to the IP satellite solution provided by Newtec, Network Innovations, Pacific Live Media and VRT Sandbox, we can now go online and live stream on Facebook from wherever we are, daily,” Garritsen adds. “We can take ad hoc questions from our audience, on top of providing additional action clips for delayed viewing.”

The Maverick VSAT service is powered by Newtec Dialog, a multi-service platform that enables operators to build and adapt satellite networking infrastructures according to specific needs.

Read the full story in the APB October 2018 issue.

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