LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global news agency, Thomson Reuters has successfully broadcast live HD coverage of the entire Oscar Pistorius court trial, via a partnership between: global satellite operator Avanti Communications, hardware supplier Sematron and Broadcast IP Systems (BIPS). Since March 2014, coverage of the high-profile trial has been beamed in HD to millions of viewers across the world by Reuters and its commercial partners.
Avanti’s Ka-band satellite technology has reliably provided the high throughput and coverage essential for delivering high-quality contribution for Reuters’ IP broadcast. The operator’s Ka-band technology is bi-directional and flexibly combines with 3G to give a resilient multi-path solution while broadcasting on-the-move.
Sematron’s TP100, a lightweight easy to deploy terminal and modem, powered directly from camera batteries. This removes the need for a heavyweight generator. Additionally, the modem has built-in WiFi for even more flexibility for SNG customers.
George Johnson, Technical Coordinator at Reuters, said: “As the world’s largest news organisation, our reputation rests in the hand of our trusted suppliers. Reuters is proud to pioneer global SNG solutions and often, from the remotest of locations. Sharing the same vision as us for agile and reliable broadcast services, we are excited to deepen our commercial partnership with Avanti, Sematron and BIPS.”
Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Avanti Communications, commented: “Provision of seamless broadcast coverage for the duration of the Pistorius trial further demonstrates the flexibility of IP over Ka-band. Avanti is extremely proud to support the world’s largest broadcasters as we continue to redefine the SNG marketplace for the new generation of IP broadcasters.”
Dave Nicoll, Business Manager at Sematron commented: “The Holkirk (a Sematron company) TP100 has proven itself as a truly versatile Ka-band terminal. It operates on Avanti’s satellite fleet to cover high-profile live events in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. Our product is the perfect combination of size, weight and performance to deliver high quality HD video, radio and internet to the bureau staff.”
Helen Brown, Director at BIPS, added: “Our partnership has been an overwhelming success. Working with a handful of trusted suppliers, we are able to support delivery of low-cost, fast and flexible global solutions for the SNG industry.”
Reuters is the world’s largest international news agency providing real-time, award-winning multimedia news content. Reuters is known around the globe for its speed, accuracy and freedom from bias.With over 2,700 journalists in almost 200 bureaus around the world delivering news in more than 20 different languages, Reuters delivers insight, depth and understanding to more than a billion people every day. Reuters is the single source for an unrivalled range of multimedia across general and political, sports, business, entertainment and lifestyle news, with a range of integrated and online delivery options for broadcast, text, pictures, graphics and data feeds. Reuters’ global network of television journalists and camera crews power the world’s newsrooms with timely, broadcast quality video coverage. It offers a full range of options including raw footage, ready-to-air packages & live reports, and archived video of key events from the past 100 years.
About Avanti Communications
Avanti is a carriers’ carrier, selling wholesale data telecoms products to service providers which use them to create networks for enterprise, carrier, government and consumer users. Avanti’s network consists of:- two high throughput satellites in orbit, called HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2; a multiband satellite called Artemis plus a fourth and a fifth satellite in construction called HYLAS 3 and HYLAS 4 and an international fibre network connecting data centres in several countries. Avanti Communications has GEO satellite network spectrum filings in the ITU Master Register for Ka-band at 33.5° West and 31.0° East and for Ka, Ku, S and L-band at 21.5° East. Avanti Communications serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Sematron designs, supplies and implements solutions globally for the Telecoms & Enterprise, Defence & Avionics, New Media & Broadcast and Mobile & Wireless sectors. In Satellite Communications, Sematron is the largest supplier of equipment for ground stations and the largest UK distributor for Timing, Test and Measurement equipment. Its network products help build infrastructure, monitor performance and provide optimisation. In Broadcast, within the Contribution and Distribution sectors; Sematron’s extensive range of compression, transmission and Satellite News Gathering (SNG) products have proven reliability and keep pace with customer’s requirements and the latest technology.
About Broadcast IP Systems
Broadcast IP Systems is a specialist supplier to the broadcasting industry, formed in response to the increased use of IP by broadcasters as a contribution medium. In addition to supplying competitively priced Ka Band connectivity, it offers a variety of hardware solutions available for either rental or purchase. Broadcast IP Systems has the expertise to supply cost effective turnkey solutions, uniquely combining satellite capacity with tailored hardware. The inherent flexibility of IP transmission, coupled with smaller and potentially 12V powered Ka band hardware offers many new and exciting possibilities.
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