Appear releases a solution dedicated for digital satellite news gathering (DSNG)

Appear has recently announced the launching a solution dedicated to Digital Satellite News Gathering. It is known as X10 DSNG.

DSNG vans are often needed in conjunction with outside broadcast (OB) vans to support live production for large events. While fibre connectivity has become more widespread, or associated with live event broadcast, there are still many venues that do not have high capacity fibre connectivity, or require satellite transmission as a backup for fibre.

The X10 DSNG includes a switch module, with built-in satellite reception and ASI IO ports that supports encoding and satellite uplink in a single 1 rack unit (RU) chassis. Supporting both fibre and satellite delivery, the solution provides all the functionality DSNG operators need for contribution, including encoding/decoding and satellite uplink/downlink, as well as integrated reception and monitoring of uplinked signals. It has powe to support 1G to 10G of traffic and also features one encoder module, a satellite modulator module and a decoder module.

The X10 offers flexibility to allow operators to define the number of channels to be encoded and decoded, plus the number of satellite modulated outputs needed. It can support encoding of 32 HD or 16 UHD channels with 4 HD or 2 UHD channels of decoding (for monitoring), while uplinking to one or two satellite transponders.  The solution can support 250 streams, supports common compression technologies and video protocols and additional compression standards can be supported through adding JPEG XS and JPEG2000 features.

In addition, the X10 DSNG can operate against internal failure thanks to its redundant construction. Also it has a high-capacity firewall feature that can monitor and regenerate traffic as required.

“Over the past 18 months we’ve seen more remote productions and large-scale events take place, which has thrust OB and DSNG into the spotlight, and put more demands on operators. DSNG has an important role to play, and we’re delighted to bring a new solution to market that addresses their specific needs,” says Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, Chief Executive Officer at Appear. “The X10 DSNG not only supports fibre and satellite, but with built-in security, redundancy and support for an array of compression technologies and protocols, it is a solution that not only meets operators needs today, but will continue to support them for years to come. It is a comprehensive, powerful solution, and we’re excited to see how it fulfils its huge potential in this market.”

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