Broadcaster FAQs

Newsspotter

Who is your Newsspotter service most suitable for?
NewsSpotter is a robust KA frequency satellite transmission system designed for any type of production or broadcast team deployment, especially: reporters and news crews in remote locations; temporary press centres; production companies on location at home or abroad; live event coverage and sporting events; entertainment executives; and photographers. The system is also deployed by Military, Police and Emergency Services.

What size is the Newsspotter system?
Compact enough to be carried in a back-pack for Fly-Away use and small enough to be fitted onto a small car for rooftop mounting, NewsSpotter can instantly connect mobile news crews to studios for transmission of live recordings, images and data. Providing native IP connectivity, NewsSpotter is perfectly integrated for the workflows of modern newsgathering operations and is available across KA-SAT’s footprint that covers Europe, North Africa and the UAE.

What is I’m relatively new to this sort of broadcast equipment?
To help broadcasters get the best from the new technology, we offer free training to our new broadcast customers at our headquarters in Bicester, Oxfordshire. The service has been designed to be as simple as possible. It needs just two hours of training in how to use the service. We train them on how to find the satellite and how to use the booking portal, so they can set up the system and get the best from it very quickly.

How do I book transmission time?
The NewsSpotter Service is booked via a self-booking portal or simply via contact with our European HQ in the UK. NewsSpotter is only charged by the time and GB’s transmitted. The ‘Always On’ service is billed monthly as used, also charged by the GB. There are NO monthly fees or pre-purchase bandwidth requirement, unless additional services are demanded.

Does bad weather effect the system?
The honest answer is that it can.  But the weather has to be extreme, and the general effect is the signal slows down, so the risk of falling off air is minimal.  The overall performance of the KA-Sat NewsSpotter is typically > 99.5%, which is better than fixed-line services.

KA-Sat Flyaway

What size does the Fly-Away pack down to?
The stand is quickly dismantled and packs into a two flight cases along with all other modules. The case complies with ‘In-Hold’ weights and dimensions.

How long does deployment take?
Deployment (classified as from unpacking to ‘live’) typically takes less than 15 minutes.

What is the Shoot & Scoot coverage like?
The standard system is delivered with the Eutelsat Solid State Transceiver (E-Tria) and Pro 2 Broadcast Modem which offers coverage over the entirety of Europe (subject to any local licence restrictions) Eutelsat have a licence which covers 100% of Western Europe and sections of North Africa. The system can now be deployed across the USA using the Viasat Exede Satellites.

What are the dimensions?
Equipment case (loaded) weight 34.8Kg; dimensions are: 540 x 410 x 1105 mm approx.
Dish / Antenna Case (loaded) 24.6 Kg, 860 x 260 x 880 mm approx.

Dawson GC-Zero 70 KA-SAT

Who is the GC-Zero 70K for?
The GC-Zero 70K is the perfect high-quality antenna system solution for communications professionals. The very compact antenna means the satellite can be transported easily in most road vehicles, by helicopter or by commercial flight. It is much easier to assemble than many competitive products and typically takes less than 4 minutes to deploy.

How complicated is operation?
Our Dawson embedded software is pre-programmed to search for KA-SAT with the touch of a button. So, like our standard antenna, you don’t need to be a satellite engineer to operate it.

Does it meet broadcasters’ high-demand specifications?
The SC-Zero 70K can transmit IP radio, SD and HD broadcast video signals as well as providing mobile broadband.

Who is the ‘Go’ for??
The Go is designed for the user who requires deployment, but not on a daily basis.  The very compact antenna means the satellite can be transported easily in most road vehicles, by helicopter or by commercial flight. It is much easier to assemble than many competitive products and typically takes less than 4 minutes to deploy.

Cobham Explorer

What do I get for the extra cost of the Cobham 8100?
The Cobham Explorer 8100 is the perfect solution for heavy duty deployment, regular broadcasting on difficult terrain in unwelcome conditions. Typically, sudden movements as small as people stepping out of the vehicle or high wind can cause satellite disconnect. Mechanical impacts as small as 0.3 degrees can lead to an immediate loss of signal. The 1M Carbon Fibre Antenna gives improved signal.

Cobham’s SATCOM introduces ‘Dynamic Pointing Correction’ from its stabilised Maritime Antennas on this new series of Land Comms-On-The-Pause VSAT antennas. Dynamic Pointing Correction ensures uninterrupted transmission when similar antennas would experience a complete loss of signal.

How complicated is operation?
The Explorer 8100 comes with built-in Wi-Fi for easy access to the terminal and the same web-based user-interface developed for Cobham SATCOM’s cutting-edge Inmarsat GX series of antennas. Once connected, the Explorer 8100 provides high performance, continuous connectivity in the field, optimally supporting high definition video streaming, high throughput data transfer and tactical and emergency communication.

AKD Sat-comm Flyaway Karbon-75

Who is the AKD Karbon-75 most suitable for?
Its size, weight and speed of set-up (no tools are necessary) make it ideal for satellite newsgathering teams, exploration teams, disaster relief teams or first responders.

How quick is deployment?
A single person, without tools, can deploy the Karbon-75 in just a minute.

How do I acquire satellite signal?
Once you’ve set up the Karbon-75 you use the Ka-Sat Pointer app to connect to the modem, put it into “Install” mode. Then scan azimuth searching for telephone “beep”. Once discovered you can make fine adjustments to achieve peak signal. The terminal will complete the automatic log-in process and then you’re ready for live transmission.

You say it’s lightweight and compact, but just how compact?
The reflector segments, ETRIA, tripod mount and modem backpack all pack into a single padded case.  The complete case weighs less than 23kg limit for checked baggage and complies with current IATA airline luggage regulations.

 

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