The industry-standard KA frequency satellite video and audio broadcasting transmission system. Film or report anywhere in Europe, then share your content securely, reliably and quickly with your content hub for editing.
Trusted by heavyweights like BBC, CNN and Sky News, and used by production studios responsible for blockbusters like Skyfall, Die Hard 5 and Captain Phillips. Newspotter and the KA Pro Data Service is the perfect solution for reporters and news crews, temporary press centres, production companies all over the world, live events, entertainment executives and photographers.
10 Mbps guaranteed
This speed is on an uncontended connection that means a reliable platform for content delivery and no network congestion issues.
Transmit live or pre-record
Built-in transceiver and modem enable you to transmit live or pre-recorded content anywhere in Europe, including parts of Northern Africa.
Cost-free until deployed
Our Pay As You Go (PAYG) billing means you can access the network as and when you need to, and there are no fees until your system is deployed.
Optional private routing for extra security and "Always on" connectivity to manage and broadcast booking regardless of your location.
KA Satellite Flyaway Broadcasting System
Our most cost-effective solution for mobile broadcasting: the bigblu FlyAway Antenna, we can testify to its reliability and robustness, but we’re biased as we designed and manufactured it ourselves.
The bigblu FlyAway Antenna is our most cost-effective solution for mobile broadcasting. Deployed in some of the most inhospitable conditions imaginable, its stand is constructed from high grade stainless steel and machined alloy, and its reliability and resilience is second to none. The Fly-Away is the equipment of choice for the MoD and several Police Forces, as well as the BBC and the NHS.
Each kit is delivered with dual modems and dual transceivers to give you the backup you need in difficult or demanding environments. Our equipment is often deployed in critical situations, so we are the only supplier who, as standard, deliver systems with ‘cold spares’.
Dawson Go Antenna System
The Dawson Go is Europe's most popular auto-acquiring antenna – and it’s easy to see why.
The extremely low profile (240mm) antenna adds minimal extra vehicle height, while its automatic pointing system is simple to set up and use. The user interface requires no special training but gives the operator full control if required.
The Go is light and compact enough to be fitted to virtually any base vehicle.
It is a testament to the versatility and durability of the Go that the BBC have deployed them on over 70 of their own vehicles. The system is probably Europe’s most widely deployed auto-acquire antenna. It offers exceptional value, needs minimal servicing, and all spares and support are available locally in the UK.
Dawson-Dynamic, the manufacturers of the Go, won the Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation in 2016.
Dawson SC-Zero 70 Antenna System
The Dawson Flyaway Kit is packaged to allow rapid deployment of the KA Satellite IP Broadcast System. The equipment’s will fit into a vehicle and using available power can be deployed in minutes.
The Dawson SC Antenna is a fully automatic flyaway antenna system that is easily packed into three robust flight cases. It is based on the bestselling and award-winning Dawson range of professional antennas used by Emergency Services, Military and Broadcast customers all over Europe. It is just made easier to use and in a way that allows us to offer the same quality at a better price than the competition.
The SC-Zero 70K solves the needs of communications professionals with a very high-quality antenna system. The very compact antenna ensures that the solution can be transported easily in most vehicles, by helicopter or air.
The system operates on the satellite Eutelsat KA-SAT as well as other Viasat networks around the world, it gives the fastest broadband possible via Satellite, depending on the package up to 22 MB and transmission rates of up to 10 Mb.
Cobham Explorer 8100 Antenna System
This is our Cobham auto-acquiring satellite broadcasting solution, recognised as ‘best in class’.
The Cobham auto-acquiring satellite broadcasting solution, includes 100% duty cycle, 3-axis lock, Dynamic Pointing Correction technology, 1m antenna, and can be operated for five years between servicing. It is considered the finest equipment in its class.
Using lessons learned from Cobham’s SATCOM maritime stabilised VSAT antennas, the 8100 offers the most reliable connectivity available in its segment. Its carbon fibre antenna and MIL-SPEC build quality means it can stabilises vehicle movement when broadcasting in high wind or on rough terrain.
The Cobham features industry-leading fast satellite acquisition, with pointing achieved in less than two minutes. It also has built-in Wifi and a web-based user interface for easy PC and Smartphone configuration.
AKD Sat-Comm Flyaway Karbon-75 Antenna System
The Karbon-75 is the most compact lightweight high-performance KA Satellite flyaway antenna in the business.
Its deployment can be completed without tools, and by a single person in just 60 seconds. It is ideally suited for Newsgathering and Disaster Recovery services.
The precision engineered 75cm carbon-fibre segmented reflector uses long-life catches to maintain perfect surface accuracy even after repeated deployments.
The reflector segments, E-Tria, tripod mount and the modem backpack all pack into a single padded case. The complete case weighs less than 23kg, and complies with current IATA airline luggage regulations. A hard case solution is also available.
The Karbon-75 is equipped with a unique weatherproof modem box mounted onto the rear of its main reflector petal making it ideal in difficult conditions. The modem box includes v-lock battery mounts for two batteries, long range Wi-Fi system, Surfbeam Pro 2 modem and E-Tria. The tripod uses a precision gimbal mount, making it easy to level and quick to point accurately.
Bigblu offers you the option of renting a satellite broadband terminal to give you the ultimate in broadband flexibility, ideally suited for one-off events, festivals, sporting fixtures, exhibitions or conferences.
At your request bigblu can deploy an approved sub-contractor to your event, accompanied by our satellite equipment. They will provide set-up, connection to the satellite, and even manage it for the entire event. Bigblu can also deploy the service with a wireless network if required, and even a crew to film your event.
Our off-the-shelf Pro Data service delivers up to 30 Mbps download, 6 Mbps upload and works independently of the available fixed-line infrastructure. It is a truly stand-alone system, which can be placed anywhere from the roof of a Portakabin to the top of a mountain. We just need mains power, or a generator/inverter.
If this is your first time renting this equipment, we’d be delighted to talk through your requirements with you.
KA-SAT, the first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in Europe, marks a new generation of multi-spotbeam, high capacity satellites. KA-SAT’s revolutionary concept is based on a payload with 82 Ka-band spotbeams connected to a network of ten ground stations. This configuration enables frequencies to be reused 20 times and takes total throughput to beyond 90 Gbps.
The NewsSpotter Service is booked via a self-booking portal or through our European HQ in the UK. It is billed by time and GBs transceived. The Always On service is billed monthly as used and also charged by the GB. There are no monthly fees or pre-purchase bandwidth requirement unless additional services are required.
Bigblu delivered extensive KA Broadcast services to Fox News and Bell Media for the Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Read more about how we helped bring the big day to life here.
Tinopolis, the international media producer and distributor, use the KA Satellite Cobham 1-Metre Auto-Pointing Antenna for their renowned Outside Broadcast Unit. Read more about the Cobham’s broadcast capabilities here.
RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, delivered its most comprehensive coverage of the Irish General Election in February, using bigblu’s satellite news-gathering service, Newspotter. Find out more about the preparations here.
RAW Productions used bigblu’s satellite broadband technology to live stream the events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Read more about the production here.
Film Wifi added the Dawson Auto-Acquire Antenna to their arsenal to help them deliver broadcast and production solutions to film production companies in hard-to-reach locations. Read more about their operation here.
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.
Satellites are capable of delivering in excess of 100 Gbit/s via multi-spot beam technologies, which makes the technology ideal for implementing IPTV networks. The use of satellite spot beams to carry IP is fundamental to overcoming IPTV’s two most significant shortcomings when using terrestrial cables: the speed and bandwidth of the connection and availability.
All antennas are delivered with the Eutelsat Solid State Transceiver (E-Tria) and Pro 2 Broadcast Modem, which offers coverage throughout Europe (subject to local licence restrictions). Eutelsat’s licence covers 100% of Western Europe and sections of North Africa & Middle East. The system can now be deployed across the USA using the Viasat Exede Satellites.
The service delivers up to 10 Mbps Uplink and 10 Mbps Downlink at 1:1 (dedicated).
Bigblu can suggest local partners in the USA.
The use of video and audio transmission is common with any major TV or film production. We’re proud that our video and audio transmission systems have been used to support the production of some of the most memorable TV and film productions of modern times, either through one of our channel partners or directly from us:
Film: Spectre (James Bond); War Horse; Inception; Sherlock Holmes; Captain America; X-Men: First Class; Gravity; Captain Phillips; World War Z; Guardians of the Galaxy; The Imitation Game; Dracula; Night at the Museum 3; Testament of Youth; Avengers 2; Tarzan; Mission Impossible 5; Me Before You; Eddie the Eagle; The Crown.
TV: Embarrassing Bodies; BBC’s Atlantis; Spooks; Winterwatch; Springwatch; ITV’s Rides;
Broadcasters: BBC News (Radio & TV); SkyNews; CNN; RTÉ