Vendors see the end of a long RF repack process ahead with FCC deadlines being met, sometimes assisted by Special Temporary Authorities and interim transmission facilities. RF vendors are now looking to other revenue opportunities as the repack slows down. (Dielectric photo)
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has received a new TV transmission order from Doordarshan, India’s national broadcaster, to strengthen analog UHF television coverage in the Jammu region. GatesAir, Doordarshan’s exclusive TV transmission supplier since 2012, will deliver six digital-ready Maxiva ULX liquid-cooled transmitters by the end of 2019. The transmitters integrate GatesAir’s APEX […]
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, left Amsterdam last week with three IBC 2019 Best of Show Awards from Future. The winning products included GatesAir’s Intraplex Ascent SRT Video over IP gateway and Maxiva IMTX-70 intra-mast transmitter in the TVBEurope category, and GatesAir’s Intraplex Ascent AoIP transport platform in the Radio World International category. Future’s Best of […]
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil a broadened family of TV transmitters at IBC 2019 (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam) resulting from the company’s recent acquisition of ONEtastic, operating forward as GatesAir S.r.l. in Brescia, Italy. The expanded portfolio both strengthens GatesAir’s low-power TV range and introduces several engineering innovations that […]
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has added a new application to its Intraplex Ascent transport platform to support reliable and secure video over IP transport alongside audio. The new Ascent SRT Gateway, to be unveiled at IBC 2019 (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam), is designed to […]
GatesAir has delivered its 300th repack transmitter. Cornerstone Television’s WPCB Pittsburgh (DMA 24) took delivery of its new Maxiva ULXTE-50 liquid-cooled transmitter late last week. WPCB has been repacked from ch. 50 to 28, and will transmit at 31.7 kW from its new frequency beginning Aug. 2. To date, GatesAir has shipped 11,273 power amplifiers, which represents more than 6.4 Megawatts of transmission power. GatesAir says it has “successfully met all shipping deadlines to date thanks […]
Spectrum Co. and Pearl TV are expected to jointly announce ATSC 3.0 launches involving some 150 stations in 30 markets during next week’s gathering in Las Vegas. Their goal is to build a national footprint that will let broadcasters better compete with wireless companies and OTT providers while spurring the development of 3.0-ready TV sets and other consumer devices.
By most accounts, transmitter manufacturers and suppliers of antennas and RF components are doing a good job so far of keeping up with the rapid spike in demand caused by the repack. But weather problems are causing major problems for tower crews and delaying a growing number of projects. And repack insiders fear a more significant backup this summer and fall.
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has supplied its Maxiva XTE exciter to prominent Australian broadcast entities — TX Australia, Broadcast Australia, and Free TV — for DVB-T2 field trials on Australia’s Gold Coast, just south of Brisbane. Following a trial in Sydney earlier this year, the capabilities of DVB-T2 will again be tested, including in an extended […]
GatesAir has appointed Felipe Luna managing director for the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) region. Under the leadership of Rich Redmond, president and managing director, International, Luna will manage all sales and business development initiatives to increase regional market share and brand visibility. Luna will also oversee GatesAir’s extensive in-region sales team and partner network. Luna is a familiar name to GatesAir customers and […]
GatesAir reached what it called a milestone in its transmitter sales and deliveries for the U.S. spectrum repack with the shipment of its 100th repack transmitter. Hearst Television, one of many U.S. broadcasters exclusively relying on GatesAir for repack sales and services, will take delivery of the high-power Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter for WMOR Tampa, Fla. GatesAir announced an agreement in […]
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, today announced TV and radio transmitter sales in Mexico. Grupo Imagen is continuing the rollout of its FM radio and TV networks with channel partner Escape. The project comprises 11 GatesAir Flexiva FAX air-cooled FM radio transmitters ranging from 2.5kW and 40kW; and a mix of Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled and UAXTE air-cooled UHF […]
Both an ATSC 3.0 single-frequency network (SFN) launch in Dallas and a “model market” test in Phoenix have equipment ready to go and are simply awaiting legal approval to turn on, which could come as early as tomorrow.
Manufacturers of transmitters, antennas, transmission line, filters and other RF components are already busy with repack orders but say the additional funding included in the government’s recent spending bill should greatly ease the process, particularly for mid-to-small-market stations that have been slow to invest due to fears about compensation. Above, a Dielectric APT panel antenna. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing transmitters, antennas and other RF gear or here to download it as a PDF.
GatesAir | Booth N3703 | http://www.gatesair.com/ With the industry’s most modern transmission product line and market-leading share of repack projects, GatesAir is helping broadcast engineers remotely manage and secure mission-critical RF and IP systems to support next-generation media delivery networks. GatesAir will emphasize the future of control and monitoring in a wireless transmission system, and demonstrate a unique, new intelligent networking solution to […]
GatesAir, a global provider of over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters says it, “will make significant strides in interoperable audio networking with the introduction of the Intraplex IP Link 200A, the company’s first AES67-compliant Audio over IP codec.” To be unveiled at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center), the IP […]
The experienced finance executive will also oversee human resources and information technology, while introducing new strategies to improve company profitability and increase shareholder value.
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, says it has successfully implemented the latest iterations of the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS), as well as the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). In addition to these highly respected standards, set in 2015 by the […]
A new deal includes site audits, turnkey solutions and installation services for broadband transmitters at to 13 stations affected by the TV spectrum repack.
GatesAir today appointed Alberto J. Salazar as director of sales for the Central and Latin American (CALA) region. A broadcast industry veteran who has held key sales roles with Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks, Salazar will drive regional strategies and initiatives across a broad territory from Mexico to Argentina, and throughout the Caribbean islands. He reports directly to Joseph (Joe) Mack, […]
GatesAir will provide the station group with Maxiva transmitters and installation services covering 65 TV stations in 44 markets.
In July, Bruce Swail took the reins as CEO of GatesAir as the company’s longtime chief executive, Phil Argyris, announced his retirement. Swail comes to the company having served as CEO of two private equity-owned tech companies. While Swail acknowledges company owner The Gores Group could divest the transmitter maker at any time, his focus is on growth and optimizing profitability, he says.
TV broadcasters have a lot on their minds this year at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. New efficiencies enabled by IP video transport as well as IT technology and next-gen TV made possible by ATSC 3.0 are near top of mind. But no issue facing over-the-air TV broadcasters at this year’s gathering tops the FCC-mandated repack of the television spectrum. Above: Few transmitter sites will require dealing with logistical issues as complicated as those that had to be overcome at One World Trade Center in New York. (Photo: ©2016 John M. Lyons. Used with permission.)
GatesAir | Booth N2613 | Website: http://www.gatesair.com/ GatesAir will showcase a new high-efficiency UHF transmitter range to help broadcasters leverage the new business opportunities promised through the spectrum repack and the ATSC 3.0 DTV standard. The new Maxiva ULXTE liquid transmitter joins the recently-announced UAXTE air-cooled transmitter to give broadcasters two design options with market-leading RF performance and the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. The ULXTE and UAXTE are optimized for channel […]
Tests conducted in Cleveland this summer revealed that ATSC 3.0 can support multiple simultaneous services modes, such as high-data-rate HD and 4K, and highly robust signals for mobile delivery. Wayne Luplow of Zenith R&D Labs recently presented the findings at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium and submitted them to the FCC. Above, engineers inside the van used for the comparison testing of 3.0 versus Mobile DTV (A/153) reception.
This summer, Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck’s technology editor, hit the road to visit the manufacturing facilities of Dielectric, Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) and GatesAir (above) to see how each is preparing for the expected spike in demand for antennas, transmitters and other RF components as a result of the TV spectrum repack. This is what he learned.
Proponents of the next-gen TV transmission standard simulcast Game 2 of the World Series last night with ATSC 3.0 using an experimental license (on ch. 31) and the transmission facilities of Tribune’s WJW Cleveland, the local Fox affiliate.
GatesAir says it has completed the second phase of a three-phase national DVB-T2 digital TV network rollout across the Middle East nation of Kuwait. The transition from analog to DVB-T2 digital TV now covers approximately 80% of the country. State broadcaster, Kuwait Television, selected GatesAir for both phases due to its ability to provide turnkey equipment and services, including the design, supply and commissioning […]
Since it looks like the FCC will have to repeat its two-part incentive auction process to balance the money promised to broadcasters with what is raised from wireless carriers,broadcasters and their technology suppliers remain in the dark longer about which stations will have to move in the repack and to which channels. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It could help sync up the repack with an ATSC 3.0 rollout and provide more time to create the 36-month repack schedule. Some vendors say they could use the extra time to prepare for the expected demand. Read the second part of this Special Report here.