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.)
Sinclair Broadcast Group has purchased an R&S THU9evo high-power UHF transmitter from Rohde & Schwarz, which will be installed later this year as part of the company’s compliance with the upcoming FCC repack. Rohde & Schwarz will showcase the new transmitter during the 2017 NAB Show (Booth SL1205), which runs April 24-27 in Las Vegas. […]
Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark | Booth C4309 | Website: www.comarktv.com. Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems, and associated field services for over 45 years, has announced the introduction of the Repack Optimized E-Compact series of high efficiency air cooled solid state UHF DTV transmitters. E-Compact air cooled DTV […]
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 […]
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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark | Booth C4309 | Website: www.comarktv.com Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark will show its Parallax for VHF band 3. Parallax is a transmitter that is ready for the upcoming broadcast spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0. Parallax has the flexibility to ensure top-notch performance for large and small stations. It is the industry’s next […]
DTC | Booth C7137 | Website: www.domotactical.com Domo Broadcast, a subdivision of Domo Tactical Communications will feature its new Broadcast Nano HD transmitter, PRORXD 8-Way Diversity RF wireless receiver platform, and improved bi-directional camera controls. Domo will also welcome Maryland-based broadcast technology specialists 3G Wireless to its booth, who deployed a range of on-board camera […]
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.
A suspect who broke into a transmitter facility on Sandia Peak near Albuquerque, N.M., remains on the loose, and it appears the individual brought enough fuel to literally blow every broadcaster off the mountain. It is an attempted act of domestic terrorism and had the efforts been successful, all broadcast television and radio stations in the Albuquerque metro area could have been knocked off the air.
Rohde & Schwarz says its new THU9evo liquid-cooled UHF high-power transmitter represents the next step toward minimizing operating costs. Rohde & Schwarz was able to leverage its many years of experience in Doherty technology, which is the key to the new transmitter’s improved efficiency: up to 40 percent for COFDM standards and up to 43% […]
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 […]
Broadcasters are keenly interested in understanding their transmitter options to satisfy the requirements of the TV spectrum repack and positioning themselves for an easy transition to ATSC 3.0 if and when that becomes a reality. Dick Fiore, CEO of Hitachi-Comark, discusses both as well as total cost of ownership, SFNs in a 3.0 world and the importance of broadcasters supporting 3.0 as the FCC considers authorization.
Equipment vendors say that the recent FCC ruling that clears up whether the commission will reimburse TV station owners for relocation expenses before or during the two-part spectrum auction process should mean broadcasters can move forward with engineering studies in advance of the spectrum repack. And those studies can also aid broadcasters in making ATSC 3.0 business decisions.
The latest broadcast transmitter and antenna technology is built to see broadcasters through the upcoming repack and beyond by offering new flexibility and efficiency. New UHF transmitters are able to achieve power efficiencies of up to 50% for high-power operation. The broadband antennas will be able to handle many flash cut scenarios during the repack. For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.
GatesAir has been awarded a contract to provide turnkey equipment and services associated with Ethiopia’s national digital TV network. In support of the contract, GatesAir will design, supply, install, test and commission a DVB-T2 over-the-air network solution for 26 new transmission sites, and upgrade systems at 74 existing facilities. In addition, GatesAir will provide a […]
Rohde & Schwarz extends its energy-efficient R&S Tx9 transmitter generation with low-power UHF transmitters that support the DVB-T, DVB-T2 and ISDB-Tb digital standards. The company says its new R&S TLU9 family “considerably reduces operating expense, while delivering the highest availability and signal quality.” The air-cooled R&S TLU9 with output powers from 1 W to 200 […]
New high-power solid-state transmitters can provide a superior alternative to first-gen digital units. They are more efficient, cheaper to run and will be paid for by the government. (Photo: Rohde & Schwarz)
Coming on the heels of the TV spectrum repack will likely be ATSC 3.0, the next-generation TV standard that will, among other things, allow stations to deliver HDTV to mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. But the single Big Stick approach may not be sufficient. To ensure they can reach mobile devices with […]
Many broadcasters assigned new channels as part of the FCC’s TV band repack may need more transmitter power than they think, the RF experts say. It’s all a matter of physics and physical space on towers. Stations that move to lower frequencies will need longer antennas and their current towers may not be able to […]
What issues are likely to keep engineers, managers and other tech types awake at night in 2016? TVNewsCheck’s Phil Kurz offers his predictions of next year’s trends that range from ATSC 3.0 to a serious rethink of how to define the business of television.
GatesAir, a global provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will demonstrate the latest advances to its solid-state Flexiva radio and Maxiva TV and DAB Radio transmitters at IBC 2015 (Sept. 11-15) — including the international debut of the Flexiva FLX range of liquid-cooled transmitters for FM and digital radio […]