ENENSYS Technologies has released their satellite input for the company's ATSC 3.0 Digital Exciter, Teamcast Vortex II.
Teamcast Vortex II supports ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 terrestrial TV standards and comes as a 1-RU rack exciter that features unique functionalities for a smooth and straightforward integration within a transmitter. Teamcast Vortex II’s new capability allows the exciter to receive an STL stream from a DVB-S/DVB-S2 satellite signal. Both GSE and MPE encapsulation are supported. The use of GSE encapsulation on a satellite link is very efficient, and reduces HTTP traffic overhead to approximately 2 percent.
Today’s DTT signals use version 1.0 of the ATSC standards, which originated from the switch from analog to digital TV in the U.S. in 1996. ATSC 3.0 is the latest version of the Advanced Television Systems Committee standard and is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and represents a major upgrade to OTV.
ATSC 3.0 includes features previously available only to cable and fiber TV. These include 4K UHD, high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut (WCG), high frame rate (HFR), high quality audio with Dolby AC-4 and 7.1.4 channel surround, customized IP-based interactive services, and better geo-targeting targeted advertising and more refined location-based public alerting. In addition to the picture and audio improvements, ATSC 3.0 also makes it possible to watch broadcast video on mobile devices like phones and tablets as well as in cars.
Gilles Toquet, Product Manager at ENENSYS, said that network operators looking to distribute STL signals via satellite to a large number of transmitters will be interested by this new feature. The full integration of the satellite demodulator within the exciter will contribute to CAPEX and OPEX cost reduction for the network operator.
Eric Pinson, Terrestrial Market Director at ENENSYS, added that with this new feature, the company follows a global strategy to maximize the added-value of the DTV exciter platform. The objective is to bring best-of-class solutions for the DTT in order for Network Operators to optimize their network implementation, reduce their total cost of ownership and strongly position themselves in the DTT delivery, market cost-effectively.