For several years I have felt that I should attend the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in London, but never quite found the time to do it. After an exhilarating and educational day, I will now regret that I didn’t go sooner.
Single Frequency Networks (SFNs) are a form of broadcast network design where several transmitters use the same frequency channel to send the same signal. SFNs are usually used for radio and digital TV broadcasting FM, AM and digital radio can be transmitted over SFNs while analog television is more problematic because the multiple signal sources tend to produce ghosting.
A year after its launch, Transmitter is developing a real name for itself. A partnership between the BPI and music media company LoveLive, it's a dedicated online music channel designed to promote the best music talent Britain has to offer. The content produced is shaped and driven by its viewers, and optimised specifically for YouTube with fan participation and interactive social media at its heart. Transmitter allows fans to connect directly with their favourite artists and exposes them to both chart-topping and upcoming acts.
While wireless cameras have been used in high end broadcast for years, prices have dropped and there are now a variety of products on the market to suit lower cost broadcasts, and the technology is creeping into events with live outdoor screens and lower budgets.
Its like trying to get to Heathrow in time for your flight. Many of us have to go there by road and the journey will involve travelling on the UKs busiest motorways. Even outside rush hour the journey may be quick, or not so quick or a real nightmare. This is a bit like live streaming video on the Internet.
The end of last year saw Teradek step up the game even more in the HD wireless monitoring world, with its announcement of The Bolt, a wireless HD-SDI monitoring system. The first thing that struck many on its launch was the size of both the transmitter and the receiver.
Twenty-five kilograms or more: That is how much the test equipment needed for testing digital television transmitters a test receiver, spectrum analyzer, and power meter weigh all together. This weight is not an issue for a transmitter like the one on the Olympic Tower in Munich. It is easily accessible with a van and the elevators in the tower. But what about the many gap-filler stations and transposers?
We all watch TV with the remote control close at hand; not just to change channel but more often than not, to ride the volume control because programme and commercial loudness varies from show to show, channel to channel.
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