The iDirect hub, operating on the latest Evolution iDX 3.2 software will run on multiple satellites including a new SIS Ka Band service utilising an 8.1m antenna at NEP Connect’s MediaCityUK teleport. Combined with iDirect’s new X7 modems users can expect great throughput performance.
The multi-satellite hub will provide iDirect-based IP services to well over 100 NEP Connect uplink vehicles. NEP Connect will also build and deliver up to 20 new Ka band uplinks in 2014.The new Ka band services push NEP Connect once again to the forefront of innovative use of technology to simplify and reduce cost for their customers’ contribution and delivery.
NEP Connect’s engineers have developed a system to allow both DVB carriers and iDirect-based IP carriers to share the same satellite capacity allowing users to maximize the value of their expensive satellite capacity, optimizing service levels and reducing costs. The service will allow broadcasters to deliver from ‘source to studio’ file-based content and continue to use efficient DVB video encoders for low latency high bit rate live broadcasts.
NEP Connect’s Research and Development team are already working on a new version of this DVB/IP sharing system which will use uBook, NEP Connect’s fully integrated, online booking system, affording users full flexibility and immediate control over both DVB and IP transmissions.
“NEP Connect has been a major customer for iDirect for many years and we are pleased to be working closely with them to expand their service offerings. They have taken a very innovative approach to assimilate iDirect into their proprietary booking system allowing them to offer their clients a completely integrated and user-friendly system.” Dimitri Zafiriadis, Sales Director, Northern Europe iDirect
David Meynell, Managing Director at NEP Connect says “NEP Connect Links division continues to push the boundaries of SNG provision and this is the latest exciting development in a long line of innovation and first-to-market cutting edge services. Working with iDirect, we have developed a bookings and IP proposition that is unique to the market place and will appeal to all serious broadcasters in the UK and beyond. Flexing the bandwidth available for IP connectivity, shared by a customer’s fleet of uplink terminals for data and video transfer, whilst retaining the ability for SCPC live critical transmissions truly does offer the best use of satellite bandwidth for the ever-demanding, content-rich world.”