SATCOM Broadcast Technologies


IBC Showcase: This paper examines how satellite technologies have a history of enhancing broadcasting. Newer satellite tech provides immense throughput and robust broadcasts.

Using satellite technology for broadcasting has a storied history that reaches back to the 1970s. Since that time, broadcasters have used satellite technology for remote reports and transferring video from immense distances.

News trucks with SATCOM antennas gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s and enabled broadcasters to cover large sporting and other significant news events. Case-based antennas followed, and these antennas with segmented reflectors and lightweight positioners packed into cases for easy transport to any location.

Today satellite technologies are used to enhance live coverage of large sporting events, world events and weather. The technologies – and the satellites – have changed. Newer technologies enable larger throughput, less power usage, and new and smaller antenna configurations. Newer technologies also include satellites flying in orbits closer to earth, though these satellites are moving quickly and handoffs without dropping the signal are challenging.

Modern broadcasting includes many options, including robust SATCOM, blended networts and streaming smartphone video.


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