NAB Satellite News Taps IP Via On Call

On Call Communications will headline as the NAB show’s official Satellite Broadcaster, providing the satellite space segment and uplinks for transmissions from the show including live feeds to the major media outlets. And this year there is a first: the use of IP.

“This is the first time we’ve used IP satellite as part of the official show coverage,” according to Michelle Kelly, NAB’s Senior Vice President of Convention Marketing. “In the past, broadcast outlets had to set up their own uplinks. On Call’s IP satellite is cutting-edge technology that will expand the coverage of the show to a much wider audience and we couldn’t be happier.”

“We are thrilled to be asked to play such an important role in this year’s NAB,” responded On Call’s CEO Jim Gilbert. On Call’s newest satellite news gathering system, dubbed The QuickSPOT Solution, will be used for NAB’s needs.

“It’s kind of like a Swiss army knife for broadcasters,” says Gilbert. “ It not only provides high quality standard or high definition video, but can also webcast, transfer files, and provide IFB, voice, internet access and e-mail all on one easy to use platform.

New features include giving the studio direct control over the encoders, audio and video switches and HD cameras, using an intuitive Web-based graphical user interface,” says Gilbert. “That not only makes its operation even easier, it makes single person live reporting from the field achievable, reducing crew and cost for networks and affiliates. “

On Call Communications will exhibit at NAB 2011 April  11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The exhibit booth features an insert studio and a live uplink. Attendees are welcome to visit the booth  (OE910) to watch the IP/DVB system in action as it transmits from the show.