NovelSat satellite technologies integrated into the Eurovision global network
(4 April 2018 - NovelSat) NovelSat, a world leader in satellite transmission technology, announced today that its NovelSat ProtCASTER DRM solution was implemented as a part of a major satellite network upgrade by Eurovision Media Services (EMS). As a part of the upgrade, EMS also replaced their current satellite waveform, NovelSat NS3, with the more robust NovelSat NS4, further boosting spectral efficiency by up to 15%.
Co-developed with EMS, NovelSat ProtCASTER DRM is the only satellite broadcast content protection solution based on virtually unbreakable AES 256-bit encryption. In addition, ProtCASTER offers a set of easy-to-use graphical tools to dynamically handle satellite broadcast content Digital Rights Management (DRM), entitlement, scheduling and booking. ProtCASTER is embedded in the Eurovision Hypermux Satellite Content Distribution Platform and has already been proven in the distribution of major sporting events.
NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Performance Monitor (courtesy: NovelSat)
NovelSat ProtCASTER Network Scheduler (courtesy: NovelSat)
NovelSat ProtCASTER Dashboard (courtesy: NovelSat)
NovelSat has also reached an agreement with EMS to commercialize the ProtCASTER technology so that it can be licensed to other media distribution players and benefit the broadcasting community at large. NovelSat will also offer ProtCASTER as a new service.
In addition to ProtCASTER, EMS also included the NovelSat NS4 software package in their upgrades. NovelSat NS4 has enabled EMS to achieve about 15% additional efficiency compared with the NovelSat NS3 waveform that was previously used. NovelSat NS4 is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators, which also support and are backward compatible with industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X.
NovelSat NS4, with a ROF as low as 2% and a wide variety of modulation codes, can boost capacity by up to 45% without increasing bandwidth demand compared with DVB-S2. The NovelSat NS4 waveform, like all NovelSat features, is a software-upgradable option that can be installed remotely. It also includes a set of advanced mitigation algorithms and detection mechanisms to handle most types of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).
“As one of the world’s biggest distributors of live HD TV content, EMS – like any company – has to protect itself against the threat of pirating, especially as these methods become more sophisticated over time,” said Oscar Teran, Senior Manager of Technology & Solutions, EMS. “We have relied on NovelSat for satellite efficiency technology for years. Now, we are even more confident that our content is well protected with the AES 256-bit encryption in the ProtCASTER solution co-developed by NovelSat and ourselves. We are confident this will become a leading solution in the broadcast market,” he continued.
“EMS has always been at the forefront of satellite network technology. As a major player in the media market, they want to be sure that they are using the strongest tools to secure their content,” said Efi Levinzon, NovelSat CPO. “Novelsat co-developed the ProtCASTER with EMS to ensure that the solution meets the needs of media organizations and operators around the world. We can scale our solution for broadcasters of all sizes,” he continued.
About Eurovision Media Services
Eurovision Media Services – the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union – has a global reputation and is the first choice media services provider for many media organizations and sports federations around the world. Eurovision Media Services provides innovative services across the value chain from content production and broadcast services to content distribution and permanent circuits. Eurovision Media Services produces and delivers premium live sports, news and entertainment events around the world on all platforms (TV, radio and online).
NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing next-generation modulation solutions for satellite communications. NovelSat offers superior spectral efficiency with its NovelSat NS4 satellite transmission software package, which is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators. All NovelSat equipment also supports DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X transmission standards. In addition to unmatched spectral efficiency, NovelSat offers a broad range of satellite communications solutions including NovelNet – a full-featured NMS for satellite/terrestrial networks, ProtCASTER – a DRM solution for satellite broadcast and data transmission on virtually unbreakable 256-bit encryption, unmatched resilience algorithms that mitigate the effects of various types interference and PCIe-based mod/demod cards for OEM applications. NovelSat solutions deliver the satellite industry’s most compelling ROI and the most scalable transmission solutions from 64Kbps to 850Mbps on a single modem.