The ORF had the requirement for six SNG vans, each equipped with the technology to stream high quality video and audio content, with as small a delay as possible, from anywhere in Austria to anyone of its nine studios located throughout the country and to its main studio based in Vienna. Multi-point distribution was key for the project, with each van capable of transmitting to all studios at the same time, if necessary.
In addition, due to the diverse geography in the country and weather conditions, ORF wanted the vans to be able to transmit via 3G/4G cellular technology as a fail over should the KA-SAT be affected.
The project was put out to tender in Europe, with a heavy emphasis on looking for a provider that could deliver a high-quality video encoding capability.
The tender was awarded to SATCOM, a German-based company with a 25-year reputation in television production and designing OB vehicles for news gathering. Based on the requirements for the project, SATCOM brought its reseller partner Mobile Viewpoint on board.
Working closely with SATCOM, Mobile Viewpoint put forward its Agile LiveLink mobile encoding solution to fulfill the requirements of the project.