Digistor has recently completed a refresh of the Dejero cellular blended technology at Network 10 and helped them deploy the latest EnGo and WayPoint equipment at their news operations in Australia.
Network 10 compared alternatives and were most impressed with the Dejero solution and how it would continue to help them efficiently capture breaking news.
They had already recognised the growing value of cellular bonded technology and how it was set to transform the delivery of broadcast quality live feeds from anywhere in the world; cost-effectively, conveniently and with much greater flexibility.
With that in mind, Network 10 carried out extensive evaluations of alternate technology before committing to an entire fleet of Dejero EnGo transmitters and WayPoint receivers.
On the increasing prevalence of blended cellular technology, Network 10 BCC Supervisor Rafael Oort explained, “It’s always hard to predict live cross windows in breaking news so booking in satellite windows, as we previously did, became expensive and inefficient and we needed an alternative.”
Oort continued, “It could be rapidly deployed while delivering low latency, HD and SD formats and broadcast quality for live or pre-recorded content. The Dejero solution provided high-quality video at low bandwidths, was cost-effective and flexible. It also enabled us to send content either live or via store-and-forward back to the station.”
According to Oort the benefits of the Dejero solution didn’t stop there. He added, “The Dejero’s ability to handle poor cellular network conditions is another major bonus. Then there are further benefits in the system’s adaptive bitrate encoding to automatically minimise visual artefacts in footage that goes live to air. Finally, Dejero provide 24/7 support for our camera crews, which is also a must. Our crews are deployed internationally and need to be able to call for technical support around the clock. In other words, the Dejero solution had it all.”
Oort has used Dejero solutions for some time and speaks highly of their evolution, adding, “We’ve seen the solution improve significantly over the years. Camera crews are doing live crosses from a backpack, and they’re loving the ability to be agile on location without being tied to a long cable. Their picture quality has also vastly improved. We’re also becoming more confident with Dejero’s bonded technology as it has become more widespread globally.”
Having integrated return IFB to remote crews also makes the entire live cross set up much easier to manage from an MCR perspective.
Oort continued, “The crews can power on, transmit and be live in a matter of seconds, anywhere in the world, without having to line up cumbersome microwave links and SNGs. This functionality was particularly effective during the last Olympics where, because of the Dejero infrastructure, we were able to deploy multiple crews and file all our stories at minimal cost.”
Network 10 is using their new Dejero solution for the delivery of live and pre-recorded HD and SD news and sport content and for their production programmes.
Oort added, “Typically camera crews file footage from the field either live or store-and-forward the feed for ingestion into 10’s system for editing. With our current fleet of 20 Dejero transmitters, the solution supplements our DENG and SNG resources and provides more live content from the field domestically and internationally. A single camera person can be deployed at short notice and be live from anywhere in the world. Fast, flexible and efficient.”
In the interests of full disclosure Rafael Oort felt that he could not fully conclude Network 10’s experience with their new Dejero solution without mentioning the role Digistor has played in supplying and implementing it saying, “Over many years working together, Digistor has been excellent to deal with and always understanding of our needs. Much like the Dejero solution, it doesn’t get any better than that.”