[Satellite TODAY 04-13-12] ViaSat
has introduced a newsgathering version of its ViaSat-1-powered Exede broadband service that aims to enable broadcast journalists to capture, edit and deliver full HD stories from the field, ViaSat announced April 12.
ViaSat said its new Exede Newsgathering terminals could either be vehicle-mounted or transported in a luggage-sized carrying case. The bandwidth capacity depth features of the unit aim to reduce the need for broadcasters to compete for limited bandwidth with other on-scene reporters.
The service will be available immediately in the United States on a select basis with general availability by the end of this year.
“This new service on the Exede network platform builds on the January launch of our transformational broadband network,” ViaSat COO Stephanie Copeland said in a statement. “Now, we’re extending the economic and performance benefits of high-capacity Ka-band satellites to portable and nomadic applications, and national broadcasters involved in our initial trials are providing great feedback."