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  • 1. 214 215TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 09-10/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 • Provee un enlace de TV de subida para los principales canales de TV de Brasil • Empezaron el primer enlace de subida de HDTV en Brasil en 2008 • Operan con siete enormes platos • Tienen su propio estudio de su negocio de TV • Transmiten en 3D desde 2010 Speedcast Speedcast Enlace de subida de satelite, Barueri, SP, BrasilInforme de Compañía
  • 2. ëBarueri, SP ■ 216 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com Seven Uplink Dishes and Many, Many Reception Antennas Satellite TV uplink operator Speedcast can be found in this modern office complex in Barueri near Sao Paulo Modern and very organized is the im- pression you get from the Speedcast up- link station in Barueri west of Sao Paulo. With seven large dishes (we’ll talk more about them later) and numerous other smaller and larger dishes used just for reception, Speedcast is one of the larg- est in Brazil. The company’s customers include among others the TV channels Rede TV and SBT. Speedcast is particularly proud of be- ing the first company to uplink an HDTV signal in Brazil – that was 2008 for Rede TV and TV Bandeirantes. Henrique Antonini is one of the broadcast techni- cians at Speedcast and tells us more about the company: “Speedcast was founded in 2003 by Alfonso Aurin and Luciano Es- teves.” Both of them are engineers and Alfonso Aurin was for many years Technical Manager at SBT, a TV channel that was founded in 1981 whose head- quarters is located in Oscasco, the next town over from Barueri. But the initial COMPANY REPORT Satellite Uplink Speedcast, Barueri, SP, Brazil
  • 3. 1 2 218 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com 1. In a conference room broadcast technicians are displaying on three monitors the live pictures that are being uplinked by Speedcast: RedeTV HD (left monitor), SBT (center monitor) and the still image of Business TV (upper monitor) with a programming note regarding an upcoming broadcast from Volkswagen 2. A look in the small live studio. Business TV programs are produced here. At the moment there’s a broadcast going on for Volkswagen
  • 4. ■ 221220 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 09-10/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 services provided by Speedcast in 2003 were not TV uplinks, it was VSAT ser- vices. That radically changed in 2005: Speedcast completely eliminated VSAT and switched entirely over to TV uplink. “The first uplink dish was our 9.0-me- ter antenna that is still in operation to- day.” Additional dishes followed soon after that; a 7.3-meter dish was erected and over the years four more 3.6-meter uplink antennas and one at 4.5-meters were placed into service. All of these up- link dishes are used not only for regular TV channels, but also for Business TV. Their most prominent customer is Volk- swagen; they regularly keep their em- ployees informed at specific times. “We even have our own small studio here in which these Business TV programs are produced.” Other Business TV custom- ers include NCR, PanAmerican Bank, Johnson Batteries and the Business TV service TV Oficina Brasil. In 2007 Speedcast went into coopera- tion with EUTELSAT. Since then Speed- cast has been operating EUTELSAT’s monitoring station for South America. Henrique Antonio explains to us how that works: “The EUTELSAT technicians can access our system directly from their headquarters in Paris and can thus keep a real-time eye on the signals.” In the same year 2007, Speedcast also ex- panded their technology and since then have been able to process all broad- casts in 16:9. The upgrade to 3D came in 2010. Today there are a total of 34 employees at Speedcast, 15 of them are at their headquarters while the rest are field technicians working with custom- ers. In just ten years Speedcast has made quite a name for itself in the TV uplink field. In Brazil the company is one of the first names you come across in this field. The dishes in the foreground are reserved for EUTELSAT. Technicians at EUTELSAT’s headquarters in Paris can remotely control these antennas allowing them to keep an eye on transmissions from the EUTELSAT satellites
  • 5. ■ 222 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com A Speedcast technician is checking on the positioning of the 9.0-meter dish that is fixed on STARONE C1 at 65W. The smaller 7.3-meter dish behind it is fixed on STARONE C2 at 70W
  • 6. ■ 225224 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 09-10/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 A look in the video control room. Video signals that arrive here from the TV channel’s studios via fiber-optic cable are monitored as is the transmitted signal
  • 7. 1 2 3 4 227226 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com www.TELE-audiovision.com — 09-10/2013 — TELE-audiovision International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 1. In the heart of the system: here you’ll find the 19” racks of the actual transmitters 2. Large dishes, because of their extremely small aperture angle, constantly need position adjustments. This is taken care of by this controller. The set points for optimum reception have been predetermined and with the aid of a beacon receiver the position of the 9.0-meter antenna can be kept perfect 3. The signals via fiber-optic cable land here: Speedcast takes the Rede TV and SBT signals and uplinks them to the STARONE satellite 4. This rack is reserved for EUTELSAT: this is where the dishes reserved for EUTELSAT are remotely controlled. Speedcast only makes the space available; all of the work is handled remotely from the EUTELSAT headquarters in Paris. A small web camera is pointed at this rack so that technicians in Paris can actually see what’s going on and advise when something needs to be changed.
  • 8. 2 1 3 228 TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 09-10/2013 — www.TELE-audiovision.com 1. TV Aparecida is another channel carried by Speedcast. Its signal is received via satellite in this rack and then retransmitted 2. The broadcasted signal can be viewed in the broadcasting room at the same time. The individual reception antennas can be connected here and the spectrum analyzer is used to monitor the signal. The monitor above shows the corresponding TV picture 3. A mosaic monitor shows all of Speedcast’s broadcasted channels