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Now is the time to move to BGAN HDR

The Inmarsat BGAN HDR service is now fully operational and broadcasters are proving in practice that it meets their needs as a versatile, high-quality streaming solution. Why not join the expanding broadcasting community and combine the BGAN HDR terminals and Inmarsat service with Quicklink technology?

The Quicklink encoders consist of the Quicklink Backpack, Mac or Windows Live or 3008 Encoder to create a powerful live broadcasting solution for your news gathering.

Using Quicklink with the Inmarsat HDR service

The Quicklink Merlin Backpack Encoder and other Quicklink products have been assigned a unique algorithm that allow users to easily bond two BGAN HDR terminals (Explorer 710), essentially ensuring users transmit in excess of 1Mbps. Users can also use the Quicklink Merlin backpack to  bond 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Internet and Ethernet to gain additional bandwidth and resilience.

Richard Rees CEO of Quicklink comments on the technological progress,

“This further elevates Quicklink as an IP Video Solutions company that constantly delivers quality, cost effective future proofing technology that is customised for the broadcast industry.”

Using the Cobham SATCOM 710 Terminal
The BGAN terminal is the first to take advantage of Inmarsat’s new streaming service (High Data Rate). The Explorer 710 delivers high-speed, ultra-portable satellite streaming for broadcasting and other IP-based industry applications. Combining Quicklink with the terminal will enable users a light, compact, tough and incredibly reliable solution. This also opens more possibilities for connecting devices and offering more flexibility. It is ultra-portable, enabling fast setup within minutes of arriving on scene.

Broadcasters have started using it
According to Inmarsat we are already seeing new types of programmes being broadcast thanks to the Inmarsat BGAN HDR.

“Leading international broadcasters have taken advantage of the new service to provide content for entertainment programmes because of the superior picture quality it enables — and in one case BGAN HDR was used for an entire programme.” explains Martin Turner, Director of Media Business at Inmarsat.

Try before you buy

With the combination of Quicklink’s unique bonding algorithm, and Inmarsat’s BGAN HDR’s speed and value for money, there really is no better time to start using this combined package.

Contact Quicklink today where we can tailor the solution specifically to your needs and organise a demonstration for your company.

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Quicklink incorporates Zendesk to improve customer relationships

With over 13 years’ experience in the broadcasting sector, Quicklink has constantly improved on its products and services delivering consistent quality and reliability. We have always been commended for our technical support from our customers and now Quicklink is refining how it answers your requests by incorporating Zendesk into the system.

Zendesk is a customer services platform. It has been designed by companies that want to focus on customer relationships. By using this platform, Quicklink can supply you with great one to one support resulting in a much thorough engagement that is more targeted, productive and personal.

It does not matter if you’re a current Quicklink customer, anyone can sign up and log into the Quicklink helpdesk portal and start viewing FAQ’s and announcements. By emailing or using the customer portal you will be assigned a ticket number which allows you to view Quicklink’s progress with your problem. Your companies’ requests and enquiries can also be viewed simultaneously.

Do you have a Technical Question for Quicklink? Sign up now and join the ever expanding broadcasting community.

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Al Jazeera and Quicklink: Providing News to the World

Al Jazeera Media Network is an international news network with over seventy bureaus around the world that spans six different continents. It has continued to grow in reach from using Quicklink technology, which has helped its popularity due to its global coverage, especially from underreported regions. Josh Mainka, Acting Head of Field Operations for Al Jazeera English Channel speaks to Andrew Hoyal about their use of Quicklink.

What were your key requirements for purchasing a broadcast solutions product?

“When Aljazeera English launched in 2006 we were looking to couple advances in laptop newsgathering technology with content delivery over IP networks.

Why did you decide to go for Quicklink?

“Quicklink file compression, coupled with its robust live software enabled us to broadcast from remote regions previously outside the news cycle. We initially used both the Windows Live and Windows Store & Forward version of the Quicklink software and then the Mac OSX version developed in response to our requirements.”

Can you describe a recent event where you have used Quicklink?

“Quicklink has become the main method of field and bureau content delivery for Aljazeera English, utilised on every major news event, since we launched in 2006.

Quicklink has opened up the unreported world for Aljazeera’s viewers, ensuring that we fulfill our mandate of being the voice of the voiceless; no matter the location. In recent weeks Quicklink has enabled Aljazeera to broadcast from locations as diverse as the tragic mudslide in remote Afghanistan, first on scene at the location of the schoolgirl kidnapping by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria and in the foothills of the Himalayas, where 13 Sherpas died after an avalanche on Everest.”

For more about the Quicklink setup and initiative used in the front line, read the following article from Satellite Pro Me

Aljazeera English were the first media organization to utilize the BGAN X-Stream service in 2009.

“Our field acquisition consists of a combination of MacBook Pro-based laptop newsgathering (solutions) coupled with traditional satellite newsgathering. Our camera crews are equipped with Hughes HNS 9201 BGAN units which they used for Live and Store and Forward transmissions from the field with the help of Quicklink software. Al Jazeera English was the first broadcaster to use BGAN X-Stream 384Kbps connections in the field for live transmissions with Quicklink in 2009,”

Read more about the BGAN X Stream Here

What do you hope to achieve for the future using Quicklink?

“Quicklink, coupled with Inmarsat’s recent HDR launch and future Global Xpress (GX) service will speed our remote newsgathering and continue to enhance the quality of our broadcasts.”

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Quicklink and Cobham SATCOM demonstrate Bonded HDR

Quicklink and Cobham are the forefront of a new technological change for the broadcasting industry. Cobham SATCOM, the leading manufacturer of Inmarsat satellite communications equipment, and Quicklink, the leading global provider for cost effective, high quality broadcast solutions are proud to demonstrate the bonding of two Cobham 710 HDR BGAN terminals together achieving IP streaming of 1Mbps or even higher.

About the Cobham Explorer 710

The all-new EXPLORER 710 provides on-demand streaming rates at 650 kbps out of the box. As the world’s smallest Class 1 BGAN terminal and the first to take advantage of Inmarsat’s new streaming service (High Data Rate), the EXPLORER 710 delivers high-speed, ultra-portable satellite streaming for broadcasting and other IP-based industry applications.

EXPLORER 710 also introduces Smart Phone apps to the world of BGAN connectivity, enabling users to wirelessly connect their own devices for voice calling and connectivity. The terminal is light, compact, tough and incredibly reliable. It opens more possibilities for connecting devices, offering more flexibility. It’s ultra-portable, so you can be set-up within minutes of arriving on scene.

EXPLORER 710 is the complete package, featuring touches like a USB host interface, hot-swappable batteries, easy-to-use LED display and multiple interfaces.

Quicklink Bonded HDR Technology

The Quicklink Merlin Backpack Encoder and other Quicklink products have been assigned a unique algorithm that allow users to bond easily two BGAN HDR terminals, essentially ensuring users transmit in excess of 1Mbps. Users can also use the Quicklink Merlin backpack to  bond 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Internet and Ethernet to gain additional bandwidth and resilience.

Quicklink offers a wide range of Live and Recorded News Gathering Solutions including the Mac and Windows software and streaming mobile Apps. The Quicklink iPhone LNG App is free to download and is perfect for use on mobile devices over BGAN if cellular networks are congested. The App utilises cloud-based servers installed on the Amazon Web Services platform around the world, allowing users to take advantage of shorter distances for video to travel before being routed live on-air or archived for later use.

About Cobham SATCOM

Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.

Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions.  When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM’s products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.

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Quicklink invites you to arrive in style at NAB 2014 by experiencing a luxurious limo to or from your hotel to the Las Vegas Convention Centre for NO Cost.

Your travel in the limousine will consist of a presentation from a Quicklink employee along with an opportunity to talk about your IP video solution needs. All you need to do is click the button below, fill in the form and you’re ready to join us. Hurry, seats are limited!

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Quicklink provides broadcasters around the world with competitive IP video solutions including the Merlin Backpack – a portable wireless 3G/4G/LTE news-gathering live solution – and the QMM (Quicklink Media Manager) – a powerful, IP-video distribution system. Quicklink will also be presenting some new and exciting solutions in the limo at NAB Las Vegas 2014 that will give broadcasters in the field more control over their live video content.

Quicklink offers a number of IP-based video transmission solutions including:

Merlin Backpack

Quicklink are soon to release a new powerhouse version of the Merlin. The new Merlin will include advanced hardware that can take the strain of any demanding situation and a software upgrade that really makes a difference.

Quicklink QMM

The QMM is a web based Media Manager that enables multiple inputs from any Quicklink source that has been transmitted via bonded 3G/4G, satellite, ADSL, or Wi-Fi to our web based interface that can be sent and played out simultaneously to multiple SDI outputs.

3008 Encoder

The 3008 Encoder is an industry standard 19” 1U format system, with a solid state drive. The Encoder has been introduced by Quicklink to complement the existing live broadcast options. Using enhanced H264 encoding, outperforming other hardware chip based encoders, the 3008 works seamlessly with the full range of existing Quicklink systems and solutions.