The German broadcast services provider Riedel has announced a range of innovative new products it will be showcasing at this year’s SATIS media exhibition in Paris, including the three below that highlight advances in integrating Skype with live broadcasts, network platforms and A/V technology.
The STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface will enable broadcasters to bring any Skype user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. The product is licensed by Microsoft and is intended to meet broadcasters' increasing need for a reliable single-box solution. The STX-200 enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed.
The Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform (pictured), which is based on the AES67 and AVB standards is Riedel's first product of this kind. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is an interesting innovation, as it allows for a standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.
Also being showcased is the RSP-2318 Smartpanel, which is intended to change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate. Designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch colour displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.
Marketed as “The Francophone World Broadcast Event”, SATIS 2014 runs from the 18th to the 20th of November at Porte de Versailles in Paris.