Encoding remote video feeds for Dutch radio

BNR Nieuwsradio
Neal Romanek
July 15th 2016 at 10:31AM : By Neal Romanek

Soliton's ZAO encoder is being used to encode remote video feeds for Netherlands radio station BNR Nieuwsradio

Netherlands-based radio station BNR Nieuwsradio are enabling a live H265 video feed for remote-based shows on location. The station will be using Soliton’s ZAO encoder.

BNR Nieuwsradio broadcasts all day news radio programming across the whole of the Netherlands and were an early adopter of broadcasting live video streams from the studio with automatic switching of cameras integrated as part of their broadcast system. While BNR have been streaming direct from the studio, cost-effective live streaming from remote locations.

The H265 ZAO from Soliton is a small mobile encoder that can allow the output from a number of camera sources to be fed into the ZAO via an ATEM production desk on location. The video signal is then encoded to H265 and sent over the 4G mobile phone network back to the studio. At the studio end, the video stream delivered over the internet, will be decoded back to the original video and fed into the ATEM radio production desk. Given the latency is small and can be fixed on the ZAO, it can be synchronised with the audio which arrives on a different channel back to the studio for final combined delivery and playout to the web.

The ZAO supports a number of different mobile phone carriers that can be bonded together for reliability should one of the mobile signals weaken or become unavailable. This allows very reliable routing and delivery of the video signal onto the internet at the remote location without the need for any fixed lines or satellite infrastructure.

Menno Maat, chief engineer at BNR Nieuwsradio commented: “At BNR we recognise that to enable great audience interaction not only do we need compelling content, but we need to pioneer on how we deliver on that. We had been looking for some time on an easy and cost effective method of delivering video from any remote location where we produce many of our radio shows. When we saw the Zao it just filled a big hole in our wish list!”

“Traditionally we have been selling to news broadcasters and sports production companies for their remote live feeds," said Mark Andrews, European sales manager for Soliton. "With BNR investing in Soliton technology, it shows how BNR are now innovating in the broadcast market as a radio news channel. I think it is a very exciting time for them as we see the convergence of radio, TV and news channels as they cross borders, and seeing them deliver on the next generation of radio broadcasting to all media consumers and types. We are very excited to be working with BNR.”