Broadcast Beat Magazine 2017 IBC Show - Page 23

facturers to install Carrier ID (CID) within all new equipment as standard and have been looking forward to witnessing the effects. Unfortunately, CID has not quite reached its potential and much of this is down to broadcasters, and other satellite users, failing to implement it wholeheartedly. We must be fair here, however, and recognise that a growing desire to limit CAPEX within a competitive market natural- ly works against the desire to replace non-CID enabled legacy equipment. There is also a lack of knowl- edge amongst broadcasters, with many unsure what actually needs to be done to properly implement Carrier ID. It must be pointed out, howev- er, that if all broadcasters imple- mented the existing Carrier ID initiative for all transmissions, interference could be solved in minutes by locating and alert- ing the source of interference to a fault in their setup or network. This may not be prevention which is, of course, better than a cure, but it goes a long way to reducing the effects of interfer- ence and does not require any additional equipment. LOOKING AHEAD Common sense suggests that by broadcasters working to solve interference, satellite operators will no longer be forced to spend millions of dollars of manpower and resources on a preventable problem, therefore extending both a cheaper and better ser- vice to the former. Sadly, many believe satellite interference is simply not the problem of the broadcaster or not enough of an issue to expend capital solv- ing. The question is, what will be the predicament in 5 or 10 years? We must put solutions in place today to prepare for tomor- row, to predict, or even better, work in the presence of inter- ference. With the situation pre- Satellite interference only affects a minor- ity of services and is therefore often ignored by broadcasters. dicted to worsen by many, more incidences will only compound the issue, and sooner or later broadcasters may find business operations becoming more dif- ficult. No broadcaster wants to experience their first incidence of serious interference during a high-profile, high-earning foot- ball match or the live final of a popular reality TV show. Furthermore, the cost of tack- ling interference and investing in new equipment will surely be offset by the savings passed on by the operator which no lon- ger spends capital solving the problem for users. So, you see, solving interference is a win-win for all, but we must work truly in collaboration to have a hope of tackling the issue. At IBC, we are running a series of masterclasses, aiming at equipping broadcasters with the knowledge about interfer- ence, the tools available, and what they need to do to get on board. More information avail- able here. Broadcast Beat Magazine • • 23