IBC 2013: Inmarsat will give showcase its new BGAN HDR technology in Amsterdam.

The Cobham Satcom Explorer 710 newsgathering terminal was shown for the first time at NAB earlier this year, but IBC will provide the setting for the first working demonstrations of the service.

Inmarsat director of media, enterprise and industry Martin Turner said the HDR (high data rate) version of the BGAN (broadband global area network) service increases throughput from 384Kbps to between 450Kbps and 650Kbps.

“Audiences will see the different level of quality on screen and it means that news crews will be able to do more things out in the field.

“At the moment, if [news crews] want to pan between an interviewer and a guest there will be blocking on the screen as the camera moves.

“With HDR there will be a smoother look on screen, so it frees the journalist to move around and cover a story in the way they want to.”

Turner said HDR would cost approximately 5-6% more than existing BGAN terminals.

Tests are taking place this month with UK and international broadcasters ahead of an October launch in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Hall 2 Stand B19