GatesAir has won Phase-II of Bangladesh's national HD radio rollout. The turnkey system comprises two self-contained FM radio stations with high-efficiency GatesAir Flexiva FAX air-cooled 10 kW FM transmitters, antenna systems, and all auxiliary and support equipment.

Bangladesh Betar, the only national government broadcaster serving Bangladesh, awarded the contract as Phase-I of the GatesAir-supported rollout moves forward. The initial phase, which covers the capital city of Dhaka, also includes two GatesAir Flexiva FAX 10 kW transmitters and is targeted for completion by the end of 2016. The Phase-II will cover the heavily populated cities of Mymensingh and Gopalganj, with an expected on-air date of June 2017. Both projects are especially notable as the first HD radio deployments in South Asia.

The GatesAir Exgine4 HD radio platform, which simplifies signal flow and connectivity across the architecture, will play a central role in each system. The complete system includes GatesAir's FlexStar HDI-200 Importer and HDE-200 Exporter at the studio; and the FlexStar HDx exciter at the RF plant. The complete system supports all HD radio program audio and program-associated data over a single, bandwidth-efficient stream, with plenty of headroom to incorporate additional services in the future.

GatesAir's ability to also provide turnkey services helped to cement the Phase-II contract win. Along with site planning, design, integration, and commissioning services, GatesAir has and will continue to provide extensive training services around system operation and transmitter maintenance both in Bangladesh and at its Quincy, Illinois, manufacturing center. The low-maintenance benefit will pay dividends for both Betar and the Bangladesh government moving forward. In addition to the Flexiva FAX transmitter's compact footprint – a valuable asset given the limited real estate available in each RF plant – the latest-generation GatesAir Flexiva design minimizes internal parts, with common power amplifier modules and power supplies. This streamlining of parts and size also reduces weight, making single-engineer maintenance a reality for the Betar team – preserving valuable engineering resources for other needs.

Audio-Technica supplied more than 120 vocal and instrument microphones for the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The awards show featured an extensive selection of Audio-Technica hard-wired microphones, plus Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless systems with AEW-T6100 a handheld microphone/transmitter. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability to provide clear and consistent audio quality for live broadcast./p>

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as country music's biggest night and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music. Audio-Technica's acclaimed Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF wireless system with the AEW-T6100a hyper cardioid dynamic handheld microphone/transmitter was used for lead vocals The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4081 phantom-powered bidirectional ribbon microphone on guitars; AT4050 multi-pattern condenser microphone on overheads; AT4047/SV cardioid condenser microphone on guitars; AE2500 dual-element cardioid instrument microphone on kick drum; AE5100 cardioid condenser instrument microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; ATM650 hyper cardioid dynamic instrument microphone on snare; and ATM350 cardioid condenser clip-on microphone and ATM250 hyper cardioid dynamic instrument microphone on toms drum.

NEP Europe has recently stated its commitment to purchase all Grass Valley native 4K cameras for its new trucks that are currently under construction. NEP Europe has been relying on cameras from Grass Valley for years, with more than 600 cameras purchased and used for a wide variety of production projects during that time. When designing the newest trucks that will be joining the fleet over the next six months, NEP Europe concluded that only the new LDX 86N cameras from Grass Valley will provide the best performance and value for the increasingly popular UHD production its clients are demanding.

The LDX 86N camera is ideally suited for outside broadcasting as well as live and studio productions, giving broadcasters the advantage of selecting between the highest image resolution with native 4K or switching to native 3G/HD for all applications where uncompromised 3G/HD performance is required. It also offers the ability to upgrade to LDX 86N Universe functionality, with 6X HD and 3X HD/3G high frame-rate capture, on a daily, weekly, or perpetual basis with the GV-eLicense.

NEP Europe's long-term plans include utilizing Grass Valley's 4K and IP compatible K-Frame switcher video- processing engines and Belden cable in its mobile fleet, with some of its projects beginning to rely on an IP infrastructure for improved speed and efficiency. The company already has commitments to provide UHD production for customers in Germany and Switzerland and expects more of its work to transition from HD to UHD with the five new OB vans, all with Karrera 3-stripe control surfaces.

The five new trucks, which include one triple-expanding unit that can accommodate up to 30 of the LDX 86N cameras, should be on the road by early spring of 2017. All future trucks built for NEP Europe will also feature LDX 86N cameras.

Tring TV, one of Albania's leading broadcasters and IPTV service-providers, has upgraded its playout infrastructure to a combination of PlayBox Technology Neo servers and CloudAir online services. The integrated system provides all the resources needed to deliver 27 television channels. CloudAir integrates very easily and effectively with the AirBox Neo product family; the benefits of that integration include advanced quality control and greater accessibility for content management and playlist preparation. The system is highly secure and gives Tring TV one of the world's most modern playout environments.

CloudAir is a development of the EdgeBox remote playout concept, which is used by many broadcasters around the world. Core software running on a proven server is located at the broadcaster's choice of remote playout center, typically a 24/7 service provider in whichever town, city, country, or continent the broadcaster prefers. Management of program schedules, ad sales, media management, and monitoring are all performed in the usual way on the broadcaster's premises, usually at its headquarters, via a fire-walled IP link.

Available exclusively from PlayBox Technology and its regional partners, the PlayBox Neo suite is based around the AirBox Neo playout server. Designed for 24/7 unattended operation, it can also be operated manually – including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. AirBox Neo supports UHD, HD, and SD in a single server.