CARLSBAD, Calif., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcast journalists now have a new way to capture, edit, and deliver full HD stories from the field that is more affordable than traditional satellite services and reaches beyond the boundaries of microwave. Exede(SM) Newsgathering is a first-of-its-kind service based on the transformational new satellite system created by ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT). Terminals can either be vehicle-mounted or transported in a luggage-sized carrying case. The service is available in the U.S. now on a select basis with general availability by the end of this year.
"This new service on the Exede network platform builds on the January launch of our transformational broadband network," said Stephanie Copeland, COO for the ViaSat services group. "Now we're extending the economic and performance benefits of high-capacity Ka-band satellites to portable and nomadic applications, and national broadcasters involved in our initial trials are providing great feedback."
High-capacity satellite broadens the opportunities for news gathering:
Affordable bandwidth, compact terminals, and smaller vehicles enable more reporters to be in more places at once within the same budget
Bandwidth capacity "depth" reduces the need to compete for limited bandwidth with other on-scene reporters, unlike the limited, thin layer of coverage provided by microwave and other technologies
Teams can capture breaking news and build stories in metropolitan areas, at remote sites, or even in the event of a natural disaster when there is no electricity, cell connections, or vehicle access:
Transmit full HD video
Receive additional footage from the station
Two-way high-speed broadband connection for crew communications and workflow
Enrich news content and submit a complete package right from the field
See Exede Newsgathering at the NAB 2012 show in Las Vegas, April 16-19. On display will be a news van in booth OE1548, and a small crew vehicle and portable terminal in Central Plaza near the main show entrance.
ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede(SM) by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cyber security products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat has established a number of worldwide locations for customer service, network operations, and technology development.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, particularly statements regarding the date of availability for the service. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the defense industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.