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Listed below are the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) for broadcast events.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a satellite broadcast?

    a) A satellite broadcast is the distribution of video content over a satellite network. The audio and video signals are acquired at the origination point and transmitted through an uplink truck to a geo-synchronous satellite. The orbiting satellite re-transmits the signal to a predetermined geographical area over an "open" or secure channel. Small, inexpensive "downlinks" receive the signal and display the content on television monitors.

    b) Typical components of a satellite broadcast include a production crew (line-producer, director, technical director, camera operators, audio, engineering, and uplink engineer); the production equipment (lights, switchers, cameras, microphones, uplink truck); a team of technicians at the source end and a downlink, tuner and television monitor at each destination location.

  2. Why and when would I use satellite broadcasting?

    a) When most people watch a broadcast on a television set, there is an expectation that the quality will be as good as the quality of their local television reception. With that in mind, satellite broadcasting provides the quality of signal that equals the quality seen on broadcast television.

    b) When it is very important that a large, geographically dispersed group of individuals hear and see the same message at the same time transmitted at a high quality level.

  3. What type of events can be broadcast?

    a) Nearly any type of meeting or event can be broadcast if there is adequate room for cameras, microphones and proper lighting.

    b) Many organizations use satellite broadcasts to make enterprise-wide announcements, to launch products or to publicize significant events.

  4. Can I rent a system at my own office?

    No. The vendors providing the broadcast services secure all licenses required for the communications systems used.

  5. Can I link a satellite broadcast to other communications systems?

    a) Yes, TKO commonly links satellite broadcasts to video conferencing and streaming systems.

    b) Some companies use their video conferencing system's cameras and microphones as a means to acquire a signal for broadcast over a satellite network.

  6. Do I need a studio to use satellite broadcasts?

    No, a studio is not required. However for the best quality, a studio setting is preferable. This is accomplished by converting the venue into a "studio setting" by adding broadcast lights, stage elements, production equipment, and crew.

  7. How can I have a satellite broadcast if I do not have space or room for cameras and crew?

    If you do not have the space to hold a production crew and equipment, we can locate space for you.

  8. Can one vendor handle all aspects of my satellite broadcast?

    Yes, one vendor can often provide everything from venue selection to the camera crew, satellite hookup and even catering. Through TKO's service offerings, you can even get downlink management and maintenance.

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TKO VideoConferencing provides video conferencing rental facilities in New York City, Silicon Valley and throughout the world. TKO VideoConferencing is a division of TKO Video Communications, an industry leader, providing reliable, high-quality video communications solutions for business, government, education and global enterprises. Services include audio and video conferencing, audio and video streaming, satellite broadcasting and event management. Founded in 1995, TKO is based in San Jose, California, with offices in New York City, Washington, DC and San Diego.