Game-changer products and solutions at NAB 2018

At NAB 2018, Rohde & Schwarz (booth SL6610) will showcase new products and system solutions spanning many different application areas in the broadcast and electronic media processing market.

NAB Show, Las Vegas, April 7-12, 2018
NAB Show, Las Vegas, April 7-12, 2018

Alongside partners such as IBM, the company will demonstrate how collaboration and joint development can add real value to customer focussed solutions to many of today’s broadcast business challenges.

R&S TLU9 GapFiller

Brand new at NAB 2018 is the R&S TLU9 GapFiller, a rebroadcasting product that makes it possible to extend the coverage of main transmitters (high-power and medium-power stations) in specific topologies that cause shadowing effects, such as steep valleys without the need for an additional fully equipped transmitter site.

Many current gap fillers are complex to configure. They only work well for specific reception scenarios and cannot handle changing echo characteristics. The R&S TLU9 GapFiller addresses all these limitations. It is the first gap filler to feature R&S smartEC, a built-in intelligent echo cancellation mechanism for self-configuration and automatic adaptation to changing echo characteristics.

R&S smartEC takes the R&S TLU9 GapFiller to the level of performance and reputation of a low-power transmitter. It handles complex echo scenarios, significantly minimizes MER degradation, provides self-configuration capabilities and self-adapts to changing echo characteristics.


At NAB, Rohde & Schwarz will preview version 6.6 of R&S CLIPSTER, the gold-standard workstation for mastering and distributing feature films and episodic TV.


Rohde & Schwarz will also demonstrate how its new VENICE-S platform is ideally suited to studio and channel playout applications. The discrete playout server is scalable in terms of channels, capacity and bandwidth. It supports both HD and UHD playout operations.


Another Rohde & Schwarz focus at NAB 2018 will be its R&S AVHE100 system solution for encoding and multiplexing. A compact, yet flexible and scalable transcoding, encoding and multiplexing solution, it offers best in class video quality for premium content distribution, including for today's most advanced video coding standard HEVC – for Over-The-Top (OTT) and broadcast applications. It also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmission.

At NAB, Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate how the video headend solution integrates seamlessly with the company’s R&S PRISMON monitoring solution to ensure efficient monitoring of all streams received and generated, thereby minimizing customer stress.


Another focus for Rohde & Schwarz at NAB 2018 is advanced content monitoring for broadcast and streaming media services featuring its award winning R&S PRISMON multiviewer. As part of its NAB 2018 interoperability showcase, R&S PRISMON running interoperable implementations of the latest drafts for SMPTE 2110 and AMWA IS-04 in a live environment.


Also at NAB, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase R&S RelayCaster for live contribution over public internet services. R&S RelayCaster enables the replacement of expensive satellite links or contracts with CDN service providers, by enabling distribution of content across any distance, to any place that is reachable by Internet infrastructure. With optional encryption, data streams will be protected between all senders and receivers (AES).


At NAB, Rohde & Schwarz will highlight its collaboration with IBM, which centres on the R&S SPYCERBOX multi-user shared storage system. Using the IBM Spectrum Scale file system solution with Rohde & Schwarz storage solutions ensures more efficient storage capacity utilization. Broadcasters, post production houses, corporate organizations and scientific institutes can now implement intelligent solutions for storing their media files based on their needs. The new file system software for R&S SpycerBox Cell and R&S SpycerBox Ultra TL simplifies the storage workflow and makes it more cost-effective.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. March 6, 2018.