Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

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Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby porterrt » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:46 am

Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby russellhltn » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:51 am

Maybe. But the video distribution system of most meetinghouses is not.
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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby porterrt » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:27 am

I am trying to get confirmation if the system is capable of HD, but can't seem to find any discussion on it.

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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby daveg123 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:52 am

No, the satellite system does not currently broadcast anything beyond a 480i SD frame. I do believe the church is mulling some higher definition satellite options, but there are no imminent changes that I'm aware of.

While the receivers are capable, there would likely be additional BW/uplink expense on G-19 and G-28, along with the expense of upgrading thousands of buildings with HD video distribution equipment. I doubt it will happen any time soon...

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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby aaronrsmith » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:07 pm

Sometime last year I spoke with one if the conference center tech guys. He made it sound like a budgetary issue. The tech guys want HD of course.

The receivers in chapels all downconvert, so no immediate building upgrade would be required, but relatively few meetinghouses could take advantage of HD at first.

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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby jacobleebaker » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:17 pm

We use HDMI out of the Sat to Ethernet (one to many) https://www.jtechdigital.com/j-tech-digital-r-proav-r-unlimited-n-x-n-hdmi-over-ethernet-cat6-extender-by-single-ethernet-cable-up-to-400ft-receiver.html
This allows for full HD once the church Satellite system is upgraded.
Requirements for this to work is a wired network with gigabit switches. (I would suggest dumb switches separated from the wireless network)
Bonus, no expensive HDMI cables just cheap network cables and Nth number of projectors or TVs.
We broadcast over the network both English and Spanish by streaming one or both, then configuring receivers to the appropriate feed.

In my opinion if the church wanted to go to HD, just stream at a higher resolution.
I would create a controlled access hosting that would reduce cost because only meeting houses would be using it.
Audio could be split off so any individual language can be paired with the video.
Use raspberry pi's to connect to the network (controlled image and cheap $36.37/each+$3 HDMI cable/per language)
Shift satellite receivers to locations that do not have the network provider bandwidth for streaming or downloading.

+Less equipment for FM to maintain
+Less electricity (not running all the time)
+Any number of languages can be viewed simultaneously at a meeting house
+Cheaper equipment and easily replaced
+More locations could have access to conferences and regional broadcasts.

-More reliant on network provider infrastructure
-Susceptible to government controls i.e. China ect
-Hacking, but not likely due to a controlled Linux image

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Re: Is the Church Satellite System capable of HD?

Postby Mikerowaved » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:25 am

jacobleebaker wrote:In my opinion if the church wanted to go to HD, just stream at a higher resolution.

I believe they already do.
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