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Spectrum for the audio-visual and entertainment industry

Last update 17th March 2016

In their field, audio-visual and entertainment professionals are brought to use equipment (radio microphones, cordless cameras, satellite, etc.) which requires the use of radio frequencies. Spectrum requirements can differ according to whether they concern the sound or video, recording programs or live performance, the recording location (outdoors, studio or concert hall). Regulatory frameworks established by Arcep are thus tailored to match those different types of usage. 

Audio PMSE

In their field, audio-visual and entertainment professionals are brought to use equipment (radio microphones, cordless cameras, satellite, etc.) which requires the use of radio frequencies. Spectrum requirements can differ according to whether they concern the sound or video, recording programs or live performance, the recording location (outdoors, studio or concert hall). Regulatory frameworks established by Arcep are thus tailored to match those different types of usage.

The generic term "audio PMSE" (for programme making and special events) is used to refer to different technical equipment, typically wireless microphones or stage monitors. This equipment can be used by television, theatres and operas for their production, to cover media or sporting events, etc.

PMSE equipment are allowed to use "open spectrum" in different frequency bands which means without the need of prior individual authorization, but are subjected to comply with technical parameters stipulated by the Arcep decisions.

The framework for audio PMSE

More on the reallocation of the 700 MHz band

Video PMSE (mobile video links)

Mobile video links, or "PMSE video" are used to transmit video signals from portable wireless cameras, which can be located on ground or airborne vehicles.

The use of frequencies by mobile video links is subject to the granting of an individual authorisation by Arcep. The duration of those authorizations cannot exceed two months.

The framework for video PMSE or mobile video links

Satellite news gathering (SNG)

Service ancillary to broadcasting through satellite links are called satellite news gathering ("SNG") and are used for the coverage of news, cultural or sport events (sports competition, festival, royal wedding, etc.). SNG links are provided by transportable ground stations communicating with satellite networks and are using frequencies in the fixed satellite service.

The frequency usage conditions by a SNG link, used in one location and during less than two months, are set by Arcep.

The framework for SNG

Euro 2016 Frequencies

Audio PMSE / Les équipements auxiliaires sonores
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Video PMSE / Les liaisons vidéos mobiles
English / Français

Temporary satellite news gathering links (SNG) / Les liaisons vidéos temporaires de vidéo-reportage par satellite (SNG)
English / Français

Also

ANFR web site