It's the time of miniaturisation. Earlier, Doordarshan's Outdoor Broadcast (OB) equipment fit into a vehicle the size of a bus. Then came the equipment which fit into a vehicle in the size of a sports utility vehicle, with the dish on its top and what not. And now we have a OB equipment compactly packed into a backpack.

The backpack complete with a slender antenna and connected to the video camera can beam the signal direct to the satellite. A boon for the news channels indeed. This latest equipment was used by a news channel in Hyderabad the other day.

K. SRINIVAS REDDY