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Marquis’ Project Parking Frees-up Space & Time for TV3

TV3 Ireland

 

 

27 August 2015: Marquis Broadcast, experts in content workflows and media integration software, specialise in moving media.  Marquis has announced that TV3, Ireland’s leading free-to-air commercial television network, is using Marquis’ complete Avid storage management solution, Project Parking, to assist in the management of media on its Avid Interplay and ISIS storage.

 

Project Parking identifies how space is used, removes unused and duplicate media, archives projects and moves projects with media to other storage or systems.  Projects can also be merged from other systems without media duplication.  The solution also monitors how media storage is used, regularly reporting on usage, showing usage over time, plus archiving projects and executing analysis in the background.

 

Eoin  Brennan, post production supervisor, TV3 Group explains: “We chose Marquis because Project Parking provided the best fit with our Interplay set up and it was developed especially for Avid environments.  Previously it was necessary to move media through Interplay and access the database manually. Project Parking now saves us time as the process is automated.  It means we can assign our valuable staff resources to other important tasks.

“The reporting function is particularly useful,” continues Brennan. “The statistics we get back from the system enables us to analyse space used on workstations through a real-time graphical representation.  This analysis enables de-duplicating of material and this analysis can be set as a task to run in the background along with project archives which frees up not only time, but space too.”

Com Hem Unifies Delivery of Live Linear and Multiscreen TV Services with Elemental

Portland, Ore. – Aug. 27, 2015 – Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that Com Hem, a Swedish supplier of broadband and television services, has chosen Elemental software-defined video processing systems to support a flexible and scalable unified headend for delivering linear video across cable, IPTV and over-the-top TV networks.

 

Com Hem broadband, television, and telephony services reach approximately 1.92 million households in Sweden including 625,000 digital TV subscribers. To drive more efficiencies and simplify its cable, IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) TV workflows, Com Hem has chosen to deploy Elemental software-defined video in a unified headend solution that supports both IP and SDI inputs. Elemental Live® systems are used to simultaneously process live H.264 DVB-C, RTP, and ABR streams for all Com Hem delivery networks.

 

“Com Hem is committed to offering our customers the best available content and a high level of service,” said Henri Caddeo, CTO at Com Hem. “By consolidating our headend with Elemental we are able to meet this commitment across all of our networks and to all types of devices.”

 

Only software-defined video solutions from Elemental can offer pay TV and linear TV providers alike complete control of the entire content delivery chain through unified infrastructure. Elemental’s flexible software enables content providers to quickly scale up and introduce new services and features.

 

“We are very pleased that Com Hem has decided to deploy our solution,” said John Nemeth, VP of sales, EMEA for Elemental. “Com Hem is an excellent example of how software-defined video solutions are transforming video processing and delivery architectures through unified headends.”

 

The Future of Video Becomes Reality with Elemental at IBC 2015

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam (Hall 4, Stand 4.B80), Elemental will highlight a variety of live and file-based 4K and HEVC streaming applications, virtualized and cloud-based services, and linear video workflows featuring high-quality encoding integrated with statistical multiplexing and advanced system management. Elemental® Delta demonstrations highlight solutions for just-in-time packaging, ad insertion, DRM for multiscreen video distribution, live-to-linear VOD and time-shift capabilities, such as catch-up TV, start-over TV, nPVR and delay TV. Additionally, Elemental will highlight the industry’s most advanced MPEG-DASH implementation, automatic provisioning of live channels in the cloud, CDN-independent ad insertion, “second-generation” 4K with high dynamic range (HDR) and workflows for better optimizing content monetization.

 

CAMBRIDGE IMAGING SYSTEMS ACCELERATES GROWTH PLANS WITH REBRAND AND EXECUTIVE HIRE

27th August 2015Cambridge Imaging Systems Ltd, developers of the Imagen Enterprise Video Platform, today announced a rebrand of the company to align with its award winning product, becoming Imagen Ltd.

 

In a further display of the company’s ambitious growth plans it has appointed Jonathan Hebbes as Vice President of Sales, a role in which he will be responsible for attracting new enterprise customers globally.

 

The company has undergone significant change since its foundation over twenty years ago.  In  the last few months alone,  Imagen has opened a new, larger headquarters on its campus to the north of Cambridge; appointed John Pearson – formerly Virgin Radio co-founder and Chairman of the highly successful music app technology “Shazam” – as independent Chairman; and appointed Monisha Shah, the former head of sales at BBC Worldwide and a Trustee at the Tate, as Non-Executive Director.

 

Tom Blake, Chief Executive Officer of Imagen Ltd, said: “We are immensely proud of the Cambridge Imaging story to date and are hugely excited by the prospects ahead. We feel that aligning the company name to that of our leading product gives confidence to our customers and the global market that we are committed to further enhancing our core offering and their video could not be in safer hands. 

 

“Online video is the fastest growing medium in history. Businesses of every size are waking up to the imminent crisis that faces them in managing this explosion of content. Imagen Enterprise Video Platform is the solution; it is the Platform for Enterprises to store and access their video.

 

“Having strengthened our board and executive team, we are perfectly placed to make the most of the growth in the industry, and to keep evolving our products for our global customer base, which includes several household names.”

Imagen has recently had multiple corporate successes, including being named Frost & Sullivan’s Global Digital Asset Management Entrepreneurial Company of the Year for 2015, recognising the unparalleled technology that aids success in the digital asset management market.  In April 2015, Imagen (under the Cambridge Imaging name) was selected by the London Stock Exchange to join its ELITE programme, which is designed to support ambitious high growth businesses and facilitate direct contact with Europe’s financial and advisory community through their unique online portal.

 

LIPSYNC POST PROJECTS FEATURED AT TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL 2015

LONDON, UK – 27th August 2015LipSync Post  is delighted to see three of its post-production film projects featured at the 40th anniversary Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2015.  LipSync provided post-production services as well as equity investment services for London Road, London Fields and Kajaki. The strong showing at TIFF follows the success of seeing nine LipSync film projects at the London Film Festival last year.

 

London Fields, a cult thriller based on Martin Amis’ novel and directed by Mathew Cullen, benefits from LipSync’s equity investment and full post services, including some complex VFX work. The Nicola Six Ltd production starring Billy Bob Thornton, Cara Delevingne and Johnny Depp will premiere at TIFF 2015 in September before release later this year.

 

Documenting the 2006 Ipswich serial murders, the acclaimed adaption of London Road produced by BBC Films and Cuba Pictures has also been selected to feature at the festival. Rufus Norris directed both the original National Theatre stage version and the film production, for which LipSync provided equity investment, VFX, sound mix and titles.

 

Also to be featured at TIFF this year is Kajaki, directed by Paul Katis.  Based on a true story, the modern British war film set in the midst of the Afghanistan conflict features a fleet of CGI Chinook helicopters created by LipSync’s talented VFX team. LipSync also provided full post-production services and equity investment.

Sky News Sets a Guinness World Record for Most Concurrent Live Web Streams for an Event Using LiveU Technology

IBC, Amsterdam, 27th August, 2015 LiveU, the pioneer and leader in IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, has today announced that its technology was central to Sky News’ world record beating UK General Election coverage on May 7th this year. The UK broadcaster has confirmed that it set a new Guinness World Record for the most concurrent live web streams for an event – streams fed from 138 locations to cover 150 constituency results.

 

LiveU supplied 138 units for the coverage – including comprehensive testing – to allow the broadcaster to bring what was predicted to be a very tight election to its viewers.

 

Sky News described its coverage at the time as “the most ambitious and wide-ranging results service available and will ensure customers have the most up-to-date information as it happens”. This included a specially created studio at Sky News’ Osterley location.

 

LiveU units were managed and controlled by LiveU Central, the unified, cloud-based management platform, which enables fleets of units to be centrally controlled using geo-location capabilities alongside a host of other management options.

 

LiveU cellular bonding technology has already changed the way that elections are covered around the world, including last year’s Indian general election as well as those in Sri Lanka and also the 2015 Greek election. 

 

Richard Pattison, Deputy Head of Technology at Sky News, said: "Getting the confirmation email was fantastic and an enormous relief. I had to provide a great deal of evidence to the Guinness World Records team to validate the attempt so I was slightly worried that what evidence we had might not meet their stringent criteria, but in the end it only took them a couple of days to ratify the attempt, which is great news."

 

Samuel Wasserman, LiveU CEO, said, “We were already proud that Sky News, one of the world’s leading news operations, chose LiveU as a key technology partner for the UK general elections. We are even prouder now following the tremendous success on election night and Sky News winning a world record. There are not many that can say that and it’s a true indication of the way that cellular bonding has changed live video acquisition forever.”

 

PlayBox Technology’s New CloudAir Application Selected to Support Tata Communications’ New Global Broadcast Playout Service

Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK, August 27, 2015:  PlayBox Technology’s new CloudAir virtual application has been selected by Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, to support its new cloud broadcast playout service. The new broadcast playout service, originally announced at NAB 2015 as part of Tata Communications’ cloud-based media ecosystem platform, will be available in September 2015 and accessible under full IP-based connectivity control to customers globally.

"We are very pleased to be co-operating with such a large-scale service provider as Tata Communications," adds Don Ash, PlayBox Technology Managing Partner and Director, Sales.

"Television is a tremendously powerful communications medium, hitherto held back by what were perceived to be high start-up capital costs. Tata Communications’ cloud-based broadcast playout service model opens the door to a limitless number of television channels dedicated to specific themes or supporting business ventures of practically any scale.

“We will be promoting cloud-based broadcast playout as a key element of our IBC2015 exhibition activity and encouraging interested visitors to experience a demonstration of the Tata Communications virtual playout ecosystem."

CloudAir from PlayBox Technology is a universal television playout and streaming system designed for continuous unattended operation. Every clip in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or repositioned. Playlist order can be changed on-the-fly using commands such as skip-to-next or jump. Changes are performed seamlessly without stopping current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by a Live Show clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams. CloudAir accepts MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically every known production platform providing AVI, MPEG, WMV, Quick Time or MXF content. Files from third-party servers are natively supported. CloudAir also delivers on-air graphics which can be controlled interactively. Customers can preconfigure the templates to match their requirements, eliminating any need for subsequent manual interference.

Designed for broadcasters and content providers, Tata Communications’ cloud based broadcast playout service is built on Tata Communications’ global fibre network and state-of-the-art data centre infrastructure including a suite of powerful features such file transfer services and the world’s first network-based, broadcast quality video transcoding and delivery services. Through the integration of CloudAir by Playbox Technology, Tata Communications’ broadcast playout service offers an OPEX-based service that enables existing broadcasters to target their investment capital where it is most effective, such as in the production of original content. The OPEX model is also perfect for any organisation wanting to start a broadcast channel, whether for viewing on air, online or via both transmission media.

Tata Communications delivers world-class connectivity backed by the company’s leading global fibre network. Today, over 24% of the world’s Internet routes travel over Tata Communications’ network and the company is the only Tier-1 provider that is in the top five by routes in five continents.

 

Gearhouse points the way as host broadcaster at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015

Watford, UK, 26 August 2015 –Gearhouse Broadcast has partnered with production service providers McGuire Media to perform host broadcast service duties at the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. This is the third time in 2015 that Gearhouse has acted in this hugely important role – first at the AFC Asian Cup and then the Australian Open tennis.

As part of its role at the event, Gearhouse provided complete coverage of the entire tournament – from the initial group stages right through to the final. Using three OB facilities on site at the tournament, Gearhouse provided the broadcast with 16 Hitachi cameras – a mixture of SKHD-1200s and SKHD-1500 HD slow motion units. The latest in RF systems were also included on Steadicam mounted camera units, feeds of which were captured into EVS XT3 live production servers. Graphics for the tournament were provided through six Namadgi graphics system.

At the same time as providing these services, Gearhouse also implemented all the broadcast facilities for local broadcasters Network Ten and Fox Sports Australia. Coverage was delivered for these regional feeds through satellite distribution via a teleport which also transmitted feeds to multiple worldwide broadcasters.

Gearhouse Broadcast has been a great partner and provided a service of the highest quality as host broadcaster,” said Marne Fechner, ceo of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015. “Their experience, expertise and willingness to find solutions to all our challenges ensured we had no surprises.”

The tournament was held at both the AllPhones Arena and the new Netball Central venues in Homebush, Sydney between 7 – 16 August and saw 16 nations compete to be named 2015 champions. Gearhouse has also provided technical facilities for the ANZ Netball Championship and All-Australian Netball international test matches. 

ATEME Powers Globo Primary Distribution Feeds

 

SAO PAULO, AUGUST 25, 2015 ATEME announced today that Globo has selected its Kyrion encoder, Multiplexer and AMS – ATEME Management System, to power, control and manage its primary distribution feeds. With over 120 affiliates nationwide, Globo is the Brazil largest broadcaster, delivering HD and ISDB-T 1seg services.

The Kyrion encoder has been designed for contribution and primary distribution over satellite and IP networks. The Kyrion CM5000 is based on ATEME 5th Generation STREAM compression engine, delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates with ultra-low latency. The Kyrion CM5000 is a future-proof solution, with an HEVC software upgrade option.

ATEME Management System – AMS, provides control and management of both ATEME products and over 3,000 third-party products. AMS is based on an open platform, with industry standard APIs. It can control any task and product, hardware or software based, including a virtualized environment.

“The high density – high video quality Kyrion encoder, with built-in modulation and encryption, enables ATEME to offer unparalleled primary distribution solution” said ATEME CEO Michel Artieres “the Kyrion encoder, coupled with the powerful, yet easy to operate AMS management system, enables Globo to save CAPEX and reduce OPEX link”.

TV GLOBO UPDATES SNG NEWS FLEETS WITH NEWTEC’S BROADCAST SATELLITE MODULATORS

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, and SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 25 August 2015.  Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, today announced it has upgraded the broadcasting capabilities of TV Globo’s Satellite News Gathering (SNG) fleet.

TV Globo, the leading Brazilian television network, selected the M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator for the transition of its news feeds to High Definition (HD). The upgrade fits into an all HD production strategy and includes the entire SNG news fleets of the Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia TV Globo stations.

By using the futureproof and flexible design of the M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulator, TV Globo secures significant bandwidth savings based on open standards. The contribution of news feeds in DVB-S2 standard with the short roll-off factors of Newtec’s Clean Channel Technology®, provides efficiency gains of up to 15%. Moreover, this new transmission scheme allows reuse of legacy IRDs.

The M6100 can be upgraded with a DVB-S2X software license to ensure further performance improvement and bandwidth reduction.

“We were searching for the most cost-effective solution for our transition to HD and the M6100 modulator has certainly delivered that,” said Leonardo Chaves, Transmission Technologies Manager at TV Globo. “The product was selected following a series of performance tests which provided very good results. We are a broadcaster adhering to open standards. That’s why the option of an upgrade to DVB-S2X was important to ensure a future-proof network.”

To combat satellite interference, the Newtec M6100 supports DVB-CID and contains the pre-defined WBU-ISOG DSNG profiles. Whereas the DVB-CID allows for ease of carrier identification in case of interference, the easy-to-use DSNG profiles reduce the risk of human error. Furthermore, in 2014 the Newtec M6100 received Anatel certification for DVB-S2X modulation schemes up to 256 APSK.

Bart Van Utterbeeck, Newtec’s VP South America, added: “We have deployed our Clean Channel Technology with short roll-off factors (5%) in combination with DVB-S2 for some time now. We are pleased that TV Globo selected our M6100 starting in DVB-S2 with a migration path to DVB-S2X”.

IBC TV in Amsterdam will screen live weather shows hosted by a guest broadcast meteorologist

In an IBC first, IBC TV will feature three ‘live’ daily weather shows from its studio, providing attendees the latest updates on Amsterdam’s weather for the duration of the IBC exhibition.

The weather content and forecasts will be curated in Weatherscape XT, the multimedia weather graphics platform from specialist weather insights company MetraWeather, who are exhibiting at IBC 2015 in Booth 14.C06.

Weatherscape XT is the current weather graphics platform of choice for leading TV and news brands, including the BBC, TG4, CNN Philippines, TVB Hong Kong and Channels Seven, Nine and Ten in Australia.

The IBC TV weather shows are presented by Chester Lampkin, an American Broadcast & Media Meteorologist.

Chester is currently a broadcast meteorologist with MetraWeather’s parent company MetService, a National Weather Service certified to provide public safety and aviation weather guidance. He is travelling to Amsterdam especially to present the weather shows and expand upon the production process from the perspective of the newsroom.

Chester is a native Missourian, born and raised in north St Louis City. He has BA History and BSc Meteorology from Saint Louis University and a decade of experience in TV and social media.

IBC TV is a round the clock, live linear web channel, accessible via any IP connected smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC. In addition, IBC TV is shown—with sub-titles—on digital screens around the RAI during IBC 2015, including on a massive outdoor digital display and large indoor screens in some of the highest traffic areas.