Just Add Power Adds More Versatility to Award-Winning 3G Ultra HD Over IP Ecosystem With New Rackmount Transmitter

Just Add Power (J+P), the leader in Ultra HD over IP, announced the rackmount version of its leading 3G Ultra HD Over IP Power over Ethernet (PoE) transmitter.

The new 4K UHD rackmount transmitter, the VBS-HDIP-747, expands J+P’s lineup of devices, enabling integrators to mix and match J+P devices to fit their hardware and budget requirements on 4K HDMI projects.

“J+P provides integrators with a video distribution approach that guarantees flexibility and longevity, even as standards and formats evolve and projects vary in requirements,” said Ed Qualls, founder and president of J+P. “Our new rackmount 3G PoE transmitter adds yet another option to meet those needs. Integrators can select the J+P device form factor, features, and performance they need and easily distribute a mix of video signals up to 4K UHD in one affordable video distribution ecosystem.”

The new J+P 1RU rackmount VBS-HDIP-747 3G Ultra HD over IP PoE transmitter provides the same features and benefits as the budget-friendly, compact VBS-HDMI-707 PoE TX. Both models distribute 4K video with HDR support to seamlessly meet ultra-HD requirements. They also feature HDCP 2.2, optional 4K to 1080p scaling at the display location, two-way RS-232 and IP control, and support for all audio formats up to and including Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X.

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The 3G Ultra HD over IP models can be mixed and matched in the same gigabit network, providing a scalable, systems approach to 4K video signal distribution requirements. The J+P 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitters family of transmitters includes the VBS-HDMI-717HIFI PoE TX, VBS-HDMI-718AVP PoE TX, and rackmount VBS-HDMI-749AVP TX. The 718AVP and 749AVP distribute UHD and 4K video to every zone over a single Cat-5e cable along with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and transform the signals to stereo audio for 2-channel zones.

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The Convergence TV Project Receives the 2018 NAB Technology Innovation Award for its ATSC3 SHVC Based HD/UHD Hybrid Delivery Demonstration

The Convergence TV consortium received this award this year for “For Demonstrating ATSC 3.0 Transmission of UHDTV Using Scalable Coding over Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband Paths.”

At NAB 2018, the Convergence TV Project is demonstrating the delivery of a full UHDTV service using an ATSC 3.0 broadcast path for distributing a regular HD service (2K + HDR) and an ATSC 3.0 broadband path for enhancing the service from HD to UHDTV (4K + HDR).

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There is no simulcasting. The broadcast path delivers the HD signal while the broadband path delivers only the enhancement signal from HD to UHD, thanks to the use of scalable HEVC (SHVC) for audio & video compression. Both paths are fed from a single SHVC encoder providing the base layer signal to the broadcast chain and the enhancement layer to the broadband chain.

Two receivers show the service enhancement. They are a regular ATSC 3.0 TV set displaying the basic HD HDR service and a PC based hybrid receiver prototype able to combine the base and enhancement layers thanks to a SHVC decoder. This world-first demo intends to demonstrate one of the exclusive features of the ATSC 3.0 system approach, i.e. the native hybrid delivery mechanism, which ensures quasi-unlimited flexibility for enhancing the user experience.

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Beyond the efforts of the consortium of seven partners, this demonstration has been made possible with support of Samsung, which provides the ATSC 3.0 TV set for the backward compatibility demonstration. Being fully UHD and SHVC compliant, this TV set is also able to display UHD services when both the base layer and enhancement layer are distributed through the broadcast path.

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Globecomm Launches Broadcast Distribution Platform on EUTELSAT 113 West A

The new platform offers the ability to aggregate video content and multiplex it for distribution on the EUTELSAT 113 West A satellite, providing high availability with minimal end user investment via sub meter antenna access.

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The platform features broad coverage throughout the United States, Central and South America, with the key ability to deliver to the Caribbean — specifically the French and Dutch Islands.

On this integrated broadcast platform, Globecomm provides a fully managed service via its many global points of presence, robust fiber and satellite network, and multiplexing out of Globecomm’s Hauppauge, New York headquarters.

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This platform enables providers to quickly and easily access the Globecomm network, deliver content via highly available connectivity, and service their clients across multiple countries on one beam. The service is ideal for targeting both end users and larger user groups such as resorts and hotels for their own internal distribution. Content providers have the flexibility of determining exactly where they want to hand off their content to Globecomm without the need to customize long haul contribution methods.

“Satellite plays a leading role in global media distribution and is quickly becoming the distribution medium of choice across Latin America,” said Globecomm SVP of Sales Engineering and Marketing Paul Scardino. “This platform provides customers with a powerful, cost-efficient way to meet viewer demand for high-quality content.”

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Harmonic Unveils Low-Latency UHD HDR OTT Workflow for Live Sports Applications

At the 2018 NAB Show, April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Harmonic will showcase its new end-to-end UHD HDR solution for live sports streaming.

The solution features Harmonic’s ViBE® CP9000 contribution encoder for ingest into the cloud and VOS™ 360 media processing SaaS for encoding, packaging, origin server capabilities and OTT distribution. Using the new solution, broadcasters, content owners and service providers can deliver live sports content to any screen with superior quality of experience (QoE), low latency and significant cost savings.

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“UHD HDR is perfect for live sports content because it gives viewers a taste of the action in stunning clarity and detail. However, the challenge is delivering that content for OTT with latency comparable to broadcast,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business at Harmonic. “Harmonic’s unique end-to-end workflow for UHD HDR live streaming offers full support for innovative technologies like cloud, content-aware encoding and the new CMAF standard, enabling a 5- to 6-second end-to-end latency compared with the industry norm of 30 to 35 seconds. We look forward to empowering broadcasters, content owners and service providers as they champion better live sports experiences while boosting business agility.”

Harmonic’s VOS 360 solution offers several key features such as UHD HDR encoding via the next-gen PURE Compression Engine™; EyeQ™ content-aware encoding for HEVC; and UHD live content, packaging and low latency comparable to live broadcast based on compliance with the CMAF specification. By enabling users to leverage the agility, flexibility and scalability of the cloud, VOS 360 SaaS speeds up the launch of new sports channels while minimizing capital and operational expenses.

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NEP Sweden Chooses Riedel MediorNet for Decentralized Signal Routing Aboard All-New UHD Van

NEP Sweden is installing MediorNet on board its all-new UHD/4K OB van, UHD 1, to provide a decentralized and redundant communications and signal routing backbone for coverage of a broad range of high-profile live productions.

UHD 1 features a Riedel decentralized MediorNet backbone consisting of eight MetroN core routers, a MediorNet Modular, 27 MicroN high-density media distribution network devices, and an additional 12 MicroN’s configured with Riedel’s MediorNet MultiViewer App to support comprehensive monitoring. The decentralized network conveniently allows signal I/O to be placed exactly where needed, enabling NEP Sweden to reduce cabling and overall system complexity. Two MediorNet Compact Pro frames are also available for use as stage boxes.

​​”We designed our new van to be a showcase for the latest in 4K and UHD broadcasting technologies, and Riedel’s MediorNet is no exception. The highly scalable MediorNet signal transport and routing system gives us new dimensions of flexibility, redundancy, and reliability, paving the way for the van to support any type of 4K production,” said Jens Envall, Technical Director NEP Sweden. “We also appreciate the simplicity of the solution. With capabilities like the MediorNet MultiViewer App and other built-in signal processing, we’re able to eliminate many external devices.”

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NEP Sweden is installing MediorNet on board its all-new UHD/4K OB van, UHD 1. From left to right: Jens Enval, Technical Director NEP Sweden, Scott Rothenberg, SVP of Technology & Asset Management NEP Group Inc., Rik Hoerée, Sales Director at Riedel Communications, Paul Henriksen, President NEP Europe, Thomas Riedel, CEO and founder of Riedel Communications.

Rik Hoerée, Sales Director at Riedel Communications, commented, “It’s a pleasure to add NEP Sweden to our growing list of NEP divisions that have embraced MediorNet for decentralized routing. With its track record of delivering first-class live broadcasts of all types and sizes, NEP Sweden’s choice is a strong endorsement of MediorNet’s power and versatility.”

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UNBROSSA books capacity on EUTELSAT to launch a new DTH platform for the Caribbean

UNBROSSA (Unique Broadcasting Service S.A.) has signed a multiyear, multi-transponder agreement with Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications for capacity on the EUTELSAT 117 West B satellite to launch its new low-cost DTH platform for the Caribbean, called “Play”.

UNBROSSA will leverage EUTELSAT 117 West B’s prime coverage of the Caribbean region to launch its innovative Pay-TV DTH platform. With an offer of over 125 channels, including 25 HD channels, “Play” will be the leader in providing next-generation video services to the Caribbean. The platform is scheduled to launch in spring 2018, with a broad range of affordable packages.

Satellite connectivity via the Play DTH platform is designed to empower communities in less-developed parts of the Caribbean, opening new doors to knowledge and leading to economic development. Significantly contributing to the reduction of the digital divide, in some of the most isolated parts of the Caribbean, the platform will also be available as a solar-powered solution to reach viewers in regions not covered by the electric grid.

Didier Alerte, CEO of UNBROSSA, said: “This project is a major milestone as it will bring television to many for the first time, creating a significant impact on their access to information and quality of life. Play is truly the first real DTH platform tailored and built for the region.”

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Mike Antonovich, CEO of Eutelsat Americas, said: “We are delighted that UNBROSSA has selected EUTELSAT 117 West B to launch this innovative DTH platform in the Caribbean. The distribution of the islands and their low population density make satellite the best suited solution to connect the population across the region, reaching even the most remote areas.”

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