intoPIX demonstrates TICO implemented SMPTE 2110 IP running 4K live on FPGA CPU and GPU

intoPIX, an innovative provider of compression technologies for live media production, is presenting an exclusive demonstration of the TICO technology running on different CPU, GPU and FPGA platforms with the new SMPTE ST 2110 standards.

The demonstration shows how Broadcasters can leverage the full benefit of moving to IP networks with TICO compression. Known as SMPTE RDD35, supported by the TICO Alliance and in the final stages of the ISO JPEG-XS standardization process, TICO eases the support of HD, 4K and 8K in live production guaranteeing lossless quality and line-based latency with lightweight compression. Used with SMPTE ST 2110, it enables users to reduce both their bandwidth consumption and their cost of operation for live production workflows.

“Broadcasters are really excited about TICO and the benefits to use it with SMPTE ST 2022-6 and SMPTE ST 2110 standards,” says intoPIX CEO and Director of Technology Gael Rouvroy. “The standard is well positioned to deliver excellent performance leveraging off-the-shelf IT infrastructure. This is a game changer in video production, allowing to connect HD, 4K and 8K over COTS Ethernet switches. With this demonstration we are showing the support on both hardware and software platforms. This is just the beginning of innovations we will bring to the industry.”

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2018 BaM Award winners announced

The winners, across ten new categories described by the BaM™ Content Chain: Creator to Consumer (itself unveiled by IABM at the show) were selected from an initial 100+ high quality submissions.

The judging was carried out by a panel of more than 40 non-affiliated, expert judges, each with specialist expertise in one or more of the awards categories. John Ive, IABM Director of Strategic Insight, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Changing and updating the awards categories this year has received a tremendous response, not only in quantity but also in the quality and breadth of entries. Traditional products and services still feature strongly but are joined by many applications representing new technologies and business models. The BaM™ Awards represent a real window on the future of the broadcast and media industry.”

The winners are listed below by category, with the judges’ comments appended.

Create

Sachtler and Vinten – flowtech Camera Tripod Technology

“It is unusual to see such a radical rethink of the humble tripod. A reinvention of one of the most basic pieces of kit used in location production. It is the new gold-standard for camera tripods.”

Produce

Vizrt – Viz Libero AR augmented reality sports analysis

“Adding real excitement to studio coverage and tapping into the trend for AR to allow fans and presenters to analyse the plays and get closer to the action. This will add the wow factor to sports coverage. Great looking graphics and integration. Opens up new possibilities for production and storytelling styles; impact is directly visible to the audience.”

Manage

Prime Focus Technologies – Secure Subtitling Tool for Pre-release content

“A very nice solution to an area where growing regulatory requirements require disproportionate resource to meet. Addresses the real issues with a convincing explanation of how the solution will help address these. Good example of applying AI-like technology. Improves content security. Combines tech, AI and humans.”

Publish

ZOO Digital – ZOOdubs cloud dubbing service

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“A cloud-based dubbing solution helps to solve distance and access to voice talent in a flexible way that shows great use of cloud technologies. It is delivering real results for users. Important to have scalable, on-demand cloud dubbing capability for international distribution.”

Monetize

NPAW (Nice People At Work) – YOUBORA AI 2018

“Puts data at the heart of end-users’ monetization strategy, leveraging artificial intelligence for ad and sub monetization. Includes a variety of possible use cases, including bitrate optimization, personalization and customer retention applicable to different monetization models.”

Consume

NeuLion – NeuLion Digital Platform Advanced Mobile Experience

“Excellent focus on the mobile market. This is the main viewing screen for millennials. Complete solution giving broadcasters the tool to deliver an excellent experience on mobile devices. This is key to watching more video and sports on mobile devices. Interactive graphics / data visualization, video adaptation on smaller screens, recommendations, offline viewing make it a clear winner.”

Connect

Dejero – Dejero CellSat: Connectivity when you need it, where you need it

“Clever and innovative system that combines the best aspects of Ku-band satellite and cellular modem technology into a package that can deliver contribution feeds in virtually any circumstance.”

Store

Object Matrix – MatrixStore: storage re-imagined

“As we move to Cloud services an innovative hybrid approach is ideal for security of data. Enables hybrid on-premise and cloud-based workflows, and support for the industry standard IMF format and media metadata. A high-end product able to operate with the high resolution mastering video formats.”

Support

Sonifex Ltd – AVN-PXH12, AES67 Stream Mix Monitor

“The product lives up to its reputation. It is not complex but extremely functional which the “user” environment really appreciates.”

Project

NEP Group & Discovery Networks – Cloud-Based MAM System for the Olympic Games

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“Using a cloud-based solution as the MAM platform for one of the highest-profile broadcasting events such as the Olympic Games is a brave decision, and successfully utilizing it to deliver all of the Olympic content to 50 territories in 21 languages is a great achievement.”

The winning entries will automatically be submitted for IABM’s prestigious Peter Wayne Award, with the winner announced at the IABM Annual International Business Conference and Awards in December 2018.

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Tata Communications and Primestream partner to deliver enterprise-grade Media Asset Management in the cloud

Tata Communications, a leading digital infrastructure provider, and Primestream®, have joined forces to launch an enterprise-grade Media Asset Management (MAM) solution in the cloud. The new platform enables broadcasters, content owners and enterprises to capture, produce, manage and deliver media content on a global scale.

“It’s no longer viable for production teams to work in silos, with files scattered around on different hard drives across geographies. Our joint offering with Primestream unifies and simplifies Media Asset Management from capture to distribution, helping to meet audiences’ insatiable appetite for new video content.” Brian Morris, Vice President and General Manager, Media & Entertainment, Tata Communications.

The solution enhances the efficiency of video production, file sharing, editing and publishing workflows, and makes collaboration between global teams more seamless. This is because it combines a cloud-based version of Primestream’s Xchange™ MAM solution, with Tata Communications’ cloud storage platform and high-performance Video Connect network. The service also features advanced file acceleration and an expandable object storage solution – ideal for disaster recovery or content archiving – all for a predictable monthly fee.

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“Organizations across the world are experiencing rapidly expanding requirements to share content and metadata between sites at various stages of production,” said Claudio Lisman, President and CEO of Primestream. “The joint offering of Tata Communications and Primestream enables a centralised system that delivers new, efficient metadata-driven workflows to customers across the world. Working closely with Tata Communications is part of our commitment of building the most accessible, powerful and easy to use Dynamic Media Management platform in the cloud.”

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“Sports, entertainment and news organizations are under pressure to bring their global audiences more and more content, live, 24/7, across different digital platforms, and in new formats such as UHD and live 360-degrees,” said Brian Morris, Vice President and General Manager, Media & Entertainment, Tata Communications. “In this high-pressure environment, it’s no longer viable for production teams to work in silos, with files scattered around on different hard drives across geographies. Our joint offering with Primestream unifies and simplifies Media Asset Management from capture to distribution, helping to meet audiences’ insatiable appetite for new video content, and more powerful viewing experiences.”

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NASA TV HD and NASA TV UHD distributed on Eutelsat satellites

Viewers from across these regions can now enjoy exceptional images from the U.S. space programme, including coverage of launches, life on-board the International Space Station, Earth views from space, deep space exploration, the solar system, Mars, replay of NASA classics such as the Apollo programme, and documentaries on NASA’s latest R&D work.

NASA TV HD is transmitted free-to-air from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at 13° East for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and via the 7° East video neighbourhood for viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

NASA TV UHD is also broadcast on the HOTBIRD and 7° East video neighbourhoods, as well as the FRANSAT TV platform via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite, for subscribers equipped with an Ultra HD-compatible TV set. The channel, produced by Harmonic, leverages Harmonic’s latest Ultra HD end-to-end media processing and delivery technologies, with image resolution levels four times higher than standard HD.

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Eutelsat is the first satellite operator to make NASA TV channels accessible to a large and rapidly growing audience base across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Offering an unequalled viewing experience, the addition of NASA TV UHD underlines the continuous expansion of Ultra HD content transmitted via Eutelsat’s fleet of satellites.

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Connekt and Verance Partner to Provide End-to-End ATSC 3.0 Advertising Solutions

Connekt, the AI-driven technology company transforming TV advertising for the connected world, and Verance, a leading ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV platform company, have partnered to develop the standard for interactive advertising formats to be delivered over the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) 3.0 standard.

The effort will provide an end-to-end solution for networks, content owners and programmers to build and deliver a next-generation, on-screen experience for consumers that includes enhanced engagement and interactivity.

As part of the partnership, the Verance Aspect™ watermark technology will enable Connekt to deliver enhanced ads across all devices and distribution paths, including ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 Over-The-Air (OTA), Over-The-Top (OTT) and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPD), such as cable, satellite and telco services. Connekt has built tools that will allow media organizations to develop and deploy on-screen experiences for content, brands and advertisers.

The solution will provide an easy transition to ATSC 3.0 for networks, and will open up new revenue streams and consumer experiences on television.

“As TV revenue models shift, Connekt provides technical solutions, tools and applications to allow networks, content owners and advertisers to retain and grow new revenue streams,” said Mike Fitzsimmons, CEO of Connekt. “In fact, our existing technology has enabled many of the same experiences for TV that we are designing for ATSC 3.0. We are paving the way for the future of broadcast TV advertising, and Verance is the ideal partner for this collaboration.”

 

“ATSC 3.0 will allow us to bridge the consumer experience gap between linear and IP delivered TV content. Verance Aspect provides consumers a more harmonized experience as we transition between ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 environments,” said Eric Anderson, chief partnership officer of Verance. “At the same time, Aspect offers programmers, agencies and brands an open-market, open-standards based platform to ensure scalability and ROI for Next Gen TV experiences and enhanced advertising. We’re looking forward to working with Connekt to create and drive these compelling consumer experiences.”

In November 2017, the FCC voted to allow the rollout of the ATSC 3.0 advanced broadcast transmission standard. ATSC 3.0 uses both OTA signals and in-home broadband to deliver a more dynamic broadcast experience, such as video on demand, interactive services, 4k video and advanced emergency alerts. The result will be an enhanced OTA broadcast experience for viewers that closely resembles cable TV.

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Ericsson Media Solutions transforms Telefonica TV Services

The solution will be rolled out in 13 countries and will be available in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru by the end of this year, with eight other Latin America countries to follow by the end of 2020.

As part of the three year deal, Ericsson Media Solutions will deploy its Video Storage and Processing Platform to enable Telefonica to launch seven-day catch up and time shift services to subscribers across the region. As part of the deployment, Ericsson Media Solutions will optimize current system architectures, and increase system capacity to enable a full range of personalized and seamless advanced TV everywhere experiences.

Angel Ruiz, CEO, Ericsson Media Solutions, says: “Service providers today are faced with huge libraries of content and HD recordings that they need to quickly and efficiently deploy as part of complex time-shifted TV services. We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with Telefónica to deploy Ericsson Media Solutions’ VSPP. This deployment will enable Telefónica to transform its service delivery by virtualizing the storage and processing capabilities of its servers ensuring that catch-up and VOD services are delivered reliably, seamlessly and quickly to subscribers all over Latin America.”

The deal builds on the long-standing collaborative partnership between the companies, which has lasted for more than a decade, and has already seen VSPP deployed by Telefónica in Peru. Telefonica has also deployed Ericsson Media Solutions services in Spain.

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QVC Partners with Imagine Communications for All-IP Upgrade to UHD in Japan

Imagine Communications is providing the critical processing, monitoring and management technology underpinning a new, state-of-the-art UHD and IP-based production infrastructure at QVC Japan.

The new facility, which supports uncompressed HD and UHD signals based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standards, enables the global shopping channel to significantly enhance the buying experience for Japanese viewers through the adoption of a software-based infrastructure that uses commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment.

QVC is one of the largest home shopping channels in the world, with operations around the globe. The upgrade and expansion of its Japanese teleshopping studio production room, which is among the first large-scale ST 2110-compliant UHD facilities in APAC, is part of the company’s initiative to upgrade the agility and flexibility of its technology foundation to rapidly respond to the evolving requirements of the next generation of television shoppers.

Imagine Communications worked closely with Diversified, a U.S.-based media integration solution supplier with oversight of the multivendor installation, to deliver the state-of-the-art solution. A staunch supporter of industry standards, Imagine supplied the new QVC channel with technology in full compliance with the recently ratified SMPTE ST 2110 standard for the delivery of uncompressed video, audio and metadata over IP network.

“QVC Japan required a next-gen infrastructure that leveraged the flexibility and economies of scale of IT technology, while delivering the precision and quality of traditional broadcast facilities,” said Joe Micucci, Vice President, Global Broadcast Engineering at QVC. “It was important that we work with a technology partner that was a leader in the shift to IP and an aggressive supporter of and contributor to industry standards for large-scale interoperability.”

At the heart of the deployment is Imagine’s recently introduced Selenio™ Network Processor (SNP). Both an SDI-to-IP gateway and an all-IP signal processing platform, the SNP provides a full spectrum of capabilities required in today’s evolving production operations, including HD-UHD up-and-down conversion and color space adjustments, as well as managing the High Dynamic Range (HDR) adaptations and conversions required for integrating UHD and HD signals. Leveraging industry-leading processing density, Imagine Communications’ SNP also provides important synchronization and timing functions, overseeing the integration of new signals into the production environment and helping to assure the optimal timing of ST 2110 signals for interoperability with all other compliant equipment.

For signal monitoring, QVC selected Imagine’s EPIC™ MV, a UHD-ready multiviewer that simultaneously supports SDI and IP infrastructures, enabling media companies to adopt a single monitoring solution for hybrid operations.  Powered by Zenium™, the company’s pure microservices-based software architecture, EPIC MV is capable of scaling to meet the monitoring requirements of the largest and most complex installations. EPIC MV offers native support for the monitoring of ST 2110 traffic.

Imagine’s Magellan™ SDN Orchestrator control system was selected to oversee routing management at the shopping channel. The multivendor nature of the deployment required a single control system capable of managing the IP signaling domain and integrating third-party devices into an IP-based routing system. The software-based control system simultaneously supports hybrid and all-IP routing environments, enabling QVC to manage the end-to-end installation with no operational disruption.

Networkwide compliance with ST 2110 was an imperative for QVC. In addition to ensuring interoperability across the multivendor installation, compliance with ST 2110 makes it possible for QVC to work with uncompressed UHD signals, enabling the Japanese shopping network to deliver high-quality video with low latency. The capability of ST 2110 to transport video, audio and ancillary data in separate streams also boosts the flexibility and efficiency of QVC’s production operations.

“Imagine Communications has been working with QVC is the U.S. for the past several years, supplying the iconic shopping channel with core routing and processing technology,” said Tom Cotney, CEO of Imagine, a founding member of the Alliance for IP Solution (AIMS), an industry advocacy group for IP standards and a driving force behind the ST 2110 standard. “Playing a critical role in the migration of QVC’s Japanese facility to IP and UHD is emblematic of our ability to provide leading broadcast clients around the world with a seamless transition to next-generation architectures that are highly reliable and futureproofed against rapidly evolving consumption patterns and ongoing technology advances.”

QVC’s Japanese UHD channel is scheduled to go live nationwide on December 1, 2018.

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