Telecom Argentina to launch web series mobile video platform

Personal announced during the BAWEBFEST, the first international festival of web series in South America, the launch in May of its web series distribution platform.

Personal customers will have access from their mobile device and other screens to an initial catalog of more than 50 web series that will increase every week. Towards the end of 2018, the platform will feature more than 150 series and a similar number will be added during 2019.

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“We want to continue providing high quality services to our clients with the boom of series that characterizes the Argentine market through the launch of Personal Play Web series. In this way, our proposal aims to enhance this habit through a scheme of short duration. For example, an entire season of web series could be watched during public transportation to work”, said Fernando Freytes, Gerente de Innovación y Servicios Convergentes de Telecom. “And at the same time, be facilitators of the distribution and monetization of content that occur in our country, providing the access to a platform on a massive scale to more than 19 million customers.” Personal Play Web series will be available from May and Personal clients can access the catalogue available by weekly subscription.

The platform will also be a featuring space for producers and directors who present their work during the web series contests organized by the INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales), thus generating a new viewing and monetization channel for youth and professional filmmakers. The service was developed jointly with the agency and producer Argentina Libero Media.

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Broadpeak® optimizes Video Delivery for HBO Latin America

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it has worked with HBO Latin America on a comprehensive solution to optimize the delivery of its video content.

Using Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box local video caching solution, BkA100 analytics, and umbrellaCDN content delivery network selector, HBO Latin America can cache video content into operators’ infrastructures, reducing CDN costs and maximizing quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers.

“We must make sure our viewers can enjoy the same high quality of service during peak consumption times. Finding a content delivery solution that can handle bandwidth fluctuations that occur due to the large number of session requests handled by the CDN as a service became imperative,” Emilio Otermin, SVP technology and operations at HBO Latin America. “Broadpeak’s local cache solution has been deployed in pilot operators’ networks to alleviate these issues. Thus far, it allows us cost savings and boosts subscriber satisfaction by ensuring flawless video service quality.”

HBO Latin America distributes video content throughout the region. The Broadpeak BroadCache Boxes are initially deployed over two sites in a Mexican NSP’s network, with more expected in the future. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end-users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bitrates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions. As the most popular content can represent more than 80 percent of the video traffic, caching at the ISP level significantly lowers CDN service costs.

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Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN redirects the session requests to the operator or to the CDN as a service if the session request comes from another NSP. Relying on Broadpeak’s BkA100, HBO Latin America can effectively gather raw data from the local caches and near-real-time analytics about video consumption. Broadpeak’s local cache solution is highly scalable and can easily be added by HBO Latin America to other operator networks in the future.

“We are proud to partner with one of the biggest content providers to offer an improved QoE and pave the way toward creating better relationships between content providers and NSPs,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “Adding Broadpeak’s local cache solution within an operator’s network, HBO Latin America has the capacity to both enhance QoE and drive down CDN costs, making them more competitive in the marketplace.”

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Leading Spanish Newspaper El Pais deploys VINTEN® VANTAGE and μVRC CONTROLLER

Vinten®, a Vitec Group brand and a world leader in manual and robotic camera support systems, today announced that leading Spanish newspaper El Pais has deployed the Vantage robotic camera head and the μVRC (microVRC) controller to bolster its live-video production operation.

Together, Vantage and μVRC provide a space-saving, labour-saving pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera solution for capturing and posting more than 1,000 live videos per month to the El Pais Facebook channel — whether reporting from the studio or streaming live coverage from the field.

El Pais, the most highly read Spanish newspaper online and the second most circulated daily newspaper in Spain, needed a robotic solution for the TV studio located in the middle of its newsroom. The goal was twofold: save space and optimize the cost of staff. El Pais achieved those goals by installing three Vantage heads integrated with JVC professional camcorders in the newsroom studio; operators use the μVRC in a control room in another part of the facility.

“The three words that best describe Vantage are flexibility, effectiveness, and quality. Vantage is a compact camera system that is just the size we needed for our newsroom studio, yet we can also take it with us on location. And it works perfectly with μVRC, which gives us all of Vinten’s broadcast-quality movement and control expertise in a cost-effective system built for small studios,” said Carlos de Vega Gonzalez, deputy director of video and photo at El Pais. “During the Catalonia elections last December, we were on the air for about 12 hours. Vantage and microVRC make it possible to do coverage like that with efficiency and relative ease.”

In a compact and lightweight form factor, the Vinten Vantage enables broadcast-quality video and superior motion control at the same price point as a traditional PTZ camera head. Because it is built to support a wide range of traditional studio POV, cine, and pro-video camcorders from a variety of manufacturers, the Vantage gives users the freedom to choose the camera and lens that best meet the requirements of each project. As the first controller of its kind, the μVRC is the perfect companion to the Vantage, giving the camera head even greater versatility and flexibility for enterprise video capture and allowing operators to control multiple units for various shooting angles.

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Vinten Vantage in the El Pais Studio

The Vantage and μVRC system yields three primary benefits for El Pais. First, El Pais saves space in a bustling newsroom built primarily for gathering stories, not for video production. Second, it can use the cameras both on the set and in the field, which not only maximizes return on equipment investment, but also comes in handy when reporting from live events outside the studio. Finally, because camera operators can work remotely through the μVRC controller — whether the shoot is taking place on or off the set — there’s no need for them to be at the shoot location, so El Pais can make the best use of staff resources.

SDI Video – Sinopsys Distribución Integral integrated the project with support from consultant Moncada. Both companies are in Spain.

“With the Vantage and μVRC system in place, El Pais can create great news and event coverage and live-stream it to its social channels more easily and affordably than ever before, so its more than 100 million unique monthly visitors get the quality they’d expect from an outlet of El Pais’ stature,” said Ginny Grove, product marketing manager, Vinten Automation.

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Deluxe Selects Hybrik for Cloud Transcoding

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) today announced it has selected Hybrik as its cloud transcoding provider for the new Deluxe One platform. Deluxe One is an open platform with modular architecture that allows the integration of Deluxe’s own technology and third-party, best-of-breed services. By using Hybrik’s cloud-based media processing, Deluxe is able to rapidly respond to customer growth and emerging format requirements.

“Having Hybrik as a key partner of our Deluxe One ecosystem ensures that we will always have the capacity and quality we need to support growing demand in both volume and advanced formats like 4K and HDR.” said Andy Shenkler, Chief Product Officer of Deluxe. “They provide us with an impressive combination of scalability, quality, and performance.”

Deluxe is the leading provider of creative and distribution services, and Deluxe One is structured to utilize the global reach of Deluxe’s operations. The Deluxe One platform gives clients access to their content through a unified cloud-based interface, granting them control and visibility throughout the entire media lifecycle. It also offers an open marketplace where customers can choose from a growing list of industry-leading technology and service providers. As one of Deluxe One’s initial partners, Hybrik provides a media processing backbone spread across thousands of cloud machines worldwide to rapidly manage any client needs.

“Deluxe has long been a leader in the video production, management, and distribution space,” said David Trescot, CEO of Hybrik. “We are excited to be working with them on Deluxe One as they continue to deliver innovative solutions to the media marketplace.”

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AIMS Membership Swells to 96 Members Following MNA Merger

Since the organization’s merger with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) was announced late last year, more than 20 companies have joined AIMS.

The following companies have joined AIMS since the MNA merger, bringing the total number of member organizations to 96: ALC Networx, Attero Tech, Alteros Inc., Axis, the BBC, Bosch, Digigram, Direct Out, DongGuan 3G Audio Technology Co. Ltd., Focusrite, Genelec, Hangzhou Linker Technology, Luminex, LYNX- Technik, Mellanox, Merging Technologies, Ningbo Soundking, QSC, Suzhou FITCAN, TOA, Ward-Beck Systems, Wheatstone Corporation, and Yamaha.

The former MNA organization was focused on AES67 interoperability, and its membership included companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. After a two-year history of collaboration, the MNA and AIMS memberships voted to merge last December and form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The new joint organization has retained the AIMS name and is governed by the existing AIMS bylaws. Through the merger, former MNA members are now working through AIMS on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability.

“Like AIMS, MNA members were committed to adopting a standards-based approach to interoperability. In their case, it was interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67, and they made tremendous strides toward that goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “By merging with AIMS, these companies are having even broader impact on the industries they serve — and they’re a driving force behind true industry-wide AV IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We’re proud to welcome former MNA member companies to the AIMS fold, and with their input we’re continuing to expand our influence across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry.”

Qligent Caps Successful 2018 NAB Show with ‘Best of Show’ Award for Match Programmatic Error Detection Software

The continued evolution of Qligent as a market leader in cloud-based, software-defined compliance, QoS and QoE monitoring and analysis workflows was on center stage at the 2018 NAB Show, as the company accepted its first NewBay Best of Show Award for its Match programmatic error detection software.

The award was presented by NewBay’s TV Technology, the digital television authority serving the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets.

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Accepting the award at the 2018 NAB Show from left: Qligent CEO Eugene Shchemelev, COO Ted Korte, and VP Business Development Andrey Gaynulin

As the latest software addition to its flagship Vision platform, Match delivers real-time detection of programmatic and playout errors across multiple content delivery platforms. An automated solution that monitors by exception, Vision Match can mine, compare, and analyze a tremendous amount of data and relay just the most meaningful information to those responsible for the content’s brand reputation.

Match finds programmatic discrepancies like these by decoding from any signal source, such as RF, IP, Transport, baseband (HDSDI), etc., back to baseband video and audio, and then comparing that to ancillary reference data that was captured of that program in its native state prior to distribution. When combined with other Vision modules, additional analysis can be conducted such as whether proper closed captioning was displayed, audio loudness compliance, whether intended watermarks were present, verification of proper DPI trigger insertion, and percentage-based quality degradation from the original material.

“Without Match, as long as the video is playing out smoothly, a third-party network operator would have no way of knowing that they’re actually airing the wrong show, or other content-related problems,” said Ted Korte, Qligent COO. “Since nothing is technically wrong with the signal that would trigger alarms, the problem could go on for quite some time, often until a viewer calls to complain. The elegant and automated workflow of Match makes addressing these multi-platform delivery assurance problems simple and economically feasible.”

When Match detects a programmatic error or mismatch, it automatically alerts on-duty operators and/or notifies the administrator of the issue via email or SMS message. It also generates a video recording of the reference and monitored streams for side-by-side playback so broadcasters can easily verify exactly what went wrong and where. According to Korte, this in-depth analysis can only be effectively managed by an automated, purpose-built, cloud-based solution like Match on the Vision platform.

Match has been deployed at multiple customer locations and is available as a managed service, a cloud-based solution or on-premise software. As a key option of Vision that can be turned on at any time, Match gives broadcasters unprecedented visibility of their entire broadcast supply chain, including the terrestrial, cable, satellite, IPTV, mobile, and OTT that deliver their branded shows to a potentially global audience.

NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

“The NewBay Best of Show Awards at NAB are now in their fifth year,” said Paul McLane, NewBay managing director, content. “The program seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

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