New Video Innovations from Limelight Networks Deliver Exceptional Online Experiences

By integrating WebRTC streaming support into the Limelight Orchestrate Platform, content distributors will be able to easily implement scalable live video streaming workflows such as sports broadcasting, gambling, gaming and live auctions that require the lowest possible latency.

“Limelight makes it possible for customers to deliver the largest live and video on-demand events at broadcast quality to virtually any device, anywhere,” said Steve Miller-Jones, Senior Director of Product Management at Limelight Networks. “With our WebRTC-based low-latency live streaming, we expect to be first to offer scalable global sub-second live video delivery that is natively supported in all major browsers without the need for additional plug-ins. We’re committed to helping our customers take advantage of new business opportunities by offering innovative and new ultra low-latency streaming experiences.”

Limelight’s Video Delivery Services provide live and video on demand media management, packaging, and delivery of broadcast-quality video through Limelight’s global private fiber backbone CDN to virtually any screen. New capabilities and enhancements include:

Limelight Video Platform (LVP): Limelight’s Online Video Platform (OVP) provides integrated capabilities to manage, publish, syndicate, measure, and monetize online video content with ease. New enhancements include a powerful new user interface that simplifies operation, HTML player customizations, and simplified media management.

Live to VOD Recording: Limelight is introducing the ability to simultaneously stream live video while recording it for subsequent use as Video on Demand (VOD) content. The live video streams are automatically captured and converted to popular VOD formats during later playback.

Limelight Video Acceleration: The company will also be featuring Limelight Video Acceleration, which reduces the delivery latency of standard HLS and MPEG-DASH video streaming formats to as low as three seconds.

Multi-DRM On the Fly: This recently-introduced integrated Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution from Limelight simplifies the encryption and delivery of content in all popular DRM formats. It significantly reduces the costs of managing and storing the encrypted content by encoding and encrypting content “on the fly” to match each viewer’s specific device requirements.

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X Factor Italy broadcast producer relies on RTS intercoms

The system was designed and built by One TV’s parent company – and Italy’s largest broadcast systems integrator – Professional Show.

Based on its long experience with RTS, Professional Show designed and built the OB truck with OMNEO media networking architecture at its heart, providing the ultimate IP solution for professional intercom applications.

“For a production like X Factor Italy everything depends completely on a reliable intercom system – without intercom there is no broadcast!” explains RTS Senior Sales Manager Nico Lewis. “Because of their previous experience with RTS, both Andrea Gianolli (CEO) and Stefano Gianolli (Audio Specialist) were quick to realize the potential of our solution – the RTS products that they’ve used in other systems over the years have never let them down, because they are based on proven technology that is totally stable.”

In the truck, an RTS ADAM-M mid-size modular matrix equipped with an OMI OMNEO interface card facilitates RTS KP-5032 and KP-4016 keypanels as well as RTS DKP-4016 desktop keypanels. With the choice of OMNEO IP technology, the OB truck operates a fully IP-based workflow, connecting directly to the production site’s L3 Ethernet network as well as combining seamlessly with any Dante-enabled audio devices.

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Stefano Bianco (One TV) , Andrea Gianolli (One TV), Nico Lewis (RTS), Davide Furlan (One TV), Fabio Veggiato (Professional Show)

The system also offers the ability to remotely configure any keypanel from a supervisor keypanel with the RTS AZedit configuration software, allowing supervisors to manage multiple ADAM intercom systems, re-assign users to different ports, and dynamically add intercom hardware. Operators can also individually adjust their own parameters such as equalization and noise gates – creating plenty of flexibility for all users.

One TV’s Stefano Gianolli confirmed that RTS’ advanced technology made it the ideal choice for the high specification OB truck. “The system is working very well, after a planned period of testing and commissioning. We are very pleased with the result and delighted to contribute to the success of The X Factor Italy.”

RTS EQUIPMENT LIST:

  • 1x ADAM-M midsize modular matrix intercom
  • 3x OMI OMNEO matrix interface card
  • 1x AIO16 analog I/O card kit
  • 20x KP-5032 keypanels
  • 10x KP-4016 keypanels
  • PH44 headsets
  • PH88 headsets

OMNEO is an architectural approach to connecting devices that need to exchange information such as audio content or device control.

Built upon multiple technologies, including IP and open public standards, OMNEO supports the technologies of today–such as Audinate’s Dante–while adopting the standards of tomorrow.

OMNEO offers a professional-grade media networking solution that provides interoperability, unique features for easier installation, better performance, and greater scalability than any other IP offering on the market.

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XITE Networks and SpotX launch pioneering global solution for programmatic advertising on linear TV

SpotX announced a strategic partnership with music television network XITE, the world’s first provider of personalised music television services.

The collaboration with SpotX enables XITE to launch an innovative programmatic advertising solution for linear TV, with the benefits of advanced targeting capabilities.

XITE Networks is the first to offer Personalised Music Television services, reinventing the way people watch music videos by integrating on-demand services with its linear offer. The partnership with SpotX opens up new opportunities for media buyers who are looking for cost-effective ways to reach their audiences at scale, tactics that were unaffordable to most buyers in traditional advertising. SpotX allows media buyers to purchase advertising campaigns for digital television in a targeted manner based on gender, geography and music preference.

“Advertisers want to reach more specific audiences across all screens and we want to deliver on those targets. What started as a modest step, now seems to be a revolutionary way of purchasing advertising for multiple screens. We’re excited to collaborate with SpotX on empowering media buyers to leverage ads to target viewers based on content consumption, all the while improving the user experience. This step is a true evolution from audience-based planning to audience-based buying across the television ecosystem. I’m proud that together with SpotX we have developed an integrated approach from an audience-first perspective that ensures effective and efficient advertising campaigns,” said XITE Founder and CEO Derk Nijssen.

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“Like XITE, we aim for a personalised future that revolves around the viewer. The fact that we have managed to expand the targeting possibilities in just a relatively short period of six months from just the various music channels and specific time periods according to gender, age and music preferences, shows that programmatic advertising can and will be the future for TV – a future in which the consumers’ personal preferences come first,” said Elwin Gastelaars, Managing Director at SpotX Benelux.

XITE users can search for videos, create their own music video channel, watch curated channels, and like and/or skip videos, enabling the product to learn the viewer’s preferences by automatically jumping to the interactive environment on the set-top box and informing algorithms. The algorithms are then used by SpotX to build audience segments for targeted advertising which allows for targeted, personalised ads, measurement of audience engagement, and audience-based buying on linear TV. In the Netherlands this is mainly possible because the interactive product is available through the linear channel on the Ziggo set-top box. XITE and SpotX are the first in the world to combine music, advertising technology and television in a unique way that bridges the gap between traditional television viewing and a digital, on-demand, personalised experience.

Nijssen adds that it is their mission to bring music videos back to TV worldwide, including in the US, which is why XITE formed an advisory board last year consisting of renowned US TV industry leaders and music influentials.

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TVU Networks Receives NewBay Best of Show Award at 2018 NAB Show

The company was honored with the award from TV Technology at NAB last week for its new ultra-compact, lightweight TVU Nano with Router.

Ideal for economy minded users with high-speed network access needs, TVU Nano uses TVU Router as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers highly reliable best-in-class high-speed Internet connectivity from any location. When traditional wired access is unavailable, TVU Nano with Router solves this challenge by providing access.

“TVU was excited to present its latest innovations at the NAB Show, and we’re so pleased that TV Technology has recognized TVU Nano with Router as one of the stand-out products at the show,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The solution is useful for a wide variety of scenarios – any application where dependable, high-speed bandwidth is needed in remote locations.”

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TVU Nano with Router provides users with maximum reliability and flexibility. TVU Router’s unmatched high bandwidth IP connection works by aggregating and maximizing the use of multiple available communication links to ensure true channel aggregation – including 4G/LTE cellular, cable, satellite, Ethernet or WiFi – resulting in higher available bandwidth and network acceleration (up to 200Mb/s). For cellular connections, Router goes beyond basic load balancing and channel switching with support for multiple 4G/LTE connections from multiple carriers to power even the most demanding and data-intensive applications anywhere. TVU Router also features hotspot functionality for multiple user support.

TVU Router is compatible with high-speed file transfer applications, including Aspera and File Catalyst, for even greater performance. With a diversified WAN connectivity, network stability is maximized with TVU Router, while failure risk is minimized.

TVU Nano with Router allows up to three embedded modems. Powered by a rechargeable internal battery and equipped with antennas, TVU Router can be used in the field, carried, or mounted in a vehicle. With quick set up, easy configuration, and a variety of portable carrying and mounting options, TVU Router offers rapid deployment.

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

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MYCOM OSI Assures Tour de France Fan Experience of the Future in TM Forum Catalyst PoC

MYCOM OSI announced its participation in two TM Forum 5G Catalyst Proof of Concepts (PoCs) that use the world famous Tour de France cycle race to demonstrate the power of 5G to deliver innovative immersive subscriber experiences, fast and reliable connectivity for broadcasters and efficient automated, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven operations for CSPs.

Providing connectivity for the Tour de France – to broadcast 6,300 hours of video to 190 countries on 100 channels – is a huge challenge. The massive span and scale of the event requires a new network to be created on each of the 21 days of the race, as the race moves along 3,535km of often hostile terrain, making traditional planning obsolete.

In 2017, 4 motorcycles and 2 helicopters broadcast live video that was transmitted to hovering helicopters then to circling planes and from there to a ground station in a temporary technical facility that moved daily with the tour. The feeds were then connected to 120 broadcaster trucks using 20km of fiber optic cable. 750 temporary mobile antennas, 26 relay vehicles, 8 Wi-Fi networks per tour village and 24-hour video surveillance completed the network infrastructure. With 5G technology, CSPs can deliver a new range of enriched experiences and capabilities that existing networks cannot offer whilst greatly simplifying the complex task of connecting the race to the 12 million on-the-ground spectators and millions of broadcast viewers around the world.

The TM Forum 5G Catalyst PoCs ‘5G Intelligent Service Planning and Optimization’ and ‘5G Intelligent Service Operations’ will demonstrate new experiences and capabilities that have the potential to be applied to other major sporting events and future networks in general, including:

  • Immersive fan experience with on-demand 4K video streaming from multiple cameras, real time 3600 VR/AR and real time rider statistics from Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for an unprecedented sports fan experience
  • Dynamic network planning, optimization and operation of a moving network using drones, edge computing, network slices, closed loop automation and Artificial Intelligence to predict cyclist, spectator and network behaviour
  • Dynamic network slice management and closed loop assurance to guarantee quality of slice-based services, including on demand 4K video to individual subscribers, rider telemetry, IoT-provided statistics, drone-based cameras and emergency services

In the Catalysts, MYCOM OSI’s Experience Assurance and Analytics™ (EAA) solution will provide closed loop, automated, real time assurance to guarantee Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for multiple 5G network slices with different service quality requirements. They include enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) for broadcaster video, subscriber video and telemetry slices, and ultra-reliable low latency communications (uRLLC) for rider telemetry and emergency services slices. These 5G network slices will be dynamically created in response to rider, spectator and network behavior, either reactively or proactively through predictions based on AI/Machine Learning (ML) to anticipate demand.

MYCOM OSI will also demonstrate how its closed loop assurance uses policy-based and KPI-driven automation that integrates AI/ML based predictive and prescriptive analytics, to ensure that QoS and SLAs are continuously delivered in dynamic 5G network slices. The capabilities include automated root cause analysis across all domains and from network through service, customer and device.

It integrates with 5G RAN and core networks, Service Orchestrators, Domain Orchestrators and Service Platforms, using TOSCA and TM Forum Open APIs, including TMF 628 and TMF 642, to demonstrate simplification and speed of integration with any ecosystem.

“Network slicing is a key 5G capability that offers significant business opportunities for CSPs to deliver new digital and IoT services within new business models, but this is wholly dependent on guaranteeing the quality of service for each slice,” said Mounir Ladki, President and CTO of MYCOM OSI. “The challenge is how to assure QoS and SLAs whilst managing the complexity of highly dynamic, real time, on-demand network slices. We are delighted to show in these TM Forum 5G Catalysts how we address these challenges with our automated closed loop assurance solution.”

A TM Forum Catalyst is a PoC project developed collaboratively by TM Forum members with the aim to create innovative solutions to common challenges.

  • The ‘5G Intelligent Service Planning and Optimization’ Catalyst is championed by AT&T, BT, NTT, Orange, and Telecom Italia and demonstrates how a movable 5G network that enables new immersive experiences can be dynamically planned, optimized, integrated and assured during the Tour de France. It will show dynamic service creation and planning along with reactive and proactive closed loop automation in conjunction with AI to provide optimal experience. Ecosystem participants include Ericsson, MYCOM OSI and Wipro.
  • The ‘5G Intelligent Service Operations’ Catalyst is championed by AT&T, BT, KDDI Research, NTT, Orange, Telecom Italia and Telenor and demonstrates how CSPs can enable new revenue streams by managing and launching 5G slice-based services, including 4K video streaming, drone-based broadcasting and IoT–provided statistics at events like the Tour de France. The catalyst showcases end-to-end slice management, dynamic service orchestration, reactive and proactive assurance and policy management that assure SLAs and customer experience using multi-level closed loop automation. Ecosystem participants include Huawei, MYCOM OSI, Netcracker, Tech Mahindra, TEOCO and ZTESoft.

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