M7 Group Continues to Rely on SES Video for Top-quality TV Distribution

M7 Group will continue to provide its subscribers with top-quality TV reception following an extension agreement with SES for the delivery of its channels via Europe’s prime orbital position of 19.2 degrees East.

Under the agreement announced by SES, M7 Group will continue to use one full transponder on an ASTRA satellite to deliver its TV package to subscribers in the Benelux and across German-speaking countries for the next three years.

“We are pleased with the extension of the 19.2 degrees East transponder contract, allowing us to continue serving our subscribers in the Benelux and German speaking markets with channels via this position, while also benefiting from its extensive content neighborhood”, said Bill Wijdeveld, Vice President Business Development at M7 Group. “Being a long-standing customer of SES, we very much value the high quality service provisioning and we look forward to a continued fruitful partnership over the coming years.”

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“We are delighted to continue providing M7 Group with access to our prime video neighbourhood at 19.2 degrees East, and enable them to leverage our strong reach in the Benelux and German-speaking countries for their distribution,” said Martin Ornass – Kubacki, Vice President, Sales Central Eastern Europe, SES Video. “M7 Group has been relying on SES to deliver high-quality content to various parts of Europe for many years, not only via 19.2 degrees East but also via 23.5 degrees East to reach viewers in the Benelux and Central Eastern Europe”.

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TELUS launches 4K HDR TV

TELUS has launched 4K HDR on Optik TV. After providing live and On Demand 4K content, TELUS now supports 4K HDR.

4K HDR boasts the capability to display more than a billion colours for a more vivid, immersive picture than ever before. 4K HDR dramatically enhances the picture quality of existing 4K technology by improving the colour contrast range with millions of additional colour options to each individual pixel. On-screen colours appear richer and more precise while objects have more depth for an even more realistic, lifelike picture.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that Optik TV customers have access to cutting-edge entertainment technologies. 4K HDR, enriching the viewing experience with more than a billion available colours, is the new gold standard in TV picture quality,” said Zainul Mawji, VP of Home Solutions & Complementary Channels at TELUS. “Optik TV customers already enjoy access to the largest PVR capacity, the most On Demand titles and innovative features like Restart TV, a built-in YouTube app and the TELUS-exclusive Healthy Living Network. Being first in Canada to offer 4K HDR is further proof of our commitment to provide Western Canada’s best entertainment experience.”

Optik TV customers can currently enjoy 4K HDR content On Demand, with titles like Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, plus blockbusters like Justice League, Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049.

A growing catalogue of 4K HDR-compatible titles can be accessed by pressing the On Demand button on Optik TV remote and choosing the 4K HDR folder within the Featured section.

Netflix subscribers with Premium Accounts can also stream 4K HDR content through the built-in Netflix app on Optik TV.

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Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b to ensure 4K/8K video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between the Japanese satellite operator B-SAT and the California-based satellite manufacturer SSL.

Since the creation of B-SAT, Arianespace has launched all nine of its satellites.

BSAT-4b will be the 10th satellite launched for B-SAT and the 32nd commercial geostationary satellite launch contract awarded to Arianespace in Japan.

Built by SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, using a 1300 platform, BSAT-4b will feature 24 Ku-band transponders. It will weigh about 3,520 kg at launch and is designed to have a nominal service life of at least 15 years. It will be positioned in geostationary orbit at 110 degrees East.

BSAT-4b will serve as a back-up of BSAT-4a, which was launched by Arianespace in September 2017. It will have the same Japan archipelago footprint as BSAT-4a, providing Direct-To-Home (DTH) television to ensure exceptional 4K/8K ultra-high definition (UHD) video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Following the signature of this contract, Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, said: “Only seven months after the successful launch of BSAT-4a in September 2017, we are honored to have been selected for the launch of BSAT-4b for our long-lasting partner B-SAT. This new Ariane 5 launch contract is a clear demonstration of the excellent relationships between Arianespace, SSL and the Japanese operator B-SAT, for whom we have launched the entire fleet of satellites since 1997. We are proud to serve one more time the Japanese market and to actively participate to the implementation of B-SAT’s ambitious projects, in partnership with SSL.”

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Cauvery News Optimizes Workflows with Full Range of Grass Valley Production Solutions

From content intake to distribution and everything in between, end-to-end efficiency is the key characteristic of news solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.

That efficiency was a key factor in Cauvery News’ selection of Grass Valley equipment for its growing news programming needs. The multimedia broadcast company now utilizes a full range of Grass Valley solutions, including: Karrera K-Frame S-series and GV Korona K-Frame V-series switchers, GV STRATUS Video Production and Content Management System, K2 Summit 3G Production Clients attached to a K2 Production SAN Storage system, Imagestore 750 HD/SD Master Control and Branding Processor and iTX Master Control integrated playout.

“When we’re working to get breaking news to our viewers, the last thing we need is complex solutions or a provider we can’t rely on,” said Mr. Elangovan, chairman, Cauvery News. “Grass Valley solutions offer all of the advanced features we need while maintaining ease of use, and we can always rely on Grass Valley’s support for our entire news production platform.”

Karrera K-Frame S-series and GV Korona K-Frame V-series offer flexibility and efficiency in the form of multiformat support, including 1080p and 4K UHD. Karrera K-Frame S-series switchers deliver unmatched creative freedom for highly produced content, using up to 6 M/Es across two suites, with four keyers per M/E, and up to eight floating iDPMs. At only 3 RU, the K-Frame V-series is ideal for Cauvery’s small production spaces, providing enormous power but requiring no compromise on enterprise features. The switcher is available in 1, 2 or 3 M/E options and when used in conjunction with the GV Korona panel, it is a powerful and compact production center.

GV STRATUS also serves to help Cauvery News keep up with its growing number of channels and programs. GV STRATUS efficiently handles the entire content creation and delivery process across multiple digital media platforms, while offering the ability to handle the rising volume of user-generated content (UGC) and integrate with popular social media platforms. The video production and content management system also includes full integration with K2 Production SAN Storage and K2 Summit 3G Production Clients so that finished content can be efficiently stored and disseminated.

“Incorporating an end-to-end production solution has countless benefits for Cauvery News,” said Somu Patil, vice president sales, APAC, Grass Valley. “Our news solutions are integrated and efficient from day one, as well as being flexible and scalable to expand with Cauvery News without missing a beat as news broadcasting continues to evolve.”

To add the finishing touches and deliver content to viewers, Cauvery News’ new production platform also includes solutions for seamless master control. Imagestore 750, a master control and branding processor, combines the power and scalability of iTX playout with the quality and ease of use of Imagestore master control, providing Cauvery News the benefits of an integrated playout platform while retaining the hands-on operations required for proactive channel control.

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Just Add Power Pushes Video Distribution Limits With Ultra-Low Latency

Just Add Power (J+P) announced that its 3G Ultra HD Over IP series of solutions now deliver Ultra HD video signals over IP with an ultra-low 16 ms of latency from source to screen.

Leveraging a common IP infrastructure, J+P’s devices allow integrators to choose the model that best meet their clients’ hardware and budget requirements.

“We recognize that integrators have a lot of options when it comes to latency and making the best decision to support 4K installations,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at Just Add Power. “We strive to educate our customers about the technology and be totally transparent in our solutions. While it’s impossible for any video distribution system to achieve zero latency, J+P stands by our impressive 16-millisecond latency. It’s so low, it’s undetectable to the human eye. This meets end users’ expectation of high-quality video and expands the value of our 3G Ultra HD Over IP platform.”

Widely deployed in ballparks, arenas, command centers, and many other 4K installations, J+P’s 3G Ultra HD over IP solutions are designed for any size UHD distribution and matrixing application. Entirely made in the U.S., the non-OEM solutions are designed to remove the limitations and expense of traditional matrixes and replace them with a more scalable, flexible, and reliable approach.

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The ingenuity behind the J+P design is that it maximizes functionality by using a common IP infrastructure while minimizing costs so that video distribution technology is accessible to customers who don’t want to — and often can’t — pay the exorbitant cost of systems that deliver the same or less quality.

Using standard PoE, J+P solutions consume a maximum of 10 watts per device, decreasing power consumption by 30 percent and eliminating the cost of proprietary PoE injectors. They use standard network protocols (telnet, TCP/IP, UDP and multicast) and are built to work with off-the-shelf gigabit switches. Operating from an isolated, firewall-protected VLAN that has no access to other corporate databases, information, and servers, the device don’t require additional security measures.

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JVC Connected Cam receives Best of Show Awards from Digital Video, Video Edge

“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,” said Paul McLane, NewBay managing director, content. “The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

CONNECTED CAM features three 2/3-inch CMOS image sensors for full HD imagery, as well as enhanced connectivity for a complete news-over-IP workflow solution in the field. With a new communications engine that optimizes both image processing and IP performance, CONNECTED CAM delivers simultaneous recording, low latency streaming, and simultaneous decoding for return video and IFB. Latency can be as low as 500ms for both outgoing and incoming video.

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“NAB 2018 provided an amazing launch for CONNECTED CAM. From broadcasters to independent production professionals, the industry is ready for JVC to take connectivity to the next level,” said Joe D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “We appreciate the recognition from Digital Video and Video Edge.”

Equipped with an industry standard B4 lens mount and four-position optical filter, CONNECTED CAM delivers excellent sensitivity (F12 at 60Hz, F13 at 50Hz in extended mode) and high 62dB signal-to-noise ratio (in standard mode). It also offers an HDR mode for creative flexibility, as well as up to 120fps 1080p slow-motion recording. CONNECTED CAM offers native recording of MPEG-2 at up to 35 Mbps as well as H.264 (.MOV), which provides production quality 10‑bit, 1080/60p 4:2:2 footage. Other features include an OLED color viewfinder, LCD panel for menu navigation, three XLR audio inputs, 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, and dual memory card slots for SDHC/SDXC media. CONNECTED CAM will be available in June.

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