NEP Australia and Telstra Deliver World’s First Trans-Pacific Remote Production

The successful trial was conducted over four days this week between NEP’s centralised, IP (internet protocol) and multi-format production facility at the Sydney Andrews Hub and Telstra’s Los Angeles datacentre – more than 7500 miles (12,000+ km) apart – using ultra-low-latency compression technology and Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN).

30 HD camera feeds in LA were linked via diverse and hitless 10 gigabyte-per-second circuits on the Telstra DPN, which has recently been extended to Los Angeles, with the production taking place in Sydney, overcoming what until now was considered an insurmountable distance.

The tests confirm that the Andrews Hub control rooms in Sydney can efficiently produce broadcast events held in Los Angeles and, arguably, beyond.

NEP Australia’s Director of Technology, Marc Segar, said: “This is a game-changer for broadcast television, proving anyone can work from anywhere while connected to our network, whether in Australia or on the other side of the planet.

“Our crew at the Sydney Andrews Hub perceived no appreciable difference between covering the trial event in LA and the remote broadcast of a live A-League match from Perth last month.”

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Trevor Boal, Head of Telstra Broadcast Services, said: “From the moment NEP approached us about building the Telstra Distributed Production Network to support the Andrews Hubs, we shared their excitement about the enormous possibilities of broadcasting over IP.

“NEP had a clear vision of how distributed production could deliver an optimal commercial and practical outcome, and we wanted to be part of it. As our network capacity and reach continues to grow, it’s conceivable we could traverse global distances uncompressed in just a few years.”

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Segar continued: “It’s exciting to think of the options and flexibility our technology offers to the industry.

“We chose to trial HD, however, we could just as easily have trialled 4K or HDR. Our IP and multi-format hub environment is agnostic to format or compression technologies.”

The 60 HD feeds (30 in both Sydney and Los Angeles) encompassed all the automation and control signals.

Resources, including replay, were fully shared between the two sites, with the replay operator in Los Angeles controlling servers at the Sydney Hub, where production took place.

Telstra provided the redundant 10 Gb +10 Gb trans-Pacific circuit as a natural extension of its Australia-wide Telstra Distributed Production Network (DPN).

VC-2 was used as the lightweight and ultra-low-latency compression technology because it adds no delay.

This makes high definition or UHD/4K over distance viable cost-wise, as there is no appreciable difference in delay compared to uncompressed video.

Round trip latency was only 136 milliseconds, less than 2 frames in each direction.

The successful trans-Pacific trial is just the start of NEP’s extensive program to trial other locations around the world, including Japan and the UK.

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VITEC Redefines the College Game Day Experience at 2018 CSVA Conference

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, will showcase the latest release of its award-winning IPTV & Digital Signage Solution for sports venues at the 2018 Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) Conference, May 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee.

Now upgraded with video wall functionality and certified interoperability with the latest content protection and DRM standards required by the leading services providers for IPTV deployments, the versatile VITEC platform leverages the organization’s common IP backbone to deliver broadcast-grade video streams and manage digital signage campaigns. The 2018 CSVA Conference is the premiere annual event to network with the top video coordinators in the industry, keep up to speed with the latest trends and technologies, and share ideas.

“Colleges want to offer the best game experience to their fans and affordably recreate the same level of video entertainment in their sports facilities as pro sports,” said Joe Walsh, VITEC’s sales director for sports and entertainment venues. “Our EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Solution presents a scalable platform that is ideal for both professional and collegiate sports and entertainment venues, meeting any project scope while providing the same high-quality, low-latency video experience.”

VITEC will demonstrate how its EZ TV Platform enables stadiums, arenas, and other sports facilities to seamlessly and cost-effectively stream high-quality live and on-demand video, create dynamically personalized content and digital signage, and deliver it over existing IP infrastructure without impacting other network services. Delivering a cost-effective, flexible, easy-to-manage solution that makes each display a visual attraction, the EZ TV Platform is the ideal solution for the ever-changing video, marketing, and sales requirements of today’s sports venues. As a result, fans can enjoy the game and other video footage throughout the venue. In suites, the automatically updated electronic program guide and video-on-demand capability provide access to nonlinear content that cannot be seen in homes. The EZ TV Platform also offers a robust digital signage suite with easy-to-use signage authoring, administration, and analytics tools.

Furthering the value of the system, the platform’s new video wall capability simplifies deployment and management of projects involving IPTV, digital signage, and video wall content, while delivering a breathtaking visual experience. VITEC’s video wall processors are 100-percent hardware-based, feature low-latency native playback of IPTV streams up to 4K, and support interactive content, video, and imagery transformations. More than 50 displays can be managed from a single processor, including nonstandard layouts and resolutions of TVs and LED walls.

In addition to expanded DRM interoperability, the new release adds enterprise IPTV capabilities. This includes time-shifted TV, TAA-compliant, high-performance end-points, and a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to stream video from the field back to HQ in addition to playing IPTV content, real-time enhancement of HEVC streams delivered over lossy networks.

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Osprey Video’s Talon Encoders and Decoders Now Integrated Into the Zixi Platform

The partnership integrates the Zixi Platform with Osprey’s Talon encoder and decoders. The result is a joint solution that allows even the smallest content creators to launch broadcast-quality content and channels over IP with little infrastructure and no overhead costs.

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“The Talon units are encoding/decoding powerhouses filled with functionality in a small, cost-effective, reliable package. By joining forces with Zixi, our joint users everywhere can easily leverage the Talon’s renowned capabilities to elevate the quality of their broadcast content within the Zixi ecosystem,” said Scott Whitcomb, business development manager at Osprey Video. “We’re especially excited about the possibilities for smaller organizations, who now have a solution that levels the playing field when it comes to spinning up broadcast-grade internet channels without significant investment.”

The Zixi Platform has three main software components that can be configured for a wide variety of cloud, on-premise, or hybrid workflows. In this integration, the Zixi software tools are embedded into the user interface of the Talon encoders and decoders. As a result, Zixi Platform customers can easily add encoding and/or decoding benefits to their workflows by simply plugging in the Talon hardware. From there, the Talon goes to work turning IP video signals into broadcast-quality content for delivery over the internet.

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Combining the power of the Zixi Platform with Talon’s ease of use and high-performance encoding/decoding capabilities will give Zixi and Talon users of all sizes the flexibility and scalability to create higher-quality broadcast content and deliver it to new internet channels more easily and affordably. By making it so easy to add a Talon encoder/decoder, Zixi customers have the scalability to initiate channels anywhere and control and monitor streamed content without changing their infrastructure or the way they operate.

Though the joint solution is intended mainly for traditional broadcasters and content media companies, it will be especially beneficial for small operations with limited infrastructure and limited budgets, such as those in the nonprofit and house-of-worship markets.

“Many of the world’s content creators rely on our partners for reliable gear that works seamlessly with the Zixi software. Osprey’s Talon units are simple, small-form-factor devices for encoding and decoding content,” said Israel Dori, founder and president of Zixi. “Now that Osprey’s encoders and decoders are integrated with the Zixi Platform, our customers can deliver high-quality video over the internet in a very simple way without changing how they operate.”

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