A+E Networks® announced as first You.i TV React Native customer

A+E Networks®, the global media content company and Emmy-award winning leader of high-quality, thought-provoking original programming, has chosen You.i TV as the enabling technology to extend its popular HISTORY® TVE app — a streaming service that offers hundreds of hours of series, documentaries and specials — to TV-connected devices.

You.i TV’s video experience platform, You.i Engine One, will power a new HISTORY TVE app, based on the React Native development platform. Fully embracing React Native – the open source, javascript application framework – You.i TV has integrated its’ cross-platform SDK to amplify the reach, performance and user experience across connected platforms. As a result, the A&E Network Digital Media team will benefit from increased efficiency and freedom, allowing them to quickly and easily deploy the new HISTORY TVE to connected devices.

“HISTORY has always been at the forefront of breaking new ground when it comes to storytelling, and our technology strategy is no different,” said Raj Bahl SVP & CTO, Digital Media, A+E Networks.

 

“You.i TV’s platform offered the right mix of tools and workflows to bring our content to connected platforms quickly and efficiently. We look forward to launching this new experience later this year. With a tradition of being anything but traditional, it’s no surprise that A+E Networks is redefining the app experience using React Native, ” said Jason Flick, CEO and Co-Founder of You.i TV. “As a member of our early adopters program, A+E’s HISTORY is making history as the first app to market-based on the React Native platform.”

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SMPTE Publishes ST 2110-40, Addressing Ancillary Metadata for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks

This new document maps ancillary data packets (as defined in SMPTE ST 291-1) into Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) packets that are transported via User Data Protocol/Internet Protocol (UDP/IP) and enables those packets to be moved synchronously with associated video and audio essence streams.

SMPTE_Thomas-Bause-Mason“SMPTE ST 2110-40 maps ancillary data into RTP packets, complementing the existing video and audio portions of the SMPTE ST 2110 suite,” said SMPTE Director of Standards Development Thomas Bause Mason. “This advance is momentous because it means that, thanks to the ST 2110 standards suite, every element that has been part of the traditional SDI studio can now be put into an IP studio.”

The SMPTE ST 2110 standards suite specifies the carriage, synchronization, and description of separate elementary essence streams over professional IP networks in real time for live production, playout, and other professional media applications. SMPTE ST 2110 separately routes the individual essence streams (audio, video, and ancillary data), which simplifies, for example, the addition of captions, subtitles, and Teletext, as well as tasks such as the processing of multiple audio languages and types. It also enables the efficient carriage of next-generation image formats with new features, such as HDR over IP, that may require metadata.

The new ST 2110-40 standard will join previously published documents in the SMPTE digital library at library.smpte.org, which is hosted on the IEEE Xplore platform:

  • SMPTE ST 2110-10/-20/-30 — addressing system concerns and uncompressed video and audio streams
  • SMPTE ST 2110-21 — specifying traffic shaping and delivery timing of uncompressed video

During the 2018 NAB Show, the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard suite was a primary focus of the IP Showcase, supported by SMPTE, Audio Engineering Society (AES), Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), IABM, and Video Services Forum (VSF).

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Winners of postPerspective Impact Awards from NAB 2018 Announced

postPerspective, the premier source of creative and technology intelligence for the post production and production industries, today announced the winners of the postPerspective Impact Awards from the 2018 NAB Show.

All winning products reflect the latest version of the product, as shown at NAB.

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The postPerspective Impact Award winners from NAB 2018 are:

postPerspective Impact Awards — NAB 2018 MVPs:

  • Apple for ProRes RAW
  • Blackmagic Design for DaVinci Resolve 15

postPerspective Impact Awards — NAB 2018 Winners:

  • Adobe for Creative Cloud
  • Arri for the Alexa LF
  • Codex for Codex One Workflow and ColorSynth
  • FilmLight for Baselight v5
  • Flanders Scientific for the XM650U monitor
  • Frame.io for the All New Frame.io
  • Shift for MediaSilo and Wiredrive
  • Sony for 8K CLED display

Seeking to recognize debut products and key upgrades with real-world applications, the postPerspective Impact Awards are determined by an anonymous judging body comprised of respected industry professionals. The awards honor innovative products and technologies for the post production and production industries that will influence the way people work.

“All of these technologies are very worthy recipients of our postPerspective Impact Awards from NAB,” said Randi Altman, postPerspective’s founder and editor-in-chief. “These awards celebrate companies that push the boundaries of technology to produce tools that actually make users’ working lives easier and projects better, and our winners certainly fall into that category, particularly our two MVPs. We honored 10 different companies this year, as we wanted to cover the span of the entire pro pipeline, from acquisition through to post and beyond.

“We’re very proud of the fact that companies don’t ‘submit’ for our awards. We’ve tapped real-world users to vote for the Impact Awards, and they have determined what could be most impactful to their day-to-day work. We feel it makes our awards quite special.”

Ekioh launches the world’s first multithreaded embedded browser

Flow’s layout and animation performance is more than double the speed of other browsers on multi-core silicon.

With TV user interfaces increasingly looking towards 4K, Flow overcomes the performance issues of HTML UIs on multi-core processors enabling products to meet consumers’ increasingly high expectations.

As processing power increases and graphical performance improves, so do consumer expectations of fast, high quality applications. Historically, browsers have automatically benefitted from rises in processing power, but this is no longer the case. When using multi-core silicon, applications can only benefit from headline performance improvements if all the cores and the GPU can be fully utilised. When traditional browser technology is used, product manufacturers miss out on the full benefits of multi-core.

Flow is able to harness the combined computing power of multi-core processors to deliver layout performance that scales with the number of available cores giving a more responsive, smoother and faster UI experience. This is achieved by using a fine grained multithreaded architecture that aligns with the evolution path of multi-core silicon.

Flow also takes a different approach to rendering, by making full use of the GPU. Rather than painting on the CPU, Flow handles all rasterisation on the GPU which is significantly faster and has the additional benefit of freeing up the CPU. Together, with multithreaded layout, these developments provide dramatically improved HTML performance without the need for content re-authoring.

In the TV space, the drive for ever higher resolution user interfaces makes the multi-core issue more acute. Moving to 4K user interfaces involves handling at least four times as many pixels as HD which requires a significant increase in redraw and layout performance to achieve the same levels of responsiveness. This mirrors the challenges experienced in the shift from SD to HD where Ekioh’s earlier solutions were rapidly adopted by leading middleware providers.

“Flow is the result of many years of research and development into improving browser performance on multi-core architectures,” said Piers Wombwell, CEO at Ekioh. “We have always sought to make the best use of the resources available on constrained devices. Flow is the first browser to bring a high performance scalable multi-core HTML solution to market.”

“Consumers’ first impressions of product quality often come from the UI, and frustration arises when the user experience does not keep pace with expectations.” said Stephen Reeder, Commercial Director at Ekioh. “Multi-core silicon brings performance challenges that threaten to impact the UI, the consumer experience and therefore loyalty. Flow helps overcome these issues, delivering a significant improvement in the dynamic quality and responsiveness of HTML applications.”

Flow joins Ekioh’s existing portfolio of WebKit and SVG browser technologies for the embedded marketplace which have already been deployed in tens of millions of products worldwide.

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Permira Funds to Acquire Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions Business

Permira, the global private equity firm, and Cisco, today announced that a company backed by the Permira Funds has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business.

Following the close of the transaction, the Permira Funds will create a new, rebranded company focused on developing and delivering video solutions for the Pay-TV industry.

The new company will encompass a broad portfolio, including Cisco’s Infinite Video Platform, cloud digital video recording, video processing, video security, video middleware, and services groups. Highly-regarded video industry leader Dr. Abe Peled, former Chairman and CEO of NDS and adviser to the Permira Funds, will serve as Chairman of the new company. The sale of the Cisco SPVSS business has been approved by Cisco’s Board of Directors.

“This is a unique opportunity to lead and shape the video industry during its transition with the flexibility as a private company,” said Dr. Peled. “The new company will have the scale, technology innovation, and world-class team to deliver outstanding go-to-market execution, customer engagement, and new end-user experiences. Cisco has built a profitable business in the video space with innovations to capitalize on IP distribution and cloud-based services. These combined assets provide a significant new opportunity for the new company. I am thrilled to be working again in this area with Permira who is committed to innovation and support for our Pay-TV customers, and look forward to the ongoing working relationship with Cisco in support of our mutual customers.”

 

“We are proud of our innovation in video and the customer momentum that the Service Provider Video group has built,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. “With the leadership team and Abe as Chairman, the new company is well-positioned to drive this work forward and continue to deliver the solutions that meet the current and future needs of service provider video customers. Service providers remain a key customer segment for Cisco, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them to deliver new revenue-generating services and experiences.”

Cisco will retain the video and media technology related to its core business in networking, multi-cloud, security, data, and collaboration. The transaction is expected to close in Cisco’s Q1 FY19, subject to any regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as financial adviser to the Permira Funds and provided committed financing; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen LLP and Clifford Chance LLP acted as legal advisor to the Permira Funds.

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