Nevion launches Nevion Virtuoso MI at IBC2018

Nevion, the award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has announced that it will be demonstrating its latest software-defined Media Server, Nevion Virtuoso MI, at IBC2018. This new Media Server, which complements the existing Virtuoso FA appliance, is architected for high-end broadcast carrier applications.

The Nevion Virtuoso media node product family has been architected to deliver functionality through software, known as Media Functions. These Media Functions are designed to run on various Media Servers with different characteristics, such as size, number of Media Accelerators they can accommodate (for software processing) and level of modularity.

Like the Nevion Virtuoso FA, the new Nevion Virtuoso MI is designed to run various Media Functions for transporting and processing video and audio signals in real-time. It provides one of the highest media transport and processing densities available in the industry today, with a fully redundant architecture and the ability to accommodate up to eight Media Accelerators running media processing or network aggregation functions. The Virtuoso MI’s density and redundancy are perfect for demanding service provider environments. For example, a single 1RU Virtuoso MI can process 28 x JPEG2000 channels, which makes it very suited to high-end contribution such as popular sports coverage.

Johnny Dolvik, chief product and development officer for Nevion, said: “We are excited to showcase our new Virtuoso solution at IBC2018. Virtuoso is primarily about the software, and we have developed a substantial portfolio of media functions since the product was first launched two years ago, but the Virtuoso Media Servers are also important, as different markets require different specifications.”

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Dolvik continued: “The new Nevion Virtuoso MI does not replace the Nevion Virtuoso FA, which we launched at IBC2016, and which has been extremely successful, with us shipping many hundreds of appliances. The Virtuoso MI responds to the specific needs of carrier applications, such as tier 1 and 2 managed video services, where processing density and hardware redundancy are particularly critical.”

Visit Nevion on stand 1.B71 at IBC2018 at RAI, Amsterdam 14-18 September.

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MX1 at IBC2018

Providing the ultimate viewer experience is the ultimate goal in the media environment, and that means having both live and VOD content available on every screen.

At IBC2018, MX1 will demonstrate new capabilities and workflow enhancements of its MX1 360 platform. MX1 360 is the company’s unified media platform for managing and delivering linear and nonlinear content to any broadcast, VOD, or OTT platform. This powerful, next-generation platform enables broadcasters and service providers to offer a full range of end-to-end services, as well as successfully aggregate, manage, and deliver linear and nonlinear content. With MX1 360, one platform does it all, delivering a one-stop-shop for broadcasters to handle all their content requirements — from preparing, packaging, managing, and validating high-quality content to reliable playout and optimal delivery for multiscreen viewing. The new additions to MX1 360 that will be on display at IBC2018, enable media companies to do even more, helping them manage the increasing complexity of workflows and further monetise their content.

NEW to the MX1 360 Media Platform — AI Capabilities and Occasional Use Booking Interface:

AI Technology Boosts Access to Descriptive Metadata

MX1 360 is now integrated with AWS Rekognition, Amazon Web Service’s market-leading artificial intelligence (AI) engine. Using AI technology, the MX1 360 platform can scan video content during ingest (or at a later stage) and automatically generate searchable, descriptive metadata. Faces, objects, and on-screen text can be quickly located using this cutting-edge AI analysis technology. A speech-to-text engine — coming soon — will enable media companies to automatically transcribe every spoken word within media assets.

Easy-to-Use Booking Interface for Occasional Use Customers

At IBC2018, MX1 will unveil a new booking interface for MX1 360 that is perfect for occasional-use customers that want to distribute live content via MX1’s hybrid satellite, fibre, and IP networks. Through this interface, broadcasters have full visibility into their submitted booking requests and can explore additional monetisation opportunities through post-event access to a content archive, ancillary files, clipping interface, and all required metadata.

Executive Presentations at IBC2018

MX1 will participate in the SES Tech Talks at IBC2018, delivering crucial insights in three areas that are essential to the ongoing success of broadcasters and operators in the current turbulent market. The presentations include:

“Cloud Playout as a service — a flexible, yet reliable approach to managed channel origination,” presented by Steffen Herrmann, senior product manager at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This session will cover cloud playout and its maturation over the last few years into a serious alternative to traditional channel origination setups. Herrmann will discuss why cloud playout is well-suited for dedicated broadcast use cases and illustrate how MX1’s cloud playout combines the flexibility and agility of cloud computing with the company’s unmatched reliability, security, and service level.

“Harnessing Unified Media Workflows with MX1 360,” presented by Ariel Nishri, vice president of product development at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. This seminar will highlight the converged linear and nonlinear workflow efficiencies that can be gained throughout an organisation by using a single centralised platform and best-of-breed tools for ingest, transcoding, asset management, and more.

“Managing Content Online,” presented by Moshe Bellaiche, online video product manager at MX1, on Monday, Sept. 17 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. The market for online video platforms is growing rapidly. This seminar will illustrate the business advantages that can be achieved by using a managed integrated online video platform service, referencing case studies to highlight specific benefits.

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IP Showcase Organizers Announce Full Slate of Presentations on IP Technology and Installations in IP Showcase Theatre

Major technical and standards organizations within the broadcast industry — Audio Engineering Society (AES), Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and Video Services Forum (VSF) — hosts of the IP Showcase at IBC2018 in Amsterdam, today announced a broad lineup of educational presentations in the IP Showcase Theatre.

The IP Showcase Theatre will be IBC visitors’ education destination as the industry progresses through the next phases of IP adoption.

As major vendors conduct an array of IP-based product interoperability demonstrations in the IP Showcase exhibit area, representatives from leading industry suppliers, standards bodies, and end users will provide five full days of presentations in the IP Showcase Theatre. Theatre presentations will range from introductory tutorials on SMPTE ST 2110 to best practices and lessons learned around design and implementation and to deep dives into the latest technical issues related to video, audio, and security. There will also be panel sessions on production, sports applications, test and measurement, and more.

In addition to the technical presentations, the IP Showcase Theatre will feature real-world case studies from several end users discussing their actual experiences and recommendations in making the transition to IP operations. These end users include:

  • Arena TV
  • BBC Wales
  • BCE, Luxembourg (Meet BCE at IBC2018: 7.C37)
  • Sky TV, Italy
  • Telstra
  • Timeline Television

“As the industry transitions from SDI to IP, there’s no better place to learn about the inner workings of the new IP world than at the IP Showcase Theatre,” said Wes Simpson, marketing committee chairman, VSF. “We have curated a fantastic assortment of presentations and discussions to suit everyone from IP novices to broadcast and IT engineers who are deeply involved in IP media installations.”

 

“This IP Showcase is the first at IBC since the SMPTE ST 2110 standards were published. In addition to the IP Showcase Theatre, we’ll also have eight focused technology demonstrations explaining the benefits of IP and featuring products from 57 vendors, all using SMPTE ST 2110,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “We invite all IBC attendees to visit the IP Showcase and see for themselves what IP can mean for their operations.”

The full schedule of IP Showcase Theatre presentations is available at www.ipshowcase.org/theatre-schedule.

GatesAir Supplies UHF Transmitters for South Carolina Educational Television Commission Repack Initiatives

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will supply Maxiva liquid-cooled transmitters South Carolina Educational Television Commission (SCETV) in support of the public broadcaster’s state-wide repack initiatives.

SCETV, the state of South Carolina’s PBS and NPR broadcaster, will relocate 10 stations to new channel assignments across four phases, with more than half taking place in Phase 5. To remain in compliance with Phase 5 timelines, SCETV anticipates transmitter deliveries in the coming weeks, with testing to commence in early September.

A GatesAir customer for many years, SCETV selected Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitters for its nine UHF stations. SCETV was also granted a fully maximized, high-power VHF channel assignment through the FCC for WNTV-DT in Greenville, and will work with GatesAir on a VHF solution.

“In addition to our goal of comfortably meeting repack deadlines, we are in the midst of a major energy-efficiency initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, and meet South Carolina’s energy-saving goals and objectives,” said Mark Jahnke, Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer, SCETV. “Considering the higher power levels of our stations along with South Carolina’s year-round hot and humid climate, GatesAir’s liquid-cooled transmission systems will clearly deliver the highest possible cost-savings across cooling and electrical costs. While we’re still working through the exact calculations, there is no question we’ll immediately downsize our air-conditioning systems by a significant margin. We’re looking forward to moving away from tubes for good, and becoming a fully solid-state organization.”

Jahnke expects that in addition to cost-savings, the transition to all GatesAir liquid-cooled UHF transmitters — SCETV currently uses a mix of air-cooled transmitters across its station group — will also establish a common training and maintenance program across all stations. Other operational benefits, according to Jahnke, are a quieter RF environment – “no more earplugs” – and modular transmitter designs that improve redundancy. Specifically, engineers will work with a common, manageable set of spare parts, and continue to operate at near full power as modules are hot-swapped and replaced.

In addition to supplying all transmitters and closed-loop liquid-cooled systems under tight deadline, GatesAir is also working with the SCETV team to avoid disruption across their eight FM radio stations. All eight stations share TV antennas and are co-located with TV systems in common transmitter facilities — a cause of concern for any FM broadcaster that may be temporarily forced from the airwaves due to repack-associated tower and antenna work.

“GatesAir’s service department has worked closely with us and our repack antenna supplier, Dielectric, to ensure that none of our TV or FM operations are interrupted as work progresses,” said Jahnke. “And as we look further ahead, GatesAir has equipped all of these transmitters with ATSC 3.0-ready Maxiva XTE exciters, which brings us one big step closer to a fully IP transport stream. Most of my engineering peers in the industry have been through the DTV transition, and we have learned to prepare ourselves as much as possible to keep our costs down and continue to produce content for viewers. GatesAir has us as well-prepared for the future as possible.”

SCETV is the latest station group to commit to GatesAir for repack systems and/or services, joining broadcasters such as Block Communications, Cordillera, Hearst Television, Heartland Media, Quincy Media, and Raycom Media.

“We’re delighted that SCETV will not only continue to be a GatesAir customer for many years, but they trusted our solutions to reduce their operational costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and seamlessly transition their stations to new repack assignments, with an eye toward an ATSC 3.0 future,” said Joseph Mack, Vice President of Sales, Americas, GatesAir.

Smarter, Faster, Simpler: Harmonic Brings a Bold Approach to Video Streaming at IBC2018

Embracing Harmonic’s smarter, faster and simpler software-centric approach for video delivery, broadcasters, content owners and service providers can increase their business agility, launching services faster and more reliably.

“The media and broadcast industries are evolving at a rapid pace as operators need to deliver higher quality of experiences, reach more screen types, and increase monetization. Having a scalable, flexible and, even more importantly, reliable video streaming solution at their disposal is imperative,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “Whether an operator is looking to launch a new skinny bundle, needs a reliable disaster recovery solution, a live sports streaming platform with low latency, or the ability to deliver pristine UHD HDR, we can help them get started in no time, with a fast ROI and minimal upfront investment.”

SaaS Supports a Variety of Business Models for Increased Efficiency and Cost Savings
Harmonic’s VOS™360 media processing SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, simplifying OTT workflows. At IBC2018, Harmonic will demonstrate enhanced channel origination workflow capabilities in the cloud for VOS360 SaaS, which leverage playout and graphic branding functionalities and open up new levels of efficiency and monetization including brand reinforcement, pop-up channels, rapid service deployment and expansion, and graphic avails.

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Harmonic will also showcase disaster recovery scenarios with VOS360 SaaS leveraging the cloud. VOS360 SaaS provides the disaster recovery facilities for broadcast and video streaming applications, mixing the benefits of a resilient, elastic and secure offering with a usage-based pricing model, which is an ideal solution for temporary live sports events.

Harmonic will also unveil new SaaS-based statistical multiplexing capabilities that enable service providers to statmux multiple UHD channels in a single pool or with HD MPEG-4 encoded channels for broadcast delivery. This bold approach allows for simultaneous support of next-generation OTT streaming and traditional complex broadcast statmux delivery systems.

Additionally, Harmonic and its ecosystem partners will unveil a new groundbreaking, out-of-this-world UHD HDR OTT service powered by VOS360 SaaS.

Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) Boosts OTT Content Monetization

Harmonic will unveil new content replacement and personalization features for VOS360 SaaS. VOS360 SaaS enables operators to deliver advanced server-side targeted advertisements; personalize content delivery per audience, geography or syndication; and leverage SCTE 224 to replace content during blackouts, ultimately increasing monetization for OTT content and resulting in increased revenues.

New Origin Capabilities Improve OTT Delivery

Harmonic will highlight new best-in-class origin capabilities supporting unified CMAF with DASH and HLS, providing low latency on every screen and support for various ecosystems.

Encoding Support for Dolby AC-4 Enables Next-Generation Audio Experiences

At IBC2018, Harmonic will demonstrate support for Dolby AC-4, a next-generation audio format developed by Dolby. Dolby AC-4 is an end-to-end solution that provides broadcasters and service operators the most efficient way to deliver high-quality, accessible, immersive and personalized sound. It is also the only next-generation audio format capable of delivering Dolby Atmos.

Peek Into the Future With Innovative Demos on AV1, AI and VR

Harmonic will demonstrate several new innovations at IBC2018, including AV1 encoding capabilities for VOD content; artificial intelligence (AI) encoding technology that improves QoE for live video; and 8K tiling technology for the delivery of VOD VR content with Tiledmedia, Digital Immersion and Viaccess-Orca.

Harmonic will showcase its latest innovations at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam at stand 1.B20.

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ENCO Optimizes Remote Broadcast Opportunities for Automated Radio Workflows with WebDAD at IBC2018

ENCO has earmarked IBC2018 as the European debut its second-generation WebDAD platform, a cloud-based solution that now allows broadcasters to take full, native control of the radio station from any networked location.

Part of ENCO’s enCloud family, WebDAD provides users with a fully virtualized platform to remotely access and control their studio-based ENCO DAD radio automation systems.

WebDAD’s new user interface has been fully redesigned and optimized through an HTML5 architecture. The open, flexible nature of HTML5 programming ensures that broadcasters are no longer limited to specific web browsers, enabling complete native-level control from any workstation or mobile device.

“WebDAD’s second-generation platform transforms the possibilities of web-based remote control across automated radio broadcast workflows,” said Ken Frommert, President, ENCO. “Once limited to simple production tasks, we have broadened to include remote control opportunities across on-air presentation, playlist manipulation, voice tracking, and other critical tasks. Our HTML5-based re-design positions WebDAD as the most powerful and comprehensive browser-based interface on the market.”

WebDAD gives broadcasters and production teams a direct line to DAD and complete control of the one-air interface over IP via any standard web browser. This means that board operators no longer need to be physically at the radio station to control and playout a live radio show. WebDAD also introduces new operational efficiencies for full-time station personnel, and also allows part-time, contract, and remote staff to access the playout system from a laptop, tablet, smartphone or other connected device.

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“We’re giving a radio stations a valuable toolset to decentralize their workforces, and bring in on-air and production talent from around the world,” said Frommert. “Broadcasters have complete power and ability to voice track from anywhere, further moving broadcasters in the direction of a fully virtualized broadcast and production environment.”

WebDAD expands the enCloud product line, which includes popular tools for mobile journalism and remote voice tracking. ENCO will demonstrate WebDAD and the entire enCloud suite at the IBC2018, taking place September 14-18 at RAI Amsterdam. ENCO will exhibit at Stand 8.A59.

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