Teletica brings 2018 World Cup to huge social video audience in Costa Rica

Teletica, Costa Rica’s first television company founded in 1958, partnered with cloud-video specialists Grabyo ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to take advantage of its exclusive TV broadcasting rights on social media.

A first for the broadcaster, Teletica published real-time, geo-restricted video clips from the tournament directly to Costa Rican users on Facebook and Twitter, achieving almost 18 million video views in a country with a total population of just under five million people.

Throughout the tournament, Teletica used the Grabyo platform to clip in-game highlights from its broadcast feed, creating horizontal and square videos optimised for mobile viewing, before publishing directly to Facebook and Twitter. The clips were distributed in in seconds generating 77 million impressions.

As one of the biggest broadcasters in Costa Rica, Teletica partnered with Grabyo to expand the reach of its World Cup content in order to satisfy demand from fans across the country. The television company recognised the size of the audience for social video, and the appetite for ‘near-live’ video clips at major sporting events. By partnering with Grabyo to deliver real-time highlights to Facebook and Twitter, Teletica expanded its reach dramatically and maximised its assets, driving viewers to its dedicated World Cup webpages and TV coverage.

Mike Kelley, President of Americas at Grabyo said: “We are proud to have been a part of such an innovative and customer-focused approach to broadcasting taken by Teletica for the 2018 World Cup. At Grabyo we see demand for social video hitting new heights every day across Latin America, especially real-time clips for sports. The number of views Teletica achieved speaks for itself – making the World Cup available for Costa Rican fans on every platform is fantastic.”

Utilising social platforms and distributing content in real-time is a great way to create shared experiences by connecting communities with similar interests, social video is an established and powerful tool for engaging viewers and building a loyal customer base.

Karla Stephanie Jimenez Mena, Coordinator of Social Networks and Interactive Projects at Teletica said: “Bringing the joy of the World Cup to people all over Costa Rica is something we are extremely proud of. The World Cup connects people from all over the world and we wanted to reflect this in our content. We saw people discussing the match clips on social media and, sharing the experience, which helped drive viewing for our broadcast TV coverage.”

VITEC Debuts MGW Diamond Encoder at IBC2018

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced the new multichannel HEVC MGW Diamond encoder on Stand 7.C34 at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18, in Amsterdam. The MGW Diamond adds quad-channel HEVC encoding in a compact and portable form factor to the VITEC HEVC product lineup.

“The MGW Diamond is a much-needed solution in our ever-changing video landscape,” said Richard Bernard, product manager at VITEC. “Its attractive channel-count-to-footprint ratio supports our customers’ field-based applications within the sports, enterprise, defense, and surveillance markets. VITEC’s comprehensive HEVC offering includes broadcast-grade contribution appliances, head-end 4K IPTV encoders and now, with the debut of the MGW Diamond, an ultra-compact, quad-channel streaming appliance for field applications.”

The MGW Diamond is a versatile solution that enables point-to-point and point-to-multipoint streaming with the benefits of low-bandwidth and low-latency streaming from four inputs with up to eight streams output. Making its global debut at IBC2018, the compact, power-efficient, and portable HEVC and H.264 HD/SD encoder is the ideal solution for any multichannel application with stringent size, weight, and power requirements (SWaP). The MGW Diamond delivers HEVC encoding in a fraction of the footprint of comparable encoders, with the ability to capture up to four 3G/HD/SD-SDI or composite inputs and live stream up to eight channels.

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Online video platform for MXGP-TV

Going OTT is another step towards a business environment where more and more content creators get into a direct relationship with content consumers. It shortcuts the distribution and aggregation platforms.

“Since video combines the emotional impact of story with the efficacy of digital advertising, it is a perfect way for businesses to authentically engage with today’s consumers” Oren Boiman, CEO of Magisto

Selecting the appropriate partner is essential to succeed in this transition. The service shall be resilient and user-centric. It shall be as well evolutive, in such that new features and capabilities can be added over time.

Background

In 2008, YouthStream, the motocross World Championship producer, wanted to extend its reach beyond traditional broadcast by live streaming the various MXGP and MX2 races. Since then, the service has been developed in a true partnership, offering an ever evolving experience to fans around the world.

Challenge

DesalleSat_MXGP_3_ESP_2018Although disruption usually takes longer than expected, one should rather start early than fight for catching-up. The motocross World Championship has been distributed worldwide for decades. With the advent of internet distribution, YouthStream desired to develop a privileged relationship with fans around the world, by offering live and on-demand streaming.

By then, streaming technology was pretty immature, and it was of paramount importance to work along a trusted partner that had some experience in the emerging industry.

It was essential to control costs while ensuring service quality and evolution.

In addition the service had to be built upon pay-per-view (or subscription) model, generating new revenue stream for YouthStream.

“Back in 2008, it was pretty a pretty bold move to move our content on the internet. Remember that by then the technologies at hand were pretty immature, could it be from a platform perspective or from the user terminals (not really talking about devices as the iPhone was in the stores for less than one year). It was essential for us to partner with a firm having both experience and capability to grow the service with flexibility and agility. Over the years (10 already), Freecaster has proven to be the right choice. We actually work with them in a true partnership rather than a sour client-customer relationship.” Charlotte Menard, Director TV Department, MXGP.

Solution

Pootjes_MXGP_4_TN_2018Freecaster (BCE’s partner) was by then already active in extreme sports, having brought a.o. mountain biking and BMX live to the internet.

Beyond the references, Freecaster state-of-mind, showing flexibility, agility and efficiency was essential in selecting the appropriate partner.

Online video continuously develops: encoding and distribution technologies evolve with the evolution towards more quality and efficiency; consumer devices increase in variety and performance. In its offering, Freecaster handle this evolution throughout all stages: transcoding, video player, payment management and website.

Evolution

MX2start_MXGP_4_TN_2018Over the past ten years, the service has been significantly evolving. MXGP-TV is now benefiting from Freecaster partnerships with major CDN’s ensuring a smooth delivery worldwide, from integration with ad-servers, from a modern statistics module and more recently on anti-piracy service.

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The solution relies on Freecaster’s OTT platform. It leverages:

  • Efficiency of the Freecaster servicing capabilities;
  • Flexibility, speed and robustness of the Freecaster OTT platform delivering live web-streaming services;
  • Openness of Freecaster’s media player for enhanced digital experience of the solution end-users.

“You’re never set with online video: the technology keeps on evolving. Our service has to lead the pack across all dimensions: platform robustness and capabilities, video quality, customer experience etc… The Freecaster team always strives to find solutions to our issues: developments are done swiftly when required, integration with third party services are completed when more convenient. Being pragmatic is essential to succeed. And when this pragmatism is based on trust, we have a winning team.” Charlotte Menard, Director TV Department, MXGP.

Meet Freecaster and BCE at IBC2018 on stand 7.C37 in hall 7.

LYNX Technik AG at IBC With New Products and Cloud Processing Solution

On display are new modules for the yellobrik® interface, RFR 1218, a new yellobrik rackframe as well as new APPS for the greenMachine® titan platform. As a world’s first, LYNX will showcase LYNX AIR, a new cloud-based signal processing solution that marks LYNX’ move into cloud-based processing without any hardware used.

With the introduction of yellobrik C_EH_1911 LYNX continues its path in offering its customers future-proof solutions for today’s and tomorrows broadcast and media workflows by adding a SMPTE 2110 to HDMI SDI converter to its yellobrik product family. The C_EH_1911 yellobrik works as a bridge between SMPTE ST 2110 video over IP signals and HDMI, thus closing a gap in IP-based video production environments. The converter enables easy and seamless integration of HDMI displays or any other HDMI capable device into SMPTE ST 2110 environments.

At IBC LYNX will show a new version of its well-known rackframe solutions. The RFR 1218 is the answer to common usage of converter modules in large quantities as infrastructure and mission-critical entities. By using a 19” rack tray the RFR 1218 allows for more converters to be added to one unit, increased rack-depth and offers better accessibility for the whole tray. The RFR 1218 is equipped with RJ45 Ethernet ports acting as USB to Ethernet bridges, and giving access to all mounted yellobrik converters used in the rackframe. This new feature enables the network control of all yellobrik modules by using a central web-based GUI.

As a world’s first, LYNX will showcase LYNX AIR, a new solution for cloud-based signal processing. With AIR LYNX takes a step into separating the processing power from the physical hardware. Employing LYNX AIR customers can benefit from various advantages when working in remote productions. All processing is done in the cloud, and no physical hardware is needed or has to be moved from one site to the other. Further benefits are nearly endless scalability when it comes to processing power and reduced costs because customers pay only for what they really use – exact to the minute.

Furthermore, LYNX will introduce two new APPS to the greenMachine® platform. The MADI APP and the HDR APP both run on the greenMachine titan. The greenMachine titan MADI APP offers 64 inputs and 64 outputs on an optical fiber SFP connector basis. MADI APP furthermore expands greenMachine’s internal audio matrix by 64 inputs and 64 outputs (MADI IN and MADI OUT). The greenMachine titan HDR APP provides conversion of SDR to HDR and HDR to SDR signals and is fully configurable using LYNX greenGUI for setting the relevant parameters.

LYNX Technik AG will be at IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14 to18 in hall 8, stand C70.

GatesAir Addresses Broadcast and IT Convergence with New Intraplex Audio over IP Transport Platform at IBC2018

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil a new Intraplex Audio over IP transport technology demonstration at IBC2018 that directly addresses the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure.

The software-defined innovation will be GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server, providing broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution. GatesAir will demonstrate the solution at Stand 8.D60 from September 14-18 at the RAI Amsterdam, with shipping to follow in 2019.

The integration of multichannel Audio over IP transport into a facility’s IT infrastructure offers several tangible benefits for broadcasters and network operators. The platform first streamlines installation and management by removing the need for many separate codecs and auxiliary hardware components, freeing multiple equipment racks in enterprise-level facilities. Furthermore, the highly scalable solution, which is compatible with AES67 and Dante on the studio side, will allow users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralized cloud platform – an industry-first in Audio over IP networking for broadcasters. SRT is a low-latency open source media streaming protocol which provides packet encryption and re-transmission capabilities for reliability and security.

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To further strengthen stream robustness and reliability, GatesAir is additionally integrating Dynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies data across redundant networks to SRT. The addition of DSS to SRT will add additional protection against certain types of packet losses and complete network failures.

“As broadcast and IT convergence accelerates, the industry is in need of solutions that cleanly integrate into the IT infrastructure and implement secure, reliable transport across wide-area networks,” said Keyur Parikh, Vice President and General Manager, Intraplex Product Line. “Broadcast networks will now have a simple platform to manage many channels coming in and out of the studio or headend that runs on a single, highly-redundant, multi-core server, versus maintaining multiple racks of hardware codecs. Additionally, our SRT capability increases stream security and reliability through re-transmission of lost packets and payload encryption. The added value of Dynamic Stream Splicing, a proven technology used worldwide in IP Link codecs today, will arguably create the industry’s most robust and reliable Audio over IP transport platform.”

GatesAir will also use IBC as the European debut for two Intraplex intelligent IP network solutions introduced at the 2018 NAB Show:

  • IPConnect, an IP networking gateway that employs a combination of packet protection schemes, network/time diversity and packet-level forward error correction to solve the problem of reliable data transport and packet loss across complex networks
  • IP Link 200A, a AES67-compliant codec that combines audio encoding and decoding with optional built-in GPS for tightly synchronized single-frequency networking operations

The GatesAir Intraplex IP Link product family also includes LiveLook software for analyzing and monitoring all of the streams being transported on an IP network, and generating reports and graphs to illustrate real-time and historical performance. GatesAir’s family of Intraplex IP Link products can be used with any transmitter on the market, making their deployments even more flexible and accessible to broadcasters worldwide.

Square Box Systems CEO Dave Clack to Present at IABM Future Trends Theatre in IBC2018 Future Zone

Square Box Systems, the company behind the industry-leading CatDV media asset management (MAM) system, today announced that CEO Dave Clack has been chosen to speak at the IABM Future Trends Theatre in the IBC2018 Future Zone.

Clack’s presentation, titled “Transforming Media Asset Management With Artificial Intelligence,” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, 11:20-11:40 a.m. The IBC2018 Future Zone will be located in Hall 8 of the RAI Amsterdam.

Clack will present a new vision for MAM driven by AI-based speech recognition, video analysis, and image analysis capabilities. He will describe how partnerships with leading AI vendors and aggregators can put a world of powerful new logging, tagging, and search capabilities at MAM users’ fingertips and make it easier than ever for operations to access, manage, and archive tremendous volumes of content.

“In this presentation, we’re looking forward to how media workflows can be transformed through the pairing of leading-edge AI-based media analysis platforms with today’s most advanced MAM solutions,” Clack said. “Combining AI engines that automatically log and tag content with the power of MAM and media workflow automation tools yields powerful benefits. Users can unlock the potential of speech to text and automatic language translation, and they can tag content automatically based on attributes such as people, places, things, and even sentiment.”

Square Box Systems’ CatDV, one of the world’s most widely adopted MAMs, helps teams organize, communicate, and collaborate effectively in organizations that create or manage a large volume of digital media. Targeting production, postproduction, and repurposing of finished media assets, CatDV is well-suited to content creators in traditional broadcast and production, as well as many other types of businesses.

At IBC2018, CatDV will be on display in Square Box Systems’ stand, 7.A51.

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DVB to Demonstrate State-of-the-Art Hybrid Media Delivery at IBC2018

By specifying systems for seamless media delivery across all platforms and formats, including linear and on-demand, broadcast and OTT, mobile, HD and UHD, DVB ensures that the industry can deliver high-quality content to every screen.

“At IBC, we will show how DVB specifications are already making OTT delivery of audiovisual content just as user-friendly as classical delivery solutions, and how everything fits together seamlessly,” said Peter MacAvock, Chair of DVB. “DVB was the cornerstone of the transition from analog to digital and from SD to HD and UHD. In developing DVB-I, we will unlock the full potential of hybrid delivery, targeting any media device and enabling exciting new services.”

DVB-I is a new suite of DVB specifications that will make the OTT viewing experience similar to that of linear broadcast TV, and will provide an additional deployment option for broadcasters and operators. DVB-DASH, including its Low Latency version, will be a core element of DVB-I, as will adaptive media streaming over IP multicast, which offers the potential of broadcast-like scalability in both managed and OTT networks.

DVB technologies for hybrid media delivery demonstrated at IBC2018 will include DVB-T2, DVB-DASH, and DVB-CSS (Companion Screens and Streams), augmented with services based on HbbTV. Demo partners include IRT, the HbbTV Association, and Panasonic. Linear HDTV will be delivered over DVB-T2 and DVB-DASH, presented within the same EPG to ensure a seamless viewing experience for end users. During the demo, DVB will highlight how end users can access additional UHD content via an HbbTV app, synchronized audio channels via a second screen using DVB-CSS, as well as interactive HbbTV apps.

The DVB stand will feature an interoperability demo of DVB Single Illumination System (DVB-SIS), a new specification that enables terrestrial signals to be generated from a DTH satellite feed, allowing more efficient use of satellite transponder capacity. The demonstration of the DVB-SIS combines DVB-S2 distribution with DVB-T2 contribution to showcase interoperability between products from demo partners ENENSYS Technologies and Nevion. Additional support for the demo will be provided by ATEME, LG, and Panasonic.

DVB will also host a conceptual demonstration by Harmonic to highlight the potential benefits of low-latency DASH, which is currently in development as a DVB specification.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary at IBC2018, DVB is hosting a free-to-attend conference session titled “DVB at 25: end of the line or start of a new adventure?” on Friday, 14 Sept. at 11:30 in room G102/103 of the RAI. The session will start with a keynote speech by MX1 CEO Wilfried Urner, followed by a panel discussion about the future role of DVB.

Continuing the celebration, a cocktail reception will be hosted by DVB on Friday, 14 Sept. from 17:00 to 19:00 at the DVB stand, 1.D81. The reception is sponsored by DVB members Broadcast Networks Europe, Dolby, Funke Digital TV, Neotion, and Newtec.

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