Eutelsat takes a further step in the integration of satellite into the IP ecosystem with the launch of Eutelsat CIRRUS

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) is launching Eutelsat CIRRUS, a hybrid satellite-OTT delivery solution, enabling broadcasters to offer a flexible, seamless content experience across multiple screens.

Eutelsat CIRRUS will provide a turnkey content delivery solution via satellite and OTT to operators seeking to launch or upgrade their service, offering the benefits of rapidly deployed video services, low operational costs, high image quality and consistent end-user experience. Through its dual offer of turnkey DTH services and OTT multiscreen delivery, this new service represents a further step for Eutelsat in the integration of satellite into the IP ecosystem.

Turnkey TV distribution service

Eutelsat CIRRUS’ turnkey DTH service will provide satellite TV broadcasters with end-to-end video distribution combined with cloud-based service management. Bringing together the strengths of traditional DTH with next-generation features, the fully integrated platform will deliver an enriched viewer experience through live channel broadcasting, channel numbering, programme information, content security, subscriber and set-top box management.

Seamless and integrated multi-screen user experience

A multi-screen offer will complement the traditional DTH broadcast service with simultaneous OTT streaming through a native hybrid platform. It will enable end-users to watch video content on devices such as mobile phones and tablets, access multiple programmes, record and rewind, and view a rich array of programme information, while providing business rules management and usage reporting for Eutelsat’s broadcast customers.

Eutelsat CIRRUS is built on an innovative roadmap guaranteeing product evolution and ensuring the delivery state-of-the-art features for viewers by enabling operators to integrate new features and maintain a competitive offer without the need for support or technical upgrades.

Meet Eutelsat at IBC, hall 1, stand D.59 where Eutelsat CIRRUS will be on demo.

Renewed Vision Amplifies Live Production Efficiency and Redundancy in Latest PVP Release

Renewed Vision has released a powerful new version of its ProVideoPlayer3 (PVP3) multi-screen media server, video processor and screen control solution for live production environments.

Now available for download at the company’s website, the PVP 3.2 release centralizes playback functions to a single workstation, simplifying live production operations for today’s largest broadcast and commercial AV events. The software also adds powerful new synchronization, control and management functions that further elevate its market-leading price-to-performance ratio.

PVP 3.2 retains all enhancements introduced in the 3.1 release, including support for the industry-standard DMX512-A lighting control protocol and an integrated HTTP control server for improved data management and integration. PVP 3.2 amplifies the overall value proposition for customers with the ability to synchronize SDI feeds across multiple outputs, while simplifying how users manage effects and transitions in dynamic live productions.

“PVP 3.2 builds on the stable foundation of our best-in-class engine with substantial new playback features and benefits that add signal I/O density and centralize operations to a single workstation,” said Brad Weston, President, Renewed Vision. “It is now possible to play back and frame-synchronize multiple 1080p60 or 4K SDI outputs from one machine. We’ve already seen PVP 3.2 projects with 12 1080p60 outputs and a 4K output off of the same single machine.”

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PVP 3.2 also strengthens its effectiveness for live productions by integrating network triggering for backup instances. This effectively adds a redundancy layer with seamless backup protection while in midst of a big event.

“Renewed Vision has consistently improved stability with each PVP release, and we have reached a new level in PVP 3.2,” said Weston. “That said, when the unforeseen should occur, our customers can retain the efficiency of single-machine operation while also achieving redundancy through network triggering that seamlessly triggers backup machines throughout the event.”

While centralizing operations to a single machine is the main value proposition of PVP 3.2, Renewed Vision has also responded to rental market requests to simplify license use across different workstations. The latest release allows users to transfer licenses between machines using a USB dongle without online activation and deactivation. This is especially useful for PVP3 customers working in rental and touring environments as it puts customers in control of their own license management.

Ideal for both fixed and event-based applications in markets including broadcast, corporate events, concert staging and many other professional AV verticals, PVP 3.2 empowers users to design and deliver rich visual experiences spanning multiple interactive, resolution-independent displays. The new playback, control and stability benefits of PVP 3.2 complement the extensive communications and control advances introduced in PVP 3.1; as well as other foundational features of PVP. These include direct SDI outputs, interactive screen control functionality, an enhanced low-latency video playout engine, and the integration of NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI®) technology for live, IP-based production workflows.

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Qligent to Showcase New Big Data Analytics Platform for Cloud-Based Monitoring at IBC2018

In an effort to communicate the value proposition of real-time analytics in a cloud-based monitoring workflow, Qligent will demonstrate a real-world MVPD deployment of its Vision SQM platform that leverages its second-generation, big data processing engine for viewer satisfaction.

The project verifies the overall Quality of Experience (QoE) that subscribers have while live streaming sports, recording a show, watching video on demand, browsing the program guide, or accessing any other content or service.

With this unprecedented level of real-time delivery analytics to understand each individual subscriber, which Qligent officially launches at IBC (September 14-18, Amsterdam RAI), MVPDs and other service providers can easily identify network performance issues sooner and take swift, decisive action to ensure consistently higher customer satisfaction. Qligent exhibits at Stand 8.E47.

Uncovering Silent Sufferers

As a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, Qligent developed this big data analytics solution as a special engineering project requested through a European MVPD that sought a more detailed understanding of the user experience for its Quad-Play (TV, broadband, mobile and IP phone) services.

“In this highly competitive media environment, people have nearly unlimited options to access rich media content, and once they’re gone, it’s hard to get them back,” said Qligent COO Ted Korte. “Recognizing that ‘churn’ is a big problem that hurts their growth and bottom line, MVPDs want to get out in front of network service issues before their customers become disgruntled, post damaging reviews online, and potentially abandon their service altogether.”

Qligent’s second-generation big data processing solution is especially powerful as it looks beyond the obvious pain points to uncover “Silent Sufferers.” These are the subscribers who experience service difficulties, but never complain to customer service. They just decide to drop the service.

“By proactively reaching out to these suffering users—whether it’s one person or tens of millions—and telling them, ‘We see you had a problem and we’re going to make it right for you,’ MVPDs can show their commitment to delivering that optimal user experience that keeps customers happy, engaged and on-board.”

Automated End-to-End

Qligent will demonstrate the real-world benefits that this special project accomplished, and discuss how other media and entertainment companies can achieve a better understanding of their own end-users’ QoE.

“This fully automated, cloud-based deployment of Vision is designed to handle the ‘three V’s’—volume, variety, and velocity—of big data pouring in from several databases and live systems across the enterprise, as well as data relayed by IOT and virtual probes monitoring the downstream distribution channels out to the last mile,” said Korte. The probes can even double-check and verify that any trouble an end-user is having is indeed being caused by poor network performance, and not false data like “operator error” that can throw off the big picture analysis.”

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“Vision was deployed for high scalability and throughput using common big data technologies such as Docker Containers, Microservices, and Kubernetes to fit seamlessly within the client’s unique operational ecosystem,” Korte added. “This means tapping into the MVPD’s customer relationship management (CRM), Business and Operations Support Systems (BSS/OSS), media asset management (MAM), and other business systems, as well as Vision’s own QC monitoring database.”

For example, this big data deployment of Vision reaches into the customer’s CRM profile and can open a trouble ticket, send out customer service alerts, and close the ticket once the issue is resolved—all in an automated, real-time manner. The data mining process follows a logical path, sifting through, augmenting, and evaluating multiple layers of voluminous data in real-time to promptly determine how, where, and for how long network performance fell short of customer expectations. With this workflow, Vision’s big data processing capabilities answer the “How is my QoE?” question by first evaluating video and audio quality, whether the right program and ad content aired, and if the set-top box and router is working in the home.

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“This big data deployment of Vision is the most comprehensive way that service providers can gain valuable insights into what’s going on across their networks, out to the viewer, so they can take steps to ensure a high QoE for their customers and completely eliminate silent sufferers,” concluded Korte.

Nevion extends LAN and WAN transport and processing capabilities of flagship software-defined media node

Nevion, the award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, is demonstrating a range of new and enhanced features now available on its flagship software-defined media node platform, Nevion Virtuoso, at IBC2018.

Originally launched at IBC2016, Nevion Virtuoso now includes enhanced SMPTE 2110 support (10/20/21/30/31/40) with a new multichannel audio digital interface (MADI) to and from SMPTE 2110 30/31. Nevion Virtuoso also features SMPTE ST 2022-7/SIPS protection for audio, audio gain and delay handling, pre-compressed audio IP and automatic Dolby E re-alignment. A further addition to the platform’s functionality is the new break-before-make (BBM) clean switching capability that enables fast switching between sources.

Nevion Virtuoso also has new IP media edge features, designed for where IP LAN meets IP WAN. These include a firewall for network isolation, network address translations, SMPTE ST 2022-7/SIPS hitless protection, unicast to multicast conversion, RTP /IP monitoring, UDP/IP to RTP/IP conversion and bitrate policing.

At IBC2018, Nevion is also demonstrating an implementation on the Nevion Virtuoso of the new RIST (Reliable Internet Stream Transport) protocol, defined by the VSF to provide protection on nondedicated networks such the Internet where Quality of Service (QoS) can be an issue.

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Nevion is also showing on Nevion Virtuoso the recently announced industry-wide BISS/CA encryption standard. Designed to minimize the risk of piracy of live content by strengthening transport security, this allows cryptographic entitlements to be transported, together with the live video content, in-band. It also enables the rights holder to grant or revoke usage rights in real-time.

Johnny Dolvik, chief product and development officer for Nevion, said: “Nevion Virtuoso has seen a huge growth in its capabilities since it was launched at IBC two years ago. We’re committed to ensuring our flagship solution incorporates current standards, while looking to the future to integrate upcoming changes that will allow more leaner and nimbler production for our customers.”

At IBC2018, Nevion Virtuoso is already used in demonstrations on the booths of Arista (8.E30), Cisco (1.A71), EBU (10.F20), PHABRIX (10.B12), Tektronix (5.A73) and the TICO Alliance (10.D31).

In addition, Nevion Virtuoso is also at the SMPTE ST 2110 demonstrations on the IP Showcase at IBC2018. The IP Showcase has been a feature at major industry trade shows since IBC2016 and has been instrumental in helping the industry to galvanize behind the standards-based approach to IP. The event is hosted by 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).

Visit Nevion today! On stand 1.B71 at IBC2018 at RAI, Amsterdam 14-18 September.

TVU Networks MediaMind AI solution demonstrates step-change in ROI and efficiency at IBC2018

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that the TVU MediaMind solution portfolio is to make IBC debut. TVU Networks will demonstrate (IBC stand: 2. B28) how this AI-led set of solutions can enable broadcasters and operators to migrate seamlessly towards the ‘smart studio’ of the future, delivering ROI and efficiency benefits both now and moving forward.

At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame and are instantly shareable. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the right content. With cloud-based TVU Producer, different content can be cost-effectively created for different platforms or even audience groups. MediaMind also simplifies the process of transporting video to the studio, through the TVU Contribution Automation solution automating the planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing as well featuring integrated metadata and contribution management.

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TVU MediaMind features voice and object recognition

“The great advantage of our MediaMind architecture is that it delivers ROI enhancement right now and will accelerate this, as the broadcast industry moves towards the considerable financial benefits of ‘smart studio’ AI-led content creation and personalized media distribution,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks.

Today, MediaMind ROI enhancing benefits include:

  • Automatic metadata generation and enrichment
  • Powerful real-time search through indexing video based upon metadata
  • Simplifying video acquisition and contribution through bringing the power of AI to all OB scenarios, from video journalists, single camera shoots and multi-camera shoots
  • Automation of time consuming necessary tasks such as clip generation, compliance, graphics creation, sub-titling, transcription, translation, etc..
  • AI-aided editing can make this time-consuming process more efficient and capable of being handled professionally by non-experts
  • AI-powered automated optimisation of video for distribution to all devices and over all platforms
  • Enables operators to move towards increasingly granular automated media distribution, leading to personalized distribution of content for specific audiences.

“It’s TVU’s aim that its AI-led MediaMind portfolio of solutions will open the floodgates for how media is produced, distributed and consumed. We will do this through simplifying and automating the processes involved in creating one port that can feed all social media, digital and broadcast channels. Right now, producers hand-craft the multiple versions required for a TV show. In the ‘smart studio’ AI engines, such as our MediaMind solutions, will automate the assembly of the material and deliver it in the most effective way to the target audience,” concluded Shen.

Future Vision Entertainment and Windy City Broadcasting Strike $3.5 Million Deal for Two FM Radio Translators

Windy City Broadcasting today announced that it has sold two translators to Future Vision Entertainment, an urban format broadcaster based in Chicago, in a $3.5 million deal.

The co-channel translators, W236BG and W236CF, are located atop Willis Tower and in the Elmwood Park neighborhood to support the Future Vision Entertainment’s new FM station, heard locally on 95.1.

The translators have been redeployed as a MaxxCasting solution from GeoBroadcast Solutions (GBS). Using GBS’ patented technology, the co-channel translator architecture effectively extends coverage to approximately 2.5 million more potential listeners. Importantly, the signal will reach many additional Nielsen Portable People Meter (PPM) encoders than what would have otherwise been possible with a single translator.

Windy City Broadcasting, the previous translator owners, sold the two translators to Future Vision Entertainment owner Lamont Watts. The signal now penetrates the entire south and southwest sides of Chicago — important target neighborhoods for Future Vision Entertainment’s urban format, “Clubsteppin’”. Launched 12 years ago by Watts, Clubsteppin’ was previously a streaming-only radio service.

“We were confident and bullish about the effectiveness of these two translators to deliver a clear signal in these very important city neighborhoods for Future Vision Entertainment,” said John Bridge, owner of Windy City Broadcasting. “We worked closely with the GBS team through the transaction to ensure that its careful software modeling would eliminate the multipath and interference concerns of using two co-channel translators. The results are quickly proving that effectiveness.”

 

“This deal has established the signal coverage and geo-targeting requirements we sought for Clubsteppin’ in Chicago, and are now reaching more than 95% of the city’s African-American population,” said Watts. “As the first terrestrial FM broadcast for the Clubsteppin’ format, it was important to get this right from the first day. Working closely with Windy City Broadcasting and GBS has ensured that we are serving our regional audience in the best and most effective manner.”

World Premiere at IBC (O.E02) For New Cable Camera System Robycam Compact

Named Robycam Compact the new system will be at the stand in full function flying over the visitors and showing augmented reality integration.

Robyhead-R3-EditRobycam Compact is a smaller version of the Robycam 3D cable-suspended camera system. Same as its bigger brother, the camera can move freely through space in vertical and horizontal dimensions allowing to shoot spectacular images from all viewing angles that no other camera can achieve.

Robycam Compact is designed for TV studios and small and medium-sized sports venues, for example, basketball or ice-hockey halls. The winches of the system may be easily placed in venues with limited space still providing enough pulling force to maximise the working height of the camera. The compact and lightweight dolly with a gyro-stabilised camera-head allow for the control of camera orientation and lens parameters. Robycam Compact is available both for fixed installations and in a mobile variant for multi-event applications.

WinchRobycam Compact key-features:

  • Flying area of 80 x 80 m (260 x 260 ft)
  • Top speed of up to 4.5 m/s
  • Fiber-optic lines integrated into all catenary cables
  • HD, UHD, HDR
  • Integrated AR-camera tracking solution (no third-party equipment required)
  • Safety: Complies with DGUV 17/18 (former BGV-C1) German safety standard and all other major national regulations
  • Winches with a small form-factor
  • Can be equipped with all standard compact cameras (Grass Valley, SONY, IKEGAMI, Panasonic, …) / ENG-Lenses (Canon, Fujinon)