Broadpeak AfricaCom 2018 Exhibitor Preview

With OTT video consumption growing, content providers and pay-TV operators in the region need scalable, cost-effective solutions for delivering content to any screen over any network, whether managed or unmanaged. At AfricaCom 2018, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how its CDN and video streaming solutions ensure an exceptional quality of experience (QoE) across all screens and increase the efficiency of multiscreen content delivery.

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At AfricaCom 2018, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how its CDN and video streaming solutions ensure an exceptional quality of experience (QoE) across all screens and increase the efficiency of multiscreen content delivery.

Improve the Efficiency of Multiscreen Delivery With CDN and Video Streaming Solutions

Broadpeak will demonstrate its comprehensive CDN and video streaming solutions for live and VOD delivery over any network at AfricaCom. By unifying video delivery to all screens, Broadpeak’s solutions dramatically reduce operational costs, maximize video delivery efficiencies, and improve the user experience for IPTV, cable, satellite, OTT, and mobile services. At the core of the CDN solution is:

  • BkM100 Video Delivery Mediator: Using this technology, pay-TV operators can effortlessly manage load balancing and failover tasks, continuously monitoring the popularity of content based on subscriber usage patterns. This allows operators to deliver live and VOD content to all screens in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • BkS350 Origin Server and Packager: Broadpeak’s origin packagers improve multiscreen video delivery over managed or open internet networks through on-the-fly packaging and encryption, as well as unique cache management capabilities. By processing and storing content only once, the origin packagers enable content providers and operators to deliver video to a broad range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, and game consoles at an optimized cost.
  • BkS400 Video Cache Servers: Broadpeak video cache servers offer massive streaming capacity over IP networks. The high-performance platform supports standard HTTP adaptive streaming for both live and on-demand applications.

Reduce CDN Costs With Local Video Caching Technology

At AfricaCom, Broadpeak will demonstrate BroadCache Box, a local video caching solution for broadcasters and content aggregators that dramatically reduces CDN costs while boosting subscribers’ QoE. BroadCache Box deploys local caches into telecom or cable operators’ networks and then stores the most popular content from a specific content provider. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end-users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bitrates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

Today, the most popular content can represent more than 80 percent of the video traffic, so caching at the internet service provider level significantly lowers CDN service costs. BroadCache Boxes do not generate any transit costs and can be used for both live and on-demand content, offering support for secured HTTPS connections.

Mutualize Resources for Multiscreen With Multicast ABR for Satellite and Terrestrial
Broadpeak is transforming multiscreen delivery with its nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution for satellite and terrestrial use cases. With nanoCDN, operators only need a single system to deliver high-quality video content, including advanced features like start-over TV, to all screens.

For terrestrial applications, nanoCDN allows operators to deliver live and VOD content on STBs as well as mobile devices via traditional broadcast transmission. In this scenario, content providers can event eliminate STBs and offer TV services via BYOD (bring your own device), a cost-saving solution that is perfect for MDU, public places, and transportation use cases.

For satellite applications, nanoCDN allows operators to cost-effectively deliver live and on-demand services across tablets, smartphones, connected TVs, and other OTT devices leveraging the end user’s set-top box or third-party satellite gateways that turn satellite feeds into WiFi video hotspots. Regardless of the number of viewers, the same bandwidth is used over the network. nanoCDN multicast ABR supports a variety of different use cases for satellite, including distribution to public places with WiFi hotspot, e-learning, isolated areas with limited broadband connections, and ships traveling in the ocean. This solution has been successfully deployed by leading operators in North America, Asia, and Europe.

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SMPTE Introduces Strategic Plan Focused on Better Supporting Evolving Media and Entertainment Industry

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, held its Annual General Membership meeting today at the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2018). In addition to introducing new officers and members of the SMPTE Board of Governors for 2019-2020, the Society’s leadership announced the completion of a strategic business plan that will guide the Society in becoming an even more valuable resource for individuals and organizations within the media and entertainment industry.

“The strategic business plan officially released today reflects the initiative championed by SMPTE president Matthew Goldman to examine the Society and to establish our guiding principles, vision, mission, and value propositions resulting in this new three-year strategic plan,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “I look forward to working with current and newly elected SMPTE Board of Governors leadership to achieve the ambitious objectives set out in this plan.”

The plan was introduced today by SMPTE President-Elect Patrick Griffis. As put forth in the plan, SMPTE’s guiding principles emphasize the Society’s role as a global organization and stress its ongoing commitment to being both inclusive and objective.

A refreshed SMPTE mission statement focuses on facilitating industry interoperability by setting industry standards, providing relevant education, and fostering an engaged membership community. The strategic plan further includes the Society’s first formal vision statement: SMPTE enables the technical framework and global professional community that makes motion-picture, television, and professional media available for all humanity to enjoy for artistic, educational, and social purposes.

SMPTE has tied its goals to the Society’s three pillars: standards, education, and membership. Moving forward, SMPTE will apply these values, vision, and mission statements to specific goals to better serve the global motion-picture, television, and professional media industry.

Within its standards work, the Society will create a Knowledge Network environment that enables state-of-the-art standards-development processes while improving how content is discovered, accessed, and monetized.

Within its education work, the Society will continue to enhance its offerings to become the comprehensive resource for industry-relevant professional development. SMPTE will continue providing education on emerging technologies that professionals must understand for continued career success.

In continuing to build SMPTE membership around the world, the Society will focus on extending its presence at the local Section level and on ensuring high levels of volunteer engagement, including recognition of service, to create a more robust and diverse global community for its members.

The SMPTE Board of Governors will be responsible for overseeing the Society’s new strategic business plan. Following recent elections for 2019-2020, the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors will include Griffis, vice president of technology at Dolby Laboratories; Executive Vice President Hans Hoffmann, senior manager, media production technologies, for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Technology and Innovation department; Education Vice President Sara Kudrle, product marketing manager at Imagine Communications; Secretary/Treasurer John E. Ferder; and Past President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology at MediaKind. Officers continuing in their current terms include SMPTE Standards Vice President Bruce Devlin of Mr MXF; and SMPTE Membership Vice President Peter Wharton, president of Happy Robotz.

In addition to the officers and governors that were previously elected by the membership and announced earlier this month, Lange today announced that the Board of Governors has appointed Patricia Keighley of IMAX as Finance Vice President, Thomas Mauro of Arvato as New York Regional Governor, as well as two governors-at-large: HPA President Seth Hallen and Brian Claypool of Christie Digital System.

Among the other topics covered at the Annual General Membership meeting, Lange provided updates on the status of membership and recent standards developments.

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Patrick Griffis, Barbara Lange, and Matthew Goldman at the SMPTE Annual General Membership meeting

SMPTE Past President Wendy Aylsworth, the Society’s first woman president, was recognized during the meeting for earning the prestigious Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, handed out by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which will be presented to her tomorrow at the Television Academy’s Engineering Emmy® Awards ceremony.

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KTEN Readies for Election Season with Upgrade to Broadcast Pix BPswitch Integrated Production Switcher

Owned by Lockwood Broadcast Group, KTEN’s studio is based in Denison, Texas, and produces more than seven hours of local news each weekday across its three channels. News broadcasts begin with morning news starting at 4:30 a.m. and conclude with a 10 p.m. newscast. The studio includes three robotic cameras and a stationary “grid cam,” which is used for bumps and other transitions.

Steven Martinez, assistant chief engineer, said one of the big benefits of the new switcher is its integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D graphics. Both he and Farrell are also excited about the new BPfusion software, which integrates seamlessly with NewBlueNTX to streamline the creation of data-intensive CG graphics. BPfusion automatically updates graphics using data from RSS feeds, Twitter, scoreboards, and other sources over IP. With simple drag-and-drop operation, BPfusion uses templates to integrate information into customized graphics like multi-layer election maps without re-keying the data.

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KTEN installed a new Broadcast Pix BPswitch integrated production switcher
in August to help improve its coverage during the upcoming election.

BPfusion also allows KTEN to import Adobe After Effects projects directly into NewBlueNTX. Previously, the graphics department had to render some graphics as Targa sequences, which added a cumbersome step to the production process. Now, the graphics are simply dropped into the BPswitch Watch-Folders media management system without re-rendering, then transferred to the switcher’s integrated clip store. Martinez said BPfusion has also “really streamlined our scoreboard gathering” for KTEN’s Friday night high school football show.

The new BPswitch, which replaced KTEN’s older Broadcast Pix Granite™ system, has helped the station enjoy more efficient news production with minimal retraining. For example, the station continues to use the built-in BPview™ multi-view, as well as the same control panel from the previous system. However, the station now produces two-box effects directly through the switcher, which Martinez said is much easier than relying on an aging DekoCast during live productions. Plus, instead of using a separate playout server, KTEN now stores and plays its roll-ins directly from the BPswitch.

 

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