VITEC Enhances Sermons, Engages Congregations With Dual-Channel Multisite Streaming at WFX 2018

Featuring the MGW Ace encode/decode appliances with the company’s proprietary second-generation HEVC codec (Gen2+) and fully integrated with Renewed Vision’s ProVideoServer (PVS), the solution enables multicampus worship facilities to deliver two synchronized, low-latency, and broadcast-quality camera feeds to each campus, making it the ideal dual-input, dual-output, time-slipped media record and playout server.

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“Today, church production leaders are becoming increasingly responsible for engaging worshippers at several locations, and to do so affordably, with the best video quality and without any video errors that can detract from the experience or sense of community,” said Mark Robison, broadcast solutions specialist, at VITEC. “At WFX, attendees will see how our House of Worship Multisite Streaming Solution promotes successful multisite production workflows. Now, every member of the congregation can engage around the same rich video sermon from the main campus, bringing them closer together without straining already limited budgets.”

VITEC’s House of Worship Multisite Video Streaming Solution enables HOWs to stream and play back camera feeds in perfect synchronization, at the highest HD video quality available, and at the lowest possible latency at every campus. As a result, the campuses are united with the main church, providing members with a rich, engaging worship experience. Powered by VITEC’s second-generation codec (Gen2+), the solution bundles VITEC’s 100-percent hardware-based IP encoders and decoders featuring HEVC (H.265) bandwidth-efficient compression with stream protection protocol, ensuring pristine video quality. With 1080p60 4:2:2 10-bit video support, it’s the highest quality HEVC encoder on the market and is an ideal encoding solution for HOWs needing broadcast-quality video even on the largest screen. The versatile appliance is able to stream a single SDI input to up to four outputs. For example, it’s capable of sending two HEVC streams to remote campuses, an RTMP stream to a content delivery network (CDN) for live web distribution, and a user datagram protocol (UDP) multicast stream to the home church.

In addition, it integrates Renewed Vision’s ProVideoServer, a four-channel HD video server from the most trusted technology provider in the worship space. This enables facilities to record multiple camera feeds from the main campus, complete with embedded time code and multichannel audio, and play back those streams at each of the satellite campuses at any time.

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VITEC Exhibits Award-Winning Sports IPTV & Digital Signage Platform at Soccerex USA 2018

The easy-to-deploy solution simplifies management of game-day IPTV, digital signage, and video wall content, delivering captivating, high-quality video streams (up to 4K) that not only engage fans without adding engineering overhead, but also generate untapped revenue opportunities.

“The next few years will be pivotal for soccer franchises in North America as they prep their infrastructure for growth and the culmination of the 2026 matches,” said Joe Walsh, sales director — sports and entertainment venues, VITEC. “Our solution has redefined the way content is delivered to IPTV and digital signage displays, video walls, and to fans’ personal mobile devices in sports venues. As the chosen platform for American professional sports clubs, including soccer teams such as Minnesota United FC, VITEC allows franchises to deliver broadcast-quality video to every display throughout the venue, surrounding fans with excitement without adding complexity to the technology workflows.”

VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution for Sports Venues enables soccer franchises to seamlessly and cost-effectively stream high-quality live and on-demand video, create dynamic digital signs, and then deliver it to every display over the existing physical and wireless network infrastructure. The platform’s network-agnostic, modular architecture allows organizations to easily upgrade existing legacy video systems or deploy a turnkey IPTV and signage solution for a new build at a fraction of the cost of traditional digital signage solutions. Sports and entertainment facilities can offer the most advanced fan experience while reducing CAPEX and OPEX often associated with legacy solutions.

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The dedicated sporting venue solution also offers robust digital signage features including easy-to-use signage authoring, administration, and analytics tools. Driven by VITEC’s high-performance, hardware-based endpoints, operators can turn any screen in the network into a new monetary opportunity, delivering eye-catching digital content with dynamic data and the highest quality IPTV content — all managed from a centralized server. The onboard administration and analytics tools empower organizations by providing them with campaign information vital to pulling in untapped revenue streams. VITEC’s mobile app for iOS and Android devices lets users stream live video in addition to playing IPTV content. The platform’s integrated, user-friendly Media Library capabilities enable administrators to tag, edit, organize, store, search, and share media files, further streamlining media processes, from live streaming to recording, archiving, and collaboration.

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2018 Caribbean Premier League scores big with social video

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) enjoyed a sensational 2018 tournament both on and off the field. The annual T20 cricket series reached over 66 million people with social video clips and live streams delivered through Grabyo, the leading browser-based video production platform.

The Hero CPL engaged fans from across the world by distributing real-time highlights and key moments on social platforms. The tournament also live streamed matches to Facebook and Twitter, including the final between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders. The live social broadcasts, combined with highlights and clips, helped CPL achieve over 41 million views and 20.8 Million engagements across the tournament.

CPL was able to capture every key moment by creating and distributing clips instantly using Grabyo Studio. With a small team split between the Caribbean and the UK, using Grabyo reduced the time and resources needed to produce clips, allowing CPL to apply custom graphics and branding, whilst optimising the content for audiences on mobile, social and OTT.

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Grabyo’s Producer platform allowed CPL to live stream matches directly to Facebook and Twitter creating a community-based, shared viewing experience for the online audience. Live commenting and discussion on live video posts increases engagement and creates more memorable moments for fans, increasing viewer loyalty.

Grabyo Producer further enhances live streaming with graphic overlays and encourages user engagement with native polls and real-time data, highlighting audience input and comments.

Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO said: “The CPL is such a vibrant and exciting tournament, it was great to work with the team to help convey its raw energy and atmosphere to fans across social media. CPL also has fans from all over the world, growing in popularity year after year, which means many of its fans rely on digital platforms to follow the action. We’re proud that Grabyo can help solve production challenges and increase the scope of video distribution, something which has helped to grow the competition and fanbase across the globe.”

 

Vishnu Kumar, Head of Digital, Hero CPL said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response to this year’s tournament. The party gets bigger every year, with more interest from more players and fans. We knew we needed to focus on ensuring our global fan base could engage with every match, and social video was a great solution to make sure everyone, even those on the other side of the world, feel like they were included in our community. The speed and flexibility Grabyo’s platform offers was key in achieving this.”

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