V-Nova PERSEUS Plus available in Telestream Encoding Solution

Telestream Lightspeed Live provides live multi-screen encoding, packaging and distribution in addition to multichannel video capture and processing. With PERSEUS Plus integrated with Lightspeed Live, operators and service providers can deploy the most efficient and cost-effective encoding and transcoding solutions for live streaming on the market. PERSEUS will be available in Lightspeed Live Stream from version 3.0.

PERSEUS Plus enables video to be transmitted at half the bitrate of existing h.264 solutions whilst improving picture quality, and the low complexity of PERSEUS Plus h.264 also increases encoding density by 2-3x when compared to HEVC.

The combination of the two technologies offers video service operators unparalleled performance, serving their customers with the highest quality of experience while significantly increasing operational efficiency.

“We have always been committed to ensuring our customers have access to the most innovative and advanced video delivery capabilities on the market,” said Scott Murray, VP of Product Management at Telestream. “It is clear that V-Nova’s unique PERSEUS codec plays a key role in rolling out higher-quality and more efficient video services. We’re delighted to be able to offer PERSEUS to our customers.”

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Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder at V-Nova, said, “We are seeing tremendous momentum with major international video service providers looking to upgrade their video delivery to achieve higher quality. Telestream has come up time and time again as the preferred encoder vendor for so many of them and we’re excited that they will now have an out-of-the-box solution to switch on the power of PERSEUS Plus delivery.”

Working within industry-standard formats like MPEG-TS, HLS and MPEG-DASH, PERSEUS Plus delivers the best picture quality across any platform, even at low bandwidths. PERSEUS Plus leverages existing dedicated decoder hardware acceleration and works in tandem with existing codecs including AVC/h.264, HEVC, VP9 or in the future AV1 to offer the highest device compatibility in the market. This approach enables all devices to be software updated to receive substantially more efficient video compression without impacting power consumption or decoding reliability.

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SENTECH and Broadpeak Demonstrated OTT Multiscreen Video Delivery Via DVB-T2 at AfricaCom 2018

At AfricaCom 2018, Broadpeak®  showcased its solution for OTT multiscreen video delivery via DVB-T2 networks with SENTECH, a leading Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service provider in sub-Saharan Africa. During the demo, SENTECH relied on Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution and third-party technologies from Teamcast and Noovo to cost-efficiently deliver high-quality video to all screens.

“We are excited to expand our footprint into OTT and CDN environments in the near future and address the growing consumer demand for television on every screen,” said Mlamli Booi, the CEO of SENTECH. “SENTECH has been exploring an innovative solution to deliver data and OTT content over DTT networks for quite some time now. AfricaCom is the perfect opportunity to demo how Sentech and Broadpeak are leading the way for solving the scalability and cost- constraint issues linked to OTT multiscreen delivery over terrestrial networks in Africa.”

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During the demo, SENTECH used Broadpeak’s BkE200 transcaster server to transform unicast streams into multicast. Broadpeak’s nanoCDN agent wa sdeployed in DVB-T2 home gateways from Noovo to convert multicast streams back into unicast and deliver the content to ABR devices. Teamcast provided encapsulation and DVB-T2 modulation technologies. The solution enables the delivery of video content to millions of simultaneous viewers using a single multicast session over the network.

“The African OTT market is booming, and we are thrilled to partner with SENTECH, Teamcast, and Noovo to facilitate its growth,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “By testing out multicast ABR technology for OTT multiscreen service delivery via DVB-T2, SENTECH is positioning itself as a broadcast leader in Africa.”

nanoCDN is changing the face of OTT delivery via terrestrial networks by enabling service providers like SENTECH to deliver live and VOD content to STBs and mobile devices in a way that is scalable and cost-effective.

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Boothbay Region Community Television Reignites Itself through Live Streaming with Cablecast Community Media Platform

First established in 1995 as an ad hoc committee of the Boothbay Harbor town government, Boothbay Region Community Television (BRCTV) inspires, educates and facilitates video and filmmaking not only in the Boothbay Region, but across the entire state of Maine. When the station set out to refresh and reinvent itself last year with an emphasis on live streaming, they chose the Cablecast Community Media platform and Cablecast Reflect cloud-based stream delivery service from Tightrope Media Systems as the linchpins of its operations.

“Public access television in our town started as all-volunteer, but had evolved to a full-time person doing most of the film-making, which made it more like commercial TV than community media,” said Cody Mitchell, station manager and director of photography at BRCTV. “In the last 18 months, we’ve undergone a major change in character and mission, with a renewed emphasis on volunteerism. Technology has also advanced significantly in the last five years, so while we still broadcast on Spectrum, we’ve chosen to make live streaming our bread and butter. I’m part of the younger age group that isn’t watching cable but should still be able to watch public access. For BRCTV, live streaming isn’t just an adjunct to our cable channel – it’s our primary medium.”

When Mitchell and the new board of directors came in to revitalize BRCTV, the station had no dedicated studio space nor scheduling system for their broadcasts; its pre-millennial automation system was no longer usable, so DVDs were being burned weekly and played out in a loop. Mitchell wanted the station’s new infrastructure to be designed around their fresh live streaming focus, while giving BRCTV the foundation to re-engage their community.

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“We wanted the tools to do it right, enabling professional-looking results that show our value to the community,” he said.

BRCTV purchased a Cablecast Flex Lite playout server, Cablecast Live streaming system and Carousel bulletin board system from reseller Headlight Audio Visual. Beyond meeting the station’s live streaming requirements, Mitchell also found the platform’s easy-to-use scheduling and automation capabilities ideal for their volunteer-run operations.

“Cablecast fit our workflow really well,” he explained. “The intuitive scheduling interface is great, and has a lot of tools that really help us manage the maddening puzzle of fitting all of our programming pieces together. Being able to access the system remotely through the web-based interface is fantastic, as the volunteers I assign to do scheduling and manage Carousel can do so from home any time they want. Multiple volunteers can even work on different parts of the schedule at the same time.”

BRCTV’s Cablecast Live server automatically creates bandwidth-efficient H.264 streams in high definition and sends them to the Cablecast Reflect service for delivery to viewers through the station’s website and custom-coded Apple TV and Roku channels.

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“We have 35Mbps fiber Internet connectivity, but that can be chewed up really quickly by live streams of a sensational government meeting or other popular program,” explained Mitchell. “Our streaming must be reliable, or the community won’t embrace it. We had made previous attempts at smartphone delivery that didn’t work out, but with Cablecast Reflect we’ve been very successful right out of the gate. It’s been very dependable while also being very affordable for live linear streaming.”

Mitchell lauds the graphic overlay capabilities of the Cablecast Flex server as another favorite feature.

“We use crawls and bugs a lot,” he explained. “Most PEG stations use only the traditional slide-based bulletin board model for announcements. While we do some of that too through Cablecast’s tight integration with Carousel, we often use crawls instead to present announcements during peak times and during live programs. I feel that’s far more effective than typical static slides, and because it’s seamlessly integrated within Cablecast, we don’t need the expense or maintenance overhead of separate graphic overlay equipment.”

Mitchell’s satisfaction with Cablecast extends to the team that created and stands behind the product.

“I really like the company,” he praised. “It’s not like dealing with a massive global conglomerate, where you’re on the phone for four hours to solve even a simple problem. You have personal support contacts, and they do a great job of communicating their roadmap. That transparency helps me plan what I’m doing around what they’ve got coming.”

Summarizing the benefits that the Cablecast platform has delivered for BRCTV, Mitchell points back to the station’s volunteer-centric mantra.

“Our station is run by the community, not a broadcast engineer,” he said. “Cablecast has turned our station into a professional-grade operation through a comprehensive, simple-to-use, tightly-integrated system that is very easy for our volunteers to help run. Our investment has paid off already.”

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Just Add Power Expands 3G Ultra HD-Over-IP Series with Point-to-Point PoE Transmitter

Just Add Power (J+P) announced the release of its new 709P2P 3G Point-to-Point Transmitter. The Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) transmitter allows integrators to utilize a single power input to distribute video, audio, power, and control to all downstream devices over Cat-5e cable. Integrators can pair the 709P2P with any model of J+P receiver to create a simple point-to-point connection or combine it with the company’s PoE daisy-chain receiver for installations of up to four screens.

“When we introduced our PoE 3G receiver earlier this year, we provided our integrators with a way to customize their 4K projects while increasing installation efficiency and affordability,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager at Just Add Power. “This transmitter further expands our PoE offering, giving our customers even more flexibility. Now they can shoot power, video, control, and superior audio over Cat-5e without any additional labor or Wi-Fi. And because it integrates with the rest of the J+P 3G family, they don’t have to rip and replace when clients upgrade or expand their AV system.”

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The new J+P 709P2P 3G Point-to-Point PoE transmitter distributes Ultra HD and 4K video with HDCP 2.2 a single Cat-5e cable. It also supports all lossless audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, and control endpoints with RS-232 and IR (using J+P’s VBS-HDMI-IRD RS-232 to IR converter). The 40W PoE injector can power up to four receivers, eliminating additional cabling and power infrastructure. Video image capabilities include push, pull, and pop for onscreen customization. As with all models in the J+P lineup, the 2GΩ/3G+ PoE solutions integrate seamlessly with both 2G and 3G, allowing integrators to build a future-proof infrastructure that suits any application requirement.

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