National Theater of Japan Upgrades Its Comms With Riedel’s Bolero and Artist Intercom Systems

Staff across the theater’s technical department relies on the Riedel system to support the production of a wide range of traditional theatrical and musical performances.

“The wireless intercoms we’ve used over the past 10 years were unstable and susceptible to radio interference and noise, so we started looking for a more reliable intercom system with greater RF robustness,” said Mr. Makoto Ishii, Deputy Manager of the Theater Technical Department at the National Theater of Japan. “After evaluating various intercom products for ease of installation, sound quality, and stable performance, we chose to invest in Riedel’s Artist and Bolero intercom systems.”

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“Since we began using the Bolero system, we have eliminated the noise and interference and used the wireless system’s flexibility to make continuous improvements to our intercom setup,” added Mr. Tatsuya Fujisawa, Sound Engineer at National Theater of Japan. “We’ve been pleased with new options the Bolero gives us, such as using our beltpack speakers as a two-way radio when that’s a preferable alternative to using headsets.”

Two Artist systems with integrated Bolero wireless intercoms ensure reliable communications in both halls, connecting technical staff with their master control rooms (MCRs). By choosing Bolero for its wireless intercom, the theater was able to reduce the number of antennas required, as well as the time and cost required to install them. The cost savings allowed for investment in an additional three beltpack units, for a total of 13.

Five Bolero beltpacks are dedicated to staff in each hall, and another three beltpacks are used by management staff in the MCR. Each beltpack boasts six channels, and staff working in either hall also can take advantage of point-to-point lines to “call” the MCR directly rather than rely on a phone, as they had in the past. “The team at the National Theater of Japan is committed to using the best technology to support its live productions, and Bolero is proving to be a great fit,” said Ms. Takako Konishi, Sales Manager at Riedel Communications Japan. “We are proud that our technology plays a vital role during the theater’s renowned presentations of traditional Japanese performing arts.”

Tasked with the preservation and promotion of Japan’s classical performing arts, the National Theater of Japan stages a wide range of performances deeply rooted in Japanese folk culture, ranging from traditional dance and dramatic performances to Buddhist chants or puppet theaters. In order to make them more accessible to contemporary audiences, these performances are gently modernized while respectfully maintaining their traditional character. By choosing a flexible and scalable solution based on Riedel’s flagship intercom systems, the National Theater of Japan has effectively streamlined and future-proofed its production processes.

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StreamGuys Adds Audience-Empowering Live Stream Rewind Capabilities to Revenue-Expanding Repurposing Platform

The upcoming 2019 NAB Show will mark the North American debut of SGrewind, the latest powerful module in the enterprise-class SGrecast live stream repurposing and workflow management system from StreamGuys. Automatically retaining a rolling window of replayable content, SGrewind lets radio broadcasters give their listeners network DVR-like abilities to rewind, pause, or restart a live stream from the beginning of a program. StreamGuys will demonstrate the new feature in booth N2524 at the show, where the pioneering SaaS-based streaming solutions provider will co-exhibit with technology partner ENCO from April 8 to 11.

The comprehensive, cloud-based SGrecast platform lets broadcasters record, repurpose, replay and rewind their live streams to improve audience experiences and effortlessly create revenue-expanding side channels and podcasts. SGrewind gives listeners greater control of their live-streamed audio, letting them pause and resume streams without missing any content; rewind to hear something they missed; or start the stream at a specific earlier segment, similar to a television electronic program guide (EPG). For example, mobile consumers can pause a live radio stream will passing through areas with poor connectivity; a listener joining a talk show late could restart from the beginning of the program; or a commuter about to leave home could jump back to the station’s most recent traffic segment.

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SGrewind-enabled live stream control is available in StreamGuys’ managed, embeddable SGplayer, while SGrewind-generated URL parameters enable developers to integrate SGrewind support into their own custom players and mobile apps. SGrewind’s live audio DVR capabilities are processed at the server rather than client-side, enabling broadcasters to integrate multiple players and apps with the same rewindable stream while avoiding the need to use precious storage on listeners’ devices.

SGrewind integrates seamlessly with StreamGuys’ SGreports logging and analytics service to provide details of rewound content within in-depth listener metrics. SGrewind can leverage SGrecast’s blackout capabilities to prohibit rewinding during rights-restricted content, while upcoming functionality will allow users to selectively purge previously-recorded snippets to prevent replaying of unexpected offensive or legally-sensitive content.

“We continue to add new SGrecast features that help broadcasters easily, efficiently and inexpensively repurpose their content, improve audience engagement and deliver more value to their advertisers or sponsors,” said Jason Osburn, executive vice president, StreamGuys. “Enabling listeners to rewind live streams means they can hear more of the station’s content that they might have otherwise missed, benefiting the broadcaster and its advertisers, while giving consumers the convenience of not having to wait until the end of the current program for an archived recording to be published.”

The SGrewind feature of SGrecast is available immediately. SGrecast and SGrewind are just two of many powerful tools in StreamGuys’ end-to-end SaaS suite for producing, managing, monetizing, and delivering live and on-demand streaming media.

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AVIWEST Announces 20 Percent Growth in 2018

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, announced that the company saw a 20 percent acceleration in purchase order growth in 2018. In response, AVIWEST will be expanding across the United States, Europe, and India, with new engineering positions currently open in the company’s R&D, support and pre-sales, and sales departments.

Last year, AVIWEST launched a new HEVC digital newsgathering range that includes the AIR Series ultra-compact mobile transmitter, PRO3 Series camera-mounted mobile transmitter, HE4000 4K and multi-HD video contribution encoder, and a new version of the StreamHub transceiver. The company’s solutions have been successfully deployed by media professionals around the world and honored with numerous industry awards, including a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award, for providing exceptional mobility, agility, high performance, and superior video quality with low latency.

Additionally, in 2018, AVIWEST opened new sales and services offices in Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Santiago, Chile, a further testament to its rapid business growth and dedication to meeting the needs of customers around the world.

“Today’s video professionals need powerful, versatile, and reliable live video contribution solutions that enable them to meet the craziest production requirements while lowering their operational costs,” said Erwan Gasc, CEO, AVIWEST. “The significant growth we’ve achieved is a direct reflection of our patented SafeStreams technology and our 10 years of expertise in developing innovative digital newsgathering solutions that fulfill the needs of today’s broadcasters.”

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