Spanish Broadcaster Deploys TVU Networks to Enhance Dakar Rally Coverage

TVU Networks announces that the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE deployed TVU Nano Router and TVU Anywhere to contribute SDI video over wireless networks from the remote and difficult conditions of the Dakar Rally in Latin America live to the RTVE studio in Barcelona.  The Dakar Rally is renowned off-road rally endurance race that has been going on for more than 40 years.

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The IP streaming videos, which were aired live on RTVE flagship channels La 1 and Teledeporte, were shot on smartphones, transmitted over local mobile networks, and delivered as HD-SDI output feeds to RTVE’s studio. It achieved this due to the ability of the TVU Anywhere app to aggregate mobile data from the smartphone and the compact TVU Nano Router, used as an additional hotspot enabled by three SIMs.

“Just getting video back from the incredibly hostile environment of the Latin American deserts where the Dakar Rally takes place is a big achievement. However, the combination of the TVU Anywhere mobile application and the TVU Nano Router provided such high-quality video coverage of the rally. This year the reliability, quality and low-latency of the TVU solution enabled us to go full-screen and live with HD SDI output from a smartphone,”said RTVE.

TVU Nano Router is designed to be the smallest possible hardware solution for the high-quality contribution of video over WiFi, Ethernet and cellular networks. TVU Anywhere is a powerful app for capturing and streaming live video from anywhere, delivering picture quality usually reserved for more expensive professional video equipment. TVU Anywhere also features remote pan-and-zoom allowing an operator in a studio to control the camera remotely without intervention from the user in the field.

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“It’s exciting that our incredibly compact solutions enabled RTVE to capture footage of the Dakar Rally on smartphone and air the video live and in full-screen for the first time on its flagship La 1 channel,” said, David Jorba, Managing Director Europe, at TVU Networks. “It’s our mission to increase the quality of live video and the scalability and mobility of the live streaming solutions, while stripping out complexity and reducing cost for our customers, independently of the way the content is captured and transported. The TVU Anywhere and TVU Nano Router solution certainly delivered this for RTVE and we look forward to our cutting-edge solutions continuing to make a difference for all broadcasters and operators producing live events.”

 

Anevia and Quadrille partner to jointly offer ott over satellite

The joint solution will enable content providers and operators to offer cost-effective live-TV services, without sacrificing stream quality, in situations where it was previously unavailable due to limited bandwidth – such as high-speed trains, inflight entertainment, off-shore sites and university campuses.

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This complete OTT-over-satellite solution includes Anevia’s GENOVA smart transcoder and NEA-LIVE packager to prepare live channels. The OTT stream is delivered via satellite using Quadrille’s QuadriLive™. On the receiving side, Anevia’s Flamingo embeds Quadrille’s software to re-transform the signal and enable a multi-screen viewing experience on any smart device. This highly scalable multiscreen TV solution provides ultra-low latency and high-quality video services, anywhere and at any time.

The latest collaboration between Anevia and Quadrille strengthens a partnership that started with the launch of an innovative approach to a Replay solution for Canal+ to address the hospitality and healthcare markets. This solution has already been deployed in many French hotels and hospitals and is being used by 20,000 unique viewers every day.

Xavier Battas, CEO, Quadrille, commented: “Quadrille is a leader in delivering content over the air, so our DNA has always been broadcast. Working alongside Anevia is an excellent opportunity to expand our OTT offerings to help content providers keep up with consumer expectations and their viewing habits.”

 

Ivonne Prugnaud, Vice President Sales Worldwide Enterprise, Anevia added: “Consumers increasingly want to watch TV anywhere, at any time, all with a high-quality viewing experience. From live streaming to video on demand, the growing partnership between Quadrille and Anevia will help service providers deliver a unique experience across any network.”

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Boxx TV To Present Wireless 4K Sub-Frame Breakthrough at NAB 2019

Boxx TV has announced that it has once again delivered on its promise by introducing a new 4K sub-frame wireless link to market at NAB 2019.

Taking place in Las Vegas from 6-11 April 2019, Boxx TV will also showcase the latest advances to its Atom and Atom Lite systems to visitors at booth SL5025A.

A decade after bringing to market the industry’s first zero latency HD links solution, Boxx TV will demonstrate a prototype showing that sub-frame 4K wireless is not only conceptually possible, but has very much become a reality. It will present the results of its ground-breaking research as a high performance UHD wireless solution which not only delivers the extremely low latency that directors and camera operators need but will operate in the 5GHz license-exempt spectrum making the breakthrough not only functional and versatile, but most importantly, affordable to all.

Scott Walker, Co-Founder, Boxx TV, explained, “Unlike alternative systems which work within proprietary frequencies and are way too expensive for most production needs, our solution will work in license-free channels. The intelligent radios we use can steer around interference, instantly enabling a highly efficient system with very low latency at a much more affordable price.”

 

Walker added, “We have cracked sub-frame 4K technology and we are now throwing this breakthrough over to the market to tell us what you want to do with it. NAB is such an international show we are interested in talking to a global audience about exactly what they require now that 4K sub-frame wireless is here.”

On release the solution will be offered with an upgrade path for users working in HD today to segue easily into 4K as productions demand.

Also at NAB 2019, Boxx TV is showcasing the Atom range of HD wireless solutions which now includes timecode and record trigger on all systems. Compact and lightweight, the Atom Transmitter offers an SDI loop and HDMI input, ideal for use with Steadicam, portable field monitoring, and UAV video links.

As with all Atom products, both the Atom and Atom Lite systems are fully cross-compatible and will work with all systems, current and new.

Walker concludes, “With increasing competition in the zero delay HD market we are finding a lot of return customers who value the performance and ease of use in the way our product works. The thing that consistently impresses customers, existing and new, and keeps our customers loyal is the fact that multiple Atom systems can work in the same area. On set of the most high-profile reality shows we commonly have eight Boxx systems working all at once – that’s something our competitors simply cannot do.”

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2019 NAB Show Exhibitor Preview from Viaccess-Orca

As operators look to personalize the TV experience on all screens, they need workflow solutions that boost content security and maximize monetization opportunities in the most efficient way possible.

At the 2019 NAB Show, Viaccess-Orca (VO) will showcase its end-to-end, modular content protection and TV platform solutions, which address a wide range of requirements and solve the inherent challenges involved with providing a smarter and safer digital TV and OTT experience.

Meet VO and discover its latest solutions in the Connected Media|IP zone, Booth SU9226.

VO Solutions on Display at the 2019 NAB Show

Deliver a Compelling Experience, Boost Business Agility With VO’s Cloud TV Platform

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At the 2019 NAB Show, VO will showcase its end-to-end, cloud-based TV Platform as a Service (TVaaS), which allows operators to manage, publish, personalize, and monetize content on multiple devices with increased cost efficiency and business agility. TVaaS provides OTT and pay-TV operators with a one-stop solution to deliver multiscreen services across any network. The solution includes:

  • A powerful, feature-rich service-delivery platform with content protection and DRM capabilities
  • The VO secure video player, a multiplatform player integrated with major DRMs for premium VOD and live content to enable a compelling viewing experience on multiple OTT platforms
  • Off-the-shelf, customizable white-label TV apps
  • Out-of-the-box analytics dashboards for marketing purposes
  • A unique search-analysis tool for optimized content rights acquisition
    Using the cloud TV platform, operators can deliver outstanding TV services while responding quickly to technical, competitive, and business challenges.

Fight Piracy With World-Class Content Protection Services

VO will showcase its next-generation suite of anti-piracy protection services at the 2019 NAB Show, empowering operators to combat illegal streaming on the web and collect legally relevant documentation to fight piracy.

In addition, VO will showcase its innovative real-time DRM solution, with security analytics capabilities provided by the VO anti-piracy center. The detection of service anomalies, such as content piracy incidents, can provide invaluable insights into the operational challenges faced by a premium content service provider. Coupled with a wide range of possible countermeasures, these insights become actionable in near-real time by a security analyst, thereby making a significant difference in service profitability.

Improve Live TV Experiences With an Ultra-Low-Latency Streaming Solution

At the 2019 NAB Show, VO and Anevia will jointly demonstrate a new ultra-low-latency live streaming solution based on CMAF, with an encoder, origin packager, and CDN from Anevia and the secure video player from VO.

The combination of Anevia and VO software has been optimized and integrated to reduce latency and allow as-close-to-real-time streaming as possible, enabling viewers to enjoy live streaming from any device with less than five seconds of delay compared with the standard eight-second broadcast delay and 30 to 60 seconds for OTT.

VO Technologies in Action

VO will offer several demonstrations showing the company’s technologies in action at the 2019 NAB Show. These include:

  • Brazil’s Guigo TV powering its new OTT offering using VO’s TVaaS cloud-based TV platform, DRM solution, and applications.
  • VO’s deployment with Orange Spain, will be showcased with a hybrid Android STB powering OTT and IPTV offerings. The Orange service is secured by the VO DRM solution and is available on STBs, smart TVs, and mobile devices.

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InSync Technology Introduces FrameFormer Frame Rate Converter Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro Mac

Simplifying and accelerating deployment through automated settings, FrameFormer provides conversion for all types of content from sub-QCIF up to 8K and beyond.

“Frame rate conversion is an essential requirement for monetizing content domestically and internationally as well as for integrating mixed frame rate footage into a production,” said Managing Director of InSync Technology Paola Hobson. “A high-quality motion compensated standards converter is the only solution for these applications, and we’re adding to our solutions for Mac users with our new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS.”

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The FrameFormer Adobe Premiere Pro Mac plug-in complements InSync’s popular plug-ins for Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows), quickly and conveniently meeting any frame rate and format conversion requirements. Integrated seamlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro, the plug-in offers a simple user interface that allows users to select the required conversion and to preview in-progress results via on-screen thumbnails.

“In repurposing different frame rate material for integration into your media projects, attention to detail makes all the difference,” added Hobson. “Picture quality must be preserved at every step because even the smallest error introduced early in the process will propagate, resulting in highly visible defects down the line. Now our family of FrameFormer plug-ins gives Adobe Premiere Pro users working on both Mac and Windows systems confidence in the results of their frame rate conversion processes.”

FrameFormer is available in a standard edition that provides conversions for content up to HD resolution, with presets for common conversions, and in a professional edition that provides conversions for content up to UHD and beyond, with highly flexible custom controls.

InSync Technology will provide demos of the FrameFormer Adobe Premiere Pro Mac plug-in at the 2019 NAB Show (Booth SL7412), April 8-11 in Las Vegas.

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Sýn (Vodafone Iceland) moves to IP in the facilities in record time with Nevion

Nevion announced that Sýn, the Icelandic company formed by merger of Vodafone Iceland and the 365 broadcast media, has deployed an IP solution from Nevion for their new facilities in the country’s capital, Reykjavik.  The project, delivered in collaboration with local system integrator Exton ehf, went live on 8th February 2019.

Sýn wanted to consolidate its telecom and broadcast premises for cost-efficiency and work-effectiveness reasons. This required broadcast production to move to new premises. Rather than transfer the existing SDI production network infrastructure, Sýn opted for a new IP media network that would provide greater flexibility, future-proofing, scalability and cost-effectiveness over time. The production equipment, including cameras, video and audio mixers, would remain unchanged, i.e SDI-based.

The new IP facilities needed to go live in a very short period of time, so Sýn turned to Nevion and Exton to deliver the project.

Árni Finnson head of broadcast, Sýn said: “For us, this was a critical project, that needed to be delivered on time, as we had already served notice on the old building, and of course we could not go off air! We could have taken the safe route and built an SDI infrastructure, but we knew that was not a good investment in the long term. We picked Nevion and Exton because they reassured us that our requirements could be met, and indeed, they delivered on time!”

 

Kristján Magnússon co-founder and project manager for Exton explained: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver this project together with Nevion. At a time when many broadcasters are still hesitant to move to IP, this project demonstrates that the technology works and, with the right partners, can be delivered in short time-frames.”

At the core of the solution delivered in the new facilities is an IP network built around Nevion’s COTS (commercial off the shelf) eMerge IP switches. Nevion’s software defined media nodes, Virtuosos, provide the gateways between the SDI equipment and the IP media network, as well as video and audio processing, and 4K TICO encoding.

For the sports and media production, in which many pieces of SDI equipment are used, Nevion’s compact hybrid SDI routers, Sublime X2, are used to enable easy routing between the equipment, without the need to convert to and from IP.

Sýn also has some equipment remaining in other locations – the satellite reception site, as well as in the DVB and IPTV headend site. These two sites are connected via fiber, with Nevion Flashlink equipment enabling the transport of the IP packets.

The orchestration and control of the whole network, including the IP and SDI routers, is handled by Nevion’s VideoIPath. The broadcast control, i.e. the user-interface for the production team, is Nevion’s Multicon.

Hans Hasselbach, Chief Commercial Officer, Nevion, concluded: “IP media networks have now reached a level of maturity that allows them to be delivered as quickly as SDI networks. In fact, given the cabling is so much simpler, with a few lightweight fibers being used instead of the multitude of bulky SDI cables, IP media networks can even be delivered faster in greenfield sites like Sýn’s facilities. Of course, this does require the supplier and the delivery team to have the right expertise and experience – which Nevion and Exton have. We are of course very pleased with the result.”

In addition to products and delivery services, Sýn selected maintenance for the Virtuoso and VideoIPath, which enables them to benefit from software upgrades, and picked a service level agreement (SLA) that includes 24/7 support for maximum peace of mind.

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Anevia’s New Software Head-End to Offer OTT and Virtual Channels

Anevia’s Flamingo 4.2, developed using Anevia’s inhouse expertise in OTT, offers a host of new TV services including Web TV, virtual channels and Replay TV, as well as allowing users to record content.

Thanks to the integration with Infinitum Media’s à la carte TV portal (Web TV), hotels can now increase the guest experience by offering a large choice of TV channels from all over the world, with cleared license rights.

This new release can also create virtual channels with content that is specific to the customer’s business, including adverts and its own internal programming. It treats such content as a TV channel within the Flamingo 4.2 head-end, rather than playing it from a separate media player. This brings organisations significant cost benefits, as there is no need for a separate HDMI encoder or media player, and it is easy to update.

The new Flamingo enables Replay TV, meaning that the provider can record content so that viewers can catch up on their favourite show whenever they want. No more rushing after work or skipping dinner to watch a scheduled broadcast.

With the new Flamingo, users can choose to record a programme and watch it at some future date – without requiring extra hardware.

Moreover, this powerful hybrid head-end enables organisations, such as hospitals, hotels and enterprises, to cater to the increasing demand for high-quality video through its HEVC descrambling function. The function has been field-tested by Canal+ Afrique, guaranteeing compatibility with its streams.

Ivonne Prugnaud, Vice President Sales Worldwide Enterprise, Anevia commented: “The world is becoming more global, and the number of international guests at hotels is exploding. What channels people choose to watch on TV, and in what language, will vary from country to country. So it’s crucial for hotels to offer a wider range of channels – including Web TV. We’re excited to be making this possible through Flamingo 4.2, with a pre-integrated catalogue of foreign channels.”

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