GatesAir Expands CALA Team with Sales and Business Development Leader

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has appointed Arturo Yarahuan as Sales Director, North for the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) region. Reporting to Felipe Luna, Managing Director, CALA region, Yarahuan will focus on sales and business development across Mexico, Central America, theCaribbean and upper South America. He will also work closely with GatesAir’s regional partner network to increase GatesAir’s market share and brand visibility throughout his territory.

Yarahuan brings nearly 25 years of technology-focused sales experience to his role, having held positions of increasing responsibility in the broadcast, broadband and telecommunications markets, among other industries. He spent 10 years managing large telecom accounts with HarrisCorporation (the company from which GatesAir was born) and Alcatel Lucent earlier in his career, and later held similar leadership roles with Honeywell, NEC De Mexico, and Thales Mexico.

arturo-yarahuan-1

Over the course of his career, Yarahuan has developed strong relationships with many of the region’s leading over-the-air broadcasters, including Televisa and TV Azteca – relationships he looks forward to further strengthening as broadcasters continue their digital TV and radio transitions.

“The broadcast workflow has increasingly converged with IT infrastructure, and this creates an excellent opportunity to work with many broadcasters in the region that I already have relationships with on the telecommunications side,” said Yarahuan. “There remains tremendous opportunity in CALA to help broadcasters find the most operationally efficient path to digital TV and radio, while also increasing over-the-air performance and creating new revenue generating opportunities for their content. GatesAir’s market-leading innovations in high-efficiency transmission and Audio over IP networking, as well as support for all digital standards, strongly position the company for success in CALA for years to come.”

Yarahuan adds that GatesAir’s reputation for strong customer service, both within the company and throughout its extensive in-country partner network, further elevates GatesAir’s value proposition as a reliable, full-service supplier.

“GatesAir continues to invest in professional resources worldwide to drive global business growth and prepare for the next generation of digital and IP transition opportunities in each region,” said RichRedmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are proud to welcomeArturo to the GatesAir family, where he will work closely with Felipe Luna and our the rest of the CALA team to guide our customers through challenging transitions with problem-solving, next-generation TV and radio solutions.”

More info

Hitachi Kokusai Wins Best of Show Award from TV Technology for SK-HD1800 Studio and Mobile Production Camera at NAB 2019

The new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and fieldproduction camera from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) was honored at the 2019 NAB Show with a Best of Show Award from Future plc publication TV Technology. The feature-packed SK-HD1800 combines the advanced CMOS imaging technology first implemented in Hitachi Kokusai’s popular Z-HD5500 camera – itself a previous Best of Show Award winner – with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver impeccable image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in venues with challenging LED lighting and displays.

Future’s TV Technology Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners will be featured in TV Technology, the digital television authority serving the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets. TV Technology is read in print and online by thousands ofindustry professionals in the United States and around the world.

Hitachi_Kokusai_NAB_Best_of_Show_SK-HD1800_John_Humphrey_1

“We are thrilled that TV Technology has selected the SK-HD1800 as a Best of Show Award winner,” said John J. Humphrey, Vice President of Business Development, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “Our goal with the SK-HD1800 was to incorporate all of the features that customers are looking for in a broadcast-class HDTV camera today, and combine them with future-friendly flexibility at an easily-accessible price point. Recognition with this award is sign that we’ve succeeded in meeting these objectives and delivering what today’s broadcasters and production professionals need.”

The SK-HD1800’s global shutter, progressive-scan, CMOS imagers adapt easily to a wide range of LED lighting conditions, enabling flawless, high-performance video capture in TV studios, churches, sporting arenas, concert venues and other facilities where LED lights or large LED displays are used. The advanced 1080p sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai’s renowned digital signal processing to deliver pristine visual quality with superior sensitivity, excellent color fidelity and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio. The SK-HD1800 supports High Dynamic Range specifications includingHLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs.

Pairing the HDR-capable SK-HD1800 with a CCU from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of production infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

Studio G’s Joel Hamilton Extends Recording Options With Zylia’s ZM-1 Microphone

The ZM-1 from Zylia is a lightweight and compact recording solution capable of delivering 48-kHz/24-bit resolution while capturing the full spatial sound scene. Making it possible to capture the space and the direct sound from an instrument, as well as the direct sound of multiple instruments and the room’s ambient sound, the microphone gives Hamilton a unique new way to capture audio.

“For studio work, where it’s valuable to be able to choose the most flattering recording out of a variety of options, the ZM-1 is a great addition,” said Hamilton. “It’s on-location recording, though, that I think could be transformed by this microphone. I see it making a massive impact for recording classical music in a concert hall, for Foley recording, and for live settings. Because you can just throw it in a bag with your laptop and go, it’s sort of like a to-go cup for the studio. You could use it to record a band in a rehearsal space, at a show, or anywhere, really.”

ZM-1 is designed for bands and musical ensembles, sound engineers, podcasters, and audio creatives who value high audio quality and ease of use. It opens up new possibilities of working in 3D audio, Ambisonics, and virtual reality. With its 19 high-quality MEMS microphone sensors and sophisticated software options, it can also serve as a perfect room mic, an add-on to classical recording studio equipment for capturing “the creative moment” between musicians.

While the ZM-1 gives Hamilton another powerful tool for studio recording, it also can serve as a valuable preproduction tool for musicians before they enter the studio. Using the economical yet sophisticated ZM-1 microphone and ZYLIA Studio software to get a more accurate understanding of their performance prior to recording or a live show, musicians can make the most of their time in the studio or on stage.

“Without the industry’s traditional curators or gatekeepers, it’s a lot easier to record something yourself and — for better or for worse — make it available to audiences,” added Hamilton. “In this environment, the ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone has the potential to change the way people record themselves. The technological aspects of this microphone are a breakthrough, and it’s stunning that Zylia has been able to bring it to market at the price point it has. Anyone making music today should know about this mic.”

More info

Broadcast Pix Welcomes Rhett Mappin as Central/South Regional Sales Manager

He will oversee sales for the Southeast and Central United States, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central Canada.

As a technology sales professional, Mappin has more than 30 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. He started his career as a broadcast engineer for local TV, moving into sales in 1989 for Abekas Video Systems. Since then, he has served as a regional sales manager for Telestream, Vizrt, Discreet, and Pinnacle Systems, and most recently was vice president of sales for ONE CONNXT. Mappin has been an active member of SMPTE since 1986.

“Rhett provides years of experience and strong relationships with key customers and resellers in the South and Central regions,” said Steve Ellis, director of sales, Broadcast Pix. “We are happy to have him as part of the Broadcast Pix team, and look forward to continued sales growth in the area.”

Mappin is based out of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Contact him at 404-861-9796 or via email at rmappin@broadcastpix.com.

More info

Magewell Makes Transition to AV-over-IP Even More Affordable with New NDI Encoder Models

Helping make the transition to IP-based video production and AV workflows even more affordable, Magewell  is introducing its new Pro Convert HDMI TX and Pro Convert SDI TX dedicated NDI® encoders. Delivering the reliable and user-friendly conversion capabilities of the company’s versatile Pro Convert Plus models in streamlined, encoding-only configurations, the new TX models will be highlighted in Magewell’s booth (number 2407) at InfoComm 2019.

Magewell’s award-winning Pro Convert family of hardware converters enables users and systems integrators bring HDMI or SDI video signals into and out of AV-over-IP workflows using NewTek’s popular NDI technology. While the flagship Pro Convert Plus models include signal loop-through connections and can be flexibly switched between encoding and decoding modes, Pro Convert TX configurations offer a lower-cost entry point for customers needing only a low-latency NDI encoder to transform baseband sources into high-quality NDI streams.

Pro Convert TX devices still include the Pro Convert family’s popular value-added features including Power over Ethernet (PoE) support; program and preview tally lights; NDI-based PTZ camera control; and a standard 1/4″-20 thread for camera mounting. Automatic input format detection and network configuration enable plug-and-play ease of use, while an intuitive browser-based interface provides access to status monitoring and advanced conversion settings such as FPGA-based video processing. The Pro Convert HDMI TX supports inputs up to 2048×1200 via its HDMI 1.4 interface, while the Pro Convert SDI TX handles sources up to 1080p60 over 3G-SDI.

With these latest additions, Magewell’s Pro Convert product line now comprises seven models: four Pro Convert Plus encoder/decoders (4K and HD models with a choice of SDI or HDMI inputs); two Pro Convert TX encoders; and the recently-unveiled Pro Convert AIO RX NDI decoder. Making its professional AV exhibition debut at InfoComm, the Pro Convert AIO RX completes the AV over IP chain by converting live NDI streams into high-quality SDI or HDMI outputs for connection to baseband devices such as monitors and projectors. This simplifies and creates new opportunities for the use of NDI in presentation applications such as video-enhanced digital signage, large-scale video walls and image magnification.

“The powerful and comprehensive features of our Pro Convert Plus devices have made them very popular, but many customers don’t need signal loop-through connectivity nor the flexibility of switchable encoding and decoding capabilities in one box,” said Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell. “The Pro Convert TX models let us offer the same core encoding functionality at a lower price, thus making the growing ecosystem of NDI solutions more accessible to more customers than ever before.”

InfoComm 2019 will take place June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

More info

ADTH to Debut Latest Broadcast Media Access, Security and Targeted Advertising Solutions at Broadcast Asia 2019

Atlanta DTH (ADTH) celebrates its 25th anniversary at the June 18th through 20th Broadcast Asia 2019 show in Singapore with five new and enhanced product offerings: ADTH Tolka CAS conditional access system; ADTH Tolka Watermark forensic content protection; ADTH Tolka Target Ad delivery; ADTH Tolka DGI 1012 miniature plug-in DTTV receiver; ADTH Tolka Media+Social platform.

ADTH Tolka Target Ad system overview

All five will be demonstrated on the the company’s show booth, 4Q2-06.

ADTH Tolka CAS conditional access system

The Tolka CAS conditional access system offers pay-TV businesses efficient and highly secure protection for real time and offline content. Broadcasters and TV operators gain the ability to expand their services, offer more convenient payment methods and achieve greater control over content ownership. Integrating easily into existing infrastructure, Tolka CAS supports IP, terrestrial, cable, satellite, mobile and hybrid networks. It fully protects content ownership as well as subscriber rights.

Tolka CAS comes in two forms, Grand and Petite, providing two levels of security and convenience. Tolka CAS Grand is a hardware-based system which can be configured as a standalone traditional solution employing secure chip technology plus full headend support to prevent piracy. This configuration can be deployed as a primary CAS or used in simulcrypt applications. Tolka CAS Petite is a software-based variant which can be configured to operate as a secure bridge. It provides content security between the set-top box and smart devices which are allowed access within a home network environment.

Tolka CAS is regularly updated and evolved to remain proof against evolving security threats. Both versions offer broadcasters and TV operators the highest level of control over their content by integrating with Tolka’s watermarking technology, guaranteeing content security even during viewing of pre-recorded or offline programs.

Tolka CAS can operate in conjunction with multi-room and multi-screen environments, sending encrypted content to multiple devices within a home network and delivering the content to multiple network services. For mobile or tablet devices, Tolka CAS acts through a central subscription in the home to monitor content viewing from multiple devices.

ADTH Tolka Watermark forensic content protection

ADTH Tolka Watermark provides robust and efficient safeguarding of creative content against revenue loss arising from illegal sharing, copying or redistribution. This goes beyond the capabilities of conditional access and digital rights management systems where protection stops once viewing access is granted.

The system is based on four component elements: A Tolka Watermark server with internet access, Tolka Watermark set-top boxes, a Tolka Player and a Tolka analysis workstation which checks content and identifies each watermark in the return path. Watermarking analysis and decoding are performed as a cloud-based supporting service which identifies any playout devices associated with illegal use of protected content. Warning or blackout functions can be activated automatically in those devices.

Running on a dedicated server incorporating the ADTH-patented Digital Signature Engine, Tolka Watermark generates and inserts a digital identifier specific to each customer’s set-top box viewing interface. Each digital signature is encrypted securely and invisibly within the transmitted content.

If suspected content is identified as an illegal copy made from a device on a direct-to-home operator’s network, Tolka Watermark can match the associated content with the unique signature associated with each Tolka Player.

ADTH Tolka Target Ad delivery

ADTH Tolka Target Ad is a cost-effective way for network operators to customise branding, deliver messages and serve the right advertisements to the right people at the right time. View-specific profiles are based on patterns of operation measured by Tolka Target Ad-ready set-top-boxes, Tolka Social+Media, the Tolka Player or other Tolka Target Ad-ready players. Based on these profiles, the devices can display custom live or cached content. When used in conjunction with Tolka Content Insertion, custom advertisements can be inserted into live or VOD content. The inserted advertisements can be selected automatically or selected manually.

ADTH Tolka DGI 1012 miniature plug-in DTTV receiver

ADTH Tolka DGI 1012 is a cost-effective dongle configured with a digital terrestrial demodulator. When used with a paired app, the dongle enables viewing of digital terrestrial television transmissions on smart devices. Network operators can now offer customers free-to-air or pay-TV directly on their mobile devices without extensive infrastructure changes. The receiver can decode HD or SD video encoded with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264. The DGI 1012 can decode transport streams, including conditional access content, along with multi-format audio and video. The DGI 1012 is compatible with conditional access systems to permit the viewing of secured digital terrestrial transmissions.

ADTH Tolka Media+Social platform

The ADTH Tolka Media+Social solution integrates various media sources (DTT/OTT/IPTV) and intuitive real-time messaging, allowing family, friends and people with shared-interests to chat while viewing video content. The solution can be used on Android, iOS and Tolka Media+Social-ready set-top boxes. Tolka Media+Social solution can integrate media content from ADTH DTT solutions such as DTV sticks and set-top boxes. Content can be protected by various ADTH security solutions, including CA, DRM and watermarking. It is also possible to integrate the ADTH Target Ad solution. Users can communicate across platforms, between set-top boxes and between smart devices. If the set-top boxes have an integrated camera and microphone, it is possible to see and communicate with friends. The solution has no geographic restrictions and can be used to achieve free global in-house communications via an operator’s network.

More info

Simultaneous production and distribution of 10 games, a technical challenge that MEDIAPRO has successfully overcome

For MEDIAPRO, the ten simultaneous matchups taking place in the penultimate round of LaLiga has required logistic coverage and meant a technical challenge that is considerably greater than that of a round where games are played throughout the weekend. To face this challenge, MEDIAPRO turned to the work of 1,000 professionals and the simultaneous deployment of ten mobile units, backed by technical support from Overon, at the different fields in order to broadcast all the signals and carry out all of the production at the same time.

Furthermore, the uniform timetable, established to protect the results of teams in the middle of a battle to remain on top, with dropping a division or participating in European competitions at stake, has required a technical effort from MEDIAPRO, in charge of production and distribution of each of the matchups, which was focused on activating 20 complementary signals and 8 additional channels to deliver the signals at the same time to customers both in Spain and around the globe.

Mediapro exterior_1

The Barcelona production center also took on 30 additional commentators in both English and Spanish and double the number of graphics stations required for a normal round. The multifutból signal, distributed to all national and international customers as well as public venues, switched between the signals received from each of the different stadiums, delivering a single signal with commentary in English and Spanish, featuring the best images from each matchup in order to follow the highlights of the round without having to change the channel.

The unified timetable also meant a technological challenge with regard to VAR, developed by MEDIAPRO, which has implemented all of the necessary additional resources in order for the round to run smoothly, without any setbacks, to the satisfaction of the institutions.

MEDIAPRO has once more successfully overcome a technical challenge, in this case that demanded by a round with a uniform timetable, proving themselves to be a reference in the audiovisual production of sporting events at the international level, also participating in the production of 16 national football competitions around the world, including top-league competitions, in Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Kenya, Angola, Slovenia, Serbia, Colombia, Bolivia and Mexico. The MEDIAPRO Group’s teams also produce events for the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Confederations Cup, FIBA, EuroLeague, FIFA World Cup, The Arab Games, Africa Cup of Nations and Formula 1.

More info