Broadpeak BroadcastAsia2019 Show Exhibitor Preview

By the end of 2018, more than 100 pay-TV operators worldwide had engaged Android TV STB deployments for their OTT services, with APAC being the most active region. To monetize their OTT services, content providers and pay-TV operators need scalable, cost-effective content delivery solutions that ensure a flawless quality of experience across all screens, whether delivered over managed or unmanaged networks.

At BroadcastAsia2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate its CDN, Cloud PVR, multicast ABR, multiscreen via satellite, and local video-caching solutions, showing support for the world-class Android TV operating system and real-world deployments in the APAC region. Leading the charge for better video streaming quality of experience, Broadpeak will also showcase ultra-low latency and 5G technologies.

Innovations for Operators:

Android TV is the fastest growing platform in the digital TV market and is expected to lead the STB and TV market by 2025. At BroadcastAsia2019, Broadpeak will demonstrate how its multicast ABR technology is solving scalability and latency issues for video delivery across all screens, including for Android TV-based OS devices. A range of applications are supported, including:

  • Cloud PVR: With Broadpeak’s solution, operators have a simple, scalable, and flexible approach to delivering time-shifted TV services, including start-over, catch-up TV, and impulsive recording on all screens, with the possibility of recording and watching seamlessly with any device.
  • Ultra-low latency: Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution enables ultra-low latency on every screen. New features for nanoCDN will be demonstrated, such as Common Media File Format (CMAF) and chunked transfer encoding, which further decrease latency for OTT live streaming.
  • Device synchronization: Leveraging nanoCDN, operators can synchronize the devices that are receiving live content within a home network in ABR format in order to avoid echo effects that impact the user experience. This capability is especially useful in bars, restaurants, and common facilities, where several screens display the same content.

Demo of Next-Gen CDNs for 5G Content Delivery

5G networks are the future of content delivery in the mobile-operator world. At BroadcastAsia2019, Broadpeak will demonstrate how it is actively participating in the definition of 5G standards and developing caching solutions and tools for optimizing resource management allocation for mobile networks, using either multicast or unicast depending on the popularity of the content.

Multicast ABR for Satellite

Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR technology is a ready-to-deploy, cost-effective solution for OTT delivery. nanoCDN allows operators to address scalable multiscreen streaming with transmission over satellite for live TV, VOD, and catch-up TV content. By leveraging storage available on the receiver, operators can expand their offering to include advanced nonlinear services such as time-shifting or start-over TV for increased monetization. The solution can be combined with a hybrid broadband network or used without internet access.

Innovations for Content Providers:

Reduce CDN Costs With Local Video-Caching Technology

As broadcasters and content providers look to lower CDN costs, Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box offers a unique solution that leverages local video-caching technology. Using BroadCache Box, broadcasters can dramatically reduce CDN costs while boosting subscribers’ quality of experience by deploying local caches into telecom or cable operators’ networks. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bit rates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

Enhance Content Quality With umbrellaCDN™ With CDN Diversity

Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™ CDN selector allows content providers to choose the best content delivery networks for streaming their content. At BroadcastAsia, Broadpeak will highlight new video-analytics features and CDN Diversity, a groundbreaking feature of umbrellaCDN that allows content providers to dynamically take into account the instantaneous quality of several CDNs as a service, combine their contributions, and deliver the content at a quality level exceeding what would be achievable with the best CDN alone.

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Sonnet Announces Updated Mac mini Mounting Solutions

The RackMac mini secures one or two Mac mini computers side-by-side in a server, equipment, or portable rack or in a molded case. The MacCuff mini secures the computer to the back of a monitor, under or on a desk or table, or even on a wall.

What They Do:
The RackMac mini is a fully assembled rackmount enclosure that secures one or two Mac mini computers in a standard 19-inch rack. The enclosure’s front panel gives users direct access to each computer’s power switch and one of its USB-A ports, enabling them to switch each computer on and off and connect a keyboard, mouse, or other USB device without having to access the back of the computer.

The MacCuff mini, designed for theft prevention, is a heavy-gauge steel security mounting bracket that secures a Mac mini computer to the back of a monitor via its extra VESA 75 or 100 mounting holes, or to any desk, table, or wall, while giving full access to the computer’s ports and power switch.

Why They’re Important:
For users who need to mount Mac mini computers in a rack or need a simple way to move one off the desktop, Sonnet’s Mac mini mounting solutions provide robust and secure protection. The RackMac mini envelops the computers inside a rugged steel enclosure just 8.25 inches deep and features firm rubber cushions that hold the computers in place during transport, making the computers road-ready and perfect for use in portable racks, OB trucks, and flight cases. The MacCuff mini enables users to mount a Mac mini to the back of a monitor with available VESA mounting holes, under a desk, or attached to another surface with included hardware. Its steel locking bar provides theft protection when used with a user-provided padlock.

How They’re Unique:
With its updated design, the RackMac mini now supports all Mac mini models, from mid-2010 through current (late 2018). No other Mac mini rackmount product encloses and secures the computers without trapping them in recirculating hot rack air, while providing front power control and USB port access.

With the included steel locking bar installed and the user’s padlock attached, MacCuff mini secures a Mac mini on all sides, is pry-resistant, and provides theft deterrence all around. To provide convenience and cut cable clutter, Sonnet also includes a .35-meter HDMI cable to connect a monitor-mounted computer.

When You Can Get Them:
The updated RackMac mini (part number RACK-MIN-2XA) and MacCuff mini (part number CUFF-MIN-LH) are available now at suggested retail prices of $199 and $59.95, respectively.

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Riedel North America Appoints David McKenzie as Manager of Service and Support

McKenzie will be responsible for the continued development of the service and support team, coordinating its efforts, and defining overall repair and customer service processes. Bringing along years of IT experience, McKenzie will also be a valuable IT resource within the organization.

“As our business continues along the path toward IP workflows, the need for internal IP skills has never been greater,” said Jake Halverson, Operations Manager for Riedel Communications North America. “David’s deep IT experience will be a huge asset both to our teams and to our clients.”

Just prior to joining Riedel, McKenzie was technical coordinator for 21st Century Fox, providing lead IT and technology support for production and broadcast operations teams during live sports network feeds on Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, Fox Regional Sports Networks, Big Ten Network, and YES Network. Prior to Fox, he was director of software development and customer support for more than four years at The Industry Edge. McKenzie also held live production and office coordinator roles for Jupiter Entertainment and Launch DRTV. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both business supply chain management as well as film and media production from Arizona State University.

“David’s expertise in production, technical IT, and project management, coupled with his focus on service-oriented relationships, makes him ideally suited for our lead service and support position,” said Joyce Bente, President and CEO, Riedel Communications North America. “David will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our support operations, and we welcome him to the team.”

McKenzie will report to Halverson.

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Zero Division to Feature Boxx TV at Media Production Show

London-based wireless video transmission hire specialists, Zero Division announced that it will exhibit for the first time at the Media Production Show, taking place from 11-12 June 2019 at Olympia London.

On Stand 112 Zero Division will exclusively feature high-performance wireless solutions from Boxx TV, a leading supplier of innovative digital microwave solutions to the broadcast industry.

Boxx TV representatives will also be available on Zero Division’s stand to provide additional expertise for in-depth discussions on the multiple benefits of Boxx TV’s products.

Zero Division Operations Manager Lukasz Malankowski said, “The Media Production Show is an ideal opportunity for us to reach professionals who work in pre-production, production, post, and content distribution markets and showcase the range of solutions from Boxx TV that can make their lives easier, more productive, and more profitable.”

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Among the products on show from Boxx TV, four will take centre stage on the Zero Division stand, including:

Boxx Atom is a high-performance HD wireless system that provides a zero-delay microwave transmission solution in a small, lightweight form factor.

The Boxx Meridian system has been designed with signal robustness in mind. The zero-delay HD link provides 26 channels at 20MHz to minimise the risk of WiFi interference and is ideal for large screen broadcasts, point to point links, award ceremonies, and other live events.

The Boxx Tally Only is a simple and cost-effective standalone wireless tally only control system which operates on 868MHz or 914MHz with 10 different frequency channels.

Full wireless telemetry system is a camera control system designed for use with wireless cameras. Operating on the 2.4GHz worldwide license free band the system is ideal for use in studios, stadiums, arenas and other venues.

Boxx TV CEO Darrell Bilton said, “We are delighted that Zero Division has chosen to take advantage of the visibility afforded by showcasing Boxx TV solutions at such a high-profile, well-attended event. We very much look forward to sharing our respective wireless expertise with MPS delegates and fellow exhibitors.”

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Harmonic Showcases Video SaaS and UHD for Unified OTT and Broadcast Delivery at BroadcastAsia2019

As broadcasters and video service providers look to enhance video quality across all screens, the need to launch channels faster and reduce costs is imperative. At BroadcastAsia2019, Harmonic will showcase its unified video delivery solutions for all deployment scenarios, including SaaS, cloud, software and appliance environments. Harmonic’s software-based media processing and streaming solutions, with recent advancements in AI, set the benchmark for delivering superior quality video, increasing simplicity and agility for broadcast and multiscreen video distribution.

“OTT and UHD video consumption are exploding in the APAC market, and operators need a streamlined approach for service distribution and monetization,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC at Harmonic. “At BroadcastAsia2019, we’ll showcase the power of SaaS solutions to improve video streaming experiences, reduce video delivery costs and simplify workflows for both broadcast and OTT service distribution.”

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Unify OTT and Broadcast Channel Origination, Delivery and DRaaS with SaaS

At BroadcastAsia2019, Harmonic will demonstrate how its VOS®360 SaaS solution simultaneously supports unique workflows for OTT and next-gen TV delivery with innovative solutions including HD/UHD channel origination, statmux and disaster recovery scenarios, as well as a CDN-enabled primary distribution solution supported by VOS360 SaaS. Deployed by leading service providers in the region, Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS is hosted in the public cloud and unifies the entire media processing chain, allowing operators to launch video streaming services faster, be more agile and simplify their operations.

Harmonic will also showcase disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), a unique application for VOS360 SaaS that supports any use case — playout, OTT or broadcast-related. Combining the benefits of a resilient, elastic and secure SaaS offering with a usage-based pricing model, Harmonic’s DRaaS solution is ideal for a variety of applications, including live sports streaming.

Play Out Pristine UHD Content with New Virtualized Media Server

Harmonic will also highlight its new virtualized Spectrum™ X media server, featuring market-leading performance, channel-in-a-box functionality and software-based UHD playout. The virtualized Spectrum X server supports uncompressed video-over-IP with SMPTE ST 2110 for SD to UHD. Offering flexible deployment options, the virtualized server can run on customer-provided hardware or appliances provided by Harmonic.

Boost Video Quality, Optimize Bandwidth with AI-Based Video Compression

At BroadcastAsia2019, Harmonic will demonstrate several innovations for AI-based video compression including Encoding Style (ES), Dynamic Resolution Encoding (DRE), and Dynamic Frame-rate Encoding (DFE). The three techniques combined optimize bandwidth consumption, QoE and encoding density for OTT and broadcast delivery.

Harmonic Brings Thought Leadership on Cloud and AI Technologies to the BroadcastAsia Conference:
Stephane Cloirec, senior director of encoding, transcoding and distribution product lines at Harmonic, will deliver a presentation on “AI-Driven Video Compression Opens Up New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings for Service Providers” during the ConnecTechAsia2019 Summit, with insights into the benefits of AI for video compression for service providers. The session will take place June 19 at 3 p.m. in Level 3 of the Suntec Singapore Conference & Exhibition Centre.

Thierry Fautier, vice president of video strategy at Harmonic and president of the Ultra HD Forum, will speak on a panel session on “IoT Connect: How Mainstream TV Broadcasters Are Adapting to Content Digital Transformation and Online Delivery?” during the ConnecTechAsia2019 Summit. The session will take place June 20 at 1:40 p.m. in Level 3 of the Suntec Singapore Conference & Exhibition Centre.

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Itstored, the game changer Cloud storage solution

BCE has added a Cloud solution to its storage portfolio called itstored (“it’s stored”), which complements its online, nearline and offline offerings. While many providers are already offering Cloud storage, BCE has carefully reviewed the market and its customers’ needs and came up with a solution which matches the large volume activities of the major B2B players.

“Our recent move to RTL City in Luxembourg gave us the confidence to offer a solution which would be able to answer the needs of our most demanding customers in both media and non-media related activities” explains Xavier Boschian IS&T Director at BCE. “The two redundant datacenters offer both security and availability of the content.”

GDPR compliant, the new solution will be hosted in BCE’s datacenter located in Luxembourg. This state-of-the-art platform offers extended bandwidth for unlimited traffic to and from the content. To answer to the most demanding customers’ needs, BCE can also configure file mirroring to a second datacenter located on the outskirts of the city of Luxembourg over a dark fiber connection. The whole platform is monitored on a 24/7 basis and regular failover tests ensure the resilience of both sites.

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Itstored is fully compatible with the S3 (Simple Storage Service) protocol and can therefore be immediately integrated within the customer’s workflow. Being a worldwide standard, S3 ensures the compatibility of itstored with most existing systems and applications including: Amazon Web Services™, Commvault™, NetApp™, Office365™, Qnapt™, Signiant™, Synology™, Telestream™ and Veeam™ to name but a few.

“Itstored can directly store videos, audio, pictures, office documents, projects, reports and any other type of files,” says Jean-Alain Jachiet, CIO at BCE. “While our customers were looking for a fast and reliable system, they were also looking for a cost-effective solution.”

Itstored costs are not based on data traffic, like some of the competitors of BCE, but they are based on the number of TB storage space used in one or two datacenters for redundancy purpose. As a result, BCE allows its customers unlimited actions to their cloud storage. It is possible to upload, download, move, list and delete content without any restriction or additional cost.

“It was important to offer a real alternative to the existing cloud storage solutions. With its annual flat rate, its datacenter located in Europe, its unlimited use and its enhanced security, itstored breaks the existing rules and offers one of the fastest cloud storages on the market.” Concludes Laurent Seve, Marketing Manager at BCE.

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TVU Networks Adds Singular.live Library of Overlay Graphics to Cloud-Based Live Production Workflow

TVU Networks has partnered with Singular.live, providers of an advanced digital overlay platform, to give users of TVU Network’s TVU Producer,  a cloud-based live production tool, access to Singular’s template-based graphic overlays directly from the TVU Producer interface.

“By incorporating Singular’s platform on TVU Producer, our customers have greater options and ease of use to create the most dynamic live programming possible,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Singular has an incredible selection of overlays for all types of applications – sports, news, entertainment. Users never have to leave the TVU Producer interface to work with a Singular overlay. This is part of our commitment to making live video production seamless and effective for all content creators.”

With TVU Producer, video producers can create multi-camera live events for social media and web streaming platforms without expensive hardware, software or training. The requirement is internet access and a standard web browser. TVU Producer is a cloud-based, multi-camera remote production solution with a WYSIWYG user interface and game-changing features, such as graphics and slow-motion video replay. Requiring no extensive hardware or software, any organization can produce multi-camera live events from any location, with perfectly synchronized switching.

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The cloud-based Singular platform provides a full suite of dynamic overlays created by industry professionals with a full authoring environment allowing any user to recreate their own design to match their brand. Singular’s REST API enables users to manage live data, trigger animations of live overlays and more and show producers can manipulate overlays remotely from any location. Singular overlays can be used everywhere from web-friendly production tools to any web-enabled device.

“TVU and Singular are taking cloud production to the next level” commented Andrew Heimbold, CEO, Singular.live “The combination of TVU Producer and our dynamic Singular overlays delivers a ground-breaking solution that is easy to use with zero compromise on quality. This partnership leverages complementary, best-in-class technology to provide even more capabilities to benefit both TVU and Singular users. Together we enable anyone doing cloud production to raise the quality of their production, leading to increased viewer engagement and revenue opportunities. We’re excited to see the next generation of content created using TVU and Singular.”

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