First images from Season Two of “Side Games”, a THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and DIRECTV co-production

The second season of Side Games is currently being shot in Madrid, co-produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and DIRECTV Latin America. Season one was a huge success and topped the ratings on OnDIRECTV, DIRECTV’s exclusive channel for Latin America, as well as the digital lists of the DIRECTV Play pay TV platform, positioning the series with excellent results in on-demand format.

The DIRECTV Latin America and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO drama thriller, inspired by the novel by current LaLiga President, Javier TebasEl fútbol no es así (That’s Not What Football’s About), and Pedro Torrens, explores the darker side of professional football. Corruption, power, politics and money converge in this series directed by Daniel Calparsoro (To Steal from a Thief, Blinded, The Punishment) with season two set for release OnDIRECTV for Latin America in October and soon on Movistar’s #0 channel in Spain.

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Side Games, which was acclaimed for its excellent production standards and contemporary storyline, will feature Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium as one of the highlights in this second season.

The screenwriting team, led by Abraham Sastre (Victim Nº 8, The Boarding School, Paco’s Men, and season one of Side Games), along with Calparsoro, have written the new 8-episode series in which they’ll portray the characters in-depth. The protagonists have shed the naiveté and defend their interests tooth-and-nail now that they’ve no qualms about the high price they must pay to achieve their ambitions.

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Side Games, which also features screenwriters Germán Aparicio, Tom Fernández and Alejo Flah, has received widespread acclaim for expertly dramatizing stories inspired by real events.

“The storyline of this second season, as well as the new characters, will definitely be giving us something to talk about soon”, commented Willard Tressel, General Manager of OnDIRECTV. “In the second season we’ve added more depth to the characters and female protagonists are empowered,” explained Daniel Calparsoro, “We introduce irony as a new element, insofar as the characters are facing extreme situations head on, but they suffer less because they’re no longer first-timers. Cynicism and irony pervade the show’s tone hovering above the purest and darkest drama”.

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The main cast from season one, led by Roberto Enríquez, Patricia Vico, Pedro Casablanc, Mariam Álvarez, María Molins, José Ángel Egido, Andrés Gertrudix, María de Nati and Joaquín Abad, among others, will be bolstered by new characters from Latin America, including Mexico’s Roberto Romano and Argentinians Agustín Pardella, Juan Martín Gravina and Noelia Castaño.

Renewed Vision Bringing Powerful Live Production Software Advances to InfoComm 2019

Visitors to the Renewed Vision booth (number 2471) at next week’sInfoComm 2019 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida will experience the A/V industry trade show premieres of powerful new versions for two of the company’s highly-acclaimed software solutions. Demonstrations will include new version 3.3 of the feature-rich PVP3 multi-screen media server, video processor and screen control solution for live production environments, alongside new innovations in the ProPresenter Scoreboard multi-sport score presentation platform used widely in high school, college, professional, and youth league sports.

“We continue to innovate across all of our software solutions with a goal of making operators’ jobs easier while enabling them to create even richer, more engaging visual experiences,” said Brad Weston, president, Renewed Vision. “We are looking forward to showcasing our newest capabilities to InfoComm attendees.”

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Enhancements in PVP 3.3 include a new “key and fill” capability for SDI outputs; video input crosspoints that enable users in dynamic live environments to quickly make changes to input slots while automatically updating related cues; and per-layer content masking, allowing customers to apply dynamic alpha effects to video by binding two layers together. Other new PVP 3.3 features include custom content cropping and expanded preview capabilities that facilitate reviewing entire outputs on external displays. These latest features build on the advances in the preceding version 3.2 software update, including expanded synchronization, control and management functionality; increased I/O signal density; simultaneous 4K/1080p playback from the same workstation; and NDI® support for IP-networked environments.

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Built on the powerful video, graphics and text playout engine of Renewed Vision’s renowned ProPresenter live presentation platform, ProPresenter Scoreboard combines the company’s hallmarks of ease of use, affordability and visually sophisticated outputs with optimized user interfaces purpose-built for driving advertising-enriched, video-based LED scoreboards. New advances on display at InfoComm 2019 will include custom scoring logic, clocks and timers that enable the creation of scoreboards for user-defined sports; the ability to display and independently control multiple matches on the same output, making it ideal for tournaments with simultaneous events; and live StatCrew and MLB data support. The new version also features user interface enhancements designed to accelerate live production workflows.

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GatesAir Continues Spectrum Repack Dominance with 300th Transmitter Shipment

GatesAir today fortifies its market leading repack transmitter position with the delivery of its 300th repack transmitter. WPCB-TV, a Cornerstone Television station serving the Pittsburgh market, took delivery of its new Maxiva ULXTE-50 liquid-cooled transmitter late last week.WPCB has been repacked from Channel 50 to Channel 28, and will transmit at 31.7 kW from its new frequency beginning August 2.

GatesAir’s leadership in repack sales and shipments continues unabated. To date, GatesAir has shipped 11,273 power amplifiers, which represents more than 6.4 Megawatts of transmission power.GatesAir has successfully met all shipping deadlines to date thanks to careful staffing and manufacturing initiatives put into place by Vice President of Operations Bryant Burke.

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GatesAir CEO Bruce D. Swail notes that GatesAir has also logged nearly 38 million amplifier in-service hours of repack projects, which provides a strong measurement of reliability and performance for GatesAir customers. All GatesAir transmitters are made in the USA at the company’s Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center.

“With the most cutting-edge power amplification tech in the market, our Maxiva transmitters have accumulated an impressive number of in-service pallet hours that continues to climb, solidifying ourreputation for high performance and unmatched reliability,” said Swail. “Combined with on-time deliveries, transmitter site consultations and unparalleled customer service, GatesAir continues as the leading and most trusted supplier of repack transmitters and services.”

WPCB was granted a power increase for its Phase 4 repack assignment. Steve Johnson, VP Operations for Cornerstone Television, points to GatesAir’s customer support and high-efficiency solid-state technology as key deciding factors. The transition from tube to solid-state will eliminate costly tube maintenance, and provide a high-efficiency platform to offset utility costs from the station’spower increase.

Johnson also purchased a Maxiva VAXTE-6L air-cooled transmitter for WKBS-TV in the Altoona/Johnstown, PA market. WKBS, a full satellite of WPCB, will be repacked from UHF Channel 46 to low-band VHF channel 6 in Phase 6.

“GatesAir is one of the few vendors to offer reliable repack transmitters for low-band VHF, and our engineers can leverage a common user interface to remotely monitor and manage both Maxiva transmitters,” said Johnson. “We are impressed with the strength of their customer service, and the heritage and longevity of the company. Support is always a phone call away in Quincy, which has made a positive and lasting impact. We look forward to a long relationship with GatesAir.”

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Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase Award-Winning Professional Camera Innovations at InfoComm 2019

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is bringing its newest professional camera solutions to next week’s InfoComm 2019 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Demonstrations in booth 4875 will include the A/V industry trade show debut of the award-winning new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and field production camera, and the latest enhancements to the DK-H200 multi-format, compact box camera for remote and point-of-view (POV) applications.

The SK-HD1800 combines Hitachi Kokusai’s advanced CMOS imaging technology with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver spectacular image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in environments with challenging LED lighting and displays. The camera’s global shutter, progressive-scan sensors enable flawless, flicker-free, high-performance video capture in churches, sporting arenas, concert venues, TV studios 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, outstanding color reproduction and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio.

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Pairing the SK-HD1800 with a camera control unit (CCU) from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of video infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. Addressing the growing demand for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, the SK-HD1800 supports HDR specifications including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, the latter of which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs. The SK-HD1800 camera system also offers simultaneous HDR and standard dynamic range (SDR) output in conjunction with the CU-HD1300.

HDR support is also the newest feature in Hitachi Kokusai’s recently-upgraded DK-H200 1080p compact box camera for remote observation and POV acquisition. The DK-H200’s 2.6 million pixel, 2/3-inch MOS sensors deliver sharp, clear images and combine with advanced digital signal processing to provide superior picture quality with low noise, faithful color fidelity and exceptional sensitivity. Like the SK-HD1800, with the latest firmware release, the DK-H200 now supports both HLG and HPQ specifications for HDR. Ideal for robotic camera applications, the DK-H200 will be demonstrated in conjunction with a pan/tilt head from KXWELL International.

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“Our new SK-HD1800 camera and updated DK-H200 were both very well-received by broadcasters and content producers when we unveiled them at the NAB Show in April, and we look forward to showcasing their benefits for professional A/V applications to InfoComm attendees,” said Sean Moran, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “InfoComm continues to be the premier event for systems integrators and A/V end-users to discover the latest innovations and practical solutions in this rapidly-evolving industry. The SK-HD1800 and DK-H200 are designed to address the hottest topics on their minds, from AV over IP to HDR.”

Harmonic Extends Market Leadership with New Capabilities for CableOS Software

Including:

  • Low-latency mode, enabling significantly enhanced video game quality of experience
  • Double throughput performance with the latest 1-RU Intel servers and 100G NIC
  • Virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities
  • Simultaneous support of centralized and distributed architectures on a single core server
  • Interoperability with standard-compliant, third-party Remote PHY devices
  • Integration of the CableOS Pebble-1 Remote PHY Device into third-party nodes

 

“The next generation of CableOS software solidifies our market leadership position, leveraging our powerful cloud-native architecture to enable smarter, more flexible and more scalable multi-gigabit broadband services,” said Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business at Harmonic. “Adding cutting-edge virtual segmentation technology and other advanced features to our CableOS offering, and riding the Intel curve to deliver more bandwidth performance with less power, Harmonic is again moving cable access technology a giant step forward. Highlighting the agility of a true software architecture to address new business opportunities, we will provide an industry-first demonstration of low latency capabilities at ANGA COM 2019, showcasing a dramatic improvement to the quality of experience for online gamers.”

CableOS software offers support for the latest generation of 1-RU Intel server CPUs and 100G NIC, providing a massive boost in throughput. By running on state-of-the-art Intel servers, CableOS software allows operators to keep pace with the latest developments and performance improvements in IT, breaking out of the cycle of waiting for and purchasing expensive and quick-to-be-obsolete custom hardware-based CMTS platforms.

Further expanding deployment options for cable operators, Harmonic has also added virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities to the CableOS solution, allowing operators to increase bandwidth on existing coaxial cable to feed Remote PHY devices without deploying fiber to the new segmentation site.

The new CableOS software also supports hybrid Remote PHY operations for centralized, remote shelf and node deployments. The solution continues to benefit operators that need a boost in capacity for low service group counts in constrained, as well as large-scale environments, delivering flexible deployment options. Recently, the CableOS solution was successfully deployed in a traditional HFC architecture with the core server in one location and compact 1RU CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves deployed in remote locations. Harmonic’s CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves use less than 130 Watts, bringing further power, space and cost savings to the operator.

Building on the value of the unique telemetry capabilities featured in previous versions of CableOS software, the solution now provides operators with access to Harmonic’s managed network services and a web-based dashboard to simplify network monitoring. Offering a complete picture of network performance to speed up issue resolution, CableOS software ensures superior QoS for subscribers.

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8k resolution and social media drives new feature developments from Mediaproxy

Mediaproxy has expanded the capabilities of its LogServer IP-based logging, monitoring and analysis software to provide support for 8k HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) TSoIP (Transport Stream over IP) signals and video editing for material on social media platforms.

LogServer has evolved since its original release, undergoing regular upgrades that have added new features and functionality. These have been designed in response to the changing nature of modern broadcasting, which has moved beyond traditional linear transmission to encompass new streaming technologies and outlets.

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In the last 12 months enhancements have been made to LogServer that have included OTT monitoring capability. It is now possible for master control room staff to scrutinise multiple OTT streams based on Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) technologies using monitor displays. This provides an efficient and comprehensive method of checking all possible video outlets, which is necessary to ensure expected levels of quality and service.

Beyond OTT, the next big thing in broadcasting will be 8k resolution, with delivery involving HEVC compression and TSoIP streams. Some broadcasters are already looking at 8k transmission as the next step on from both HD and 4k. A pioneer in the field is Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which will be using the format for its coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Other broadcasters are following this lead, including Italy’s RAI.

Mediaproxy is ready for this next stage because its systems are capable of handling 8k signals by converting any input to a proxy resolution. Erik Otto, CEO Mediaproxy said “Our technology is able to receive an 8k source and down-convert it into something manageable. The latest version of LogServer is 8k ready and also able to handle HEVC and TSoIP encoded streams.”

Connecting to social media has become a priority in TV broadcasting in recent years. To provide the same logging and compliance capabilities for this form of distribution as for linear TV and OTT, Mediaproxy has extended its social media publishing features to include advanced editing functionality. This allows operators and journalists to quickly turn clips around for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Dailymotion and Brightcove.

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SES and Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) Partner to Broadcast Asteroid Day 2019 Globally in HD

Viewers around the world will receive a month of programming in celebration of Asteroid Day, the official United Nations day of education and awareness about asteroids, thanks to a partnership between SES and BCE. The broadcast will feature pre-recorded and live High Definition (HD) content from Asteroid Day’s global programmes and events throughout June 2019, building to June 30 with coverage of over 2,000 events occurring in 190 countries.

As partners in the Asteroid Day initiative SES and BCE have teamed up to bring a month-long global broadcast of the related events to audiences around the world. BCE will produce the 6 hour live production out of Cercle Cité in Luxembourg city and provide all the playout services from its media centre in RTL City, for HD distribution over satellite as well as IP networks. The online distribution will be taken care of using BCE’s Freecaster Live Streaming solution, which will enable both live and VOD viewing on social networks and websites. For the satellite distribution, SES will broadcast the programming on five satellites to create a truly global footprint for Asteroid Day, a testament to the reach of SES. In Europe, Africa, and Asia the programming will be delivered Free-to-Air via satellite to Direct-to-Home (DTH) viewers, while in Latin and North America it will be integrated into the packages of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) via satellite.

The programming will culminate on 28 June with Asteroid Day LIVE, a 24-hour live broadcast produced by Asteroid Day and sponsored by SES, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg. The marathon show will be hosted by prominent journalists from the BBC and CNN, who will be joined in studio and around the world by renowned astronauts, expert scientists, technologists, and researchers in planetary science.

“Luxembourg is home to a space industry and satellite telecoms infrastructure connecting Europe and the world,” said Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency. “The expertise and valuable support of leading companies such as SES and BCE play a key role in making Asteroid Day an international success and enable all of us to have a truly global conversation about space and asteroids.”

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“BCE thrives with innovation and technology,” said Xavier Thillen, Head of Digital Media Operations at BCE. “Information is in our roots; we believe that instructing the world about asteroids has become an imperative. To do so, we are enthusiastic to use our state-of-the-art IP-based playout centre to broadcast this planetary event and reach the world with SES satellites fleet.”

 

“At SES, we value technology as a tool to positively impact and transform lives,” said Ruy Pinto, SES Chief Technology Officer. “We are proud to be a partner in this global awareness campaign to learn about asteroids, both the impact hazards they may pose and the resources they may one day yield. By leveraging multiple satellites, we are using the power of our global reach to deliver this important programming to millions of TV homes.”

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