Recording gets underway for the second season of the NICKELODEON series, produced by THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and VIACOM INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS

After a successful first season, Nickelodeon Latin America has Announced that filming is due to being for the second season of “Noobees”, gaming series Produced by Viacom International Studios and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

“Noobees 2” will consistencia of 60 one-hour episodes and is currently being recorded at Televideo, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO production studios in Bogota (Colombia). Series two will feature the original cast, led by Mexican actress Michelle Olvera and actor Andrés de la Mora; Colombian María José Vargas and Pipe Arcila, as well as Brazilian actress Clara Tiezzi.

Based on an original idea by Flipy (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), the cast for season two will also feature some new faces including Argentine actor Julián Cerati (“Once”, “Ando Cantando”) and Colombian influencia Daniela Pérez “La Pereztroica”, In addition to Venezuelan actress Karlys Romero (“Para verte mejor”), among others.

The new episodes are written by Marcela Citterio, whose career highlights includes hit shows such as “Yo Soy Franky”, “Heidi, bienvenida a casa”, “La fan” and “Chica Vampiro”, among others.

The second season of “Noobees” is scheduled to premiere pan-regionally, including Brazil, early in 2020, with the exact date to be announced shortly.

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Michelle Olvera and Andrés de la Mora

GatesAir to Strengthen NOVA Entertainment’s FM Transmission Infrastructure in Australia

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has won a large contract with NOVA Entertainment in Australia to upgrade six FM radio transmission sites within the continent. GatesAir will supply a total of 16 Flexiva FAX air-cooled FM transmitters, with in-country partner RaeAir conducting all site evaluations, installation, commissioning, and post-sales services.

NOVA Entertainment’s national FM footprint first took shape in 2001 with the launch of Nova 96.9 in Sydney, followed by stations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The broadcaster will first upgrade these five metropolitan sites, beginning with the Melbourne and Perth locations. NOVA Entertainment will subsequently upgrade the remaining metropolitan sites, followed by a regional location on the NSW Central Coast.

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GatesAir won the contract in large part due to its growing presence in Australia, bolstered by the recent expansion of its in-country sales and support team. NOVA Entertainment also anticipates an attractive return on investment through GatesAir’s high-efficiency transmitter designs, which will reduce annual rental and utility costs at transmission sites.

 “The remarkable compact footprint of GatesAir transmitters will take up substantially less space than our existing transmitters, lowering our monthly expenditures and our long-term total cost of ownership,” said Matt Steadman, Head of Technology, NOVA Entertainment. “We are also confident that GatesAir’s Australian presence, both through direct personnel and their partners at RaeAir, will efficiently guide us through the installation process and ensure excellent post-sales service and support.”

NOVA Entertainment’s FM radio transmission project represents part of a broader strategic initiative that follows a recent upgrade of its studio systems. GatesAir will deliver twelve 10kW and four 20kW models, with redundant transmitter configurations for all five metropolitan sites; and integrated IP-based control and monitoring across the network. NOVA Entertainment will also benefit from streamlined maintenance and the ability to share common spare parts across the network.

“GatesAir and our partners at RaeAir worked closely with the NOVA Entertainment team to develop a strategy that would transition them to a high-efficiency FM infrastructure, and with the greatest possible ROI,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “The exceptional performance of our Flexiva transmitters will also optimize audio quality and performance for NOVA Entertainment’s number one metropolitan network. We look forward to working closely with their team for many years to come.”

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Harmonic Enables Guangdong Radio and Television to Deliver Premium UHD Broadcasts in China

Harmonic  announced that Guangdong Radio and Television (GRT) is the first province-level broadcaster in China to deploy UHD channels, thanks to a playout solution from Harmonic. Supporting a range of formats, including SD, HD and UHD, Harmonic’s playout solution enables GRT to create pristine UHD broadcasts.

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“UHD is still fairly new to the Chinese market, and we wanted to be at the forefront of this exciting movement,” said Huang Yonghong, associate director at GRT. “Harmonic’s playout solution provides rock-solid reliability and a rich feature set, increasing our workflow efficiency and allowing UHD channels to be launched very quickly.”

GRT has deployed Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server to deliver provincial UHD broadcasts and expand its HD channel offering. Harmonic’s Spectrum X solution reduces the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single appliance. Native SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis will also enable GRT’s future transition to all-IP workflows and accelerate the launch of new revenue-generating channels.

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Spectrum X media server also features innovative HDR and SDR with tone mapping and tone expansion, with support for sustained SDR or HDR outputs and mixed SDR and HDR clips. Additionally, the server provides simulcast channel capabilities with support for two different output resolutions, including SDR and HDR, from one playlist. These advanced features can easily be adopted by GRT in the future as it continues to improve upon video quality.

“Being among the first to launch UHD channels in China gives GRT a reputation for quickly responding to technology innovation and addressing consumer demand for an elevated entertainment experience,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Since Spectrum X is a highly versatile and flexible video server, we are able to expand features and functionality over time, enabling GRT to protect its investment.”

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Anevia OTT Video-Delivery Solution Powers SKYmedia’s New Sky GO Service

Based in Ulaanbaatar, the SKYmedia group provides a wide range of capabilities including mobile phone and broadband data connectivity.

SKYmedia has partnered successfully with Anevia since 2014 when it chose Anevia’s origin-packager and CDN solutions. The existing platform has now been renewed and expanded with a latest-generation packager, NEA-DVR (www.anevia.com/product/cloud-dvr-solution), as well as NEA-CDN (www.anevia.com/product/video-cdn), plus an Anevia Genova encoder. The combined result is a full end-to-end OTT video-delivery solution that will power SKYmedia’s new Sky GO service, scheduled for launch this month.

This new investment comes at a time of healthy growth in demand for IP-related services. The total number of Internet subscribers in Mongolia has increased by more than 60% over the past five years and take-up of IPTV subscriptions has grown by 116% in the same period. Anevia’s end-to-end solution meets SKYmedia’s need for scalability, accompanying its growth in the number of subscribers. It is also part of an open ecosystem that integrates easily with products from third-party vendors – in this case, Mirada’s Iris multiscreen service platform and EZDRM’s digital rights management solution.

Anevia’s APAC Sales Director, Antoine Hugoo says: “TV operators in Asia are setting up increasingly ambitious OTT solutions. Even in remote areas such as Mongolia, there is strong competition and a need for differentiation; operators require a solid OTT service to keep their customers. We are pleased that SKYmedia has renewed its trust in Anevia for the launch of its new Sky GO service. Our strategy has always been to establish long-term partnerships with our customers, from initial concept right through to renewal and expansion.”

SKYmedia Corporation LLC is one of Mongolia’s leading telecommunications service providers with a large presence in the country’s mobile market. Its fields of operation include latest-generation television and mobile Internet services. SKYmedia has successfully implemented major national projects including a fibre-optic network and related IPTV solutions. SKYmedia Corporation’s media offerings include SKYtel television and the SKYmelody music service.

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TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience with Harmonic

Harmonic announced that Television Broadcast Limited (TVB) has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ™ content-aware encoding for its myTV SUPER OTT platform. EyeQ encoding optimizes bandwidth for OTT services, reducing TVB’s CDN costs and improving viewers’ quality of experience (QoE) on every screen by significantly decreasing the amount of stream buffering and startup delays.

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“Today’s television viewers expect the same flawless, uninterrupted quality of experience for OTT as broadcast,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Our EyeQ content-aware encoding enables TVB to achieve constant video quality for OTT and improved speeds for video delivery. With the bandwidth savings that EyeQ encoding provides, TVB can enhance its offering and deliver valued-added services like UHD and new sport channels in the future, keeping viewers engaged and watching longer.”

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TVB is leveraging EyeQ technology to deliver live HD OTT channels on set-top boxes using the HEVC codec. At the heart of the company’s acclaimed, software-based Electra® media processing platform, EyeQ content-aware encoding offers TVB a fresh approach to delivering consistent, superior video quality for its OTT service, with a significant reduction in bandwidth. The EyeQ technology is unique in its ability to leverage the mechanics of the human eye to assess video quality and optimize encoding parameters in real time.

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