Broadpeak Business Growth Accelerates in the Middle East, Leading to New Office Opening in Dubai

With a local sales and support presence in the Middle East, Broadpeak will now be in a better position to help content providers and pay-TV operators in the region take advantage of video streaming opportunities.

“Content providers and operators in the Middle East are looking for innovative ways to drive new business growth and capitalize on the video streaming market,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Having a local team on-site in Dubai will give Broadpeak a better perspective on the day-to-day challenges facing our customers and allow us to quickly respond to their needs with solutions that deliver better QoE across all screens in the most scalable and cost-effective way possible.”

Thibaud de Rohan Chabot, sales director at Broadpeak, will be the main contact for Middle East sales inquiries.

In addition to Broadpeak’s new Dubai office, the company has significantly expanded its global sales division and reach in 2019, with regional representatives recently added in Poland, Spain, and Australia.

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Leader Announces New Options for LV5600 and LV7600 Broadcast Test Instruments

Option LV5600-SER06/LV7600-SER06 is a 25 GbE single-mode video-over-IP / multi-mode fibre IP interface which provides full conformance with the SMPTE 2110 standard for transmitting 4K content in a non-compressed format via Ethernet at up to 25 gigabits per second. SMPTE ST 2022-6, SMPTE ST 2110-20/-30/-40 IP standards are fully supported as well as SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundancy and SMPTE ST 2059 PTP synchronisation. IP single stream mode, similar to 12G-SDI, allows a UHDTV uncompressed stream to be received. IP quad stream mode allows a UHD TV signal to be received as four uncompressed streams, similar to 4x 3G-SDI. Measurement features include IP status display, IP packet jitter display, PTP status display, SFP module display, IP event log display, path delay display and timing display. Video signal formats handled include 10 bit YCbCr 4:2:2 in all common HD standards as well as 3840 x 2160 pixel UHD at 47.95 through to 60 frames per second.

Option LV5600-SER32/LV7600-SER32 is an IP test pattern generator. This can generate HD and 3840 × 2160 UHD test signals for delivery via SMPTE ST 2110-20 / 30/31/40 IP. IP channel stress testing can be performed by adding jitter and errors to IP packets. A network synchronisation mode allows PTP-synchronised video and audio test signals to be generated.

Both options will be introduced to the European market at the September 13th-17th IBC show in Amsterdam where Leader will be exhibiting on stand 11.A33.

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Leader’s LV5600 is a mains-powered SDI/IP waveform monitor in a half-rack width 3U desktop chassis with a touch-screen front panel display. It provides all the facilities needed to monitor UHD/HD/SD SDI as well as video over IP signals seamlessly in a hybrid operating environment. Engineering-related features include test pattern generation, eye pattern display, closed-caption monitoring, CIE colour chart, high dynamic range measurement, focus assist, customisable screen layout, tally interface, 4K/UHD operation, 10G IP input and 12G-SDI interfaces. SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2022-7 and SMPTE 2110 protocols are all supported. The LV5600 also incorporates Leader’s intuitive Cinezone and Cinelite which are familiar to many content production staff.

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The LV7600 rasterising waveform monitor offers the same capabilities as the LV5600 but in a low-profile 19 inch 1U form-factor for easy rack or desk mounting.

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Nevion Celebrates Successful First Half of 2019

Nevion is celebrating a successful first half of the year in which it signed several significant, high profile deals, achieved a record order intake of more than NOK 200 million (US$ 23 million) and was one of the few in its category to successfully test for the JT-NM SMPTE ST 2110 standard. Further cementing Nevion’s place as an industry leader, its chief executive officer, Geir Bryn-Jensen, has been appointed to the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers (IABM) Members’ Board.

With more than 20 years’ experience in international business development and sales within the telecom, broadcast and IT industries, as a member of the Board, Geir will be involved in the overall operations of IABM and the setting, reviewing and changing of the association’s policies. The appointment acts as recognition from Nevion’s peers and competitors of its status as a leading provider of IP media network solutions for the real-time transport, processing, monitoring and management of the video, audio and data signals.

Amongst the highlights for the first half of 2019 is the recent announcement that Nevion has agreed to establish a strategic partnership with Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. (Sony) in the area of IP-based solutions for broadcasters and other industries. In addition, Sony has acquired a minority stake in the company through a share purchase agreement making it a leading investor in Nevion.

In a first for Nevion, NAB show 2019 saw it sign a deal with Rede Amazônica, one of Brazil’s largest broadcasters, to deliver an IP-based solution for a number of its facilities to help Rede Amazônica renew its infrastructure and decrease operational costs.

As Nevion turns its attention to IBC, its standing in the broadcast industry has been strengthened by its flagship software-defined media node Virtuoso being named one of the few products in its category to have been successfully tested for the SMPTE ST 2110 standard for essence-based transport of media over IP. This thorough testing means that broadcasters, media organizations, service providers and other potential users of Nevion Virtuoso are assured that the product will work in a multi-vendor environment in an IP media network.

“So far, 2019 has been outstanding for Nevion, as highlighted by the record sales and substantial customer wins we have achieved in the first six months of the year,” said Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO, Nevion. “As we know, the broadcast industry has been undergoing a fundamental and very disruptive change, that is affecting the whole value chain, from broadcasters and service providers to suppliers. I look forward to leveraging my own experience of radically transforming Nevion’s business, from being a provider of hardware products to one of software-defined solutions, to support the IABM in its important mission.”

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Speedcast, In Aria! Networks, Telespazio Join Forces on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services

Speedcast announced a joint service offering with In Aria! Networks, one of Europe’s leading service providers in managed broadcast video contribution over IP, and Telespazio, a leading provider of digital TV platforms and satellite transmission in Europe. Relying on a combination of In Aria! Networks’ redundant video contribution over IP gateways integrated with the Speedcast Media Network (SMN) and Telespazio video teleports, media companies around the globe can securely contribute and deliver SD, HD, and UHD video services with unparalleled efficiency, flexibility, and a faster time to market.

The joint service offering from Speedcast, In Aria! Networks, and Telespazio is designed to speed up cloud-based IP video contribution, media processing, and satellite-based digital distribution. The offering includes a wide range of cloud-based value-added services, such as backhaul, media conversion, high-quality, low-latency live streaming, and occasional-use secure IP contribution, as well as multichannel digital TV platforms on the leading European Direct-to-Home satellite position.

Telespazio’s digital video teleport facilities at the Fucino Space Center in Italy feature 170 antennas and offer a broad satellite footprint for distribution of video channels across the Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India regions. When combined with SMN’s low-latency fiber distribution network, multiple teleport locations around the world, and fully managed IP video transport service, they provide media companies with a large-scale, high-capacity global solution for delivering broadcast-quality video. In addition, the companies are collaborating on DVB-S and DVB-S2 Direct-to-Home satellites at 13° East to ensure improved video delivery across Europe.

“Uniting Telespazio’s DVB-S2 digital video platforms with In Aria! Networks’ innovative media transport technology and the Speedcast Media Network will have a huge impact on multi-platform video delivery,” said Alessandro Caranci, Head of Line of Business Satellite Communications at Telespazio. “Our customers can now have access to a cloud-based IP video contribution and distribution network, making it easy and cost-efficient to deliver video in any region on any device.”

 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Telespazio, a major player in Europe, and Speedcast, who has a huge influence in North America and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Alberto Carpenè, CEO of In Aria! and Vice President of the Speedcast Media Network. “This joint offering sets a new benchmark for flexibility, enabling media companies to launch channels faster and more affordably.”

 

“Joining forces with Telespazio and In Aria! Networks allows us to address a critical growing need in the media market for hybrid video services,” said Erwan Emilian, Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Emerging Markets at Speedcast. “This partnership represents the fastest and most efficient way to backhaul video feeds, the widest network capacity for video distribution, and the broadest portfolio of value-added services, including cloud-based playout and media processing up to the satellite distribution on various satellites.”

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Emerson College Adopts Broadcast Pix BPswitch Integrated Production Switcher for Sports Production

Installed in late 2018 during winter break, the new BPswitch was used throughout last season when the men’s basketball team won its first NEWMAC championship title.

The BPswitch anchors the control room in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, which hosts all home games for men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s and women’s volleyball. The control room is located a floor above the basketball court, and is designed with a traditional three-row setup. Tim MacArthur, associate director for media technologies and production, said the college is exploring the idea of using the BPswitch-based control room for remote productions of other campus sports as well.

“The big draw for us was getting into BPfusion for graphics and the integration with the Daktronics scoreboard,” explained MacArthur. “The all-in-one device was also very appealing to us. There is a real ease of workflow with Broadcast Pix.”

BPfusion is a software option that works with BPswitch’s integrated NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG to streamline the creation of data-intensive graphics for sports, elections, and more. It uses templates to create customized graphics that update automatically using data from scoreboards, RSS feeds, and other IP-based sources without re-keying the data.

“The ease of use of the NewBlueNTX was another big draw,” MacArthur added. “The graphics are a step up from what we’ve done in the past, with easily modified templates that look great.”

All four of the switcher’s outputs are used to populate monitors in the control room, including two large panels in the front of the room and individual monitors for the TD and audio stations. MacArthur said the BPview™ integrated multi-view was customized for sports production, but there is a separate layout for an awards gala that is hosted in the gym every April.

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Emerson College used its new BPswitch GX integrated production switcher last season to produce live coverage when the men’s basketball team won its first NEWMAC championship title.

While the students do not use the BPswitch’s file-based macros during productions, MacArthur said there is one macro that preps the switcher for production, so there is a consistent look no matter which student is serving as technical director. Coverage is produced in 720p and streamed live to the Emerson Lions YouTube channel.

With very limited funding for the gym’s video production system, students rely on mostly hand-me-down equipment. The new BPswitch, for example, replaced an existing Broadcast Pix Granite™ system that had been donated to the school. MacArthur said it was a seamless upgrade, and the school was able to keep its existing Broadcast Pix control panel.

There are dozens of sports productions throughout the school year, all produced with volunteer student crews. There is also no formal instruction for the BPswitch (or any other video equipment) in the gym’s control room. Instead, student volunteers teach themselves and each other how to use the equipment.

According to MacArthur, typical games have a three-camera setup with play-by-play and color commentators along with instant replay. Some games have as many as six cameras as well as a sideline commentator, but even single camera productions are run through the BPswitch to take advantage of the BPfusion graphics.

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Embrionix IBC2019 Product Preview

The company will highlight its emVIRTU IP-to-IP media processing and core infrastructure platform, as well as its emFUSION and emVIEW IP gateways. IBC2019 attendees also will have the chance to explore the Embrionix emSFP range of SFP-based IP gateways and to take a look at the company’s emQUAD and emSFP-QUAD multiviewers.

emVIRTU IP-to-IP Media Processing Platform for HD up to UHD

The award-winning emVIRTU IP-to-IP media processing and core infrastructure platform from Embrionix is housed in a high-density, 1RU frame that is packed with serious IP media processing power for mission-critical and all-IP media production environments. The platform offers an efficient, passive-frame design that allows users to minimize energy costs and cabling while optimizing space. With aggregation bandwidth reaching up to 1.6Tb/s, the platform is also designed to allow broadcasters and other users to produce high-resolution UHD, HD, and 3G content efficiently and without constraints.

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For UHD environments, the platform is designed to offer up to 64 IP processing functions from its small footprint. The Embrionix platform supports a modular approach, enabling the selective addition of virtualized processing functionalities such as frame synchronization, up/down/cross-conversion, and multiviewer capabilities.

emFUSION and emVIEW IP Gateways

Embrionix will showcase the company’s compact emFUSION-6 SDI-to/from-IP and IP-to-HDMI gateway with support for HD, 3G, and SMPTE ST 2110 UHD. The software-defined, stand-alone gateway is ideal for remote broadcast production, interconnecting SDI signals to an IP infrastructure via a single 25GE aggregation link or via dual links for (SMPTE ST 2022-7) hitless redundancy. The emFUSION-6 supports up to three channels of encapsulation and three channels of de-encapsulation. Black burst can be extracted from the PTP to synchronize cameras.

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The compact emVIEW IP-to-HDMI 2.0 gateway from Embrionix offers universal support for all 4K/UHD signal formats and resolutions up to 4K/UHD 60Hz/hitless redundancy, with support for any wide, linear, and narrow sender. Making the most of a 25GE IP interface (hitless), this versatile gateway guards the integrity of the 4K/UHD image on an HDMI display, regardless of signal type or format, whether from a quad ST 2110 1080p flow (Square Division or Two Sample Interleaved) or a single SMPTE ST 2110 4K/UHD flow.

emSFP SMPTE ST 2110 All-IP Down-Converter

This miniaturized emSFP SMPTE ST 2110 all-IP-to-SD/HD/3G down-converter from Embrionix enables 4K UHD IP content to be seamlessly viewed and monitored on a HDMI display in a lower resolution while maintaining the sharpness of the original IP signal. The unit will be demonstrated at IBC2019 with a variety of new all-IP up/cross-conversion options.

emQUAD and emSFP-QUAD Multiviewers

Embrionix will showcase its versatile emQUAD quad-split multiviewers and its miniaturized emSFP multiviewers, which enable smart IP monitoring on HDMI displays. The emQUAD creates a mosaic view from four SMPTE ST 2110 streams and can be installed neatly on the back of any HDMI monitor. The emSFP-QUAD will be demonstrated creating a 16-image mosaic from SMPTE ST 2110 IP streams.

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Custom Consoles Announces Refinements to MediaWall, Module-R and SystemTwo

Also on show will be an enhanced version of the SystemTwo motorised height-adjustable edit-suite desk with greater lifting power.

“Originally developed for STV in Scotland, MediaWall has become one of our best-selling products with customers such as Al Sharqiya, Associated Press, Azerbaijan Parliamentary Television, BBC Scotland, BBC Studios & Post Production, BT Sport, ICS Media Production, Mediahouse, Radio-Television Slovenia, Radio Television Suisse, RT, RTL City, TBN and Telegraph Media,” comments Custom Consoles Managing Director Neil Reed. “The enhanced version incorporates redesigned lateral support beams which allow display panels to be attached more easily. Cable management is now via steel ducts rather than PVC. The new ducts are stronger and more attractively styled, which customers will appreciate in open-plan control rooms. The supporting legs are now a silver extrusion with a black cable management insert, to match the Module-R desk styles which we introduced at IBC 2018.”

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“Our latest-generation Module-R desks also now come with a steel cable tray as standard rather than PVC, providing greater strength and eliminating the environmental issue of recycling plastic components.”

 

“Additionally on the show stand will be an example from our SystemTwo range of desks, now equipped as standard with heavier duty lifting pillars. Support capacity has been increased from 140 to 240 kg.”

Custom Consoles’ MediaWall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. MediaWall can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to the studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that the edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. All wiring is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. MediaWall is available in any specified element widths.

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture range, Custom Consoles’ Module-R allows aesthetically attractive long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity. Module-R has been tested by FIRA to ensure compliance with current ISO standards. It is supplied with full cable management and internal 19 inch racking, accessible via removable front and rear cover panels. All rear surfaces and pods are completely interchangeable. A full length cable brush allows easy reconfiguration.

Designed for use in edit suites and graphics areas, SystemTwo comprises a rectangular desk and parallel monitor shelf, both being electrically height adjustable from 660 to 1200 mm. This gives operators the choice of working while seated or standing. Other elements in the SystemTwo series include an 11U equipment pedestal, underslung 3U equipment pod and 27U equipment bay.

Custom Consoles Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. Its product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. The company operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

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