MEDIAPRO appointed as global consultant to Global T20 Canada League

MEDIAPRO has been appointed as the global consultant to Global T20 Canada League, the ICC-sanctioned limited overs cricket tournament that runs through to August 11th at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario.

The three-year deal global consultancy agreement is a wide-ranging global collaboration involving five MEDIAPRO Group business units: MEDIAPRO Middle East, MEDIAPRO Canada, MEDIAPRO Asia, WTVision India and MEDIAPRO HQ in Barcelona, Spain.

Global media rights distribution will be managed exclusively by MEDIAPRO Middle East, with the support of MEDIAPRO Asia and MEDIAPRO HQ in Barcelona. MEDIAPRO Canada is providing all audiovisual equipment and technical crew for the 2019 event, while WTVision India is producing all TV graphics and managing the big screen and live streaming distribution. The Group is adivising Global T20 Canada on sponsorship and advising on content.

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Live coverage of the event will be aired worldwide to a potential global audience of over 150 million households by broadcasters including Star Sports in India, the UK’s Premier Sports, Sportsmax (Caribbean), Willow (USA), Sky (New Zealand), Astro Cricket (Malaysia and Brunei), Kwesé Sports (Sub-Saharan Africa). In Canada, coverage is shared by TSN and ATN.

The Global T20 Canada League, the first ICC-sanctioned T20 league in North America outside the Caribbean, runs from July 25th to August 11th. Six teams, the 2018 champions Vancouver Knights, Toronto Nationals, Montreal Tigers, Winnipeg Hawks, Edmonton Royals and Brampton Wolves will play a total of 22 matches, including three playoffs and the finals.

Similar in format to other limited-over cricket leagues, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), the most popular cricket league in the world, the Global T20 Canada League will feature a host of international stars among its rosters, including veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh (India/Toronto), Faf du Plessis (South Africa/Edmonton), Chris Gayle (Jamaica/Vancouver), Sunil Narine (Trinidad & Tobago/Montreal) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan/Brampton).

Daniel Al Bahrani, Marketing Director of MEDIAPRO Middle East, noted that the Group is delivering its “first top-level cricket consultancy, in line with global best practice and ICC international standards. Our global team is privileged to support our client, Global T20 Canada, in the delivery of a premium cricket production and exclusive media distribution to broadcast, mobile and internet partners in over 84 countries worldwide”.

MEDIAPRO Canada will cover the 22-match series with Alto, its 53’ OB unit, and will utilize 28 cameras, 36 EVS channels, multiple graphics platforms as well as a range of specialty cameras including two stump cameras, two drones, two robo cameras, two super slo-mo cameras and one Ultra slo-mo. The crew will comprise 60 broadcast professionals who are cricket experts from around the world, representing 11 different countries.

The Global T20 Canada League’s first edition, in 2018, reached more than 50 million cricket fans around the world, and Gurmeet Singh, chair of GT20 Canada has promised to deliver a “bigger, better and stronger cricketing spectacle this season”.

CDN77 launches end-to-end live streaming and VOD platform Streamflow

Zdenek Cendra“The ongoing upsurge of live streaming has been changing the world of content delivery. The significant growth in demand for customized solutions goes hand in hand with the need for redundant network capacity and technical ability to deliver high-resolution videos at lower bitrates. That’s why with Streamflow, we built a platform on our robust network to give publishers direct control over the whole process, from ingest to playback.” said Zdenek Cendra, founder and CEO of CDN77

Powered by 20 PoPs in North & South America, Europe and Asia dedicated to video delivery, Streamflow also promises to cut down costs and reduce technical challenges that come with reliance on multi-vendor solutions.

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The management of all steps involved in getting the video to viewers’ devices happens behind a web-based user interface, and the features included in each stage are as follows:

  • Video origin – live signal ingestion in RTMP, HLS or MPEG-DASH, VOD Storage
  • Video processing – on-the-fly transcoding & adaptive streaming, as well as DVR/Catch-up service
  • Global delivery – 20 CDN PoPs on 4 continents with DDoS protection and 14+ Tbps of redundant bandwidth capacity
  • Playback – customizable HTML5 player with dynamic ad insertion & audience analytics
  • Security – built-in DRM, secure tokens and hotlink protection, blacklisting and whitelisting by GEO or IP address

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Tomas Bacik“We’ve been proud of helping our clients grow their businesses, and top performance has always been a crucial element of it. To take this even further, we’ve partnered up with Bradmax and implemented their HTML5 player into the Streamflow platform. This integration brings our clients additional options for monetization and evaluation, thanks to dynamic Ad insertion support and comprehensive analytics.” commented Tomas Bacik, CDN77’s Director of Customer Operations

Built upon their network, with 5+ Tbps daily peaks, Streamflow currently handles some 500 live events per month. The list of CDN77’s streaming clients includes german broadcasting company Sport1, TEDx Prague, European Space Agency and ESET amongst others.

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Broadpeak IBC2019 Show Exhibitor Preview

At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate its elastic CDN, multicast ABR (mABR), video streaming over satellite, personalized ad insertion, and local video-caching solutions, with examples of large-scale real-world deployments. Broadpeak’s ultra-low latency, Android TV, Cloud PVR, and 5G technologies will also be on display, showcasing how these innovations are leading the charge for better QoE and efficient content delivery.

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. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how HBO Latin America is using its BroadCache Box to dramatically reduce CDN costs while boosting subscribers’ QoE by deploying local caches into 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™ and CDN Diversity

Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™ CDN selector allows content providers to choose the best CDN’s for streaming their content. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will highlight 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.

Record, Package, Protect, and Deliver Video Content in All ABR Formats

Broadpeak’s BkS350 Origin Server and Packager improves multiscreen video delivery on managed or open internet networks through unique on-the-fly packaging and cache-management capabilities. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will showcase its BkS350 Origin Server and Packager, which supports all streaming formats including low-latency CMAF and a wide range of applications, including live, VOD, cloud time-shifting, start-over, and catch-up TV. The BkS350 platform can be run on hardware or virtual machine, providing operators with maximum deployment flexibility. By providing an easy migration path from QAM to IP distribution, the BkS350 increases video-delivery efficiencies and cost savings.

Innovations for 5G and Mobile Video Delivery

Broadpeak has taken an active role in providing solutions to optimize video delivery over 5G for use cases that include local caching, cell congestion management, and service routing. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® and Telstra will demonstrate an innovative solution that optimizes video quality and efficiency over fixed and mobile networks. The joint solution combines Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™/BkA100 analytics with Telstra’s intelligence in mobile sports apps and real-time network awareness to increase video streaming quality and efficiency for telco operators while providing the best possible QoE for end users.

Broadpeak’s technologies have been successfully used in 5G trials in collaboration with the SaT5G project and the industry consortium 5G-Xcast, groups whose goal is to develop broadcast and multicast communication enablers for the fifth generation of wireless systems.

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Innovations for Satellite Operators

Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR technology for satellite is at the heart of the ready-to-deploy, cost-effective solution for OTT delivery, allowing operators to address scalable, multiscreen streaming with transmission over satellite. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will showcase innovative use cases and new business opportunities for mABR for satellite, including direct-to-home OTT, 5G backhaul, mobility, and VSAT.

Innovations for Pay-TV Operators

At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how IPTV DASH enables a better-quality television experience on all screens compared with IPTV. Using Broadpeak’s CDN and its nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solutions, pay-TV operators can deliver content on managed set-top boxes (STBs) and open devices via IPTV DASH. Broadpeak’s solutions have been successfully deployed on more than 100 devices, including Android TV and Apple TV. Through the implementation of mABR in MPEG-DASH (or HLS) format, operators can benefit from the greater flexibility offered by OTT combined with the scalability and low latency offered by IPTV.

A variety of premium IPTV DASH applications will be showcased at IBC2019, including:

  • Ultra-low latency: Broadpeak’s nanoCDN Multicast ABR solution enables ultra-low latency on every screen in all ABR formats, including HLS. New features for nanoCDN will be demonstrated, such as CMAF format and chunked transfer encoding, which further decrease latency for OTT live streaming. The feature can also be used to synchronize all the devices in the same home network.
  • Multicast ABR for Android TV: Broadpeak enables the easy integration of mABR with Android TV. At IBC2019, Broadpeak will, for the first time, showcase its mABR TV Input, which plugs into the Android TV Input Framework (TIF) on Technicolor STBs.
  • End-to-end Android TV ecosystems: At IBC2019, Broadpeak will present a range of the pre-integrated, end-to-end, technical Android TV ecosystems that include the company’s video delivery technologies.
  • 4K UHD HDR video streaming: Broadpeak’s nanoCDN solution supports premium video delivery with the highest quality. We are proud to be collaborating with Dolby® to showcase its industry leading Dolby Vision® technology at the Broadpeak booth at IBC2019.
  • Personalized ad insertion: By leveraging manifest manipulation, Broadpeak can insert or replace video content to help operators and content providers monetize their live and on-demand services with the highest value.

All the components used to build these solutions can be deployed on COTS hardware or virtual machines, or as containers in a dockerized system, bringing an unmatched level of elasticity.

InSync Technology Announces New Standards Conversion Solutions at IBC2019

FrameFormer Live

Broadcasters and content owners continue to rely on proprietary hardware for cost-effective real-time frame rate and format conversion for live applications. Software solutions for live standards conversion are beginning to emerge, but they require expensive dedicated compute resources with provision of GPUs, which is inflexible and can be costly.

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FrameFormer Live, to be introduced at IBC2019, is a highly scalable, professional grade software standards conversion solution that offers live, real-time conversion of SD, HD, and 3G content, using CPU-only processing with cross platform support. FrameFormer Live provides a truly flexible approach to deployment and is a cost-effective alternative to traditional hardware converters. FrameFormer Live can run in any standard IT environment, on premise or in the cloud, and can be accessed as a standalone application or an integrated service.

Unlike other solutions, FrameFormer Live does not require access to GPUs, giving the customer complete freedom to choose what server to run their conversion on or, in the case of cloud-based deployments, the flexibility to quickly scale up/down the service with the ready provision of CPU-only compute resources.

 “Up to now, users needing live frame rate conversions had a choice between proprietary hardware or software solutions requiring specific GPU resourced compute platforms. FrameFormer Live breaks that paradigm by offering live, software-based standards conversion that can run on any suitable CPU devices.” James Shepherd, Chief Technology Officer, InSync Technology Ltd.

FLICS | SOLO FF

With requirements to repurpose media for so many different delivery platforms, the demand for high-quality, cost-effective standards conversion has never been so great. The fully-integrated FLICS | SOLO FrameFormer solution (FLICS | SOLO FF) provides a flexible, comprehensive solution for all content from SD to UHD and beyond.

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Extending the already popular FrameFormer software standards conversion range, FrameFormer is now fully integrated within the Hiscale FLICS | SOLO transcoding solution, (FLICS | SOLO FF) offering support for a range of codecs including ProRes, AVC, DNxHD, and XDCAM.

Unlike other software conversion solutions, FLICS | SOLO FF does not require access to GPUs, giving the customer complete freedom to choose which server is used to run the conversion. The solution may be deployed standalone or may be integrated into existing customer platforms via a RESTful API.

InSync is now a reseller for the FLICS | SOLO FF product, which means customers can buy the FrameFormer motion compensated software standards conversion solution from InSync Technology, experts in conversion.

InSync FrameFormer Conversion Demonstration

On InSync IBC2019 Stand 2.A46, visitors will see results of the FrameFormer software motion compensated standards converter converting a range of UHD content between different frame rates. The demonstrations will allow customers to see up close the superb quality available with FrameFormer and its ability to handle a wide range of material, including content produced with high dynamic range.

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InSync invites customers to compare the UHD source with the FrameFormer conversion to verify the quality of conversion. The proof of a great standards converter is in its ability to handle high-contrast, fast-moving, detailed content, which the demonstration will clearly show.

Anevia Shortlisted for Three CSI Awards

Established in 2003, the CSI awards are designed to recognise and reward innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile-TV and associated sectors.

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In the Best TV Everywhere category, Anevia’s entry is for an end-to-end OTT HD and 4K video-delivery solution with ultra-low latency at levels that are as low as, or lower than, broadcast. This offers all the benefits of anytime, anywhere television without spoiler effects from viewers’ neighbours or from social-media posts. The technology makes full use of Anevia’s expertise in the CMAF-LLC protocol which is applied to each component in the system, from the encoder to the CDN. It has already resulted in the first commercial ultra-low latency OTT-based service in the US, launched just before the 2019 NAB Show.

Anevia’s entry in the Best Cloud category is the NEA-CDN 5.0 cloud-native solution for creating a private content delivery network. This enables operators to build a centrally orchestrated and elastic CDN, making it easy to scale (up and down), to deploy and to operate. Viewers get the best-quality video possible (4K HDR) and operators can deploy advanced services such as time-shift, video on demand and ultra-low latency live streaming. NEA-CDN 5.0 is natively multi-tenant and compatible with hybrid infrastructures. Operators can use their existing infrastructure to deploy a private CDN while ensuring they deliver high-quality services, even during peak traffic. They can also rent CDN nodes to content providers without affecting their viewers’ experience.

Anevia’s Embedded Distributed Storage (EDS) is the company’s entry in the Best Data Storage Solution category. EDS is a zero data loss storage solution for Cloud DVR which enables operators to store large amounts of video at minimal cost, using the existing origin-server disks instead of separate Network Attached Storage. The solution is scalable: as a service increases in popularity, it needs more storage but also more origin servers, which meet the increased storage requirements. And it uses a unique erasure coding algorithm to enable software management of storage with minimal impact on the CPU, which remains available for just-in-time packaging.

“Following on from our recent success in winning a Futur40 award, these shortlistings are further examples of our engineering team’s commitment to excellence and innovation,” says Anevia CEO Laurent Lafarge. “We look forward keen

AES and AIMS Team Up to Host AV-over-IP Technology Pavilion at 2019 AES NY Convention

Following a successful partnership at last year’s convention, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) will again collaborate to create a professional media networking pavilion at the AES Convention in New York on Oct. 16-18.

Central to the pavilion will be the AV-over-IP Technology Pavilion Theater featuring a continuous program of 30-minute presentations covering a wide range of topics relating to audio and video over IP. In addition to providing visitors with valuable insights and knowledge about audio over IP networking, the scope of this year’s pavilion will be expanded to include video topics.

The AES and AIMS have also today announced a call for presentations for the AV-over-IP Technology Pavilion Theater. End users, industry associations, solutions providers, and technology developers are invited to share their knowledge and perspectives on how developments in IP networking will impact the pro audio, broadcast, and pro AV industries. More information and the abstract submission form are available online.

The selection committee is looking forward to receiving the following types of presentations that are non-commercial in nature:

  • Technical tutorials (basic, intermediate, advanced)
  • Case studies
  • Market/business case analysis
  • Point-of-view/advocacy
  • Standards progress/update

Preference will be given to presentations related to the following technology areas on the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Roadmap:

  • AES67
  • SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks
  • AMWA NMOS specifications such as IS-04, IS-05, IS-07, and IS-08
  • Timing and synchronization using SMPTE ST 2059-1/2
  •  JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment

End users and facility operators are particularly encouraged to present their insight and experience related to deployments of the technology areas above. Systems integrators, service providers, and manufacturers are also encouraged to apply.

Speaking times are limited during the three-day exhibition, and potential presenters are encouraged to act quickly and submit proposals early. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is Aug. 30.

Telson.Tres60 (MEDIAPRO Group) reinforces its fiction department with the incorporation of Pelayo Gutiérrez

Pelayo Gutiérrez, one of the most prestigious sound designers in Spanish audiovisual production, has joined Telson.Tres60 (MEDIAPRO Group) as the head of sound for the fiction department. With 3 Goya awards and 14 nominations, Gutiérrez is leading an important renovation of human and technological resources at the veteran post-production studio, whose sound department has expanded its team of professionals in line with its evolution within the sector.

Along with Pelayo Gutiérrez, Telson has added renowned professionals in the sector to its fiction sound team, including Eduardo Castro, sound supervisor with two Goya Award nominations, winner of a Macondo Award, nominated for the Golden Reel Awards and a résumé that features sound work for more than 75 films; Alberto Ovejero, sound mixer and dubbing specialist, with two Goya Awards and Premios de la Academia Argentina nominations, providing sound for more than 90 films; Ana Belén Martín, sound production coordinator and responsible for more than 75 films and series; Miguel Huete, editor of more than 40 films and series; Abraham Fernández, editor and ADR recording technician; Miriam Pedregal, sound editor; Ana Caparrós, sound assistant; Valeria Arcieri, dialogue editor and assistant mixer; and Kaihiamaru Martínez, Foley artist with more than 75 films and series under his belt.

Telson has become a reference within the audiovisual industry thanks to its advertising and cinematographic post-production services, its corporate communication and management of TV channels, in addition to being a pioneer company in content digitalization. The addition of new talent to its fiction sound team reiterates MEDIAPRO Group’s confidence in its quality content and comes at the same time as one of the most important technological renovations in Telson’s nearly 45 years of operation, which will increase the company’s current number of studios for sound design–with new Dolby Atmos Home certifications–, dialogue editing and Foley.