PlayBox Neo to Demonstrate Ultra-Flexible Cloud2TV and Channel-in-a-Box Media Playout at IBC 2019

“Cloud2TV enables content owners to get round the capital-expenditure hurdle they face when starting new channels or expanding their existing playout activity,” says PlayBox Neo CTO Stanislav Petkov. “Available on a competitive subscription basis, it comprises a range of software modules which can be mixed and matched to handle any desired permutation of channels, languages and time-zones. Cloud2TV is a coordinated solution meeting every conceivable playout challenge from a single-event channel right up to a round-the-clock global network. Scalability and ease of operation are built in right from the start.”

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“Cloud2TV takes playout up to the next level in terms of new-start-up flexibility,” adds CEO Pavlin Rahnev. “Fast and easy to deploy, it gives network operators the freedom to scale their activities with unprecedented precision while side-stepping the cost of holding reserve equipment on standby. Cloud2TV is also the perfect platform on which to deploy a disaster-recovery facility without the rental and staffing costs entailed in equipping and operating an off-site studio.

PlayBox Neo will also demonstrate the latest updates to its established Channel-in-a-Box system. This comes complete with a dedicated server in a choice of 3U and 1U sizes. The server can be used on its own or in combination with others to support any desired number of channels. Each Channel-in-Box installation can be configured from a range of Neo-series software modules and optional accessories. Content scheduling, promos, commercials, graphics preparation, subtitling and billing can all be handled under fully automated control while retaining the freedom to insert live content after any currently airing file or, for a big-breaking story, to switch instantly to live pass-through.

PlayBox Neo’s Cloud2TV and Channel-in-a-Box both support UHD, HD and SD and can be operated in round-the-clock fully-automated mode. Operators retain the freedom to make schedule alterations or insert live content between prescheduled content.

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National TeleConsultants’ Peter Adamiak Honored as SMPTE Fellow

National TeleConsultants (NTC) is proud to announce that its co-founder and managing partner, Peter Adamiak, has been named by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) as a 2019 SMPTE Fellow. Adamiak will be recognized at the SMPTE Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, California.

The SMPTE Fellow is a distinguished honor extended only to industry leaders with a strong commitment to the advancement of motion imaging and allied technologies whose work, throughout the course of their career, has resulted in significant contributions to improve the industry.

“We extend heartfelt congratulations to our colleague and friend on receiving this esteemed recognition,” says NTC Managing Partner Eliot Graham. “Peter, through his dedication and expertise, has always embraced and delivered the latest innovations, which have enhanced the art of television production and distribution.”

During his near-50-year career in broadcast engineering, Adamiak has been instrumental in implementing cutting-edge technologies for many of the biggest players in the game.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Peter went to work for the school as a video systems engineer helping to pioneer the advanced use of television for educational purposes.

His next career stop took him to ABC, where he held several positions including manager of engineering for ABC’s O&O TV stations. After eight years, Peter departed from ABC to help found the company that would become his legacy in the broadcasting industry, NTC. NTC is widely regarded as an industry leader in new media technology solutions. The company has been at the forefront of every major transition in the industry, including custom software integrations, format transitions, cloud computing, and new distribution platforms.

Leading the Services Delivery Group at NTC, Adamiak has spearheaded major projects, including the ground-up development of ESPN’s broadcasting headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and Telepictures’ TMZ facility, the first fully tapeless facility capable of going direct to air from a server. Other major projects he has overseen for NTC include groundbreaking facilities for ABC, AT&T, DIRECTV, Disney, Fox, Voice of America, Warner Bros, and Viacom.

“Peter’s ability to design and implement successful, innovative facilities is a testament to his singular ability to shape technologies to the needs of varied business models,” says NTC Managing Partner Chuck Phelan. “His methodology has been instrumental in growing our business.”

For over 35 years, NTC has been at the forefront of solving the most vexing technological problems in the media space, and, with Adamiak’s leadership, the company continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in broadcasting.

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Biamp Burst Mode Technology Receives U.S. Patent

Biamp announced it was awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the burst mode technology used in several of its Tesira® conferencing solutions. Burst mode is a key element of Biamp’s time-saving, single cable-connection solution, which provides amazing audio performance and easy installation with standard CAT cables.

“Tesira’s PoE+-powered amplifiers and Parlé™ microphones with integrated amplification feature our exclusive, and now patented, burst mode technology,” said Biamp’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Joe Andrulis. “Burst mode allows us to deliver extraordinary amplifier performance using standard CAT cables, making it more efficient than ever to deploy great sounding conferencing solutions across the enterprise — from huddle rooms to boardrooms to training spaces.”

The patent covers an innovation that delivers higher peak output from amplifiers powered by PoE+. During normal operation, the amplifier stores up power to be used during moments where higher output is needed. When peak power is required, to cover items like lower frequency, audio tracks, or louder speech, the amplifier’s power supply uses the stored energy to significantly increase output power for a short period of time.

In the case of Biamp’s Tesira AMP-450 family, the devices can take the 25.5W delivered by PoE+ and generate peak outputs of up to 200W across four channels. That’s enough to drive loud music in a large training room for 100 people!

Burst power technology also enables Biamp to create powerful-sounding amplifiers in very compact and innovative form factors.

For example, the Tesira AMP-450BP is small and light enough to be directly mounted to a Desono™ C-IC6 in-ceiling loudspeaker, which results in fast, clean installations. A single AMP-450BP can drive up to eight C-IC6 loudspeakers using just CAT cables, meaning that a structured cabling crew can complete the entire above-ceiling audio rough-in for a conference room.

In the case of the Parlé TCM-XA ceiling and TCM-1A pendant microphones, burst technology allows Biamp to include a 2-channel amplifier in the same enclosure as the microphone electronics. This reduces the total number of devices and network drops required for system deployment.

This commitment to streamlining the system design and installation process is further reinforced by the TesiraCONNECT expansion device, which delivers PoE+ power and streaming media for Tesira conferencing products.

Biamp’s combination of advanced technologies, elegant industrial design, and integration of the entire audio signal path — from microphone to speaker — onto a single cable type, ensures that Tesira conference rooms sound better, look better, and are easier to install than any other system. The addition of the powerful SageVue management tool makes monitoring and managing deployed systems a familiar and comfortable process for technology managers.

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SMPTE’s Latest IMF Plugfest Makes Significant Progress Toward Interoperability

IMF is the family of standards for the exchange of component-based audio-visual masters intended for worldwide distribution — from movies to TV shows to advertisements. The format is specifically designed to efficiently handle multiple-territory distribution and advanced content such as high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut (WCG), immersive sound (object-based audio), and access services (subtitles, captions). Organized by the SMPTE Technology Committee 35PM (Media Packaging and Interchange), IMF plugfests provide implementers with opportunities to interchange test content with the objective of improving interoperability and identifying areas of improvement in the standard.

“Following the publication of SMPTE TSP 2121-1 last year, the DPP is committed to supporting the adoption of IMF more widely across the broadcast and online content communities,” said Rowan de Pomerai, DPP head of delivery and growth. “Participation in the IMF plugfest forms an important part of that commitment, and we’re thrilled to see so many vendors testing their support for our specification.”

The SMPTE IMF plugfest included the following areas of focus:

  • Packaging of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.1 (IMSC1.1), which is the subtitle and caption format in IMF that enables worldwide and accessible experiences.
  • SMPTE ST 2067-50:2018 (IMF Application #5 ACES), which is intended for long-term archive of uncompressed Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) image essence.
  • SMPTE RDD 45:2017 (Registered Disclosure Document IMF Application ProRes), which adds support for ProRes image essence and is intended to test HDR ProRes IMF packages.
  • SMPTE TSP 2121-1:2018 (IMF Application DPP), which creates a profile of IMF designed for broadcast and online content use cases, meeting requirements expressed by DPP member companies.

“IMF is an essential standard for the exchange and archiving of movie productions that use ACES,” said Wolfgang Ruppel, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. “Plugfests are a great opportunity to work with manufacturers and the SMPTE community on interoperability.”

Implementers included Amazon, Dalet, Visible Light, Fraunhofer, Marquise, MTI, Ownzones, Rohde & Schwarz, and Venera Technologies. Test content was provided by Paramount, Universal, Turner, the BBC, and 20 Century Fox. Amazon hosted the event at its UK headquarters.

“SMPTE IMF plugfests are the cornerstone of bringing immediacy and relevance to our standards. They remind us that standards are living examples of technology being used to build global platforms upon which agile applications are developed,” said Bruce Devlin, SMPTE standards vice president. “The lively discussions of real implementers and users solving multivendor business problems in real time show that standards can be relevant and dynamic in today’s disruptive technology world.”

SMPTE is currently organizing the next IMF plugfest, scheduled for the first half of 2020, and the Society encourages interested parties to join the effort by contacting Thomas Bause Mason at SMPTE.

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VuWall and LG Partner to Deliver Integrated Video Wall Control and Display Tech for Control Rooms

VuWall announced a corporate partnership with LG Electronics, the leading global manufacturer of monitors, personal computers, digital signage, and commercial displays. This partnership allows VuWall and LG to offer customers a fully integrated control room solution that combines VuWall’s advanced VuScape video wall processor with LG’s latest 55SVH7F video wall display.

“Our goal is to provide an easy-to-install, easy-to-use solution for professionals in command and control room environments so that they can focus on their 24/7 visualization experience and not worry about the technology,” said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO at VuWall. “By partnering with LG, we continue to deliver on that commitment — by combining these two great technologies, our customers have even more powerful solutions for solving their real-world challenges.”

VuScape is a series of modular video wall processors and controllers designed for small and large-scale video walls. They can be combined with the VuWall Touch Panel, a PoE tablet with an intuitive interface designer, and as a complete, easy-to-use video wall management and operation solution.

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The LG 55SVH7F video wall display features a razor-thin, 0.44mm bezel or 0.88mm when measured from bezel to bezel. It also boasts vivid, dynamic picture quality with a higher and wider viewing angle, uniform color expression, and image gap reduction. Moreover, it features Smart Calibration, a simple and fast process that does not require an external device or human intervention.

The VuWall and LG integration offers customers the ability to control LG displays remotely using the VuWall scripting tool with VuScape controllers, giving control room operators and supervisors the utmost flexibility and ease of use. As a fully integrated platform, organizations will have a comprehensive ecosystem driving their video walls from anywhere in the facility. Customers can have their first look at the integrated solution in LG’s new prestigious showroom in Paris where they can experience all the benefits of the new control room ecosystem.

“LG strives to continually advance and push the envelope, providing our customers with the best display technology in the world. This makes it vital to choose the right technology partners to address the needs of our customers in specific markets,” said Harri Ekholm, Vice President of Sales from LG Electronics. “VuWall is a recognized leader in the command and control room industry with solutions known for their reliability and high-performance technology designed with a deep understanding of mission-critical needs. These features make VuWall the perfect partner for us.”

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