Vantec/Danmon’s New Studio2Go Portable 4K-UHD Production System Makes Mobile Video Production and Live Streaming Easier than Ever

“Studio2Go Portable is compact enough to transport as carry-on luggage,” says Vantec/Danmon CEO Alexandre Roriz. “It is so easy to use that a single operator can be ready to shoot a multi-camera production within minutes of arriving on site.”

Available in a wide range of configurations, Studio2Go at its simplest can source from two wirelessly connected smartphones. Fully configured, it can handle up to 32 full studio-quality cameras. A multiview display screen shows each connected video source plus the main video output. Incoming video can be selected within Studio2Go’s integral vision mixer. Incoming audio from multiple microphone or line sources can also be mixed or selected.

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Captured video and audio content can be recorded within Studio2Go for later playout, streamed live, or both. Operators have access to a wide range of creative tools including image editing, colour-layering, border and shadow generation, titling and rolling text generation. Additional production features include colour correction, pan-tilt-zoom camera control, multichannel video recording, live picture-in-picture and 4K-to-HD virtual camera cropping.

Frame-accurate live switching and colour compositing can be performed via a keyboard and an optional control panel with a sliding transition fader.

Studio2Go is a fully professional system providing tally light integration, broadcast quality video output, frame-accurate media playback, real-time format conversion, live ad insertion, NDI protocol support and multi-network bonding. It can be operated locally or under full browser-based IP remote control.

Vantec/Danmon offers Studio2Go in a various models ranging from a basic Ethernet-interfaced portable version to the fully-populated Rack Pro with 16 SDI in/out. All versions operate from standard electric mains.

Studio2Go will be demonstrated on the Danmon Group stand, 8.B51, at IBC2019, Amsterdam, September 13th-17th.

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ChyronHego Coach Paint Selected by Carlton Football Club

ChyronHego announces that Australia’s Carlton Football Club, also known as the Blues, will use ChyronHego’s Coach Paint to ensure that its players and staff stay aligned and can communicate clearly in the build-up to every game so that they are able to execute both tactically and technically.

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“ChyronHego’s Coach Paint enables our analysis team to efficiently produce clips that aid in the development of our players, and it allows coaching points to be clearly reinforced. Importantly, the solution is simple to utilize and has transitioned seamlessly into our program,” said Jack Noble, Carlton Football Club analyst. “The customization of tools has enabled us to use familiar visual effects for the group. It has become an integral part of our preview and review routine.”

In 1897 the Blues were one of the eight founding member clubs of the Australian Football League (AFL, formerly known as the Victorian Football League). Carlton has historically been one of the AFL’s most successful clubs, having won 16 senior VFL/AFL premierships, tied for the most of any club.

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Ease of use and turnaround time of producing and exporting a clip made Coach Paint the telestration tool of choice for the Blues. Coach Paint helps the Blues maximize feedback before, during, and after a game, which is important in such a physical, fierce sport as Australian rules football with its substantial mix of players, personalities, and learning styles.

“Working with Carlton Football Club has been fantastic, as they have really given us open access into the everyday workflow of an AFL club,” said Craig Inness, sports performance and technology specialist, ChyronHego. “That access enabled us to further tailor our offering to their club and to the league itself.”

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Viaccess-Orca and Smart Bring Together the Best in New Targeted TV Advertising Solution

At DMEXCO 2019 and IBC2019, Viaccess-Orca (VO) and its programmatic advertising partner Smart Adserver will introduce an end-to-end, targeted TV advertising solution. Using the preintegrated solution, service providers can generate revenues through data and inventory monetization, in particular, for linear multicast and on-demand TV. The solution notably allows the creation of granular audience segments leveraging VO’s AI-enriched TV data-management capabilities and the activation of these segments on Smart’s advertising platform. It further allows the distribution of targeted ads on any screen through VO’s secure player, which offers versatile ad replacement and insertion capabilities.

“Leveraging Smart’s and VO’s unique awareness around data privacy and security aspects, service providers can now enjoy new revenue channels generated by our targeted TV advertising solution while keeping control over vital data assets,” said Romain Job, Chief Strategy Officer at Smart Adserver. “This alliance between two recognized specialists allows service providers to access a single, preintegrated solution for managing ad campaigns, activating audience data, and distributing targeted ads on any device, including on the fast-growing Android TV-enabled market segment.”

The end-to-end solution supports the entire targeted ad cycle and offers seamless integration with Smart’s programmatic advertising environment. This includes data management enablers that are natively compliant with GDPR regulations and ensures full-service provider control from segment creation to monetization. In particular, VO’s behavioral insights on TV-usage data, the results of VO’s extensive AI research, provide an elegant and innovative route to TV audience monetization while alleviating reliance on legacy, controversial, third-party, data-based targeting techniques. The solution’s holistic ad monetization capabilities also cover cross-channel advertising, from direct IO management to programmatic transactions. It also supports KPI-focused advertising implementations, with real-time ad analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of ads and make advertising content as relevant as possible to the audience.

VO’s playback solutions, combined with Smart’s performance optimization techniques including peak management, ad-call pacing, local creative storage, validation, and provisioning, enable targeted ad delivery for any TV use case (e.g. linear, on-demand, or catch-up) onto any device (including Android TV-enabled) over IPTV or OTT.

“Targeted TV advertising is a huge revenue opportunity for operators and broadcasters that can help turn viewers’ experiences into personal ones, thereby driving higher engagement,” said Alain Nochimowski, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “This partnership between two mature technology providers results in an easy, fast, and secure way to enter the targeted TV advertising market and generate a new line of revenue. It’s exactly the kind of targeted TV advertising solution the industry needs to succeed.”

VO and Smart will demonstrate the targeted TV advertising solution at:
• DMEXCO, Sept. 11-12 in Cologne at Smart’s Booth Hall 6 – C061, and
• IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Viaccess-Orca Stand 1.A51 and Harmonic Stand 1.B20.

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Speedcast Enhances Global IP Transport Service, Introduces SMN Mobile LTE Fully Managed Service

Speedcast announced enhancements to the Speedcast Media Network™ (SMN) Global IP Transport service and introduced SMN Mobile LTE, the industry’s first fully managed service for news, sports, and event broadcasters that need a quick, low-latency, and cost-effective uplink solution.

Speedcast’s Global IP Transport service now features full H.265 4:2:2 encoding and decoding on all edge devices to ensure superior video quality at lower bandwidths and offers both SRT and RIST interoperability. Fully integrated with legacy platforms via the Layer 2 protocol, the Global IP Transport service from Speedcast enables video to easily move in and out of public and private clouds.

Bonding the bandwidth of multiple cellular services, the new SMN Mobile LTE offering is a fully managed service for quick uplinking of live news, sports, and events as well as for remote communications. Offered as a capex-free service that eliminates expensive hardware costs and the need for an expensive newsgathering fleet or flypack equipment, SMN Mobile LTE is a 5G-ready service that provides real-time video encoding and leverages Speedcast Media Network’s global hybrid network infrastructure to provide satellite-to-fiber, cellular-to-satellite, cellular-to-dedicated fiber, and cellular-to-IP extended connectivity. All live video feeds can be managed from the cloud for scalable and real-time video processing.

“As media companies look to deliver video more economically and increase their flexibility, the SMN Mobile LTE service is breaking new ground, providing the industry with a bonded LTE solution that requires zero capex investment and offers an easy entry point into and exit out of the cloud,” said Alberto Carpenè, vice president of Speedcast Media Network. “With 5G networks promising faster speeds and lower latency, now is the perfect time for media companies to upgrade their mobile uplinking capabilities.”

At IBC2019, Speedcast will also highlight how its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) is providing broadcasters and media companies with dedicated, direct connectivity to the cloud. Designed to handle bandwidth- and process-heavy workloads, Speedcast’s secure connection to AWS reduces network costs. As the first remote communication service provider to be awarded Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network, Speedcast plays a leading role in simplifying the way media companies deliver content via the cloud.

Speedcast will demonstrate the enhancements to its Speedcast Media Network at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Stand 5.C45. Combining satellite, fiber, cellular, and internet networks, the Speedcast Media Network is the largest global hybrid infrastructure, answering the critical need for highly scalable, ubiquitous coverage for delivery of broadcast-quality content to every consumer screen.

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Dish TV India Partners with Broadpeak for its OTT Service, WATCHO

Broadpeak® announced that Dish TV India has deployed Broadpeak’s solutions for its OTT service, Watcho. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator and BkS350 origin and packaging server enable Watcho to deliver 100+ channels and thousands of hours of library content, including live, on-demand, time-shift TV, and catch-up TV, to Android and iOS mobile devices, guaranteeing a high quality of experience (QoE) for end users and increased scalability for the operator. HB LLP served as the system integrator on the project, ensuring a smooth deployment.

“We knew that if we wanted to deliver on-the-go, snackable content on connected devices, the quality of experience had to match that of our traditional DTH service,” said V. K Gupta, CTO, Dish TV India. “Broadpeak’s OTT delivery solutions are pre-integrated with key ecosystem vendors, enabling us to launch Watcho quickly and seamlessly. Thanks to the scalable nature of Broadpeak’s server and CDN manager, we can deliver high-quality content to more than 23.9 million existing subscribers and reach new customers too.”

Dish TV India is using Broadpeak’s BkS350 origin and packaging server to record linear services in one format and dynamically package the content into HLS and DASH formats for time-shifted TV services via the cloud. The BkS350 is flexible and scalable, allowing Dish TV India to use a combination of internal (e.g., RAM, SAS, and SSD) and NAS storage for cost optimization and enhanced performance. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator continuously monitors the popularity of content based on usage patterns, automatically pushing popular content to the edge servers while long-tail content remains in the larger central library to reduce Dish TV India’s storage costs.

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“Having an OTT offering is a must for operators looking to drive business growth, and Watcho will help Dish TV engage with its existing DTH subscribers more effectively, and pull in new subscribers,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “At Broadpeak we have established a strong ecosystem with trusted partners, taking the guesswork and complexity out of launching OTT services. Not only are our CDN solutions for video streaming efficient and cost-saving, they also guarantee exceptional quality experiences on any screen.”

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SES Redefines Live Events with Synchronised Satellite and OTT

SES’s latest solution, which will be showcased at IBC2019 in Amsterdam, synchronises over-the-top (OTT) and satellite broadcasts by delivering IP signals to OTT platforms as fast as satellite to create enhanced live viewing experiences, SES announced today. The new solution, named Satellite and OTT in Sync, gives broadcasters the power to deliver a more consistent experience to viewers watching any screen, or even multiple screens, by eliminating the delay between their TV broadcast and OTT services.

Even a few seconds of delay between different screens can spoil the live event experience, and this has been a challenge to eliminate. SES’s unique solution achieves that synchronisation, giving broadcasters confidence that their viewers will be able to enjoy unforgettable moments.

SES’s Satellite and OTT in sync solution takes the source signal on its way to the satellite and distributes it via IP in tandem with satellite. By applying low-latency encoding and tuning to the IP stream at the source, the solution can deliver the content to OTT platforms in sync with the satellite signal. The technique shaves off the seconds of delay between a traditional television broadcast and other low-latency OTT solutions or regular OTT broadcasts.

“Today’s broadcasters are looking to protect and grow their business by delivering the best experience possible during live events, particularly for premium sports. When a fan is watching an important match on an OTT platform and they hear the crowd at the bar down the street cheering before they even see the goal, the disappointment is palpable,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Being a hybrid video distributor, SES can process video at the source for both satellite and OTT distribution, helping broadcasters deliver a unique, consistent, and satisfying end-user experience.”

SES leads the industry with its worldwide reach of over 355 million TV households (or 1 billion people) and distributes over 8,200 channels via satellite. SES’s recent unification of its wholly-owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, means SES now manages over 525 channels and delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events per day. Going to market with a unified solution for video infrastructure and services means that SES will accelerate the rollout of hybrid linear and non-linear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

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GatesAir and Pinnacle Communications Accelerate Nigerian Digital Switchover Initiative

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, and channel partner Pinnacle Communications Limited have completed the plan for phase two of a multi-stage digital TV (DTV)  transition in Nigeria. Having covered 100 percent of the Abuja municipality, the second phase will extend coverage to 95 percent of the population in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria.

The DVB-T2 system today delivers 30 national and up to six local channels of high-quality news, information and entertainment to FCT residents – as many as 200 free over-the-air channels are anticipated – with GatesAir high-efficiency ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitters powering all over-the-air DTV content delivery. Comprehensive national coverage will eventually reach more than 50 million viewing homes and approximately 170 million people in 36 Nigerian states and the FCT, with a complete national digital switchover targeted for December 2021.

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GatesAir CEO Bruce Swail demonstrates a GatesAir transmitter to Pinnacle Communications’ Senior Advisor for Military Communications, General Chris Jemitola, at the Quincy manufacturing center during the delegation tour.

As the licensed signal distributor for Nigeria, Pinnacle Communications is working diligently to plan future expansions of the service. This includes the rollout of low-power transmitters and gap fillers to fill out the terrestrial black spots in the FCT region and Kaduna state before moving onto other states. Pinnacle Communications will leverage GatesAir’s expanded range of lower power systems, which GatesAir took ownership of following its recent acquisition of ONEtastic.

“We have invested exclusively in GatesAir TV, AM and FM transmitters since 1998 because of their high quality and unmatched resilience, and will continue to do so because their range of high-efficiency transmission solutions will address low-power requirements,” said Sir Lucky Omoluwa, Chairman and CEO, Pinnacle Communications. “GatesAir also continues to impress with accelerated deliveries for our most important projects. We have deployed GatesAir transmitters for several locations with emergency turnarounds, and those plug-and-play installations remain reliably operational today.”

GatesAir remains the leading supplier for DTV transitions in Africa. In addition to Nigeria, GatesAir has supported challenging DTV transitions in Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. The scale of the Nigerian digital switchover is perhaps the most impressive, as an overwhelming majority of the expansive Nigerian population relies exclusively on free, over-the-air TV. It is estimated that about five percent of households in Nigeria receive television from PayTV services.

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GatesAir CEO Bruce Swail offers a local gift to Pinnacle Communications’ Chairman and CEO Sir Lucky Omoluwa following a partnership signing.

“The Nigerian digital switchover will be the largest initiative of its kind in Africa, not to mention Europe, when it reaches its conclusion,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “Upon completion, the immense scale of this system will serve as an impressive blueprint for any broadcaster strategizing a complex, national DTV transition. We are proud to be associated with a such a challenging and rewarding project taking shape in the heart of Africa, with the entirety of the system built and developed by Nigerians.”

GatesAir welcomed Pinnacle’s executive team to its Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center in late August. The visit included a facility tour and overview of GatesAir’s next-generation transmitter designs, which will at once improve coverage, enhance signal quality, and reduce operating costs – notably, energy bills and systems maintenance – over the lifetime of the system. Pinnacle Communications Limited Executive Director, Dipo Onifade; Lead Broadcast Technical Consultant, Yomi Bolarinwa; and Senior Advisor for Military Communications, General (RTD) Chris Jemitola were among those joining Sir Lucky Omoluwa for the visit. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and top executives from the Quincy Chamber of Commerce were on hand to receive the delegation.

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Pinnacle Communications and GatesAir executives from L to R: Senior Advisor for Military Communications, General Chris Jemitola (Pinnacle); CEO Bruce Swail (GatesAir); Chairman and CEO Sir Lucky Omoluwa (Pinnacle); Lead Broadcast Technical Consultant, Yomi Bolarinwa (Pinnacle); Executive Director, Dipo Onifade (Pinnacle); Managing Director, EMEA and India, Andy McClelland (GatesAir); President and Managing Director, International, Rich Redmond (GatesAir).

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