Anevia Partners with NVIDIA to Achieve Highly Cost-Efficient 4K UHD HDR Encoding

“This new development secures Genova as one of the most powerful ranges of video encoders in the OTT business – not just for SD and HD channels, but for the rapidly expanding world of UHD HDR,” says Jerome Blanc, EVP of Compression Products at Anevia. “We have been working with NVIDIA to integrate its latest-generation T4 which is one of the most recent graphics processing units on the market. 4K needs huge computing resources which T4 acceleration now makes more affordable.”

“The improvements we have achieved compared to the NVIDIA P4 card are nothing short of astounding, with video quality gains of over 30 per cent, and still enabling nine multi-rate 4K UHD HDR channels to be delivered from a single server. This level of performance brings 4K UHD HDR well within the compass of internet-based content delivery networking.”

“Television display standards have advanced dramatically since the days of 525-line and 625-line standard definition,” adds Anevia CEO Laurent Lafarge. “Each evolutionary stage represents a major challenge for terrestrial, satellite and OTT network operators alike. Our role is to turn these challenges into opportunities so that our customers can deliver the increased video quality their viewers appreciate as they invest in ever higher-quality display devices. This latest progression in the performance of the Genova encoders reflects very well on the skill and experience of both our technical development team and solutions partners such as NVIDIA.”

 

“The NVIDIA T4 GPU, which is ideal for UHD signal processing, has achieved great results with Anevia’s Genova encoders,” says Serge Palaric, Vice President of Alliances, OEMs and Embedded at NVIDIA. “The T4’s breakthrough video capabilities are enabling new AI-based experiences, products and services.”

Anevia’s Genova range of Linux-based high-definition video encoders can be deployed across both private and public IP networks. Supporting a range of encoding modes, they allow operators to choose whether to prioritise quality or speed.

Based on the NVIDIA Turing™ architecture and packaged in an energy-efficient 70-watt, small PCIe form factor, the NVIDIA T4 GPU accelerates diverse cloud workloads, including high performance computing, deep learning training and inference, machine learning, data science and analytics, and virtual graphics.

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ATG Danmon To Promote Full Range of Systems Integration and Support Services at IBC 2019

“IBC continues to generate useful networking opportunities even in today’s online world,” says ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. “We will be promoting our skills as a project management partner with proven experience in all aspects of project planning, workflow configuration, system design and implementation, testing, commissioning, documentation, training, technical support and post-installation maintenance.”

“One of our key strengths is our ability to make informed recommendations and deliver cost-effective solutions, including 4K production, hybrid SDI/IP infrastructures, IT-centric workflows and cloud-based virtualisation. We have the skills and resources necessary to handle projects of any scale, ranging from flyaway systems and OB vehicles to complete turnkey production and transmission facilities. We are also able to draw on the capabilities of partner companies within the Danmon Group to create solutions for every element of the media chain.”

“2019 has included a major upgrade of our own operational and engineering facilities with a move to new headquarters. This move enables us to operate more effectively at every level of the project process.”

Recent ATG Danmon activity has included an integrated system for the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, providing video recording, storage and archiving together with media asset management. This included integration with the existing IT network and full training.

For the main news studio at ITN’s London headquarters, ATG Danmon has completed a robotic camera tracking system. This centred on the integration of optical tracking with ITN’s existing cameras and virtual studio graphics.

ATG Danmon has also designed, supplied and integrated of equipment into two news studios and a news presentation room for the School of Journalism at one of Britain’s leading universities. The facilities simulate the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment, the output being used for academic review.

ATG Danmon recently commenced a large-scale systems integration project for Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London. This includes the installation and interconnection of production infrastructure at a new building across the sites of Riverside’s former studios and the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf. The venue will include state-of-the-art facilities with three flexible studio spaces for television, theatre, dance, opera, music and comedy, as well as a cinema, screening room, archive, community and rehearsal space plus a local events and entertainment space. Multifunction venues of this type are becoming increasingly popular around the world and Riverside looks set to be one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK.

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SES to Deliver Premium Broadcast-Grade Cloud Service for Media Delivery on Microsoft Azure

SES announced it is developing a broadcast-grade managed cloud service offering on Microsoft Azure as a result of an expanded collaboration with Microsoft. Benefitting from Azure’s extensive cloud and AI capabilities, and its own expertise in providing managed services for leading broadcasters and media companies worldwide, SES is transforming media service delivery via the cloud.

This service will provide end-to-end, service-level agreement (SLA)-based media delivery services on Azure, giving broadcasters and media companies the flexibility and scalability that are essential in today’s rapidly changing media environment. Bringing the most relevant content to the cloud and providing innovative services covering the entire video value chain — ingest, playout, and delivery — will enable media companies to scale and address the consumer’s growing demand for a premium viewing experience on every screen.

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. With SES’s recent unification of its wholly owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, 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 nonlinear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

At IBC2019, SES will demonstrate two initial use cases for its new service with Azure. Visitors to the SES stand (1.B51) will be able to witness firsthand:

  • Fully managed playout services on Azure, including master playout and localised playout including ad detection and replacement
  • The advantages of efficient, high-quality multichannel live IP encoding managed 24/7 by SES on Azure

 

“Our collaboration with Microsoft Azure will enable us to take our portfolio of media services and distribution solutions to the next level,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Our cloud-enabled media service will be unique to the industry and will offer scalability and flexibility, along with increased broadcast quality of service, thanks to the latest AI and machine learning capabilities.”

 

Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media, & Edge, Microsoft Corp., said, “Broadcasters and media companies need solutions to deliver high-quality video services globally with maximum flexibility, scalability, and reliability. We look forward to working with SES to deliver these new solutions on Azure.”

SES also announced today an expanded relationship with Microsoft that enables connectivity between SES’s multi-orbit satellite systems and Azure ExpressRoute. This initiative builds on the companies’ broader strategic collaboration and their shared common vision to reach everyone with intelligent cloud, media and network solutions.

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LTN Global Enters Agreement to Acquire Make.TV

LTN® Global has entered into an agreement to acquire Make.TV, developer of an innovative cloud-based service that enables content creators to access, curate, and publish live video streams to affiliates, social media, and OTT platforms.

Make.TV’s cloud-based services let news, sports, esports, and entertainment producers manage complex workflows incorporating a wide array of video sources such as mobile devices, cameras, social media platforms, professional sources, and traditional broadcast infrastructure. With an intuitive, browser-based multiview user interface, customers can easily deliver video streams to broadcast platforms and affiliates, as well as to social media and OTT platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, and Twitch.

LTN’s reliable and low-latency transport solution gives Make.TV customers the ability to distribute broadcast-quality live feeds. The combination of Make.TV and LTN services also enables customers to add transformation workflows such as closed captioning, transcoding, and graphics, as well as signaling and metadata for monetization and ad enablement, for both traditional broadcast and new digital platforms.

“The integration of Make.TV’s cloud-based services into our managed IP production and transmission workflows gives customers even greater control and agility in executing live video creation, distribution, and monetization,” said Malik Khan, co-founder and executive chairman at LTN Global. “With a highly scalable, cloud-based live video platform, our customers can quickly and easily gain visibility into an unlimited number of real-time sources and turn this content into a revenue-generating asset, backed by the assurance of a fully managed service.”

 

“Being part of LTN Global will significantly enhance the services we can provide to customers, who now can acquire, deliver, and curate content via the most advanced transport solution available,” said Andreas Jacobi, CEO and co-founder of Make.TV. “In uniting these technologies, we can bring customers the benefit of considerable efficiencies and value-added workflows, allowing them to rapidly create and deliver more content to more viewers.”

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IBC2019 IP Showcase to Highlight AV-Over-IP and JT-NM TR-1001-1

The stage is set for the IP Showcase at IBC2019, an education and demonstration pavilion that highlights the benefits of a common set of IP standards and specifications for real-time professional media applications and the growing industry momentum for standards-based IP installations. For its fourth IBC appearance, the IP Showcase will emphasize two new areas: the emergence of open standards for AV-over-IP interoperability and the adoption of the JT-NM TR-1001-1, a set of specifications and guidance designed to make it possible for broadcasters to automate installation and eliminate complexity when deploying IP-based systems.

Pro AV Demonstrations

The IP Showcase will dedicate a demonstration area to highlighting real-world technology solutions for AV-over-IP interoperability based on the SMPTE ST 2110 suite. The display will reflect AIMS’ ongoing efforts and the latest progress in defining an open-standards approach for the pro AV industry’s migration to IP media.

“Now that standards-based IP technologies are seeing mass adoption and use in the broadcast and production communities, they’re beginning to transform the pro AV world — with the same promised benefits of greater interoperability and flexibility, reduced opex, and more streamlined operations,” said David Chiappini, chair of the AIMS Pro AV Working Group. “At IBC2019, we’ll be delivering a key message to pro AV attendees: that SMPTE ST 2110 and related technologies are real, proven open standards that drive maximum innovation, and they cover a wide gamut of features that pro AV professionals want and need. We’ll show that true interoperability is possible in a multivendor AV-over-IP environment using equipment that end users can buy today.”

JT-NM Tested

Also in the spotlight, JT-NM Tested will give visitors a firsthand look at vendors that have implemented the new JT-NM TR-1001-1 specification. Sponsored by the JT-NM and administered by the EBU and IRT — two top European technical bodies — the JT-NM Tested program conducts third-party testing of IP-capable equipment from a range of vendors, the results of which are published in a catalogue available online and at the IP Showcase.

The number of organizations participating in the JT-NM Tested program for TR-1001-1 demonstrates a rapid adoption of TR-1001-1 by vendors. While JT-NM Tested is not a certification program, it provides a snapshot in time of how vendor equipment aligns to key parts of SMPTE standards and JT-NM specifications, providing prospective purchasers and users with a reference as they begin the equipment evaluation and qualification process.

IP Showcase Future Zone

The Future Zone is a demonstration area focused on the latest advances in standards for IP-based broadcast operations. Leveraging the core standards as promoted by the AIMS roadmap — SMTPE ST 2110, AES67, and the newly added JT-NM TR-1001-1 — the Future Zone demonstrations will showcase three technologies that add higher-level functionality to the underlying standards dealing with the transport, connection, and routing of IP signals: AMWA NMOS IS-07 Event and Tally, NMOS IS-08 Audio Channel Mapping, and AMWA BCP-002 Grouping and BCP-003 NMOS API Security: Communications.

IP Showcase Theatre

In the IP Showcase Theatre, industry-leading vendors and broadcasters will offer an extensive schedule of educational presentations, panel discussions, and real-world case studies of IP video and audio for production and playout. An array of IP-based products that leverage the standards will also be on display, as well as many examples of real-world deployments from facilities around the world.

“With SMPTE ST 2110 as the foundational essence transport layer for IP systems, the broadcast industry was the first to unite around standards-based IP operations — and now the professional AV community is following suit. As a result, we’re seeing broader and more mainstream IP deployments that go beyond the groundbreaking work of the early adopters,” said Brad Gilmer, executive director of the IP Showcase. “For those reasons, the IP Showcase displays and theater provide a fantastic opportunity for both vendors and users to learn about standards, strategies, and solutions for making IP installation, maintenance, and security easier and more straightforward.”

The IP Showcase is sponsored by a consortium of industry partners including the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF). Since making its debut at IBC2016, the IP Showcase has become an important event at major industry trade shows around the world and has helped the industry to galvanize behind the standards-based approach to IP.

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Digital Nirvana Adds Cloud Storage and Processing, AI to MonitorIQ Compliance Logger

It is the first compliance logger to combine cloud services and cloud storage with on-premises compliance recording and the first to run in on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments.

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“MonitorIQ 6.1 lets today’s broadcasters do more than they ever could before. For example, they can now use cloud-based, AI-driven microservices to add transcription to video assets automatically. They can also search stored video using face detection, logo recognition, and on-screen text detection,” said Russell Wise, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Nirvana. “The integration of MonitorIQ and Media Services Portal opens up a whole new world of AI-enhanced possibilities for broadcasters to record, store, and repurpose content. Through intelligent and immediate logging and feedback of content quality and compliance, broadcasters are better-positioned to meet regulatory, compliance, and licensing requirements for closed captioning, decency, and advertising monitoring.”

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The new capabilities in MonitorIQ 6.1 are:

  • A reliable, scalable, and expandable architecture that enables on-premises, cloud, or hybrid implementation. MonitorIQ was designed to run locally as a full turnkey solution or in a virtual environment, using local customer hardware or residing in the cloud or in a hybrid configuration. MonitorIQ also provides an extensible list of open APIs for easy integration into broadcast workflows or third-party systems.
  • Seamless integration to AI-based cloud microservices that can be spun up very quickly as needed and run on top of the compliance system. Microservices include:
    – Automated speech to text for closed-caption generation and transcription.
    – Closed-caption/teletext conformance and correction to meet streaming services’ standards (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc.).
    – Powerful text and video-intelligence functions for detecting faces, logos, images, and on-screen text.
    – Detection of ads in competitive programming and identification of the category of the ad and advertisers.

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MonitorIQ 6.1 provides tight integration with Digital Nirvana’s Media Services Portal, a suite of smart self-service tools, which empowers broadcasters to apply AI capabilities to broadcast workflows. These microservices include speech-to-text for automated closed-caption generation, quality assessment for postproduction closed captioning, and transcription of recorded assets. A video intelligence engine provides logo, face, and object recognition.

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Wisdom Audio to Introduce Architecture-Friendly, High-Resolution In-Ceiling Loudspeakers at CEDIA Expo 2019

Wisdom Audio, a designer and manufacturer of loudspeaker systems tailored for the most discerning audiophiles, today announced the first small-aperture, in-ceiling loudspeaker as part of its high-fidelity, high-resolution loudspeaker series. Targeting high-performance audio applications where architectural design aesthetics can’t be compromised, the Sage Series ICS3 and Sub1 in-ceiling loudspeaker system seamlessly blend into the environment, providing high-resolution stereo audio in a media room. Wisdom Audio will showcase the new in-ceiling speakers in High Performance Room 401 at CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver.

“With the introduction of our minimal appearance speakers, our reputation for providing superior audio continues to grow,” said Luc Guillaume, managing director for Wisdom Audio. “Now we’re answering the need for a high-performance, architecture-friendly audio solution that matches 3- and 4-inch recessed lighting fixtures, making this product a natural fit for high-end media or living rooms.”

Behind the high-performance sound of the new ICS3 in-ceiling speaker is a new Wisdom-Audio-developed spiral planar magnetic driver (PMD). This engineering breakthrough plays from 20kHz down to 900Hz, the widest frequency range in this market segment, before crossing over to the mid-woofer. The PMD offers super-wide dispersion that allows the sound energy to be distributed evenly throughout the listening space. Delivering incredible imaging and superior bass reproduction down to 35Hz, this speaker system offers discerning listeners a new reference in quality for hidden audio speaker solutions.

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