MultiDyne Acquires Census Digital

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has acquired Toronto-based Census Digital, a specialist in professionally-engineered signal processing, distribution, conversion and monitoring gear. The acquisition strengthens MultiDyne’s value proposition for professional audio monitoring and processing applications in broadcast, live production and commercial AV. MultiDyne will also take ownership of Census Digital’s existing fiber transport solutions, including an array of rackmount and openGear modular solutions that complement MultiDyne’s vast fiber-optic product line.

MultiDyne_CEO_Frank_Jachetta“MultiDyne and Census Digital are known worldwide as problem-solvers in their areas of specialty: fiber transport and signal monitoring,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “There is no question that the two areas are complementary for broadcasters and content producers working across a variety of live production environments, and Census Digital’s audio innovations add substantial power to our value proposition. This acquisition empowers us to innovate and deliver more complete solutions to our customers that leverage the strongest technical capacities of both companies.”

The Census Digital acquisition comes at a time of robust multi-year growth for MultiDyne. The company has grown exponentially since 2010, and has pursued aggressive international growth in 2019. This includes the appointment of business development leaders in the EMEA and APAC regions, while continuing to add resources in North America.

Bob McAlpine, President of Black Pearl Management Group and a special advisor to MultiDyne, helped facilitate the acquisition and consulted with both companies throughout the process.

“Census Digital has developed a strong reputation as an innovator over the past 10 years, and we recognized common synergies with MultiDyne from a product development and business perspective,” said McAlpine.

The Census Digital acquisition adds valuable engineering talent and strengthens MultiDyne’s presence in Canada, as MultiDyne will retain Census Digital’s Toronto headquarters. Jachetta will oversee the combined operations, bringing MultiDyne and Census Digital engineers together on new product development initiatives and integration of existing product lines. MultiDyne will also publicly retain the Census Digital brand in product branding and other communications for a period to be determined.

“While we anticipate new product lines that merge our combined strengths, we see many opportunities to build transport capability into existing Census Digital products, notably the C-SERIES of embedded audio monitors and openGear audio conversion and distribution modules,” said Jachetta. “Known for its engineering prowess, Census Digital brings exceptional value and synergy to our market-leading fiber-optic systems. This is the right acquisition at the right time as we continue to diversify and expand.”

 

“The opportunity to become an integral part of MultiDyne’s global growth adds incredible strength and resources for our sales and engineering talent,” said Census Digital Co-Founders Douglas Bascombe and Michael Jordan. “We look forward to continued innovation and growth as an important and strategic brand within the MultiDyne family.”

Es’hailSat deploys DataMiner as its new end-to-end management system

Es’hailSat is a communications satellite operator that delivers direct-to-home television services, telecommunications services, mobility services, and much more. The award-winning DataMiner platform will manage the end-to-end service delivery system at their Teleport in Doha, Qatar.

With the deployment of DataMiner at the Es’hailSat headquarters, the satellite company of Qatar is empowered with a comprehensive end-to-end visibility and control of their services. The platform manages all products and service workloads, keeping a constant eye on not only the main paths, but also the redundant ones. It detects changes in the network even before services get impacted and proactively takes actions to avoid downtime. What is more, DataMiner supports continuous innovation and enables Es’hailSat to adapt to the fast-changing industry by effortlessly integrating new products and technologies.

“We are happy with the performance of the DataMiner solution,” said Dr. Majid Al Naimi, Executive Director – Network Operations at Es’hailSat. “It provides us with the right platform to monitor and control the DTH and service delivery systems at our newly established Teleport. As we add more systems for new services, having full visibility of every piece of critical equipment within the service delivery pipeline becomes very important.”

 

“We’re really excited about this project at Es’hailSat. With DataMiner in place, our customer now has a true end-to-end perspective on their entire operation, across any vendor and technology boundaries,” explained Pramod Gupta, Regional Account Manager at Skyline Communications. “Their operators can easily provision, manage and monitor every single resource from just a single pane of glass, enabling them to focus on their core business. It goes without saying that unlocks tremendous opportunities. On top of that, we’ve quite an extensive client base in Doha, which means we are very familiar with the region. Es’hailSat can definitely benefit from and rely on Skyline’s expertise whenever they need.”

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IABM Future Trends Theatre to Host Two Talks Featuring TVU Networks on Sunday

TVU Networks has  announced participation in two presentations this Sunday at the IABM Future Trends Theatre during the IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) held in the RAI Convention Center. TVU Networks’ CEO Paul Shen, along with co-presenter Paul Ferguson, Manager of News Technology Integration for CNN Newsource will lead “Breaking Down Walls: Creating a Global Infrastructure of Shareable Video Using AI Over IP.” David Jorba, Executive Vice President/Managing Director Europe, TVU Networks will discuss “Audience Participation, the Top Tech Trends that Drive Online Fan Engagement.”

On Sunday, September 15th, from 11:40-noon, Shen and Ferguson will lead “Breaking Down Walls: Creating a Global Infrastructure of Shareable Video Using AI Over IP” at the IABM’s Future Trends Theatre (Hall 8, Stand F40). Ferguson and Shen will outline what’s becoming possible with a cloud-based production model that exploits both the power of Artificial Intelligence and the cost-effective accessibility of video-over-IP. They’ll speak to how combining the metadata generation possible with AI with the accessibility of an IP network enhances the ability to automate video content identification and deliver to a variety of platforms. Ferguson and Shen will expand on how such a system can be implemented, its centralized sharing and search capabilities, as well as the significant cost savings users can expect.

On Sunday, September 15th, from 3:10-3:30, Jorba will present “Audience Participation, the Top Tech Trends that Drive Online Fan Engagement.” He will discuss what broadcasters should keep in mind as they explore the top tech trends promising increased fan engagement. And he’ll profile recent success stories of how sports organizations, shows and fan sites have dramatically increased their viewership. As one example, the UK-based Football Social program reached more than 17 million online views for the 2018/2019 Premier League season using a cloud-based software that provided bi-directional remote audience participation.

TVU Networks will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand B28 during the show.

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StreamGuys Turns Spotlight on Advanced Video Streaming Workflows at IBC2019

SaaS-based streaming and podcast solutions innovator StreamGuys will use the upcoming IBC2019 exhibition in Amsterdam to showcase its advanced video delivery capabilities including low-latency streaming, resilient backhaul and multi-destination origination for third-party networks and social media. The company will demonstrate its flexible and robust video streaming workflows in stand 8.A59 at the event, where it will co-exhibit with technology partner ENCO from September 13 to 17.

While StreamGuys may be best known for helping radio broadcasters and podcasters produce, manage, monetize and deliver their premium audio content, the company has been continually expanding its video streaming tools and services to bring the same benefits to TV broadcasters and video producers. The company now counts some of the world’s top sports and entertainment brands amongst its video clients.

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StreamGuys’ enterprise-class live streaming workflows can ingest video in a variety of transport protocols and codecs; transform it into additional formats, bitrates or protocols; and deliver it directly to viewers across the company’s robust content delivery network or redistribute it to third-party CDNs and social media platforms.

“We are essentially a one-stop shop for live video streaming at enterprise scale,” said Eduardo Martinez, director of technology, StreamGuys. “Customers can send us a high-quality, single-bitrate feed, and we can repurpose it as necessary and act as an origin for efficient delivery to many destinations. By offering this as a managed service, we spare customers from having to manage and maintain a multitude of encoders and servers, as well as reducing their bandwidth requirements to just a single stream coming out of their facility.”

StreamGuys’ recently-added support for the SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) protocol for both ingest and output ensures secure, resilient, low-latency delivery over challenging networks. SRT mitigates the impact of network issues including jitter, packet loss and fluctuating bandwidth to enable high-quality video experiences even over the public internet. StreamGuys workflows most commonly leverage SRT for contribution and backhaul, relaying streams between networks and in studio-to-studio applications.

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StreamGuys is also at the forefront of the industry’s drive towards lower streaming latency, with current or upcoming support for ultra-low-latency technologies including WebRTC, low-latency CMAF and Softvelum’s SLDP (Softvelum Low Delay Protocol). SLDP is actively used in multiple StreamGuys customer deployments, and is directly supported in StreamGuys’ embeddable, consumer-facing SGplayer HTML5 multimedia player.

Although most social media platforms can ingest streams via the RTMP protocol, they often have slightly different requirements for resolutions, bitrates and other parameters. StreamGuys can transcode, transrate or transmux source streams as needed to optimize delivery for each social media outlet. Users can record and review their video streams in StreamGuys’ SGrecast live stream repurposing system, then rebroadcast them as live-like streams to social networks. In addition to rebroadcasting video streams to social media, SGrecast can augment audio streams with visual elements such as a graphic or waveform for presentation in video-centric social environments.

“Unlike many other streaming solution providers, we don’t take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach,” added Martinez. “All of our services and technologies are highly interoperable and can be deployed in combination or à la carte, giving us the flexibility to match any broadcaster or media enterprise’s desired workflow. Combining that with our renowned white-glove customer service enables us to provide customers with exactly the right video streaming solution for their requirements.”

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UEI Brings Smarter Living to IBC 2019

Universal Electronics Inc., a worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, will be showing its latest products and demonstrating its range of innovative, intelligent solutions designed to bridge the home entertainment and smart home ecosystems at IBC 2019 in Hall 1, stand C41.

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Highly favored by customers and partners for several years now, UEI will showcase its latest Designovation product ideas that demonstrate UEI’s unique ability to blend user experience, consumer trends and innovative technology, which lies at the heart of UEI’s product strategy of consolidating home entertainment control and smart home applications into one seamless user experience. For this IBC 2019 edition, UEI will deliver a uniquely meaningful and personal digital lifestyle experience, by leveraging the latest technology advances in context awareness and hyper-personalization, while capitalizing on UEI’s voice and latest adaptive control innovations, to discover, recognize, and interact with smart devices and sensors within the home.

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For the first time in Europe, UEI will also welcome customers and partners in a dedicated showroom to experience the Nevo® Butler platform. Nevo Butler is an end-to-end voice-enabled smart home hub with a built-in white label digital assistant that unifies entertainment control and home automation experiences, enabling interoperability across highly fragmented ecosystems. Built-in entertainment control capabilities and smart home hub features, powered by QuickSet® Cloud, make this device a versatile assistant for the home, capable of addressing a wide range of the current installed base of devices in consumers’ homes, offering multiple use cases and innovative new service opportunities for service providers expanding in the smart home segment.

Menno Koopmans, SVP for Global Sales and Marketing at Universal Electronics Inc. said “This year at IBC, attendees who come to visit our booth will see, not only our industry’s leading entertainment control solutions but will also discover the award-winning Nevo Butler platform, a unique platform that delivers on our vision of simplifying the user experience and bringing entertainment control and smart home systems into one unified solution.”

“Only a company like UEI, leveraging unrivaled success in creating and deploying innovative and intelligent AV system control solutions, can bring a platform like Nevo Butler to market. I am excited to bring this platform to our customers and discuss the multiple opportunities we see in our industry to expand and monetize new services in the smart home domain.” added Koopmans.

Another key demonstration of UEI’s industry-leading voice platforms is highlighted in its new line-up of Android TV remote controls. With Android TV becoming a real force in the broadcasting value chain, UEI has deployed a broad range of advanced voice remote platforms to meet the demands of this fast-evolving market. Among the platforms being highlighted during IBC 2019, UEI’s new premium Android TV remote is taking a central role, as UEI’s flagship Android TV voice platform, featuring a USB-C rechargeable port and a unique contextual backlight approach (Adaptive Control), enhancing the Android TV experience and making OTT easy to use for a wide range of Pay TV audiences.

Visit the UEI team in Hall 1,  stand C41 at IBC2019 at RAI, Amsterdam 13-17 September 2019.

Qligent CTO to Explore Cloud-based Data Analytics as IBC2019 Content Everywhere Panelist

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, announces that its Chief Technology Officer, Ted Korte, will be a featured IBC2019 Content Everywhere panelist. Korte will contribute his expertise to Running Content Everywhere Businesses from the Cloud on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 3:30-4:15pm (15:30-16:15). The session is scheduled at the Content Everywhere Hub Theater in Hall 14 of the RAI Amsterdam Exhibition and Conference Center.

Korte will speak alongside other panelists, including Laszlo Zoltan, VP of DVEO and Andreas Jacobi, CEO and Co-Founder of Make.TV, with IABM CTO Stan Moote serving as the panel’s moderator. The synopsis shared on the IBC website teases that the “three experts will share their practical experiences” of using the cloud across the entire broadcast and production ecosystem, and how big data can both streamline media operations and open up new business models.

“Data-driven strategies comprise currently one of the biggest trends in the industry today, and these require cloud technologies at a foundation whether public, private or hybrid,” said Korte. “Cloud and big data are no longer just interesting technologies; they are required to remain competitive. Data silos must be broken down into their least common denominator, augmented to fill in gaps, and reconstructed to support new and dynamic workflows.”

Korte has become an in-demand speaker on the topic of analytics, having presented at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NAB Shows, the 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, and the TecnoTelevisión México Conference last month. Korte brings further validity as a speaker through his development work with Qligent’s Vision Analytics platform. On demonstration at Qligent’s Hall 14 Stand (14.C19), Vision Analytics harnesses advanced technologies (AI, machine learning, virtual IoT-based probes, data mining) to analyze massive datasets that detail the quality of service and experience, as well as measure, manage and monetize viewer engagement. This helps users prevent viewer churn by predicting and detecting problems out to the last mile, including penetration into end user devices.

“Media and Entertainment (M&E) companies face unique challenges as they curate, program, and distribute their high-value content across multiple—often global—distribution chains,” Korte explained. “Maintaining a very high viewer quality of experience (QoE) across such a complex, dynamic media ecosystem requires reliance on big data analytics—and the predictive capabilities of data science technologies—all customized and scaled to the specific mission at hand. When this rich, valuable, near-real-time data is shared freely by different departments across the enterprise, M&E organizations can be far more responsive to its viewer and subscriber needs, more in control of its branded medium content, and much more competitive in the marketplace.”

FOR-A to Introduce Converters and Latest Version of Signal Processor

Selected for use at the upcoming 2019 World Rugby event, 2020 Tokyo Summer games, and new professional football leagues in Europe, FOR-A’s FRC-9100 broadcast frame rate converters and FA-9600 dual channel signal processors are gaining attention from premiere broadcasters looking for the highest quality image conversion technology at these high profile events.

At IBC this year, FOR-A will introduce the new FRC-9100 frame rate converter. The FRC-9100 builds upon the success of FOR-A’s FRC-9000 frame rate converter – trusted by broadcasters throughout the world to deliver the highest quality live frame rate conversion for sports and other events. Designed for live broadcast transmission, the FRC-9100 offers up to two independent channels of 3G/HD/SD-SDI frame rate conversion, along with optional 4K and 12G-SDI support. The FRC-9100 will be deployed by several broadcasters to deliver high-quality conversion for next year’s Tokyo Summer Games in both HD and 4K/UHD operation.

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Main features of new FRC-9100 include:

  • 3G/HD/SD multi-format support
  • SD to 3G/HD up conversion
  • Conversion with motion-compensated processing
  • Interlace-to-Progressive conversion
  • Timecode (LTC/VITC) conversion
  • 4K UHD (SQD/2SI) and 12G-SDI support (Optional)
  • Up/down/cross frame rate conversions between 4K and HD (Optional)
  • Simultaneous conversion of 2-channel video inputs (Optional)
  • Able to store up to 4 Dolby E encoder/decoder modules (Optional)

Also at IBC will be the latest version of FOR-A’s FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor, which was first shown at NAB in Las Vegas this April. The new optional SFP+ card allows the FA-9600 to install SFP+ modules. With it, the FA-9600 can convert IP inputs to SDI, SDI inputs to IP output, as well as SDI inputs to optical output. The FA-9600 is ideal for use in HDR live production or 4K HDR and HD-HDR/SDR simultaneous production.

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The latest version of the FA-9600 supports 3D LUT for advanced color grading and Sony’s SR Live workflow for live HDR production. The FA-9600 flexibility allows for customers own LUT’s to be loaded into the FA-9600 and saved to a user LUT for instant recall. The dual-channel unit also provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut support and conversion of multiple formats, such as: 12G-SDI, 4K UHD, 1080p, and SD/HD-SDI. SR Live for HDR to 2K-SDR down conversion provides the same picture quality without deterioration.

In addition to conversion, each channel offers independent frame sync, frame delay (up to 8 frames), color correction, processing amplification, 1080p/1080i level A/B conversion, and many more features for video and audio processing.

FOR-A will also debut the MCC-4K-A motion-compensated UHDTV standards converter at the show. The MCC-4K-A provides high-quality frame rate and format conversion with motion adaptive capability for 4K UHD (12G-SDI/quad link 3G-SDI)/3G/HD-SDI signals and offers support for quad link 2SI or SQD format, as well as single link 12G BNC and SFP connectivity. The MCC-4K-A offers dynamic range conversion between PQ, HLG, S-Log 3, SDR and other log curves, and provides color gamut conversion between ITU-R BT.709 and ITU-R BT.2020 standards.

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The MCC-4K-A is ideal for live frame rate conversion applications where UHD content sourced at a chosen production frame rate needs to be converted to other frame rates for international contribution and distribution, including sports, concerts and breaking news environments. The MCC-4K-A makes simultaneous transmissions in UHD and HD easy, and is also a perfect solution for integrating HD and 3G content into UHD programming. The MCC-4K-A is developed by UK-based InSync Technology Ltd, and will be exclusively distributed worldwide by FOR-A.

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