nanocosmos Takes Interactive Live Streaming to the Next Level With New Features for nanoStream Cloud

At IBC2019, nanocosmos will introduce new enhancements to its nanoStream Cloud end-to-end solution for ultra-low-latency (ULL) live streaming that enable a more interactive and engaging experience for end users, supporting a range of interactive business use cases such as iGaming, webcasts, and auctions. nanoStream Cloud features H5Live Player for plug-in-free, low-latency playback (about one second) on any mobile and desktop browser, including Safari on iOS; a scalable CDN with a global footprint; and advanced analytics and metrics that provide improved insights throughout the entire workflow to ensure a superior quality of service.

“In today’s video streaming world, businesses, platform operators, and content creators are looking to gamify business and OTT content to increase audience engagement, interactivity, and monetization,” said Oliver Lietz, CEO and founder of nanocosmos. “nanoStream Cloud is the ultimate solution, offering ultra-low-latency that is critical for interactive live streaming, with a scalable CDN, analytics, and flexible player in one platform, all at an economical cost with no additional streaming servers or infrastructure required. The new enhancements to nanoStream Cloud take the platform to the next level, opening up opportunities for interactive use cases on a global scale.”

New capabilities to be demonstrated at IBC2019 for the nanoStream Cloud ULL live-streaming platform include multi-bit-rate (MBR/ABR) streaming; transcoding, improved live streaming and screen sharing in the browser; tagging; secure streaming; and synced playback. Next-generation MBR/ABR and analytics capabilities expand operators’ reach and make it easy to deliver ULL live video on any device, anywhere in the world. The company will also showcase new flexible live encoding options for its platform, giving operators the choice to use the nanoStream Webcaster or third-party live encoders. nanoStream Cloud is also perfect for offering instant live streaming for multiple camera streams 24/7.

Efficient and scalable, the end-to-end solution includes support for the entire video streaming workflow, from live encoding to streaming and playback. The nanoStream Cloud platform is easy to use and integrate into existing firewalled and enterprise environments, offering a global footprint and player that is compatible with any mobile and desktop browser. By reducing setup, hardware, and maintenance costs, as well as eliminating vendor fragmentation issues, nanoStream Cloud provides a lightweight, cost-effective solution for businesses that want to create more interactive live video streaming experiences and gamify their content.

nanocosmos will demonstrate its nanoStream Cloud platform at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam, at Stand 14.B17. In addition, Lietz will participate in a panel discussion on “Streaming Live Events: When it MUST Be All Right on the Night.” The session will take place Monday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Content Everywhere Hub — Presentation Theater located on Stand 14.C15.

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InSync Technology Partners With Qvest Media For Cloud-based Standards Conversion

Qvest.Cloud is an advanced management platform for media that radically simplifies the shift to fully integrated multicloud architectures by enabling replacement of on-premise with multicloud or hybrid production capabilites, centralizing control through powerful media management services, providing seamless integration with private and major public clouds, and being the center of a constantly growing ecosystem of third party media applications.

Integral components of Qvest.Cloud, that have been designed as cloud native applications, include workflow orchestration, cloud automation, user management, monitoring, cost control and billing, and comprehensive IT security.

Standards conversion is an essential requirement for all domestic and international content distribution targeting the widest range of display devices, including TV, desktop, and mobile screens. A high quality, motion compensated standards converter is the only solution for handling the multiple formats and frame rates needed for each service and application.

FrameFormer from InSync Technology is a high quality, motion compensated standards converter that offers frame rate conversion, including cadence management, for all types of content, from sub-QCIF up to 8K and beyond. Unlike other solutions, FrameFormer runs on CPU-only processors, giving the user the flexibility to scale up/down the service in the cloud quickly, orchestrated by Qvest.Cloud.

“Cloud-based standards conversion is central to extending the global reach of your content,” said Daryl Blair, Product Manager, InSync Technology. “Access to FrameFormer within Qvest.Cloud enables users to transform their assets rapidly and efficiently into the format needed for onward distribution in any country or region.”

 

“We’re delighted to announce another partnership with a leading media processing solution,” said Theo Peters, Partner Manager, Qvest Media. “Standards conversion is an important part of our customers’ media processing chain. Integration of InSync’s FrameFormer into Qvest.Cloud provides an easy to use solution, which can be managed by Qvest.Cloud’s powerful media orchestration.”

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ATEME Launches TITAN Playout ahead of IBC2019

With TITAN Playout, ATEME brings content providers, broadcasters and TV stations a new breed of playout solution, delivering a high level of rendering, flexibility and availability. This new solution is the ideal answer to the growing demand for tailored video content: it enables both the origination of 24/7 linear TV channels and the easy creation of pop-up channels for short-term events or personalized programming on D2C/OTT services.

Based on TITAN’s core encoding/muxing/packaging modules, which have been deployed by broadcasters around the globe, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers, TITAN Playout includes a versatile system, bringing a rich feature set for creating and manipulating channels in a very flexible way. TITAN Playout makes it possible for each channel to originate and precisely pick and choose the operations it requires, such as file playback, live playback, graphic overlays and A/V processing.

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In addition to this, the ATEME solution comes with a complete Media Asset Manager, tailored for leveraging video asset libraries for linear or on-demand delivery workflows. It also features an intelligent off-line schedule editing function, designed for preparing channel playlists in an efficient way and for generating virtual programming schedules. Finally, thanks to its native virtualized microservices architecture, TITAN Playout can be deployed both on-premise or in the cloud, lowering CAPEX and OPEX while ensuring a smooth operation.

“We are thrilled to offer a unified and integrated solution able to not only originate but also distribute personalized channels over broadcast or OTT networks,” said Pierre Baumgartner, File & Workflow Product Owner, ATEME. “This function collapse guarantees full interoperability between the playout and compression systems and, consequently, optimizes the daily operation process, all along the video delivery chain.”

Visit ATEME at IBC 2019 on booth Hall 1. D71 on Sept 13-17 for a demonstration of TITAN Playout.

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Three Media launches XEN:Pipeline during IBC 2019

Three Media has announced that it has reserved designated space in the IABM Member Lounge for the duration of IBC 2019 and will invite IBC delegates to demos of XEN:Pipeline. The company’s design, workflow and metadata specialists will also be available to IBC delegates to discuss any technical or business transformation projects that they may require help with.

XEN:Pipeline is a new generation metadata and content management system that can discover and process all types of files and metadata, from programme inception through to packaging and delivery. Supported by a fully flexible data schema and a powerful business process layer, this highly automated system supports all methods of processing and transformation of assets, files and metadata for delivery to any linear or non-linear location.

Three Media CTO Craig Bury said, “We have attended IBC as delegates for more than 25 years, but this will mark the first time we have attended to actively promote our new product line. We believe it is unique. It ticks all the boxes; it enables increased revenue generation, it reduces costs and timelines, it improves accuracy, it offers greater visibility and supported by reduced code it provides a simplified user experience.

We re-built our previous generation products from the ground up and following a year-long development project conducted jointly with Imperial College London, we significantly advanced the application of machine learning and data analytics as a key part of simulation and real time optimisation of workflows. This also improved our ability to identify and curate volumes of archive type content. Coupled with the capability to quickly and efficiently model complex workflow parameters and identify areas for improvement, XEN:Pipeline ultimately delivers substantial time and cost savings.”

Provided as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) via the cloud or local instances, XEN:Pipeline supports all existing – and anticipated – media processing platform services.

Bury added, “XEN:Pipeline is a highly configurable and scalable platform that helps discover and associate misplaced content as well as finding hidden bottlenecks and under utilisation, all of which in turn enables users to dramatically reduce overheads and simultaneously identify and create new revenue streams. This design includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics which are now core functions within the product”.

Three Media representatives will be available by appointment during IBC in the IABM Member Lounge Hall 4, Level 2, Meeting Room 3.

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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.”

InSync Technology Showcases New FrameFormer Live at IBC2019

FrameFormer Live can run in any standard IT environment, on premises or in the cloud, and can be accessed as a stand alone application or an integrated service.

“Broadcasters and content owners continue to rely on proprietary hardware for cost effective, real time frame rate and format conversion for live applications,” said InSync Technology Chief Technology Officer James Shepherd. “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. FrameFormer Live breaks that paradigm by offering live, software based standards conversion that can run on any suitable CPU devices.”

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

FrameFormer Live opens up new possibilities for workflow efficiencies for broadcasters and content owners of all sizes and scales. Building on InSync Technology’s 16 years of experience in video and signal processing research and product development, FrameFormer Live uses a suite of highly efficient, proprietary motion compensated processing tools to achieve consistently high quality conversion for any originating size, frame rate, and aspect ratio.

InSync Technology will provide demos of FrameFormer Live at IBC2019 (Stand 2.A46), Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam.

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ENCO to Unveil Cloud-Based Radio Automation Disaster Recovery Solution at IBC2019

ENCO today announced DAD Disaster Recovery (DAD-DR), a cloud-based companion to the company’s renowned DAD radio automation system that is ready to take over program and ad playout on a moment’s notice in case of a natural disaster or critical technical failure. Providing a fully-featured clone of the broadcaster’s on-premises DAD deployment, DAD-DR stays in continual synchronization with changes made on the local DAD system to ensure that backup content is up to date and that all scheduled ad spots will run. DAD-DR will make its world exhibition debut at IBC2019 in stand 8.A59.

“Disasters that threaten broadcasters’ on-air operations aren’t limited to natural occurrences such as weather-related events, but also include power outages, targeted cyber-attacks, computer viruses, and even equipment failure,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “Having a complete, up-to-date disaster recovery solution is essential for keeping stations on the air and protecting their advertising revenues. We have already deployed cloud-based fault tolerance for some stations on a customized, individual basis, and with radio enterprises increasingly confident in using the cloud for backup and disaster recovery, the time is right for us to offer it to all of our customers as a packaged solution.”

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DAD-DR works seamlessly with ENCO’s browser-based mobile control interface, WebDAD, allowing users to remotely update playlists, add new content, voice track shows, and perform library maintenance – even if the station is completely out of commission. The transition from the station’s main DAD system to the cloud backup can be automated or controlled from a web browser, ensuring customers are able to switch over to DAD-DR even if they can’t get to the studio in person.

The benefits of having a fully-synchronized backup automation and playout environment in the cloud extend beyond just handling unexpected operational interruptions. DAD-DR also makes routine systems maintenance less disruptive, as stations performing on-premises upgrades can switch over to their cloud-based backup during the process to eliminate any risk of on-air impact.

“This may end up being the most common usage of DAD-DR,” added Frommert. “While actual ‘disasters’ may have the greatest risk of business impact, they are fortunately relatively few and far between. In contrast, stations frequently update their systems, software or infrastructure, and having DAD-DR at the ready helps them avoid any downtime. Plus, with DAD-DR, broadcasters have a constantly updated, offsite backup of all of their valuable assets.”

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The subscription-based DAD-DR service will be hosted on ENCO partner StreamGuys’ broadcast-grade cloud infrastructure. StreamGuys’ proven infrastructure was built and optimized specifically to meet the 24/7 reliability and performance needs of broadcasters and premium media organizations, making it an ideal platform for cloud-based disaster recovery. DAD-DR can also be deployed on other popular cloud platforms if requested or required by customers.

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