TVU Networks and South Korea’s KT Corp. Partner in World’s First 5G UHD Broadcast Network

TVU Networks announced a partnership with KT Corp., the largest telecom company in South Korea, to bring UHD broadcast over KT’s 5G enterprise network. Under terms of the agreement, KT and TVU Networks will work collaboratively to establish an enterprise 5G network and related broadcast capabilities in Korea.

KT, formerly known as Korea Telecom, showcased the world’s first trial 5G services during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in February 2018. KT also broadcast live the last concert of K-pop group Wanna One on its IPTV service, Olleh TV, earlier this year. The broadcast was delivered through set-top boxes and mobile devices using the 5G network. KT is expected to launch the network’s full-scale commercialization in April.

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This recent partnership marks a major step in TVU Networks’ continued commitment to 5G technology. The company has been at the forefront of 5G from the very beginning, with its transmitter product line supporting 5G. TVU Networks continuously collaborates with regional providers around the world in their 5G deployment efforts, looking to implement that technology within its video over IP solutions.

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a pioneering effort that reflects our own continued commitment to the power and possibility of 5G,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Video is now what most people watch on their smart phones, but to take the quality of services offered and accessibility of video to the next level requires the low latency, high speed, and ultra-connectivity that 5G provides. The backbone of the 5G network pairs perfectly with our ability to acquire, manage and deliver the ultimate 4K video over IP.”

TVU Networks will work closely with KT to provide 4K UHD broadcast technology and services that meet KT’s 5G device standards. KT will provide technical support such as device standards and a testing environment.

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Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), one of Korea’s three major broadcasting companies, is working with KT to develop the broadcast capabilities of this new 5G network. SBS is a customer of TVU Networks and introduced TVU Networks’ capabilities to KT. Assisting SBS in these efforts is TVU Network’s Seoul-based reseller iCRAFT.

“We’re clear that 5G networks will be critical as we provide our customers with the optimal mobile video experience,” said Park Hyun-Jin, Senior Vice President of KT’s 5G Business Unit.  “The data capacity, speed and low latency in the network will enable innovations unlike anything we’ve seen before. We know that TVU Networks is the ideal partner to take this next step in our company’s evolution. And we’re positive our customers will agree.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

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Digital Nirvana Announces MonitorIQ 6.0

Digital Nirvana announced the launch of MonitorIQ. 6.0, a comprehensive broadcast-monitoring solution. With services including signal and loudness monitoring, air-check logging, competitive analysis, and content repurposing, MonitorIQ makes it easy for broadcasters to record, store, and repurpose broadcast content and comply with global regulations.

“Today’s broadcasters are expected to meet regulatory, compliance, and licensing requirements for closed captioning, decency, and loudness monitoring. At the same time, content producers are on the lookout for efficient ways to review content, ad performance, and placement, which can help them determine effective brand performance, quickly assess competition, and improve and adjust programming,” said Russell Wise, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Digital Nirvana.

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Linux-based for maximum security and reliability, MonitorIQ automatically records and monitors linear and/or OTT streams and alerts for loss of video, audio, or closed captions. Some of its features include live streaming and recording, SmartSearch, SmartAlerts, and frame-accurate cut clip editing with an option for variable-speed playback. The new UI provides an improved user experience and features a built-in HTML5 player that eliminates the need to install Flash or ActiveX.

MonitorIQ can record inputs from multiple sources, including but not limited to ATSC, SD/HD-SDI, ASI for MPEG-TS, NTSC, and IPTV (TSoIP SPTS and MPTS) for both audio and video streams. It can also handle radio channels (radio recorder plug-in required) and audio streams (AnyStream audio plug-in required). In addition to linear channels, the system can record OTT video in full-resolution HD and SD, and the stream can be monitored over the cloud.

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MonitorIQ supports output formats such as HLS, Flash, MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, XDCAM, and H.264, making it easy for broadcasters to repurpose content for websites, portable media players, and mobile devices.

MonitorIQ can be seamlessly integrated with the Media Services Portal, Digital Nirvana’s comprehensive, one-stop suite of closed captioning and metadata enhancement solutions for immediate logging and feedback of content quality and compliance. The integration opens up a new world of AI possibilities including automatic closed caption generation, closed caption quality check, and a video intelligence engine to detect ads, logos, objects, and faces.

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VITEC Delivers Zero-Delay Contribution Solutions at the 2019 NAB Show

VITEC will demonstrate its broad portfolio of leading IPTV and contribution solutions for enterprise, broadcast, and entertainment applications at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In booth SL6005, VITEC demonstrations will include its subframe/ultra-low-latency and time-sync IP contribution solutions in broadcast-grade HEVC and its EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution.

“Customers are managing workflow complexity with video that spans from high-frame-rate 4K down to content for mobile devices. They need a comprehensive, flexible solution that will deliver contribution without adding delay over satellite links, private networks, or even public internet,” said Bryan Reksten, VP of marketing, VITEC. “Attendees will have an opportunity to see VITEC’s high-quality streaming solution and discover how it can deliver unprecedented service and experience across a multitude of mission-critical broadcast applications.”

At the 2019 NAB Show, VITEC will demonstrate a host of innovations, including the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers zero-latency contribution with 16-millisecond glass-to-glass latency thanks to the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ codec. This groundbreaking codec provides best-in-class HEVC video quality up to 4:2:2 10 bit, setting new industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. Included in the HEVC contribution demo is the VITEC Playout Server, which enables high-quality, low-bandwidth, and reliable contribution over the internet, leading to a dramatic reduction of operating expenses (OPEX).

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The company will showcase MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Diamond Encoder that both feature time-synchronized playback, ensuring perfect synchronization of multiple independent IP streams using MGW Ace Decoder for house of worship, remote production, or any live application where IP streams must be played back in sync. VITEC will also introduce the MGW Ace Decoder OG, a broadcast-quality, dense, multichannel IP decoder in the popular openGear card form factor.

VITEC will have a live demo of the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution, which is ideal for corporate, government, and sports venue IPTV and signage applications where video streams are a valuable part of the user experience. It replaces legacy systems cost-effectively, delivering a cutting-edge, enterprise-grade IPTV solution to TVs, video walls, desktops, and even mobile devices.

The EZ TV IPTV platform will include high-performance endpoints with HEVC and 4K HDR support. It also includes the EZ TV Media Library, which offers powerful tools for archiving, recording, organizing, tagging, and annotating as well as for performing visual-image searches or running queries based on metadata. The EZ TV Media Library is accessible through a web interface and allows for online, real-time sharing and collaboration.

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Cobalt Digital Partners with Starfish Technologies to Provide Transport Stream Splicing Solution

The new solution creates an affordable, automated ad insertion or media replacement system for broadcast, IPTV, satellite, and cable TV applications.

Designed to be a complete replacement for ad insertion or content blocking applications, the TS Splicer combines the functionality of an integrated ad server, SCTE-35 opt-out signal decoding, input stream switching, and transport stream splicing. It takes in transport streams with SCTE-35 triggers and inserts advertisements based on the embedded control signals. The fully configurable TS Splicer performs a technically clean media switch with minimal propagation delay.

Cobalt offers a range of MPEG encoders and decoders, as well as a series of frame synchronizers and scalers, with SCTE-104 injection support. Compatible units include the BBG-1002 Series of standalone encoders, 9902 and 9904 Series openGear® cards, and the new 9992-ENC-HEVC (H.265) card, which offers upgradable multi-channel MPEG-2/AVC encoding.

“Ad insertion is a vital part of any content distribution system, and we are excited to work with Starfish Technologies to add transport stream splicing to our offerings,” Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “This partnership adds further functionality to meet the needs of our customers.”

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“Starfish are delighted to be working with such a highly respected supplier. Forming this partnership allows both Cobalt Digital and Starfish Technologies to share their expertise and develop leading solutions which will undoubtedly benefit a wide range of customers,” added Peter Blatchford, sales and marketing director, Starfish Technologies.

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Sýn (Vodafone Iceland) moves to IP in the facilities in record time with Nevion

Nevion announced that Sýn, the Icelandic company formed by merger of Vodafone Iceland and the 365 broadcast media, has deployed an IP solution from Nevion for their new facilities in the country’s capital, Reykjavik.  The project, delivered in collaboration with local system integrator Exton ehf, went live on 8th February 2019.

Sýn wanted to consolidate its telecom and broadcast premises for cost-efficiency and work-effectiveness reasons. This required broadcast production to move to new premises. Rather than transfer the existing SDI production network infrastructure, Sýn opted for a new IP media network that would provide greater flexibility, future-proofing, scalability and cost-effectiveness over time. The production equipment, including cameras, video and audio mixers, would remain unchanged, i.e SDI-based.

The new IP facilities needed to go live in a very short period of time, so Sýn turned to Nevion and Exton to deliver the project.

Árni Finnson head of broadcast, Sýn said: “For us, this was a critical project, that needed to be delivered on time, as we had already served notice on the old building, and of course we could not go off air! We could have taken the safe route and built an SDI infrastructure, but we knew that was not a good investment in the long term. We picked Nevion and Exton because they reassured us that our requirements could be met, and indeed, they delivered on time!”

 

Kristján Magnússon co-founder and project manager for Exton explained: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver this project together with Nevion. At a time when many broadcasters are still hesitant to move to IP, this project demonstrates that the technology works and, with the right partners, can be delivered in short time-frames.”

At the core of the solution delivered in the new facilities is an IP network built around Nevion’s COTS (commercial off the shelf) eMerge IP switches. Nevion’s software defined media nodes, Virtuosos, provide the gateways between the SDI equipment and the IP media network, as well as video and audio processing, and 4K TICO encoding.

For the sports and media production, in which many pieces of SDI equipment are used, Nevion’s compact hybrid SDI routers, Sublime X2, are used to enable easy routing between the equipment, without the need to convert to and from IP.

Sýn also has some equipment remaining in other locations – the satellite reception site, as well as in the DVB and IPTV headend site. These two sites are connected via fiber, with Nevion Flashlink equipment enabling the transport of the IP packets.

The orchestration and control of the whole network, including the IP and SDI routers, is handled by Nevion’s VideoIPath. The broadcast control, i.e. the user-interface for the production team, is Nevion’s Multicon.

Hans Hasselbach, Chief Commercial Officer, Nevion, concluded: “IP media networks have now reached a level of maturity that allows them to be delivered as quickly as SDI networks. In fact, given the cabling is so much simpler, with a few lightweight fibers being used instead of the multitude of bulky SDI cables, IP media networks can even be delivered faster in greenfield sites like Sýn’s facilities. Of course, this does require the supplier and the delivery team to have the right expertise and experience – which Nevion and Exton have. We are of course very pleased with the result.”

In addition to products and delivery services, Sýn selected maintenance for the Virtuoso and VideoIPath, which enables them to benefit from software upgrades, and picked a service level agreement (SLA) that includes 24/7 support for maximum peace of mind.

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MultiDyne Strengthens OTT and IPTV Presence with New Compression Series at 2019 NAB Show

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions will officially enter the compression market at the 2019 NAB Show with a specialized range of professional, broadcast-quality encoders and decoders for streaming media workflows. To be unveiled at the MultiDyne booth (C5013), the new MD9200 range strengthens the company’s value proposition with OTT and IPTV service providers moving SD, HD and 4K/UHD content over public and private IP and fiber networks.

The initial MD9200 series consists of encoders and decoders in stand-alone, desktop configurations, and in the popular openGear card module form-factor. The openGear encoding and decoding modules are compatible with the broader openGear community of infrastructure products. Both encoder models enable highly secure streaming from one to many destinations, supporting virtually any mix of streaming protocols. Each independent encoder configuration accommodates unique frame size, frame rate, video/audio codecs and data configurations, and can independently encode separately HD and SD streams at high and low bit rates from a single SDI input.

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All MD9200 series products deliver exceptional bandwidth efficiency while maintaining signal integrity and visual quality. Both decoders optimize 1080P AVC (H.264) and 1080i MPEG-2 compression, with optional support for very high bit-rate 2160P HEVC (H265) UHD streams. When using the OpenGear decoder (MD9200-DEC-OG), customers can house up to 20 decoding modules in a single 2RU openGear chassis for high-density signal de-compression to SDI and HDMI. The standalone MD9200-DEC delivers the same operational benefits and visual quality for point-to-point streaming.

The MD9200 series will provide exceptional value in IP-based contribution applications for news, sports and studio links, according to Jesse Foster, MultiDyne’s Director of Product Development and Western Region Sales. Foster also sees opportunity for MultiDyne to provide value to content delivery and digital signage networks, with support for CDN transcoding, on-demand playback and 4K/UHD content looping among other applications.

“These products are built to both serve content over OTT, CDN and IPTV networks, from moving signals to executives suites in venues, to delivering HLS streams to YouTube or mobile phones for viewing or signal monitoring purposes,” said Foster. “We also see tremendous opportunity for our core customer base working on mobile production trucks, rental houses and in remote locations to contribute or backhaul content more efficiently over IP. These are all compact, lightweight, and low-power products that will solve problems for broadcast engineers, IT technicians and other users, especially as more broadcasters and service providers adopt HEVC compression.”

Foster adds that MultiDyne’s engineering team has emphasized network security in the product design, providing systems integrators and IT professionals with peace of mind that their networks and content are safe from outside intrusion. That security, plus an attractive price point and broad feature set, provide exceptional value for any customer.

“The MD9200 line-up brings together a very broad array of streaming and protocol transmission capabilities while addressing visual quality, signal latency and total cost of ownership,” said Foster. “This series represents an important new direction for MultiDyne that will continue to grow yet interoperate with our core fiber transport systems, while also helping users prepare for the specialized compression needs of UHD formats now and moving forward.”

MultiDyne will demonstrate the MD9200 series products in various configurations alongside its range of fiber transport and conversion products at NAB, taking place April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

VITEC Streamlines IPTV, Digital Signage, and Video Wall Workflows at ISE 2019

VITEC announced it will showcase the latest capabilities for its award-winning EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform at ISE 2019 on Stand 14-M200. The chosen solution for sports and entertainment venues, enterprise, government, and military agencies in Europe and the U.S., EZ TV’s comprehensive feature set enables any organization to centrally manage and stream HD, low-latency, in-house feeds and TV channels, as well as create eye-catching digital signage and video walls for distribution to any displays through a facility.

“We’re seeing more outdated RF-based facilities being transformed by EZ TV,” said Bruno Teissier, international sales and marketing director, VITEC. “Not only is the platform bringing them into the IPTV world, it’s also improving OPEX, supporting HD and even 4K as they explore future capabilities, and allowing users and fans to access digital media from any screen — TVs, PCs, or mobile devices — and have the video-on-demand experience they crave. ISE 2019 is the perfect opportunity for VITEC to discuss with attendees how EZ TV’s latest innovations can simplify deployment and management of projects involving IPTV, digital signage, and video wall content.”

VITEC_EZTV_Soccer_collageVITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform is ideal for the ever-changing video, marketing, and sales requirements of today’s sports venues as well as for the secure dissemination and content management of full-motion video streams and offline files for enterprise and mission-critical applications and government agencies. Designed to integrate seamlessly with any IT environment and run on all types of networks — LAN, WAN, and wireless — EZ TV can be rapidly deployed and is intuitive to operate and maintain for any-size project. With centralized creation, distribution, and monitoring of live and on-demand content and digital signage, the platform streamlines the process of linear and non-linear workflows. Its network-agnostic, modular architecture allows organizations to easily upgrade legacy systems or deploy a turnkey IPTV and signage solution for a new build, at a fraction of the cost of traditional digital signage solutions. For sports and entertainment facilities, EZ TV can offer the most advanced fan experience while reducing CAPEX and OPEX often associated with legacy solutions.

The platform’s video wall capability simplifies deployment and management of projects. VITEC’s video wall processors are 100-percent hardware-based, feature low-latency native playback of IPTV streams up to 4K, and support interactive content and imagery transformations. More than 50 displays can be managed from a single processor, including nonstandard layouts and resolutions of TVs and LED walls.

With the rapid adoption of video streaming and recording workflows, organizations increasingly face challenges related to storing, searching, and playing back valuable assets effectively. EZ TV’s new Media Library module enables users to find, tag, edit, organize, store, search, and share media files quickly. Featuring a user-intuitive HTML5 interface, its powerful tools streamline media processes from live streaming to recording, archiving, and collaboration, easily allowing users to manage a full digital video experience across an entire venue.

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