TVU Networks’ Innovations Honored as Best in Class by Variety of Outlets During the 2019 NAB Show

TVU Networks announced industry-wide recognition of the new 4K version of its TVU One mobile IP transmitter, the TVU MediaMind Appliance AI-based metadata generation and search engine, and its IS+ proprietary transmission algorithm during 2019 NAB Show held in Las Vegas. TVU also provided mobile cellular transmitter equipment to producers of “NAB Show LIVE,” the official broadcast of the NAB. The live transmissions went flawlessly, and Broadcast Beat, producers of “NAB Show LIVE”, will continue to use TVU equipment at future events and venues.

“We’re thrilled to have these different organizations recognize different sectors of our work,” said Eric Chang, Vice President of Marketing, TVU Networks. “This really points to the depth of our company and to the IP-based solutions we provide to a range of applications occurring in diverse locations. The products and technologies selected are all next-generation improvements and essential in the creation of a story-centric workflow. We’re focused on pushing the limits of what’s possible to meet our customers’ live content production challenges today and in the future. I believe our run of award wins during the past 10 years as an NAB exhibitor is a direct reflection of our continued commitment to live production innovation.”

In the first NAB Show 2019 Product of the Year Awards, TVU Networks won in the AI/Machine Learning category for its TVU MediaMind Appliance – an AI-based metadata generation and search engine that speeds production performance and content reuse. This is an independently judged awards program that recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies exhibited during NAB.

TVU MediaMind, is a metadata generation and search engine that speeds production performance and content reuse within an existing broadcast media supply chain. The system uses a combination of time-code and AI-based facial and speech recognition to generate metadata. And an open API lets users connect directly with MAM and NLE systems. Because the MediaMind appliance utilizes both AI and time code to generate search results, it can convert audio and video into structured data in real-time. It’s capable of searching a raw asset at any stage of production – from assignment through to on-air. With the help of TVU’s AI engine, real-time speech recognition lets users find text results even faster than they would searching for images alone. Users simply type in what they’re looking for and the appropriate section of a time code appears. The real-time content search engine uses time code to identify each asset with a unique ID.

TV Technology magazine presented TVU Networks with a Best of Show Award for the TVU One 4K cellular mobile transmitter during the 2019 NAB Show. The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. All nominated products are featured in a special Best of Show Awards Program Guide, which will be distributed in digital edition form to more than 100,000 readers of seven Future publications.

Also introduced during the 2019 NAB Show, the 4K version of the TVU One mobile transmitter, a cellular mobile unit with the ability to transmit Ultra-HD/4Kp60 HEVC content. The TVU One TM1000 is TVU’s flag-ship HEVC cellular 4G/LTE mobile transmitter.

“UHD/4Kp60 is a much more technically challenging resolution to achieve in a cellular mobile unit,” explained Chang. “However, we are able to overcome these challenges and encode video in full UHD/4K at 60 frames per second.”

TVU_One_mobile_transmitterThe TVU One offers a robust set of functions to meet the needs of any live video broadcaster. It delivers industry-leading video transmission resiliency and HD picture quality from an ultra-compact and rugged hardware chassis. With TVU One, users can fully leverage the versatility of a lightweight IP-based video transmitter in the field as a part of an end-to-end workflow without sacrificing performance, features, or picture quality.

PRODU presented TVU Networks with a NAB 2019 Tech Award for its IS+ technology.  TVU’s proprietary transmission algorithm, IS+ enables users to simultaneously transmit over multiple mediums with sub-second latency. Thanks to IS+, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable and dependable broadcast picture with latency as low as 0.5 seconds. IS+ uses advanced Forward Error Correction technology to produce superior transmission performance. When compared to traditional FEC/ARQ methods, IS+ uses minimal data overhead without latency introduced by packet retransmission. The result is a reliable transmission with high-quality images and ultra-low latency even in a moving vehicle.

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Veritone Announces NAB Show Product of the Year Award Win for Veritone Attribute

The first official awards at the NAB Show, the program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by exhibitors.

“Nominees like Veritone are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new at the premier launchpad for breakthroughs at the intersection of media, entertainment, and technology.”

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Veritone Attribute gives radio and television broadcasters the ability to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns in near real-time. Attribute simply and intuitively makes connections between advertising campaigns and activity on the advertiser’s website within a user defined timespan. Attribute not only analyzes data related to prerecorded spots, but also to live reads and organic mentions. The information gleaned from Attribute gives broadcasters the ability to better contend with their digital counterparts, while at the same time providing advertisers a means to complement their digital advertising strategy by understanding campaign performance across multiple channels.

“Attribute addresses a need to quantifiably demonstrate how well campaigns are working and provide optimization insights for those that are underperforming. aiWARE’s configurable infrastructure allowed us to quickly develop a product that helps to solve a challenge and address a gap in the market for both broadcasters and advertisers,” said Michael Kennedy, product manager for Veritone Attribute. “It’s very gratifying to have this recognized by the NAB.”

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GatesAir Takes Two Esteemed Awards for Intraplex® Ascent at 2019 NAB Show

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, departed Las Vegas last week with two prestigious industry awards for Intraplex Ascent, the industry’s first scalable, multichannel Audio over IP transport solution to address the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure. GatesAir took both awards for which Intraplex Ascent was under consideration: NAB Product of the Year and Future’s Best of Show Award, Presented by Radio World.

Intraplex Ascent offers a direct connection to traditional digital and analog audio interfaces, and is compliant with both the AES67 standard and today’s leading AoIP networking solutions. Ascent is available in two form factors: a 1RU server, with configurable options for physical and AES67 channels; and a software-only solution that operates in a virtualized container. The software-defined innovation is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server, and provides broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution.

Intraplex Ascent adds further value by allowing users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralized platform – an industry-first in Audio over IP networking for broadcasters. To further strengthen stream robustness and reliability, Ascent integrates Dynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies SRT data across redundant networks.

The NAB 2019 Product of the Year is an independently judged awards program by the NAB recognizing product innovation in 16 categories. The first official awards that recognize innovative new products at NAB Show, the program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by Exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

“Nominees like GatesAir are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new at the premier launchpad for breakthroughs at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.”

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts. They are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry and particularly the target readership of each specific publication.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content for media technology titles. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

Future’s Radio World publication is the definitive source for information on radio technology, radio industry news, management techniques, application-oriented engineering and new product information.

“As an early innovator of Audio over IP codecs and networking solutions for broadcasters, GatesAir is taking the next logical step for our customers with direct integration into the IT infrastructure,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “We are exceptionally proud to be recognized by these industry-leading experts for our innovation, which we view as a significant first step in bringing the broadcast and IT worlds closer together for the benefit of our global customer base.”

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Cablecast Community Media Amplifies Versatility and Cost Savings with Launch of Next-Generation Video Servers

Tightrope Media Systems today announced the new Cablecast VIO family, the latest generation of multi-format video servers for the highly-acclaimed Cablecast Community Media platform. First previewed at the 2019 NAB Show earlier this month, the new servers expand on the versatility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of preceding models by consolidating more of the platform’s rich functionality into a single hardware unit and offering broader live and file-based native format support.

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Cablecast VIO provides a powerful and reliable foundation for station automation, playout, branding and multi-platform content distribution. Users can take complete control of content scheduling, publishing and playout from anywhere, on any device, through an intuitive, web-based interface. The Cablecast VIO series amplifies the Cablecast platform’s efficient workflow integration by enabling more of its software options to run together on just one server, significantly lowering hardware costs while minimizing space, power, cooling and maintenance requirements.

Most notably, broadcasters can now operate their community bulletin boards on the same server that powers their scheduling, automation and playout. Each Cablecast VIO server can run multiple instances of Cablecast CG, the broadcast-optimized bulletin board software based on the Carousel digital signage engine.

“While Cablecast has long offered seamless workflow integration between its automation and bulletin board capabilities, customers previously deployed our bulletin board software on separate hardware,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “With Cablecast VIO, stations can add Cablecast CG software for each channel’s bulletin board directly within their playout and automation server, reducing both equipment and operating costs. Bringing the bulletin board software onto the same system as channel playout and on-air graphics such as live branding and crawls will also enable new software capabilities and efficiencies in the future.”

The Cablecast VIO series further minimizes hardware requirements by delivering increased channel density. The flagship Cablecast VIO 4 Plus model provides six SDI interfaces that can be configured as four outputs with two recording channels, or as three inputs and three outputs. “This is perfect for PEG broadcasters with public, education and government access offerings, as they can run all three channels and their bulletin boards on one server, significantly reducing the overall system price,” added Israelsky.

Cablecast VIO’s extensive baseband I/O is complemented by support for live, IP-based inputs. Building on the RTP stream input feature first introduced on Cablecast Flex servers, Cablecast VIO can ingest live, H.264-encoded RTP, RTMP or HLS streams without needing an external decoder or consuming an SDI interface. Users can bring in live feeds of events such as council meetings and sports from remote sites over an IP network, or pull in sources such as YouTube or Facebook Live streams for integration into their channels.

Cablecast VIO video servers also expand on the Cablecast family’s renowned multi-format playout capabilities, which enable media files encoded in a wide variety of formats to be directly played out without transcoding. New codec compatibility including VP8 and Theora combines with support for non-broadcast-standard frame rates to enable easy use of Internet-originated content. Cablecast VIO also adds space-efficient H.264 encoding for channel recording, reducing storage consumption to maximize available recording time while maintaining stellar visual quality.

Additional Cablecast VIO models offer optimized configurations for customers with lower channel requirements than the Cablecast VIO 4 Plus. Cablecast VIO Lite includes 8TB of storage and two SDI interfaces, which can be configured as two outputs or one input and one output. The Cablecast VIO 2 features the same I/O capabilities as Cablecast VIO Lite but includes from 10TB to 40TB of storage, while the Cablecast VIO 4 provides four SDI channels that can be flexibly configured as either inputs or outputs. All of the above models include the latest version of the Cablecast Broadcast Automation software, with Cablecast CG available as an option. For users without automation and playout requirements, the specialized Cablecast VIO CG model sports the same hardware as Cablecast Lite for dedicated bulletin board applications.

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ENCO’s New enTranslate and Updated enCaption Solutions Win Coveted “Best of Show” Awards at NAB 2019

ENCO‘s launch of the new enTranslate automated, live translation system and upgrades to the enCaption4 automated captioning solution garnered the company two prestigious accolades at the 2019 NAB Show. enTranslate received Future’s Best of Show award presented by TV Technology, while the updated enCaption was similarly honored by Government Video.ENCO_enTranslate

The patented, software-defined enCaption4 solution provides automated closed and open captioning for live and pre-recorded content in near-real-time, enabling broadcasters and content producers to cost-effectively meet regulatory requirements and growing consumer demand. enCaption4 combines machine learning with a neural-network speech-to-text engine to deliver exceptional accuracy with extremely low latency. The newest enCaption 4 enhancements further improve its speech recognition precision and speed, while expanding the array of source integrations from which the system can learn new vocabulary and names. The new update also leverages AI to distinguish changes between people speaking even within a mixed audio feed.

enTranslate builds on enCaption’s powerful speech-to-text foundation with advanced translation powered by Veritone, making live and pre-recorded content understandable to non-native-speaking audiences by providing near-real-time translation for alternative-language closed captioning, in-venue subtitle displays and more. Blending artificial intelligence with sophisticated linguistics modelling to provide high-quality, context-aware translations, enTranslate offers broadcasters and live presenters an easy and affordable solution to automatically translate television programming, board meetings, legislative sessions, lectures, worship sermons and other content.

“enCaption4 already offered an unmatched combination of accuracy, performance and cost-efficiency, and our latest updates make it even more powerful,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “Meanwhile, enTranslate is a great example of how we are extending our proven core technologies and expertise to solve new problems and empower content creators and live presenters to reach new audiences. We are delighted that the TV Technology and Government Video judges have honored us with these awards.”

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry and the target readership of each particular publication. TV Technology, the digital television authority, serves the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets, while Government Video is a key resource for federal, military, state and local government media professionals.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

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Qligent Celebrates Two Prestigious Awards at 2019 NAB Show

Qligent tied a neat ribbon around its most successful NAB Show to date with two prestigious industry awards for its new Vision Analytics platform. Recognized by IABM and Future, the awards demonstrate how Qligent has hit the right buttons around the power that advanced analytics brings to fighting viewer and customer churn in an increasingly fractured television marketplace.

Qligent’s Vision Analytics offers a powerful cloud-based big data solution to monitor the quality of viewer engagement, and protect media brand value across multiple delivery platforms. Vision Analytics harnesses the power of data mining, machine learning, and predictive data analytics to help its customers quickly address quality issues and take corrective action.

The power of Vision Analytics comes through its ability to sample video content globally across any content distribution channel, and monitor the viewer’s quality of experience on any platform, network, channel, or app at any given moment—uniquely out to the last mile. Following the mining and analysis of these massive data sets, Vision Analytics gives broadcasters, MVPDs and other content owners a valuable assessment of the health of their media operations, ranging from broad visibility to granular, in-depth reporting.

“With infinite media entertainment options available, viewers will quickly grow frustrated and move on to alternative content if they experience problems finding, accessing, or watching a particular show,” said Ted Korte, CTO, Qligent. “Vision Analytics provides critical real-time insights to six or more departments ranging from efficient technical support, risk and cost reductions, and brand and loyalty improvements.”

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Qligent received its award at the IABM BaM Awards® 2019 reception. From left to right: Anatoly Shishin and Ted Korte of Qligent, IABM CEO Peter White.

Qligent was recognized in the Monetize category of the IABM BaM Awards® 2019. Vision Analytics puts the power back in the hands of broadcasters, service providers and content owners to effectively fight subscriber churn and audience erosion. All shortlisted entries were submitted to an independent panel of specialist judges that ultimately chose each category winner. Qligent was one of 40 entrants selected out of 160 IABM BaM Awards® 2019 submissions.

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts. They are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry and particularly the target readership of each specific publication. Future’s TV Technology publication is the digital television authority, serves the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content for media technology titles. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

Grabyo extends cloud video production suite for broadcasters

Grabyo Editor is a browser-based editing tool for creating short video highlights and social videos in seconds. Editor’s intuitive interface enables professional-quality output, inclusive of transitions, audio edits and titling without the need for specific hardware, software licenses or extensive training.

Built for the demands of digital teams, Grabyo’s platform now provides users with a powerful suite of video tools for real-time clipping, live event production and video editing, enabling teams to better serve audiences with videos optimised for digital viewing.

Broadcasters and publishers will be able to reach the vast, engaged digital audiences with live streams, real-time clips and highlights on social, mobile and OTT platforms. Generating audience engagement ‘in the moment’ is a key differentiator in growing social audiences, creating additional monetization opportunities for content and rights owners. Grabyo provides valuable integrations to monetise content through in-stream advertising and brand partnerships.

As audiences turn away from linear broadcasts, being first to market with content across digital platforms is vital. Broadcasters must deliver tailored video viewing experiences to every platform and device. Making video available on OTT is not enough, consumers want content that is aligned with their experience on each platform. Engagement peaks around live events.  Using Grabyo’s full suite of production tools, digital teams can create original, bespoke digital content, both live and in real-time, to build loyalty outside of the traditional broadcast TV base.

Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO, comments: “The release of Editor continues Grabyo’s mission to make video creation and live production as simple and as flexible as possible. We are customer-driven – our products reflect the needs of our broadcast partners. Editor is a great example of this, a full suite of editing products in the cloud, enabling broadcasters to deliver effective and engaging video highlights in real-time. We are excited to see how this evolves as the broadcast industry looks to reach audiences across every platform and device.”

Grabyo Editor is released with features including transition effects and titling, with support for square, vertical and horizontal video formats, audio replacement and sponsor integration. As a cloud-based platform, Editor will continue to evolve with an exciting roadmap ahead through 2019 and beyond. Check out Grabyo Editor at NAB 2019 – stand SU2202.