ZTE to unveil four innovative Big Video Solutions at IBC 2019

Addressing the problems of the traditional live streaming apps like limited viewing angles, ZTE’s 5G Live TV solution delivers an innovative viewing experience by providing the audience with three distinctive 5G scenarios, including multi-angle views, flexible zooming, and free viewpoint. ZTE’s 5G Live TV solution has empowered China’s first 5G sporting events, the 2nd National Youth Games.

Moreover, in the field of 8K video, ZTE will provide visitors of IBC with a vivid experience of ultra-HD and ultra-fast smooth 8K videos, backed up with ZTE’s end-to-end 5G+8K solution, the ultra-strong decoding technology and super-high CDN throughput capability of its 8K smart set-top box. The 8K smart set-top box has once been rewarded iF Design Award 2019 in Germany for its minimalist and ultra-thin design.

As for the integration of OTT and IPTV, ZTE will showcase a customized 4K Hybrid STB for operators. Integrated with IPTV and Google ecosystem, this STB can provide users with a wide range of Google apps, such as Google Music and Google Games, thereby allowing them to enjoy both the IPTV and OTT services at the same time.

In the field of smart home, ZTE will demonstrate its far-field 4K AI STB S200 in support of voice commands. By virtue of functions of IPTV/OTT services, smart speaker, home control, home media sharing, and home networking, S200 is an all-in-one home assistant.

In addition, ZTE will also showcase many other series of powerful STBs, including the new Dongle STB, 4K IP Media Gateway supporting Wi-Fi AP, and the highly cost-effective satellite STB and cable STB.

Committed to constant innovations in the video industry, ZTE has established close partnerships with more than 120 operators around the world and has businesses covering nearly 50 countries. Moving forward, the company will continuously provide users with more diversified, immersive and intelligent video experiences.

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Just Add Power Introduces New Instant Install Application

Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, announced today that the company has expanded its Just OS firmware ecosystem with the addition of the Instant Install application. Making its debut in booth 1817 at CEDIA Expo 2019, the application provides fast auto configuration for any gigabit switch.

With the Instant Install app, installers can easily incorporate any gigabit switch that supports jumbo frames — managed or not — into their J+P matrix. They simply connect their devices anywhere on the switch and click a single button, and their devices are found and configured, and a driver is built — all in less than two minutes.

“Installers have been asking for an app that would take the guesswork out of any project, and we’re proud to announce that it’s here,” said Taft Stricklin, sales team manager for J+P. “With the Instant Install app, one click is all that’s needed to configure all the devices connected to the gigabit switch. A few lucky integrators have already seen it in action, and they’ve been blown away by its speed and reliability.”

In addition to the Instant Install app, the Just OS ecosystem comprises J+P’s Plug-Play-Present logic control for intuitive and reliable connection and switching of sources; the Switch Please web application for matrix switching of any J+P device from any web browser; and the Every Switch Supported firmware, which allows integrators to build any size 4K matrix on an existing network without having to change switches.

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VITEC Announces 4K/Multichannel HD HEVC Contribution Encoder in an openGear Card Format

The modular and open-architecture platform from Ross Video makes for easy integration within production studios and broadcast facilities requiring robust streaming output. The scalable and flexible solution can deliver up to 10 UHD channels or 40 HD channels in a 2RU, as well as the flexibility to mix and match with compatible OG cards such as the MGW Ace Decoder OG. On stand 7.C34 at IBC2019, VITEC will provide a 4K encoding demonstration of the new solution.

“Last year at IBC, we introduced our MGW Diamond Encoder, bringing customers a powerful, lightweight encoder for applications requiring 4K or multichannel streaming support in a small form factor,” said Richard Bernard, Senior Product Manager at VITEC. “This year, we have expanded the options and versatility available within our family of HEVC appliances. Whether organizations need the portable MGW Diamond Encoder that meets stringent size, weight, and power demands or the openGear card for easy integration within production studios, broadcast facilities, or enterprise IT rooms, both encoders can deliver 4K HDR or multiple HD HEVC streams with low latency and high video quality.”

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VITEC MGW Diamond OG

The versatile MGW Diamond OG enables point-to-point and point-to-multipoint streaming for demanding video applications within broadcast, sports, enterprise, and federal markets. The MGW Diamond OG is ready for UHD, capturing and streaming 4Kp60 video from either its 4x3G-SDI or 12G-SDI inputs. The card supports 4:2:2 10-bit encoding; multichannel audio encoding as well as Zixi™; and Pro-MPEG and SRT transport protection technology for reliable video, audio, and metadata transmission over lossy network.

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Viaccess-Orca Secures New Android TV STB for Orange Spain IPTV Offering

Viaccess-Orca (VO) announced that Orange Spain has deployed a new Android™ TV set-top box (STB) secured by VO’s DRM solution for its IPTV service. This new STB will enable Orange Spain pay-TV subscribers to access a wide range of premium content, including Ultra HD, live, and VOD, protected by VO.

“Android TV offers a quick time-to-market for new services and a rich set of applications, which is exactly the type of experience we want to provide to our subscribers. The key is ensuring that content is well-protected,” said José Antonio Guzmán, Director of OrangeTV at Orange Spain. “VO’s DRM relies on powerful hardware-based content protection mechanisms, allowing us to meet the most demanding studio security requirements in the world.”

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Orange Spain is now using security agents from VO within both its legacy Linux-based STBs and new Android TV STBs, ensuring a superior television experience for all subscribers. VO’s proprietary DRM and a multi-DRM backend platform are currently in use by more than 30 leading operators around the world and successfully deployed on Android STBs for IPTV and OTT services. VO’s DRM passed a rigorous assessment by Cartesian, proving that it is a robust content security solution.

“Content security requirements are continuously changing and increasing in complexity, and VO’s wide range of security services and solutions are made to address these challenges. Our DRM solution ensures that operators can deliver a rich offering in any ecosystem, including Android TV,” said Paul Molinier, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “VO DRM is available on Android TV STBs from a variety of manufacturers, and we have significant deployment expertise in this environment, making us attractive to operators like Orange Spain that want to quickly launch and monetize a new television offering.”

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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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IBC 2019: hi–human interface takes control in Chromaline’s large 30 cam UHD OB Van (0.C02)

With this new OB Van development, named OB X, Chromaline makes a huge step putting the company on the map as one of the leading system integrators in Europe. For their largest OB Van development so far the company chooses hi – human interface by Broadcast Solutions as the core control system within OB X. Developing OB X Chromaline uses a completely new approach in terms of design, room concepts, integrated equipment, workflows and interior design.

Nicola Dall’Asta, CEO Chromaline, on the new OB Van: “Everything in the OB Van is tailor-made, and besides the production capabilities the main goal was to develop an OB comfortable to work in – the people was one focus. In developing OB X, we started from scratch, and our goal was to think OB Vans new. The new hi control system mirrors this approach perfectly; it puts the user first. Therefore, it was a natural decision to deploy it in OB X.”

Implemented in OB X, hi is to control audio/video signal routing, multiviewers and tally. Intuitive touch controls and newly developed hi hardware control panels simplify day-to-day production operations in the OB Vans. hi is a native IP-enabled control tool and in the OB X seamlessly integrates with the Imagine Communications router, embedders and multiviewers.

hi transforms the control and management of complex media infrastructures from nerve-racking tasks for specialists to a piece of cake. hi is made for the IP-world and works without abstractions or crutches, but by nature maps the topologies of the installations in control. Even the most complex facilities can be controlled and managed, and in hi unfold as neat structures. Using the latest auto-discovery and zero-config technologies, hi reduces the setup and configuration time of broadcast and A/V-media systems dramatically. Via a user interface that resembles those of common smart mobile devices, hi provides easy control and monitoring of complex infrastructures. It makes the configuration process smart and easy, detects new devices automatically and protects the user from false-configurations.

The hi system is built on decentralised software architecture and can run on almost any platform – a laptop, dedicated servers, server clusters, and also in data centres or on cloud services like AWS or Microsoft Azure. This architecture ensures uninterrupted availability, even if hardware, power or protocol failures occur. Self-healing algorithms ensure that all parts of the system are up and running properly – even if they are distributed over different hardware platforms, or working from separate locations.

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Anevia Collaborates with Intel to Reduce the Cost of Video Encoding for OTT

Thanks to Intel’s latest technology using a new instruction set developed for artificial intelligence called Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI), the Anevia software-based Genova encoder can now enable 20% more channels at the same CPU frequency – meaning OTT service providers can offer more services at the same cost.

“We have a dedicated team of specialists with 15 years of experience in encoding who have been working on second-generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors since the end of 2018 via Intel’s early access programme,” says Anevia cofounder and CTO Damien Lucas. “Our latest Genova encoders include optimisations for these latest Intel Xeon processors.”

 

“Encoder design must constantly be optimised in order to achieve the highest possible transmission efficiency without compromising quality,” adds Anevia’s EVP for Compression Products, Jérôme Blanc. “Anevia is one of the earliest video and audio encoding companies to participate in Intel’s early access programmes. This collaboration gave us the processing resources needed to advance this optimisation to a new level, ultimately enabling TV operators to offer some 20 per cent more services without increasing their costs.”

 

“Multichannel video delivery with scalable coding efficiency requires significant compute and skill to implement for cloud-native services,” said Lynn Comp, vice president and general manager of the Visual Cloud Division at Intel. “Anevia’s innovative use of Intel Deep Learning Boost on second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors to improve their encoding solutions promises greater revenue potential for service providers with increased stream density”.

Anevia’s Genova is a Linux-based multi-bitrate video encoder for live streaming and video on demand, up to 4K ultra-high definition with high dynamic range. Anevia’s end-to-end offering also includes ultra-low latency packaging, origin servers, Cloud DVR and a CDN solution for telcos and service providers to implement their complete OTT TV service.

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