In Broadcast - January 2014 - 10
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
WWW.INBROADCAST.COM | ISSUE 27 - JANUARY 2014
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Harris Broadcast To Acquire
arris Broadcast has signed a
deﬁnitive agreement to acquire
Imagine Communications, a leading
innovator in digital video solutions,
enabling content providers and
system operators to deliver
bandwidth-efﬁcient services with
optimum video quality and Quality
of Experience (QoE).
The Imagine Communications
acquisition strengthens Harris
Broadcast's end-to-end solutions
portfolio, particularly enhancing
its OTT, mobile video and multiscreen TV Everywhere capabilities,
while furthering interoperability
of technology and systems from
both the linear and non-linear TV
Harris Broadcast CEO Charlie
Vogt said: "Many of our content
originator customers have been
adding services for OTT and TV
Everywhere, but have had to do so
Charlie Vogt, Harris Broadcast CEO
with bifurcated systems for linear
and non-linear services.
"This acquisition enables Harris
Broadcast to take a leadership
position in the OTT and TV
Everywhere market, while laying
the foundation for the first true
software deﬁned integration of sales,
scheduling, automation, playout
and delivery across both linear
and non-linear content distribution
networks. Additionally, through this
acquisition, we will expand our R&D
and innovation initiatives, strengthen
our encoding, transcoding and ABR
market position, and increase our
total global addressable market."
transcoding utilise software that
runs in a virtualised blade server
environment, consistent with Harris
Broadcast's long-term vision for
product development focused on
software and commercial-off-theshelf hardware.
The transaction, subject to
customary approvals and closing
conditions, is expected to close in
TTNET Turkey Adds Four Channels
urkish ISP TTNET has chosen a
broadcast playout system from
PlayBox Technology for four HD live
sports channels at its Esentepe
transmission centre in Istanbul.
The installation forms a central
element of TTNET's expanding role
as a television content provider.
"We are very pleased indeed
with this system," commented
TTNET CTO Sahin Sen. "PlayBox
systems are ideal for our mode
of operation which is completely
tapeless. The server-per-channel
structure forms the basis of a fully
integrated solution which is easy to
operate and highly scalable.
"SafeBox software running on
each HD AirBox provides robust ﬁle
AirBox servers plus an HD TitleBox
transfer in daily playlist mode. This
interactive graphics manager.
combination gives staff in our master
These feed HD-SDI signals
control room the freedom to perform
via channel-specific production
near-to-air playlist adjustments. The
switchers to an output encoder.
system's IT-based design makes
Each production switcher also feeds
the new installation an economical
a master video router.
investment, easy to expand and
easy to maintain.
"A further advantage of partnering
with PlayBox Technology is the
availability of 24/7 support direct
from the company's local Turkish
ofﬁce here in Istanbul."
The four new HD channels will
be simultaneously downconverted
for SD viewing.
Each channel is equipped TTNET, the largest ISP in Turkey, is
with primary and auxiliary HD expanding its TV offerings
SWE: Net Insight has announced
that, through its premium
partner OKNO-TV, it has secured
its first ever order in Russia.
VGTRK is building a contribution
network from the 2014 games'
venue to its Moscow-based studio
and will deploy the Nimbra 600
series MSRs across its network.
Net Insight's solution will transport
uncompressed and compressed live
video content with full resilience and
100% quality of service (QoS).
CAN: KOMU-TV Channel 8 in
Columbia, Missouri, a full-power
NBC affiliate owned by the
University of Missouri and operated
by the School of Journalism, has
expanded its ENG capabilities with
Dejero LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitters.
Using the Dejero systems,
student journalists can gain
valuable experience in remote
live news coverage and transmit
high-quality live or recorded
H D v i d e o f ro m b re a k i n g
news locations unreachable
with traditional technology.
The KOMU-TV newsroom is
staffed by upper-level and graduate
Missouri journalism students.
USA: NovelSat has reported
that global demand for satellite
bandwidth continues to increase, as it
notches up one hundred customers.
Demand for satellite bandwidth
comes from various sources
including a call for more high-end
video, increased military use of
commercial satellites, high-speed
Internet data consumption and the
expanding communications needs
in developing countries.