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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 9 | September 2016

InMedia

Broadcast Connected IP
Contributing Editor David Kirk examines the kaleidoscope
of IP systems and services available for broadcast clients...

O

ne of the most important
developments in recent years
has been the addition of IP connectivity
to devices which previously relied on
dedicated audio and video lines, plus
the ubiquitous SDI family of digital
interfaces.
IP offers many advantages over
traditional methods of cabling and
routing, not least the ability to
replace large number of studio-tocontrol feeds with a single high-speed
Ethernet cable. IP connectivity is now
being introduced for a rapidly growing
number of devices, not just to allow
remote control but to carry large
amounts of programme data. It is a
large and amorphous subject to cover
in a single article but the run-up to IBC
is a good time to make the attempt.
Alticast has helped Videotron
become the first pay-TV operator
in Canada to deploy a 4K ultra high
definition set-top box on a commercial
basis across an entire market area. Its
AltiView 3 user interface can provide
operators with search, discovery and
navigation across linear, on-demand,
online and the subscriber's personal
content.
Anevia has announced a partnership
with Canal+ Group to offer a catchup
service for hotel and healthcare
markets. Sold by Canal Pro and
offered in a variety of packages, TV
programmes can be selected to match
specific businesses and clients. The
partnership will allow existing clients
and all new hotels and facilities
to include a replay option in their
subscription for all channels in the
Canal+ package they have selected.
Canal+ will install an Anevia Flamingo
which will source, store, protect and
distribute satellite content in each
hotel or facility's network.

Beamr's
'Beamr Video' GUI

Axinom's 'DRM' is a digital rights
management
service
supporting
Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web
Services cloud deployments. When
used in a local network, it enables onboard entertainment in planes, trains,
buses, and ships.
Beamr's 'Beamr Video' reduces the
bitrates of H.264 and HEVC streams
by up to half. The company's Vanguard
digital video encoder product line
includes H.265 and H.264 codec
software development kits for Intel
x86 and ARM hardware platforms,
in addition to supporting operating
systems like Microsoft Windows,
Apple OS X and iOS, Linux and Google
Android.
Bitmovin has introduced an
Adaptive Streaming HTML5 player
incorporating MPEG-DASH native
in the browser without the need for
graphic viewing plugins. It can play
resolutions up to 4K and handle frame
rates up to 60fps.
Broadpeak's
Umbrella
allows
content
providers
and
pay-TV
operators to select the content
delivery network that can best address
each request for a live or VOD content
request. Content providers can
create CDN selection rules based on
parameters such as end-user location
and end-user internet service provider.
Castlabs has upgraded its licensing
service with new features to facilitate
studio requirements for HD and UHD
content. 'DRMtoday' now supports
Microsoft PlayReady Security Level
3000 protection.
Edgeware has introduced support
for the Common Media Application
Format (CMAF), a media streaming
format
standardisation
effort
jointly led by Microsoft and Apple to
streamline internet video delivery.
MPEG recently released a
statement from its
115th meeting, that it
had reached the first
milestone for the CMAF
specification.
CMAF
defines a common
container format for
segmented media as
well as presentation
and media profiles.
CMAF segments can

be used in environments
that support adaptive bitrate
streaming of the media
segments using HTTPS and any
presentation description, such
as DASH MPD Manifests and Apple
HTTP Live Streaming Playlists.
Exterity will demonstrate its
complete
enterprise
IP
video
product portfolio at IBC2016. The
latest additions to the Exterity
product include UHD compatibility
plus additional support for leading
providers of internet-connectable
television receivers.
Fortium's
Visimark
software
allows the automated embedding
and preparation for distribution of
burn-ins for individual recipients. It
is available as a desktop application
for small-run production or as an
API to be incorporated into server
farms. Visimark can simultaneously
apply imperceptible forensic video
watermarking by integrating third
party programs such as NexGuard by
Civolution.
Friend MTS introduced at NAB2016
an anti-piracy service called Studio.
This protects studios, broadcasters
and content owners from unauthorised
redistribution of their non-live content
pre and post transmission. It identifies
unauthorised files, traces the full
network path of each file and stops
unauthorised distribution of content.
IBM has acquired live video provider
Ustream which delivers live and ondemand video for customers such as
Discovery Channel, Facebook, NASA,
Nike and Samsung. Ustream and other
recent IBM acquisitions including
cloud video company Clearleap are
being integrated into a new cloud
video unit. Also folded into the unit
are IBM R&D assets that include more
than 1,000 patents in the cloud video

Octopus 8 features
new dashboard GUI

space, and two other acquisitions:
storage company Cleversafe, and
cloud data transfer company Aspera.
IBM estimates the demand in cloudbased video services at US$105 billion
in 2016.
Octopus Newsroom's Octopus
NRCS is a complete system with
graphics,
teleprompting,
traffic
management and delivery for
broadcast television, radio and the
web. The latest version of Octopus
8 features a dashboard GUI which
brings together every assignment,
notification and update. Twitter,
Facebook and Instagram become
fully integrated into the newsroom.
Social media are then treated with
the same importance as a traditional
news feed or a programme rundown.
Administrators can assign users
to create content for social media.
Tweets and Facebook posts are treated
like any other news story with team
managers able to assign and share
tasks, and to approve posts before
they go live. Journalists can now
follow Twitter trends and track topics
of particular interest to them across
the social network in real time. The
research process is now automated,
giving teams instant information and
analyses trends over time. Editors
can tweet, reply, re-tweet or favourite
directly from Octopus as well as
manage the channel's relationships
by following or blocking Twitter users.
Octopus 8 directly interconnects with
CMS systems such as Wordpress or
Joomla, allowing scripts and articles to
be uploaded dynamically
to web portals. This web
component allows TV news
editors to upload pages
directly, saving time and
reducing the workload on
web managers. Another
new feature is the ability
to publish social media
posts directly from the
PlayBox Technology CloudAir workflow example rundown.


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