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Monitoring goes OTT as OTT services
become the broadcast norm
TV viewing habits are moving away from terrestrial broadcasting and more towards streaming.
This means that ensuring high audio and video quality through the latest
monitoring technology is imperative, writes Mediaproxy's CEO Erik Otto.

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TT has gone - in a relatively short
period - from being the basis of
video-on-demand services to being
a major alternative to traditional
broadcasting. For many people,
streaming is now their primary way of
accessing video material. This change
in people's perception of OTT will only
continue as it is used increasingly for
watching live television and not just a
way of catching up with transmitted
programs.
This is making OTT a serious
competitor to both digital terrestrial
and satellite TV, with Netflix, Amazon
Prime and, most recently, Disney+,
using it to host premium services.
Many channels on OTT platforms
now offer programming with 4K/HDR
visuals and Dolby Atmos sound as
standard, something that is still limited
on DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television)
channels.

On a technology level, this
means ABR (adaptive bit rate)
streams are no longer secondary
to the main form of distribution
within a playout center. At the
other end, there are many more
devices on which people are
watching video, including mobile
phones, tablets, computers and
smart TVs, as well as through settop boxes (STBs). This - combined
with content owners and regulators
applying the same standards for audio
and video quality to OTT as they do for
traditional broadcast transmission,
coupled with audience expectations means that compliance monitoring and
analysis has to be comprehensive and
exacting along the entire distribution
chain.
This would be enough of a
challenge ordinarily, but OTT is more
complicated than more established

Mediaproxy's Monwall

forms of broadcasting. On top of this,
the cloud now plays an increasingly
prominent role in the way video
is distributed. Service operators
rely on CDNs (content distribution
networks) or, in some situations, a
number of third-party networks to
get their content to where it needs to
be. Because of this, it is not easy to
monitor exactly what is going on in an
OTT stream below the CDN.
In order to provide full monitoring
capability and give operators peace
of mind, Mediaproxy has developed

technology that allows broadcast
engineers to monitor and view both
playout to the CDN and the edge
server return feeds alongside each
other. We have made this possible by
not only producing dedicated multiviewing interfaces but also offering
HTML5 versions.
This last feature makes it possible
to create a dashboard for reporting
incidents and real-time analysis of CDN
streams. The interface provides a low
latency, low bandwidth environment
that is ideal for monitoring remote
workflows, which have become a
crucial part of broadcast operations in
the last year. Overall, it is now easier
to extend monitoring of any source
or stream, with the ability to scale
everything in a web browser.
This will prove invaluable in the
(near) future because OTT is only going
to expand further.

Remote Workflows Without High Cloud Costs:
Compliance Monitoring, Content Re-purposing,
and Monetization
By Raphael Renous, CTO, Actus Digital

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raditionally,
broadcast
compliance
and
monitoring solutions have been implemented
on premises. But clipping solutions for content
repurposing for social media and the web are more
divided in approach. Such solutions can be either
cloud-based requiring monthly payments, or they
can be on-premises solutions that are typically costeffective.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many broadcast
personnel to work from home, connecting via
different devices and browsers. This shift in work
practices requires the industry to adapt broadcast
workflows to support change in the most costeffective way.

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device
Cloud-based solutions, while expensive, provide
access from anywhere without requiring the same
level of maintenance as on-premises solutions. At the
end of the day, it does not matter if the solution is
cloud-based, virtualized, or on-premises; the system
must be accessible from anywhere, from any device,
and at any time.
Actus Digital's platform assures cross-browser,

cross-platform compatibility with maximum secure
access and improved performance. Our compliance
system has become more essential to broadcasters
since the start of the pandemic, allowing them to
monitor content remotely. We are one of the only
vendors that offers a unified solution for compliance,
monitoring, quality assurance, video analysis,
advanced clips for social, OTT monitoring, multiview,
automatic clipping, keywords alerts, speech-to-text,
configuration changes, and ads detection, all in one
platform that can be accessed remotely.

system is installed on premises, saving the cost of
investing in the cloud. Broadcasters can enjoy the
benefits of a cloud-based solution and have an onpremises solution.
Additionally, the Actus Digital Clip Factory does not
require dedicated editing machines or professional
video editors. This capability frees up media
companies to focus on generating good content,
rather than investing in professional video editors.
Any permitted user can rapidly create and export
clips from anywhere without paying high monthly
charges for cloud-based services.

Fast and Easy Content Monetization
Without High Cloud Costs

Remote Configuration & Adaptability are Vital

One of the many workflows included in the Actus
Digital platform is an advanced clipping workflow
for editing, dynamic metadata, transcoding, and
export to social media and the web. Once exported,
the clips can be leveraged for various monetization
opportunities such as VOD, catchup TV, and more.
As the last year has shown, a clipping solution must
be available at all times and should be accessible
from anywhere. Actus Digital's platform allows for
these tasks to be performed remotely even if the

Media companies must be able to reconfigure their
systems and connect to a variety of broadcast signals
without being present on site. All administrative,
support, and configuration tools must be functional
remotely. Actus Digital's compliance recording gives
broadcasters the flexibility for remote workflows
while minimizing the costs of leveraging a cloudbased system.
To learn more about Actus Digital's media
intelligence platform, visit: https://actusdigital.com


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