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OTT Content Generation for Live Programming cont'd...

1to1 session
management

Optimise content monetisation
A large broadcast network customer
of Verizon Digital Media Services uses
Smartplay to maximise its streaming
revenue. This customer has a very
popular mobile app that handles
content from multiple owned and
affiliated local stations. Rather than
forcing the viewer to select the closest
station, the app automatically does
it for them. Not only can the viewer
easily access their local news, but the
app also allows the broadcast network
and local stations to target local
consumers. The station and network
are able to sell local ads in addition
to national ads, thus increasing their
revenue opportunities. Since the
app is registered to each viewer's
device, information about that viewer
enables more accurate ad targeting.
It is Smartplay that ties the viewer's
location to the most relevant ad
for a unique, individualised session
relationship with each viewer. Viewers
enjoy a truly customised experience,
and broadcasters benefit from
expanded monetisation opportunities
with both national and local
advertising.
OTT clipping workflows
For pre-recorded, episodic content,
the responsibility for generating clips
for OTT distribution can be made
part of the editing process when
programmes are assembled prior to
broadcast. For live news and sports
programmes, this is not an attractive
option, particularly when finished
content only becomes available during
the broadcast. The resulting files,
which contain all of the finished video,
audio, graphics and closed captions,
can then be used to create the clips for
OTT services and online destinations.
References:

1.
3.

Creating clips for OTT content
delivery can be simplified and
streamlined by employing our
Volicon Media Intelligence
service that is specifically
designed for the task.
Through the use of
as-run and rundown
data
produced
by
automation
and
newsroom
computer systems,
the process of
identifying clip start
and stop points with
frame-accurate timing
can be achieved. Using
this process to edit high-quality
recordings that have been made
from the actual broadcast ensures
that all of the content elements
are present, including graphics,
captions and related metadata. Our
Volicon Media Intelligence service's
automated systems can seamlessly
stitch together multiple segments
eliminating commercial breaks (using
the as-run/rundown logs from the live
broadcasts and SCTE 104 and SCTE
35 messages) and create metadata
needed for proper cataloguing by OTT
distribution partners.
Our Volicon Media Intelligence
service uses templates to populate
particular items of metadata into
the correct data fields within the clip
packages that are sent to OTT outlets.
Finished clips can be stored in a
standard media asset management
system. Export can take place as soon
as the log files become available, or
the clips can be created and held for
release until a predetermined time or
pending quality review and approval
by a technician or responsible editor.
Once the clips have been edited and
labelled, they need to be prepared
for OTT distribution. Our Volicon
Media Intelligence service supports
two possible ways of doing this. With
the Deliver application, powered by
the Uplynk Video Streaming service's
Slicer, the clips can be transcoded and
packaged using ABR (Adaptive
Bit Rate) before uploading
the files. The other is to rely
on downstream partners to
accept high-quality files
that conform to industry
standards as inputs
and process them
using tools within
each OTT distributor
network.

With viewers' growing addiction
to connected devices, delivering
clips of live programming to social
media within seconds after airing
can greatly increase the engagement
and loyalty of the audience. Our
Volicon Media Intelligence service
utilises pre-configured templates to
minimise the number of key clicks an
operator has to make. This enables
technicians to make content editing
and delivery selections just seconds
after broadcast. This is especially
important, especially considering that
sports fans consider anything after the
fact as old news.
Regulations and compliance
Broadcasters
have
many
responsibilities to their viewers. Some
of these are mandated by government
regulations, and others are simply
good business sense. Using our
Volicon Media Intelligence service to
record output streams in real time
creates files for use in many different
analysis tasks. In addition, these files
can be stored for a period of time
as proof of compliance, supporting
retrospective analysis and verification
tasks.
Captions are increasingly becoming
important for OTT clips, not just to
improve accessibility for the viewing
audience, but also to comply with
government regulators, like North
America's Federal Communications
Commission (FCC).
The
FCC's
21st
Century
Communications
and
Video
Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires that
online video clips of programming
that originally aired with captions
be posted with captions as well. The
final phase of the regulation rollout requires that clip of all live and
near-live captioned programming
have captions within 12 hours of
posting beginning in July, 2017.2 Our
Volicon Media Intelligence service
supports this requirement by clipping
programming only after the last steps
in the studio workflow, when the

captions have already been captioned
in real time, into the video signals.
Due to improving accessibility and
compliance with FCC regulations,
captions are becoming increasingly
important for OTT clips.
Conclusion
TV
viewers
are
embracing
technology and spending more time
on connected streaming devices and
online applications.
In the United Kingdom alone, 52%
of consumers are watching videos
on their smartphones daily, and
this growth is expected to explode
worldwide.3
Broadcasters have an impetus to
follow their audience online, but
may have hurdles to overcome, like
new investments in appliances or
dealing with complex OTT service
delivery workflows. Our Volicon Media
Intelligence service, long regarded as
the industry-leading compliance and
monitoring service, is now integrated
with Verizon Digital Media Services'
end-to-end platform, to directly tackle
the challenge many broadcasters are
facing to get to OTT.
Our Volicon Media Intelligence
service is already installed in
thousands of broadcaster facilities,
and is the only combined compliance,
monitoring and OTT service in the
market. Our Deliver application
enables a fast and economical way to
launch an OTT service, with activation
as easy as a flip-of-the-switch. The
Deliver application gives broadcasters
the ability to easily ingest video from
the broadcast centre, encode it into
multiple bitrate profiles, encrypt
it and distribute it via OTT or VOD
services, as well as through web
and social media-sharing platforms.
With this new cloud-based service,
broadcasters can now eliminate
investments in large processing
resources at the broadcasting facility,
resulting in a more elastic and
scalable approach to reach millions of
simultaneous viewers. With Verizon's
end-to-end digital media platform,
now featuring our Deliver application,
broadcasters finally have a flexible
OTT solution, featuring our Uplynk
Video Streaming service's renowned
simplified workflow to improve
efficiency and reduce overall
costs.
www.verizondigitalmedia.com

The Relationship of Digital Video Programming Viewership and TV Programming, Nielsen, 2016. 2. Encoding is the process of preparing a video for digital delivery.
2017 State of the Industry Global Research Study, AOL, 2017.


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