Aviwest brings new 4K contribution encoder

The Aviwest’s DMNG HE4000, a new HEVC 4K video encoder.

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, announced the launch of the DMNG HE4000, a new HEVC 4K video encoder designed to optimize the distribution of 4K content over unmanaged networks. Using the video encoder for contribution applications, broadcasters can deliver crystal-clear 4K, HD, or SD video content at low bit rates over IP networks, even in volatile network environments. Aviwest will demonstrate the DMNG HE4000 at IBC2015, Sept. 11-15, at stand 2.A29 in Amsterdam, and the encoder is expected to ship in Q4 of 2015.

Aviwest Philippe_Gonon - copie« Our new DMNG HE4000 video encoder supports HEVC compression in addition to a unique combination of contribution protocols, ensuring smooth delivery of live video content over unmanaged networks, while keeping broadcasters’ capital and operational costs low. » 

Philippe Gonon, advanced R&D manager at Aviwest.

The DMNG HE4000 features a compact design that reduces power costs and space requirements, enabling broadcasters to cost-effectively address the growing consumer demand for superior quality live and on-demand video content. 

The 1RU HE4000 encoder features Aviwest SafeStreams technology, bonding together IP networks to assure the delivery of live transmissions even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions, enabling broadcasters to provide seamless news and sports coverage from any location around the world. The HEVC 4K contribution encoder is fully integrated with the DMNG Manager and DMNG Studio receiver to simplify video monitoring, management, and reception.

The HE4000 is part of Aviwest’s DMNG (Digital Mobile News Gathering) family, which enables broadcasters to capture and broadcast live 4K, HD, or SD video over multiple networks, including bonded 3G/4G cellular wireless, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite. Offering easy integration into existing workflows and headends, extremely low power consumption, high MTBF (mean time between failures), and unparalleled mobility, the DMNG systems offer broadcasters a fully integrated and cloud-based solution for breaking news and live events coverage.

Tornado engine chosen by Arkena to power IMF transcoding in their new SaaS Platform

Marquise Tornado_WilloughbyOwenDeveloped by Marquise Technologies, the media engine Tornado will be used to transform content to and from IMF (Interoperable Master Format) in Arkena’s new SaaS (Software as a service) platform (Group TDF).

Designed to answer the growing needs for automated multiple renders of high-resolution motion-picture content for deliveries to the digital cinema & broadcast industry and the OTT vendors, Tornado is a transcoding server that is remote controllable by any orchestration solution or in-house workflow management tools through an Application Programming Interface (API).

Arkena’s Harmony is a platform that centralizes the different workflows for content production and distribution and automates their execution using a web interface. For transcoding content to and from IMF files, Harmony pilots Tornado engine, and provides real-time tracking of every step.

«We chose to integrate Tornado with our Business Process Management solution Harmony to be able to handle IMF in our Workflows. Tornado is the most complete solution for IMF and was easy to integrate to our SOA solution”. Francois Lignon, Vice President Products at Arkena

The flexibility of Tornado, proposed in a server version for very high speed transcodingor in a software version optimized for cloud services is also a perfect march with Harmony’s philosophy, serving all kind of infrastructure: full Saas, on-premises or hybrid.

Capture d’écran 2015-09-07 à 11.25.24« Tornado allows software as a service providers to increase their competitive advantage, providing both high efficiency in transcoding and multiple concurrent workflows. It has been designed to be easily integrated with external platforms, and we are very happy that Arkena made that choice »

 Laurence Stoll, CEO of Marquise Technologies.

Arkena will be demonstrating Harmony with TORNADO for IMF transcoding at IBC on their booth: 1.B79.

Riedel acquiert la société de transmission et communication Tele Comm Sportservice AG

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Riedel renforce ainsi son positionnement dans le secteur des transmissions et des services liés aux captations sportives.

[Eng.] Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the acquisition of the Swiss communications specialist Tele Comm Sportservice AG. For more than two decades, Tele Comm Sportservice AG has been a world-leading provider of communications solutions for temporary and permanent installations at live events. As an official International Ski Federation partner, the company specializes in supporting international ski competitions and other winter sports events.

« Tele Comm Sportservice is an ideal fit for our portfolio, » said Roger Hess, general manager of Riedel Communications Switzerland AG, headquartered in Zurich. « The regional strengths and core competencies of this established company in radio and communications, especially with regard to alpine skiing, offer us a perfect vehicle for driving continued growth.« 

Riedel Communications now holds 100 percent of Tele Comm Sportservice AG shares. With this key acquisition, Riedel Communications continues its growth path and becomes the largest provider of wired and wireless intercom solutions in the Swiss market. At the same time, the deal will enable Riedel Communications to extend its involvement in international winter sports. 

« We are pleased to partner with Riedel Communications, » said Kurt Waldmeier, CEO of Tele Comm Sportservice AG. « To continue to grow, we have chosen a strong partner that can support our core portfolio and enable us to future-proof our business plan. Riedel Communications, with its global network, provides us with the framework to develop our business across new markets and varying economic conditions.« 

Harmonic Makes Strategic Investments in Cloud Technology Companies

Harmonic IBC 2014

Harmonic, the specialist in video delivery infrastructure, announced that the company has made significant investments in Encoding.com, the world’s largest video transcoding service, and VJU, one of the first companies to provide cloud-enabled playout solutions to the broadcast and pay-TV industries. Having a financial stake in Encoding.com and VJU strengthens Harmonic’s ability to offer highly flexible and scalable cloud-based services that provides amazing video quality and dramatically simplified cloud-based operations.

Harmonic CEO Dr HarshmanTo manage the complexity and enable the scalability of broadcast and multiscreen workflows, our customers are increasingly embracing flexible cloud technologies. Investing in Encoding.com and VJU, two key innovators in the cloud services market, aligns with Harmonic’s strategic vision, enabling us to better support our customers’ business and operational requirements. With Encoding.com and VJU, Harmonic can deliver VOS technologies both on-premise and in the cloud, for seamless and highly elastic customer operations. » Patrick Harshman, president and CEO, Harmonic.

In addition to making a significant equity investment in VJU, Harmonic has signed a reseller agreement with the company, through which Harmonic will distribute its cloud playout solutions to the broadcast and pay-TV industries. VJU plans to use the Harmonic funding to continue making enhancements to its core product (Channel as a Service), expand cloud-based playout infrastructure, enhance quality of service, and support and grow its partnership network. VJU’s Channel as a Service is one of the only cloud-based, enterprise-quality, end-to-end video broadcasting solutions in the marketplace. As part of a workflow that includes Harmonic’s VOS-based Electra XVM virtualized media processor and Harmonic’s Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout system, Channel as a Service integrates the operational, technical, regulatory, and commercial functionality of the broadcast environment into the cloud, saving users substantial amounts of time and money, making it easier for broadcasters and pay-TV providers to launch new TV channels.

Prior to Harmonic’s investment in Encoding.com, both firms collaborated on multiple projects together, including the successful launch of a new cloud-based transcoding service earlier this year based on Harmonic’s ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoding software. Available as either a pure cloud-based or integrated cloud-burst offering, the service provides content creators, service providers, and media professionals with unlimited cloud capacity for converting broadcast-quality video content into virtually any standard media format, including HEVC, utilizing a pay-per-use business model designed to optimize costs. 

Imagine Communications achète les actifs publicité d’OpenTv au groupe Kudelski

Charlie Vogt, le Pdg d'Imagine Communications
Charlie Vogt, le Pdg d’Imagine Communications.

Les produits acquis par Imagine Communications comprennent les solutions de trafic et de facturation de la publicité. D’importants câblo-opérateurs multi-systèmes (MSO) dans le monde utilisent ces produits pour gérer plus de 1,2 milliards de spots publicitaires représentant plus de 3 mrd USD de revenus publicitaires annuels, précise le communiqué.

Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising business systems and video infrastructure solutions serving global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD), governments, enterprise markets, today announced it has acquired the assets of the advanced advertising business unit of OpenTV, Inc., from the Kudelski Group. The acquired assets will expand and enhance Imagine Communications’ advertising business systems portfolio – which already manages more than $25 billion in annual advertising revenue worldwide – and provide the MVPD markets with new capabilities for consolidated, multi-platform billing and extended support for both impression-based and ratings-based advertising.

 The acquisition of OpenTV’s advanced advertising business amplifies our commitment to the MVPD market and accelerates the investments we are making in our advertising business systems portfolio. The advanced advertising management technologies we have acquired from OpenTV add new capabilities to our portfolio and complement our media, playout and networking platforms. The addition of the experienced and talented research, development and services team from OpenTV further expands our world-class engineering and support expertise to create new innovations for this growing market segment.”  Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications. 

The products acquired from OpenTV include the EclipsePlus, EclipsePlus/xG Billing, EclipsePlus/xG Insights and EclipsePlus/xG Linear advertising campaign management solutions. Many of the world’s leading MVPDs use these products to manage over 1.2 billion spots and over $3 billion of advertising revenue annually. The products provide campaign management, traffic and billing for the smallest to largest operators, handling thousands of local and interconnected networks and channel environments. In addition, these software-based solutions help address the need to simplify and combine the billing and reporting from multiple order management and traffic systems into a single client invoice based on each ad’s metrics and pricing for any type of campaign, including linear, on-demand, addressable, Web, mobile, long-form and over-the-top (OTT).

steven-reynolds-lmagine CommunicationsBroadband, the Internet and mobility are substantially contributing to the changing viewing habits of the new video consumer, making the challenges of managing video advertising campaigns increasingly complex and impacting media companies’ ability to monetize their content. The advanced advertising assets acquired from OpenTV are the result of significant investments in innovation to resolve these challenges for MVPDs by streamlining operations, lowering costs, providing rich analytics, and managing the complexity of working across both traditional and new media environments.” Steve Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer at Imagine Communications.

The acquired products will be supported alongside Imagine Communications’ existing advertising business systems offerings while providing a foundation for future developments that include linear, online, OTT and programmatic business models for TV and radio.

BT Sport Selects LiveU for its First Cellular Newsgathering Fleet Including LiveU’s LU500 and Xtender Technology

drapeau_americain_anglaisLiveU, the specialist in portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions, has announced that BT Sport has chosen LiveU’s market-leading cellular uplinking technology to create Europe’s first cellular newsgathering (CNG) fleet of vehicles. The deal has been led by LiveU’s UK partner Garland Partners Ltd.


BT Sport has worked with LiveU and Garland Partners to equip three Vauxhall Astras with the LU500 and Xtender remote antenna technology. Each LU500 backpack unit can be connected wirelessly (up to 1,000 ft/300 meters) or via Ethernet to the Xtender that sits on top of each vehicle. The combined power and signal robustness achieved, even in congested areas like sports stadiums, is unrivalled in the market and gives the broadcaster absolute confidence.

andy_beale BT SportWe now have a fleet-footed and effective way of allowing sports journalists to get the story back to us. We value the flexibility and speed of deployment of the LiveU solution.” Andy Beale, Chief Engineer with BT Sport

The units can be accessed and controlled remotely via LiveU Central, the company’s management platform that allows full control and monitoring of the LiveU units and content via any browser-supported computer or tablet, from anywhere around the world.

LiveU’s LU500 has taken the cellular bonding market by storm with its next-generation technical strength and outright performance in the field. Weighing around 1 kg (2.2 lbs), this small-sized unit is powered by LiveU’s new multi-processor video encoding engine and fourth-generation patented bonding algorithms providing previously unseen levels of signal robustness in an easy-to-carry unit.

The level of video quality and reliability delivered by LiveU’s technology has brought cellular uplinking into the mainstream of sports coverage, adopted by sports networks, organisations and teams worldwide, most notably in the US and Europe, for high-profile sports events.

Samuel-Wasserman-CEO-LiveU-300dpiwe’re very excited to be working with BT Sport on such an innovative and exciting project. From the outset, cellular bonding technology has been used across the sports broadcasting universe to create a far more rounded and dynamic viewer experience. CNGs are growing in popularity around the world because of the advantages our cellular bonding technology offers. LiveU’s LU500 was used extensively in this year’s FIFA World Cup and Sochi Winter Olympics, often combined with Xtender technology, to bring otherwise impossible live footage to viewers everywhere ”, Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO

LiveU owns the patent for cellular bonding for remote newsgathering in the US and other countries. All LiveU products are based on this fourth-generation patented technology.

Elemental at IBC 2014

drapeau_americain_anglaisOne of the hottest topics for Elemental at IBC (Hall 4, Stand 4.B75) this year will be time-shifted services that give consumers view their video content with DVR controls like time delay, pause or repeat – on any device. The company we’ll announce a new product that will help content owners and distributors implement services that enrich live TV experiences and can be adapted for multiscreen viewing.

Elemental will have software-defined video demonstrations – from cloud demos featuring live linear encoding, non-linear TV services, and live-to-VOD apps to 4K/HEVC, MPEG-DASH, time-shifted TV services and seamless input failover solutions.

No Stress at IBC, Have Some Fun : let’s go to the 4K 4Charity !

4K 4Charity

The first annual 4K 4Charity Fun Run is being held at 07h30 (I know, it’s early but for the good cause) on Saturday 13 September close to the RAI. This is a celebration (co-sponsored by Ericsson) of all of the industry’s 4K HEVC achievements over the past several months – and an opportunity to do some good for those in desperate need. Proceeds will be designated for OXFAM International, which works to end poverty and injustice by mobilizing the power of the people against poverty. More information and online registration: www.4K4Charity.com

This event is support from leaders from across the industry, including AJA Video Systems, Broadband TV News, deltatre, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Microsoft, the Whiteoaks Consultancy and IBC’s organisation.

Elemental Breaking News :

Las Vegas-based Roberts Communications Network, LLC (the world’s largest provider of simulcast horse and greyhound racing video services) is Elemental video processing to provide low latency and high quality of service (QoS) across its OTT, IPTV, desktop and mobile services. The interesting backstory is that elemental won an intensive six-month competitive shootout for this business with the customer moving from a legacy encoding system to Elemental.

Elemental is a finalist in two premier industry awards programs, the IBC 2014 Innovation Awards and the IABM Design &  Innovation Awards 2014.

Digigram and Kalray ready for a real-time HEVC video encoder

drapeau_americain_anglaisDigigram Expertise in Video Quality Metrics, Encoding, and Streaming Enables Use of KALRAY Manycore Processor to Facilitate High-Density HEVC Encoding

The MPPA BOARD EMB01 provides a complete environment to prototype and produce compute intensive applications and delivers the processing power of the 256 cores of the MPPA-256 processor, associated with a market standard host processor.
The MPPA BOARD EMB01 provides a complete environment to prototype and produce compute intensive applications and delivers the processing power of the 256 cores of the MPPA-256 processor, associated with a market standard host processor.

Digigram today announced that it has partnered with Kalray, a developer and manufacturer of manycore processors, to create high-quality, high density real-time HEVC video encoder solutions based on KALRAY’s massively parallel Multi Purpose Processor Array (MPPA) chip. Digigram will integrate the resulting technology into new IP-based products and solutions to offer efficient high-density HEVC HD and Ultra HD (4K) video encoding in broadcast and OTT applications.

Eric Baissus, president and CEO of Kalray, said : « Digigram’s expertise in video quality metrics, encoding, and live streaming complements Kalray’s expertise in parallel processing programming on MPPA. It also takes full advantage of both the MPPA’s unique parallel architecture and its video-optimized instruction set to bring a truly disruptive video encoding offering to the market.« 

Kalray provides a new generation of manycore processors and acceleration cards for intensive computing applications. The company’s technology can be used in a large spectrum of applications, including the video-over-IP applications supported by Digigram products.

Our technology partnership with Kalray makes it possible for us to introduce highly efficient real-time HEVC encoding to our product line very quickly and, in turn, enable our customers to dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements and accelerate their deployment of Ultra HD TV to multiscreen OTT applications

Philippe Delacroix, president and CEO of Digigram.

« Because real-time HEVC encoding remains relatively rare, our customers will be positioned to leverage this capability to increase not only revenue-generation opportunities, but also their competitive edge.« 

Arqiva Selects Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM4000 Encoder for Major Upgrade of U.K. Terrestrial Broadcast Network

drapeau_americain_anglaisThomson Video Networks today announced that Arqiva, a leading communications infrastructure and media services provider in the U.K., has deployed the award-winning ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms now provide DVB-T/T2 video compression for the latest upgrade of the Arqiva Digital Terrestrial TV Platform, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex while also introducing a new high-definition multiplex.

Thomson VN-ViBE EM4000 Premium Encoder

« When we signed up for the challenge of not only expanding our existing channel offering, but introducing a brand-new HD multiplex, we did so knowing the ViBE EM4000 would deliver the required performance gains, » said Stephen Foden, Arqiva Services’ head of multiplex engineering. « The EM4000 has provided us with the expansion capability that we were looking for on our MPEG-2 SD services. It has surpassed our expectations, ensuring we’re now able to launch more HD services than we had originally planned. We believe the Thomson Video Networks technology roadmap will be a key enabler for Arqiva as we further expand our business over the coming years.« 

As a complete DVB-S2, QAM, ATSC, and DVB-T2 compression system for HD live content, the ViBE EM4000 supports up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a 1-RU chassis with many advanced features including embedded audio and subtitle transcoding. This feature set combination resolve a wide range of broadcast applications including satellite, terrestrial, cable, and IP television.

« Customers such as Arqiva choose the EM4000 because its outstanding compression performance enables them to deliver a larger number of revenue-generating channels without compromising on video quality« , said Darren Palmer, managing director Northern Europe, Thomson Video Networks.