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TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

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TVN Tech | Routing Vendors Eye IP Growth

Larger networks and sports broadcasters are in the vanguard of IP routing, but local stations are following more slowly. Business needs are driving the pace of transition, and HD-SDI routers are far from disappearing. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ new facility for WCAU-WWSI, its Philadelphia duopoly, uses Grass Valley control software and IPG (IP gateway) cards working with Cisco switches to bridge the HD-SDI and IP worlds.

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TVN Tech | Big Changes Driving Multiviewer Technology

Multiviewers are in the midst of a rapid evolutionary phase spurred by the proliferation of signals that need monitoring and the IP transition. As the need for control across multiviewer screens increases, the technology is also becoming more integrated with other pieces of equipment.

Imagine Makes Moves In Ad Tech, Playout, Networking At IBC

Among the many announcements from Imagine Communications coming out of IBC (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam) at its stand 1.D61 are: It has extended its longstanding relationship with ITV, which will deploy a new generation of Landmark Sales (Landmark II) to better manage linear airtime sales across its increasingly diverse advertising ecosystem. Imagine Communications has been selected […]

Imagine Taps AWS To Power OTT Monetization Service

Imagine Communications, which provides open, end-to-end ad tech solutions for broadcasters, content owners, MVPDs and vMVPDs, today announced that core OTT monetization functionality from its Targeted Delivery portfolio is now available as OTT Monetization Service, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Based on proven broadcast and multiscreen distribution offerings that have been deployed globally, the cloud-based, cross-platform […]

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Dash Of Broadband Could Empower ATSC 3.0

Tech vendors and broadcasters led by Sinclair and Weigel are developing ways to offer high-resolution TV and targeted advertising by layering broadband content on top of the basic ATSC 3.0 over-the-air signals.

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NAB Show Rebooting For The Future

While most broadcasters and equipment vendors still view the annual NAB Show as an essential stop, attendance and exhibitors have declined the past few years. Show organizers are being proactive by tweaking the schedule of next year’s show in an effort to attract fresh traffic.

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Tech Vendors Still Fighting Headwinds

The top executives of Arista Networks, Imagine Communications, MediaKind and Belden describe a tough selling market as broadcasters try to maintain an eroding linear TV business while investing significant dollars in new digital platforms that are still largely unprofitable.

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Revamped Imagine Sees Services, Ad Tech Growth

At NAB 2019, a year after a major corporate overhaul, the company unveiled a new maintenance program for customers with aging legacy equipment and announced a major customer win for its advertising software with Australian broadcaster Nine Network.

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Flexibility, Efficiency Driving Master Control

Playout has taken a leading role in early IP deployments around the world. As master control technology providers work to transition customers, they are focused on providing platforms that can operate on premises, fully in the cloud or in hybrid set-ups.

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With Standards Set, IP Transition Starts To Roll

Just over a year after publication of SMPTE’s 2110 suite of standards for handling professional media over managed IP networks, the TV industry’s focus has switched from how to transport the data to refining the technology supporting the standard.

Imagine’s Connan-Lostanlen Honored By IABM

Dr. Glodina Connan-Lostanlen of Imagine Communications has won the first Outstanding Woman in Broadcast Award. The honor is presented by IABM, the international trade association for broadcast and media technology, in association with Rise, the advocate group for gender diversity in the sector. The award was presented at IABM’s Annual International Business Conference awards ceremony on […]

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IBC Opening Press Conferences: Evertz, Grass Valley, Harmonic, Imagine, MediaKind

On The IBC Exhibit Floor: Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications | Stand 4.A01| www.imaginecommunications.com Imagine Communications is unveiling a range of business-driving enhancements to Versio Platform, the latest evolution of the company’s groundbreaking and industry-proven playout software solutions. Versio Platform offers a complete playout and media workflow solution from ingest, prep and playout to automation, graphics, master control and branding. The market’s first […]

Atresmedia Boosts Playout Facilities With Imagine

Spanish commercial broadcaster Atresmedia, home of Antena 3 and other popular entertainment channels, has complemented its existing Imagine Communications Versio integrated playout installation by deploying a Versio-based disaster recovery playout center. The new backup facility maintains tight synchronization with the primary playout center to ensure instant and seamless failover should it be necessary. Facing growing demand […]

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Media Tech Industry Facing Tough Challenges

Sales of most media technology companies are basically flat while their R&D and marketing costs continue to run high, forcing some to reexamine how they sell in a traditionally demanding and rapidly changing market. Above, a Vizrt virtual set demonstration this week at the NAB Show.

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Imagine Reorganizes, Separates Ad-Tech Biz

It’s splitting its advertising technology business into a separate division, Imagine Ad Tech, to be run by SVP-GM Sarah Foss, who previously was chief product officer of Imagine Advertising Solutions. The rest of Imagine will go into Imagine Playout and Networking Solutions, to be run by President Steve Reynolds, who previously was Imagine CTO.

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Graphics To Emphasize New Tech, Efficiency

With broadcasters around the world moving to IT-based operations, graphics vendors are offering products that manage efficiencies across a broad set of workflows so buyers can use graphics and branding more efficiently and quickly. (ChyronHego photoClick here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of broadcast graphics vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Stations Eye Virtual Master Control, Playout

Everyone from smaller station groups to major playout centers are examining software- and cloud-based solutions as they look at consolidation, centralization and density of operations. But whether IP and virtualization can replace all SDI functionality today remains a “big question mark” for many broadcasters. Above, Grass Valley’s iTX channel control. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Interoperability, Virtualization Power IP Workflow

Interoperability got a big boost in December 2017 with the publication of SMPTE’s 2110 suite of standards for handling professional media over managed IP networks. Equipment manufacturers and software developers are moving forward quickly to build ST 2110-compliant products. At April’s NAB Show, attendees are certain to see plenty of ST 2110 products introduced, and hear lots of discussions about how to migrate to IP and how best to work in hybrid SDI-IP environments in the meantime. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2018 Resource Guide listing of IP workflow vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

Sinclair, Imagine Team On 3.0 Ad Platform

Advanced advertising capabilities that use the innovative and unique monetization opportunities of the new broadcast standard, ATSC 3.0, are key elements of this new service.

Imagine Doubling Down On IP, Execs Say

The Gores Group, owner of the media tech company, is committed to its strategy of leading the media’s transition to software-based IP production and distribution, say the newly named CEO Tom Cotney and man he replaced, Charlie Vogt, who will join Gores and look to expand Imagine’s “product set” through mergers and acquisitions.

Alrai TV Uses Imagine For Playout Automation

Imagine Communications has installed a playout system at Alrai TV, a premium family entertainment satellite service based in Kuwait. The system integrates with existing islands of operations, provided by Imagine in the past, covering production, news and playout.   Imagine has worked closely with Alrai since 2004. In the past 18 months, the two companies have […]

Vogt Out, Cotney In As CEO Of Imagine

In more than four years at the helm, Vogt (left) was unable to convert his IP strategy into steady growth, according to industry sources. The Gores Group, which owns Imagine Communications, has hired former high tech exec Tom Cotney (right) to replace Vogt.

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Sinclair Plunges Into Cloud-Based Playout

Sinclair is using public cloud-based playout to broadcast a three-hour block of children’s programming loaded across 51 stations. So far, so good, says CTO Del Parks. “It’s been pretty bulletproof.” And it also just may be the future for the whole industry.

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IBC 2017: Signs Of A Quickening IP Transition

The media and entertainment industry, which now ranks as the most disrupted in the world according to the Global Center for Business Transition, more fully embraced IP and virtualized technology at the annual international tech exhibition in Amsterdam this week. Imagine’s Charlie Vogt (above) says his company is investing “hundreds of millions” to keep pace.

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Imagine Looks To Broaden Innovation Bounds

Imagine Communications is using IBC 2017 to provide real-world proof points of how it is assisting several of its customers to move mission-critical live, playout, distribution and business operations to software-based, virtualized environments based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment.

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Hybrid Baseband-IP Workflows Look To Future

Television broadcasters may wish to leverage IP technology, but they cannot simply abandon their paid-for baseband infrastructures. Rather, most will look for ways to introduce islands of IP into their existing workflows with the help of IP gateways. Four early applications for IP in this type of hybrid environment have emerged. (Graphic: Imagine Communications)

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Imagine Opens Up Zenium Source Code

At the Imagine Communications NAB Show press conference in Las Vegas, the company unveiled its Open Zenium initiative to further advance adoption of IP workflows and discussed how IP and the cloud can be used by broadcasters looking at how to deliver personalized, targeted content and ads in an ATSC 3.0 future.

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Master Control Slowly Moving To Cloud, Pt. 2

Many agree master control and playout are headed to the cloud. But there is less agreement about the timing. While industry consolidation is spurring continued interest in centralizing master control and playout in the cloud, factors like looming UHD rollouts and satisfaction with channel-in-a-box and integrated playout solutions likely mean a mix of solutions will be deployed for some time. Be sure to look for Part I here. Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of master control and playout vendors and products or here to download it as a PDF.

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Picture This: Graphics Move Beyond Quality

The graphics systems broadcasters rely on daily to make news, sports and weather reports more appealing and informative have advanced quite far — so much so that quality has become a given. To differentiate themselves, vendors now are focusing on the finer points like tighter workflow integration. But that’s just one of the many trends broadcasters can expect in graphics systems on the exhibit floor at the 2017 NAB Show. (Ross Video photo) Click here to access TVNewsCheck’s NAB 2017 Resource Guide listing of broadcast graphics vendors and products, or here to download it as a PDF.

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

Connan-Lostanlen Sets Pace For IP Transition

TVNewsCheck’s 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award honoree spearheaded Imagine’s IP transition strategy while coaxing staffers and customers to embrace momentous change. Her mantra for company insiders: “It’s OK to fail. If you try to protect yourself and focus only on what you know, you’re not going to enjoy what’s coming.”

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Imagine eBook Tackles TV Engineering-IT Mashup

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What’s A Microservice And Why Does It Matter?

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TVN To Honor Imagine’s Connan-Lostanlen

Imagine Communications CMO and veteran television technologist and marketer Glodina Connan-Lostanlen will receive TVNewsCheck‘s 2017 Women in Technology Leadership Award, which will be presented during the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April.

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BBC Studioworks Chooses Imaging Hybrid Router

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Chinese TV Network Expands Channel Playout

OPEN MIKE BY CHARLIE VOGT

IP Infrastructure Will Be Ready When You Are

Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications: “In the past few years, the conversation around transitioning from SDI to a hybrid or pure IP environment has shifted from ‘should I’ to ‘at what pace and what does my path look like.’ The data-agnostic nature of IT-based infrastructures has emerged as a must-have attribute for media companies that can no longer afford the wholesale replacement of purpose-built equipment with each incremental change in technology or video quality enhancement.”

LiveIP Studio Project Wins IBC Innovation Award

The VRT-EBU LiveIP Studio Project has won the IBC 2016 Innovation Award for Content Creation at this year’s event in Amsterdam. The LiveIP Studio, called the world’s first fully functioning multi-vendor live production system based on entirely IP and IT technology, was awarded top honors in a category that included BT Sport for its augmented […]