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.


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.


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.”


Imagine eBook Tackles TV Engineering-IT Mashup


What’s A Microservice And Why Does It Matter?


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.


BBC Studioworks Chooses Imaging Hybrid Router


Chinese TV Network Expands Channel Playout


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 […]

IBC 2016

Imagine Aims To Solve Regional Ad Issue

Imagine Communications is tackling the ad regionalization issue for broadcasters delivering their signal over the top, introducing a new service built on its Selenio Video Delivery Edge and dynamic ad insertion products that makes it possible for major networks to target advertising on a region by region basis.


From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Imagine Comm.

Imagine Communications | Stand 4.A01 | Website: Imagine Communications on Thursday introduced an extension to its unified distribution initiative focused on regional ad distribution. The Regional Advertising Distribution System (RADS) is designed to provide broadcast stations, MVPDs and cloud providers with the ability to increase ad-generated revenue through regional and localized targeting of commercials […]


Imagine Comm. To Hold IP In Media Sessions At IBC


Imagine Communications Joins LiveIP Project


Imagine Communications Tops 25 IP-Based Deployments

From The NAB Exhibit Floor: Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications | Booth N2502 | Website: On Sunday, Imagine Communications released a number of announcements at the NAB Show. They include: The introduction of the Selenio Video Delivery Edge (VDE), an HTTP-to-User Datagram Protocol (UDP) gateway that creates the opportunity for video service providers to reduce costs and the complexity of their networks […]


Master Control To Tackle IP, Virtualization, 4K

Perhaps the trends in master control that will receive the most attention at the NAB Show will be the role of IP transport as an attractive alternative to baseband signal distribution and routing. But also attracting attention in Las Vegas next week will be 4K Ultra HD, more tightly integrated master control and traffic workflows and VOD. For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.


Imagine Offers Solutions On Microsoft Azure Cloud


Competing Visions Of IP To Unfold At NAB

When it comes to video, no fewer than four different options for IP transport (plus a variety of protocols and standards) will be proffered as alternatives to SDI baseband transport at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month. From them, a few major themes are likely to emerge. For more information about IP newsgathering solutions at the NAB Show, click here.  For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.

NAB ’16 Tech Hot Topics Products: Road To IP

This year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to NAB easier. This week’s focus is The Road To IP (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To download this […]

Imagine Unveils Next-Gen Scheduling, Planning

Imagine Communications on Tuesday introduced xG Schedule, a next-generation, cloud-based scheduling and planning system for linear, on-demand and digital platforms at the CABSAT 2016 tradeshow and exhibition in Dubai (booth ZA1 20). The latest innovation from the Imagine Communications revenue enablement portfolio provides broadcasters with a unified solution for leveraging content assets — from planning […]


Imagine Communications, HP Deepen Relationship

Imagine To Address IP Transition At CCW 2015

Imagine Communications | Booth 1226 | Website: Imagine Communications, a provider of video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, will exhibit solutions from its SDI and next-gen IP portfolio and delivering a presentation on the transition of media operations to generic computing environments at the […]


Imagine Webinar To Explore Programmatic Launch


Making Programmatic Broadcaster-Friendly

Vendors of programmatic supply-side platforms and technology are sensitive to broadcasters’ concerns about commoditizing valuable ad inventory, cannibalizing spot revenue and integration with sales and traffic software. This is Part II of a special report on TV sales. Part I, on the changing nature of TV selling, ran yesterday. See also an Open Mike on compensating new sales hires.


IBC 2015

Imagine Introduces Programmatic Ad Solution

Imagine Communications, a global provider of video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, has expanded its advertising management solution portfolio with Landmark xG Open, a new, open API-based solution.  Landmark xG Open lets media companies participate in sales via programmatic exchanges, optimizing and automating the sales […]


Imagine Comm. Holding Its Own Conference At IBC

IBC 2015

Imagine, EVS Partner On Live IP Production

The companies will embrace the SMPTE 2022 and JPEG2000 as initial core standards for moving compressed IP signals and SDI and in an IP ecosystem.

IBC 2015 Tech: Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications | Amtrium | Website: Imagine Communications, a global provider of video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, is expanding its presence at the IBC 2015 Conference and Exhibition (Sept. 11-15), taking up exclusive residency in the newly constructed Amtrium at the RAI Amsterdam […]


Imagine Communications Promotes Kamo To CMO


Imagine: COTS IP Has Proven Workflow Record


Daystar Chooses Imagine For HD Upgrade


Ericsson Gives Nod To Selino For Mediaroom IPTV


ABC Blazing Trail To Brave New IP World

The network is taking a big technological leap this fall, running its master control and routing functions with a cloud-based hybrid IP-baseband system with critical hardware and software products from Imagine Communications. While the network’s transition to a hybrid IP-baseband environment is profound, it will be completely transparent to ABC affiliates and O&Os, which will continue to receive a baseband signal via satellite as if nothing has changed. In the photo above, Disney/ABC’s Vince Roberts (l) and Imagine’s Charlie Vogt announced the decision to go IP at this year’s NAB Show.

NAB 2015

ABC To Move To Cloud-Based Master Control

To make the transition, Disney/ABC Television Group will use Imagine Communications’ VersioCloud, IP-enabled master control and playout software, replacing traditional broadcast master control that relies on various discrete pieces of technology, such as graphics and branding systems and playout servers. With this new cloud model, the network’s affiliates will continue to have the ability to do local inserts of their own news and other programming, commercials and promos.


No Doubt About It: Future of TV, Imagine Is IP

Charlie Vogt, Imagine Communications’ CEO, says TV is inevitably moving from broadband to IP. He talks about his company’s strategy for enabling that transition, Imagine’s recent acquisitions and how it will be affected by the upcoming spectrum auction. He also emphasizes the importance of moving to the next-gen transmission system ATSC 3.0.


IP-Enabled Workflow Advances Set For NAB

IP transport will touch so many aspects of television that it is positioned over time to supplant most everything people know and understand about TV workflows — from origination and contribution to distribution and consumption. The latest developments will be on display at next month’s NAB Show. This is the latest installment of a special series on emerging tech trends, NAB Hot Topics, that will appear each week leading up to the NAB Show that runs April 11-16 in Las Vegas. The schedule: March 26: Audio; April 2: Automation. Read the earlier installments here.


4K, File Formats Challenge Editing Workflow

TV stations are forced to deal with the arrival of new file formats at a dizzying pace. Fortunately for TV broadcasters, a number of vendors of broadcast editing systems have been at work on this problem, and some new approaches to grappling with it will be on display at the 2015 NAB Show. This is the latest installment of a special series on emerging tech trends, NAB Hot Topics, that will appear each week leading up to the NAB Show that runs April 11-16 in Las Vegas. The schedule: March 19: The IP Transition; and March 26: Audio. Read the earlier installments here.


Imagine’s Charlie Vogt a Hall-of-Famer

Imagine Communications Buys RGB Networks

The purchase will strengthen Imagine’s lineup of video playout and distribution solutions.