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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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 […]
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.
Imagine Communications | Stand 4.A01 | Website: www.imaginecommunications.com 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 Communications | Booth N2502 | Website: http://www.imaginecommunications.com/ 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 […]
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.
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.
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 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 | Booth 1226 | Website: www.imaginecommunications.com 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Imagine Communications | Amtrium | Website: www.imaginecommunications.com 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 […]