Vitec Launches Secure Gateway For Anytime, Anywhere IP Contribution, Distribution

Vitec, a worldwide provider of advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, announced its new MGW ChannelLink IP distribution gateway. Designed for broadcast, corporate and government, the appliance acts as a central hub where IP channels from the field can be received and reliably retransmitted live over any IP network. It can receive a large number […]

Texas A&M Moves To IP Infrastructure With Cisco

OPEN MIKE FROM MATT ALLARD

IP Is Multi-User Connectivity’s Only Path Forward

The pandemic is hastening the departure of SDI-based infrastructures, leaving IP as the only viable way to ensure global, multi-user connectivity.

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TVN Tech | ‘No Going Back’ To Pre-COVID Workflows

A TVNewsCheck webinar featuring top engineers from Fox, Tegna and Gray found stations are settling well into their COVID-19-induced remote workflows. Some of those workflows, including IP contribution, cloud-based collaboration and production automation, are likely to stay even after the pandemic subsides. “There’s no going back to what it was before this started,” says Tegna’s Robert Lydick.

LiveU Launches First Production-Level Field Unit

LiveU today unveiled its all-in-one production-level field unit for live news and sports coverage. The LU800 combines multi-camera production and video and audio capabilities with mission-critical transmission in a native 5G unit. LiveU said: “Designed from the ground up to unlock 5G potential, the unit offers unparalleled quality of service and resiliency.” The LU800 supports […]

Calrec Creates New IP Role Of Network Specialist

Calrec has created a new IP technology position, tapping Dave Sampson as network specialist to provide in-house expertise to support customers in the move to IP. A Calrec team member for seven years, Sampson previously was product test engineer where he was responsible for compliance testing of Calrec’s AoIP products to industry standards including ST2110, […]

BirdDog Announces Dante Support For All Hardware

BirdDog has unveiled a three-pillar strategy to bring audio-over-IP format Dante into its product line-up: Dante will be supported in all existing hardware, including hardware already shipped by way of a $69 software update. This is expected to be available in the second quarter. Dante will be coming soon in BirdDog’s audio intercom software, Comms […]

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Tech One On One | For Fox-Owned Stations, Pandemic Responses Look To Be A Precursor Of Future Workflows

Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations’ engineering chief, says the pandemic will likely accelerate the industry’s transition to IP and the cloud, slow down the NextGen TV rollout this year and permanently shift many station operations remotely. “We are going to have different workflows,” he says. “Some will probably continue forever.”

Synamedia Unveils Media Edge Gateway IRD For Cloud Evolution

Synamedia, a global independent video software provider, today announced its Media Edge Gateway, a software-based integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) that opens new routes to monetization, software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based business models, hybrid deployments and more. Based on Synamedia’s virtualized Digital Content Manager (DCM) architecture and its PowerVu IRD technologies, the new Media Edge Gateway is ideal for video service […]

TVU Networks Intros Portable Cellular Transmitter With Integrated 5G Modem

TVU Networks, a provider of IP and cloud-based live video solutions, today announced that its flagship TVU One cellular mobile transmitter is now shipping with an integrated 5G modem. TVU has partnered with major commercial network carriers including South Korea based KT Corp. and modem module manufacturers such as Canada based Sierra Wireless in identifying […]

Vizrt Brings Journalists Separated By Countries Together Into Same Studio

Vizrt, a global provider of software-defined visual storytelling tools for media content creators, offered the world what it called the “first glimpse of science fiction-turned-real in what could become the future of remote live interviews.” Using IP and the built-in Fusion renderer in the just-announced Viz Engine 4.1, two individuals located in separate countries appear […]

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TVN Tech | Virus Tested, Remote Workflows Eye Permanence

Coronavirus-necessitated remote workflows have spun up quickly and reliably to allow TV stations to keep broadcasting during the pandemic. There’s reason to believe they’ll stick around after the crisis subsides. Above: Avid Edit On Demand provides a full virtual production environment in the cloud, including Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage. (Source: Avid)

PSSI Global Services, Telstra Partner On Global Connectivity

PSSI Global Services, a provider of live event management, transmission and connectivity solutions, has partnered with Telstra, in collaboration with R&S Consulting, to expand global media network connectivity. Through this partnership, PSSI Global Services will use Telstra’s robust Global Media Network (GMN) to provide expanded connectivity throughout the world, including a critical point-of-presence at PSSI […]

MediaKind Launches Next-Gen Broadcast Solution

MediaKind, a global media technology provider, has introduced its next-generation broadcast solution, Aquila Broadcast, to enable broadcasters and operators to make a seamless, step-by-step transition from appliance-based platforms to all-IP media delivery. Powered by software-based video compression, control and stream processing, Aquila Broadcast provides picture quality with resolutions up to UHD with HDR support, while also […]

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TVN Tech | COVID-19 Confirms Shift To IP, Cloud

The pandemic created an opportunity to stress-test distributed and virtualized workflows right now that stations and networks were already considering for the future. The industry’s shift may now be ahead of schedule because of it. Above, NBC Universal’s Boston Media Center is one of the latest all-IP broadcast facilities.

Comark And VideoFlow Partner On ATSC 1.0 And 3.0 Solutions

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems and associated field services for over 45 years, has signed a reseller agreement with VideoFlow for intelligent content delivery solutions over IP networks, including public internet. The VideoFlow products will be integrated into the end-to-end workflows for both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 […]

Mediakind Delivers Enhanced Advertising Portfolio

MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announced that its advertising and content distribution rights portfolio, Prisma, has been reconfigured with a new flexible, modular feature set. The company says it has been reshaped “to unlock the full revenue potential of advertising and alternate content across broadcast and IP networks.” The Prisma Core and Prisma […]

Grass Valley Introduces Advances In IP-Connected Live Production And Strategic Direction Toward The Cloud

Grass Valley has introduced a series of products and new, soon-to-be-released strategic initiatives that it says “promise to shift the paradigm in broadcast workflow flexibility, scalability and performance.” For live production, Grass Valley launches the LDX 100 camera platform, a high-speed, native UHD camera built specifically for the rigors of IP-connected workflows, such as remote/at-home […]

TAG Video Systems And VidOvation Set Tech Partnership

TAG Video Systems, a provider of 100% SW, 100% IP, 100% COTS probing, monitoring, and multiviewing solutions, and VidOvation, a technology and systems integrator, have announced a technology partnership aimed at bringing the most advanced solutions and support to clients navigating the transformation to IP workflows. Kevin Joyce, TAG’s Zer0 Friction officer, said: “The acceleration to 100% COTS/cloud IP workflows has […]

NDI Offers Free Apps To Support Broadcasters

NDI, part of the Vizrt Group, today announced that it would immediately make available its new NDI|HX Capture for iOS and its NDI|HX Camera for iOS applications for free for the next 60 days. This move comes in response to an increase in mobile game streaming and a worldwide shortage of quality web cameras. These applications, used in conjunction with the […]

NewTek Delivers Accessible UHD PTZ Camera

NewTek, a provider of IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced PTZUHD, what it calls “the first pan-tilt-zoom camera that transmits full 4K p60 video directly to NDI-compatible receiving devices across a standard network. The NewTek PTZUHD camera allows content creators to capture and deliver superior quality UHD video with native support for resolutions up to 2160p 60 […]

TAG Video Systems Introduces Zer0 Friction To Deploy, Operate And Acquire Broadcast Technology

TAG Video Systems, a global provider of SW, IP, COTS/cloud, probing, monitoring and multiviewing solutions, is reassuring broadcasters, during this time of heightened news and media consumption, that global operations are uninterrupted, and in fact strengthened by the company’s Zer0 Friction business strategy, what it calls an industry first. Zer0 Friction takes broadcast technology to the next level; leveraging TAG’s unique […]

CP Communications Appoints Louis A. Borrelli Jr. To Board

CP Communications, a provider of solutions and services for live event productions, has strengthened the business acumen and strategic vision of its advisory board with the appointment of Louis Borrelli Jr., a pioneer in cable television, online media and broadcast production services. Borrelli joins the board immediately, and will work closely with CP Communications CEO […]

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TVN Tech | News Workflows Get COVID-19 Stress Test

With coronavirus pushing numerous staffers into remote working situations, broadcasters are increasingly looking to exploit all of the remote functionality in their newsroom computer systems. Improved IP connectivity and better automation software is helping to make that happen.

UNC-TV Streamlines Emergency Communications For NC Broadcasters

In its continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to expedite vital information to North Carolinians, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina announced today that, in addition to its existing live stream, it is now offering live video and multi-language audio feeds to the broadcast community from the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center. UNC-TV […]

Pebble Beach Virtualizes 2020 Tradeshow Presence

Pebble Beach Systems, an automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, is organizing “virtual stands” for CABSAT from March 31 to April 2, and for NAB on April 20-22, with the aim of “enabling the most important side of any trade show — open discussion.” Alison Pavitt, marketing manager, Pebble Beach Systems, said: “Trade shows […]

TVU Extends Broadcaster Support For COVID-19 Coverage

On Friday, IP video solutions provider TVU Networks made the following announcement: “With COVID-19 spreading quickly and widely across the U.S., we understand as a news organization you have a duty to keep the public informed as to the severity of the outbreak and efforts by local officials to contain the virus. “As we have […]

Aperi’s Virtualized Media Production Technology Acquired By Net Insight

Aperi, a provider of virtualized media production, today announced that its Live IP media virtualization platform and software product portfolio has been acquired by Net Insight AB, a global specialist in media networks and resource optimization. “The Aperi product line, with its unique low-latency V-Stack hypervisor and open App/microservices store concept, will benefit from Net Insight’s global leadership, […]

Vizrt Group Leverages IP-Based Adaptive and Software-Defined Visual Storytelling

The Vizrt Group, parent company of the Vizrt, NewTek and NDI brands, has launched VizrTV and NewTekTV. These two “digital-first” communications platforms are designed to deliver key product awareness, innovation, and support messages to help customers and partners better adapt to changing market environments. The new online channels will be operational for CABSAT in Dubai and NAB 2020 […]

WOW! launches IP TV service in Columbus

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is working on its own alternative to traditional cable television with the launch of WOW! tv+ in Columbus, Ohio. The new Android TV-based service is available to WOW!’s broadband subscribers.

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TVN Tech | Camera Robotics Get Smarter, Smoother

Robotic pedestals for newsroom cameras are fast evolving, allowing for more creative shots, AR and VR integration and far greater operational efficiency. Next up: full autonomy. Above: The Telemetrics OmniGlide Roving Platform features an innovative new drive system that is completely automated and leverages advanced software and XY sensors to “learn” the environment it is operating in.

HPA: 3.0 Can Give TV ‘Level Playing Field’

A “Broadcasters’ Panel” has been a fixture at the HPA Tech Retreat program for years. This year was no exception, with panelists discussing the future with NextGen TV and the the impact that the cloud and IP will have.

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TVN’s New Facilities Insider | NBCU Takes The IP Plunge In Boston

The massive NBCUniversal Boston Media Center in Needham, Mass., houses the company’s NBC and Telemundo stations plus regional cable news and sports networks in a new $125 million, 160,000-square foot headquarters. “It’s a complete game-changer,” says one GM of the greenfield build.

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TVN Tech | CBC’s Montreal Greenfield Reveals IP Challenges

Francois Vaillant, executive director of engineering at CBC/Radio-Canada, says the group opted to build an IP-based broadcast center to move CBC/Radio-Canada into the future. The greenfield project was an opportunity to be more future-proof.

CBC/Radio-Canada Chooses Dejero For Field Contribution Tech

Dejero, a provider of cloud-managed solutions has again been selected as the primary field contribution solutions provider for Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada (CBC). As part of this renewed multi-year agreement, Dejero will help with CBC’s transition to IP workflows. A major project that CBC is currently undertaking is relocating the broadcaster’s French Services HQ […]

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRETT JENKINS

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar: Bigger Scale, More IP Opportunities

Nexstar sees more potential to transition to IP workflows with its acquisition of Tribune, says CTO Brett Jenkins. It’s also aiming to light up some major-market NextGen TV signals in the second quarter amid what Jenkins sees as a climate of strong consumer acceptance and adoption of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

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TVN Tech | Fox Tackles Monster Super Bowl Production

Fox will use more than 100 manned and robotic cameras to cover the game, including 24 “Super-Motion” cameras to support replays; 20 goal-line and end-line pylon cameras; wireless “Line to Gain” cameras that travel up and down the field in alignment with the first-down marker; and two different SkyCam systems which operate at different elevations. It will also use 72 field mics, as well as wireless player mics, to capture game audio. And that’s just scratching the surface.

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Open Mike | After IP Transition, Possibilities Abound

The transition to IP allows for greater integration and greater interaction, primarily by bringing greater intelligence into broadcast workflows. In the acquisition and production stages of the content chain, greater integration can mean using media and associated metadata in smarter and more interesting ways to create and distribute content.

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TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

TVU Networks Names Jared Timmins SVP Of Solutions

TVU Networks, a provider of IP-based live video solutions has hired Jared Timmins as senior vice president of solutions. Based in the Atlanta area, he will lead the company’s Global Solutions Team, which will partner with TVU customers to help them quickly adapt to changes in consumer media consumption. Prior to joining TVU, Timmins held […]