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The fushion of content and big data
Yoav Gaziel Today's television viewers have a different set of expectations than they did even just a few years ago. The emergence of smartphones, tablets, and other Internet-connected devices and the subsequent improvements in user-experience has driven viewers to want a more engaging, rich, and interactive television experience, just like they get on their modern devices.
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TV Futures - Streaming
Danielle Wiltshire Hello I'm Danielle Wiltshire and I am currently in my final year at the University of Portsmouth studying on the specialist course BSc Television and Broadcasting. One of the things I love about my course is that the academics involved are always striving to be ahead of the curve with teaching, and they care greatly about what aspects of industry practice need to be in the curriculum. For example, IP is now regarded as one of the serious futures of broadcasting, I got the opportunity to set-up a proper outside broadcast as part of my final year project.
Tags: iss111 | portsmouth | cci tv | streaming | news spotter | twitch | Danielle Wiltshire
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IP for live production
John Smith The production and transmission of a live sporting event is one of the most technically challenging assignments for any crew. After all, you can't ask to take the shot again at a live event! Multiple signals in a variety of formats need to be transmitted around the sporting venue, as well as being seamlessly integrated with feeds from a studio or other locations to form a complete broadcast stream.
Tags: iss111 | ip | live production | wan | media links | md8000 | John Smith
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The importance of maintaining digital audio paths
Larry Schindel A portable, handheld, digital audio stream analyzer/generator is an essential piece of test equipment in the broadcast environment. It allows engineers and system integrators to quickly monitor and verify the composition, and integrity of, audio signals at any point from production all the way through the distribution chain.
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Must haves for wireless camera transmission
John Payne In the days of analog, camera operators were basically tethered to the camera via cable. Additionally, when doing a remote transmission the production required line-of-sight to the receive site or to a satellite. It took a small army and lots of hardware to make an on-location shoot happen.
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4k is a reality for live production
Liam Laminman

Some aspects of the broadcast industry move exceedingly quickly; new cameras are launched seemingly daily, shows are commissioned and shows are axed but the overall pace of the industry remains pretty steady. Would it shock you to hear that NHK in Japan first built its own 4K prototype camera in 2003? (At this point, it's worth clarifying that we're using the term '4K' to reference UHDTV1 (3840—2160) but '4K' seems to have shone through as the saleable name tag.) Today, just a mere 13 years later it looks like we're now ready to adopt 4K. It is now a reality within the industry and for the everyday consumer.

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Object Audio - whats all the noise about
Bruce Devlin We all know that getting the audio right makes the pictures better. Anyone who has seen a movie created for Object Audio like Dolby Atmos will know that there is something special about it. To figure out what that is, let's rewind a little and see why we might need it.
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Being heard in the jungle
Andy Clements Professional wireless sound solution specialists, Raycom, were asked in summer 2015 to specify, supply and commission a huge new RF wireless distribution system for ITV's popular reality television show, "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!"
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A virtual world but call it cloud if you must
Jan Weigner I prefer not to use the word "cloud". It's useful for eight points in Scrabble, but in broadcasting, if we can still call it that, what you're really describing is storing data on someone else's computer or, on an industrial scale, a whole lot of someone else's computers (data centres). Cloud is just a convenient way of saying "shedload of capacity".
Tags: iss111 | cloud | virtual | vrt | amazon web sevices | scrabble | Jan Weigner
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The work of five viewers with no transcoders
Randy Mills I am a digital imaging technician and editor with more than 15 years of experience in the film and television industry. I have traveled the world working with various production companies on popular network reality series, such as TNT's "72 Hours," National Geographic Channel's "Ultimate Survival Alaska," and MTV's "Are You The One?" I'm also the editor for Theory Studios, an online animation studio that produces short cartoons and VFX. I came up in the industry as a camera operator, but in the past five years I have moved into data management.
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Getting real with virtual
Dick Hobbs. It's only February (or it is when I am typing this) but already we are suffering from exhibition overload. I did not go to Mobile World Congress, having no real desire to be mugged in Barcelona. But I did look in at BVE somewhere near London where a conversation with an exhibitor and old friend set me thinking. And perhaps wishing I was at Mobile World Congress.
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Audio Streaming with Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan# If you are thinking about creating your own streaming video podcast or channel, a great place to start is with a live audio podcast because, as you'll discover, the challenges are not in the technology but in the workflow. It is far easier to create an audio show than video. If you plan to expand into video, you can still stream the audio portion of the show.
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The secrets behind live streaming
Thom Holliday Livestreaming can be fraught with perils and pitfalls. For a first timer, it can be daunting to configure each part of a livestream. Each moving part needs your attention, and this can be overwhelming for first timers.
Tags: iss111 | live streaming | larry jordan | rtmp | http | hls | ios | android | streamamg | Thom Holliday
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Raising the bar at BVE
Peter Savage 2 Azule's Peter Savage managed to drag himself away from his countless BVE meetings (and the show bar) for long enough to discover that 'easy-to-use' was the tipple of choice at this year's show.
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Grading Temple - Making the future look vintage
Simon Allard Cineground's Simon Allard and Nguyen Anh Nguyen reveal how they used Kowa lenses and an atypical approach to grading to give their new sci-fi cyberpunk thriller, "Temple" a unique vintage look.
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The secret world of the underwriter
Leighton Chenery Am I a good or bad risk? And how much do Insurers really make? In this edition I will be given you a peek behind the underwriter's desk and an insight into how they go about making their money. I think that it is fair to say that all of us feel a little bit aggrieved paying out premiums, particularly those of us who don't make claims.
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