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No.1 challenge facing broadcasters M arquis Media Partners has announced the results of its recent executive survey designed to expose the key challenges currently facing the broadcast industry. Senior executives in the industry were questioned about their businesses’ most pressing issues and ‘changes in consumer viewing habits’ was shown to be their greatest business challenge, while ‘content management and distribution across multiple platforms’ led in terms of the greatest operational and technology challenges faced by the industry today. “CTOs, directors, VP’s and other industry executives were asked to rank a series of statements in order of the degree of challenge faced by their organisation,” explains Tom Hassall, marketing communications manager Marquis Media Partners. “This revealed some important data and showed that responding to viewers’ changing demands for content: whether that is the variety of material or distribution platform preferences, is broadcasters’ main concern over other issues such as cost or resource management for example. Adding audio toolsets to range P HABRIX will be at BVE London this year demonstrating the recently released V8 software for its increasingly successful PHABRIX Rx rack mount range. Closed caption display is a prominent feature set with the ability to view 608/708 subtitles OP47 and WST on four separate inputs. Very few devices can decode OP47 and this analysis feature alone has been positively received by the broadcast industry in general. The key features of this release include additional audio analysis instruments combined with the sophisticated video test and measurement inherent in this innovative product range. Support for loudness logging has also been enhanced to provide 4 channels of loudness metering and monitoring. The log can be exported via a CSV file for offline analysis. Lissajous analysis for each stereo pair under test can also be displayed alongside a selectable audio meter. Dolby features highly in the toolsets available. With support for Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus, the Rx range now supports full Dolby decode with the provision of a new audio module. www.phabrix.com “55% of the respondents said ‘changes in consumer viewing habits and preferences’ was the greatest business challenge facing their organisation compared with 32% who stated it was the ‘increasing cost of servicing and maintaining the expanding variety of consumer platforms’,” confirms Hassall. “Interestingly, only 3% ranked insourcing versus outsourcing as their number one issue suggesting that broadcasters still have their focus firmly on satisfying their customers’ needs. http://marquisbroadcast.com NOW That’s What I Call Music TV launches OASYS Automated Playout has announced that it has created a customised playout solution for the NOW Thats What I Call Music channel. Newly launched on Sky 378 and Freesat channel 512, the channel is a joint venture between Universal Music, Sony Music and All Around the World TV (AATW TV). NOW is the group’s fourth channel to use the OASYS Chameleon playout solution, bringing the total of OASYS playout systems running to five including backup, all remotely operated. www.oasys.com 34 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014