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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER Pixel Factory Multiscreen Personalized TV services are becoming increasingly important for young viewers according to new research from Irdeto, the multiscreen, revenue assurance and media protection company. The research revealed that roughly a third of American (36%) and UK (30%) consumers see personalized recommendations as either important or very important, however this rises to 45% for 18-34 year olds in the US and 55% among 18-24 year olds in the UK. Live TV viewing habits are also drastically different in younger age groups with 58% of UK consumers and 49% of US consumers still watching the majority of TV shows live as they are broadcast on TV yet these fi gures drop to 36% for 18-24 year olds in the UK and just 29% for US 18-34 year olds. www.irdeto.com VoD Broadpeak is to develop and test live TV for LTE networks after joining the Nokia Networks’ AppFactory. “Distributing live TV over mobile networks has been a challenge to date, with regards to scalability, quality of experience, start-up time, and latency,” said Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Applications at Nokia Networks. “We are very excited to welcome Broadpeak as a member of our AppFactory, and we support their efforts for improving live TV delivery quality by leveraging our base stations.” Nokia Networks’ Liquid Applications changes the role of the base station as it facilitates application hosting including those from third-party providers. At its centre is the Nokia Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS), which deploys cloud technology and service creation capabilities inside the base station. www.broadpeak.tv Online video Harmonic has teamed up with the open source video company Kaltura to develop and market a cloud-based video infrastructure and OTT TV platform. Combining a virtual headend with a service delivery platform, the offering will provide telecoms companies or broadcasters with the opportunity to offer over-the-top pay TV linear, VoD, catch-up and nPVR options without the need for up-front capital expenditure. The managed service is made up of Kaltura’s OTT TV, content management and service delivery platform along with Harmonic VOS software-based media processing and Electra’s XVM virtualized media processor and the ProMedia Origin steaming video server. Channel branding Pixel Pow er has brought together a software implementation of its real-time graphics engine Clarity with its Gallium workfl ow technology to create a unifi ed graphics and media assembly system for fi le-based environments. Pixel Factory automatically generates different versions of a programme or promo, channel branding, and localisation or personalisation of content. “Pixel Factory is ready to transform production and playout by eliminating repetitive manual tasks and releasing staff for creative work,” said James Gilbert, chief executive of Pixel Power. Pixel Factory is sold as a software product to run on standard IT servers. www.pixelpower.com Get the Buzz from IBC here Playout Harmonic has released its Polaris playout management suite of tools. Tightly integrated with Harmonic’s Spectrum media server family, the new offering is designed to address a full range of playout applications for broadcasters and represents Harmonic’s fi rst venture into the emerging Media Orchestration category. Peter Alexander, chief marketing offi cer at Harmonic, said: “Delivery of video channels with advanced capabilities can be achieved in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the resources than was previously possible.” See Harmonic www.harmonicinc.com at IBC here corp.kaltura.com 36 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 36 07/10/2014 15:38