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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER On-demand TV2U used TV Connect to launch its TARA TV platform in Europe. Already used in Asia and the US, the launch covered the UK and Germany. Other regions are expected to follow. TARA TV is a managed cloud-based entertainment platform that is said to provide a cost-effective way for operators to introduce an on-demand content service for the fi rst time, or to expand their existing service offering. TARA TV provides access to live TV, subscription-based and on-demand premium content sourced from Hollywood, Bollywood, and international studios. “Unlike Netfl ix or any other VOD alternative, TARA TV offers a high level of personalisation beyond the standard recommendation engine,” said TV2U chief executive Nick Fitzgerald. www.tv2u-inc.com Multimedia delivery CDN monitoring Pico Digital has entered into an agreement to acquire the broadcast products business from International Datacasting Corporation, the targeted ad insertion, digital cinema and 3D live events fi rm. The acquisition includes IDC’s product portfolio, customers, and supplier relationships. Following closing of the acquisition, which is subject to shareholder approval, the majority of IDC’s employees are expected to join Pico Digital. “We are committed to building on our combined portfolio to create the most compelling and comprehensive offering for both current and new customers,” said Pico Digital chief executive offi cer Ian Lerner. The combined business will benefi t from an expanded global footprint. Pico Digital and IDC are also said to have “highly complementary product portfolios” and together will provide “the industry’s leading solutions for data broadcasting, audio distribution, and digital cinema, as well as enjoying signifi cantly increased scope as a video solutions provider.” Broadpeak has released version 5.0 of its BkM100 CDN Manager. Designed to simplify the delivery of pay-TV services to any screen, the latest incarnation has a new graphical user interface (GUI) and is said to allow operators to monitor the complete CDN system accurately in order to perform capacity planning and to troubleshoot ingest, propagation, and delivery issues quickly for live and on- demand content. “This allows operators to provide a superior quality of service (QoS) to subscribers,” the company said. Version 5 of BkM100 CDN Manager was launched at TV Connect. www.picodigital.com www.broadpeak.tv IP production At NAB 2015, Sony showcased a technology demonstration of an advanced 4K live-over-IP solution for live production. Centred around a 4K-ready, IP-networked live production switcher the exhibit included mock-ups of a 4K/HD baseband processor and a 4K/HD video server that are currently in development. Sony has responded to the desire to move to IP by developing the Networked Media Interface which allows all devices to be connected, and all signal types transmitted, via a single Ethernet cable from SD to 4K and beyond. To achieve interoperability and compatibility, Sony discloses technical information under license and provides developmental support to third parties who support the Networked Media Interface. As of April 2015, 30 manufacturers support the IP Live Production System. Norbert Paquet, strategic marketing manager, Sony Professional, Europe said: “The different devices we are demonstrating for the fi rst time here are the fruits of developing end-to-end IP solutions that are built in collaboration with standardization organisations and together with supporting manufacturers in the industry. This will enable us to deliver on producer’s expectations. In the same way IP is today pivotal in all other areas of broadcast production, we are committed to making this technology the new standard for live production.” www.pro.sony.eu 34 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 101 MAY 2015