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Media transport Artel Video Systems has appointed David Traverse as vice president of finance and its chief financial officer. Traverse was most recently vice president of finance at Scratch Wireless. He has also worked at AccuRev and Soundbit Communications. Chief executive Michael Rizzo said: “David’s strengths in strategic planning, cultivating business growth through acquisitions and partnerships, and maximizing shareholder value are critical to Artel as we continue to grow.” Are you looking for an inexpensive, bookable, Ka band satellite uplink? Video delivery networks Thomson Video Networks (TVN) could be sold to Harmonic after the private equity backed company received an offer thought to be worth in the region of £50m. Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners announced that it received a binding offer at the beginning of December to acquire 100% of TVN. Harmonic has consequently been granted exclusivity by TVN’s shareholders while it secures funding for the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to French works council consultation process and the acceptance of the offer by shareholders. Europasat NewsSpotter satellite broadband dedicated services for broadcasters could be the answer. Call +44 (0)1869 356 166 Email C477-es-A5-advert-AW.indd 1 21/05/2014 17:18 Transport FOR-A has become a member of the ASPEN Community, the coalition of manufacturers and end-users that are adopting the ASPEN open transport format for building IP-based production facilities. ASPEN (Adaptive Sample Picture ENcapsulation) is a framework for encapsulating uncompressed Ultra HD/3G/HD/SD over MPEG-2 transport streams. First released at NAB 2015, it has been designed to meet the real world requirements of an IP-centric facility while using MPEG2-TS standards. It offers ultra low latency with independent video, audio and ancillary data flows. When combined with existing SMPTE standards, ASPEN is said to provide broadcasters with a flexible method of transporting video, audio, and data over scalable IP networks. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 | 29