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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER ANALYSIS In amongst the clamour for new televisual experiences such as VR and UHD you’d be forgiven for sometimes forgetting about interactive TV. Perhaps now just ‘part of the furniture’, it is an innovation that still has a role to play. As an example, just last month the BBC offered match highlights and different audio feeds during its Euro 2016 coverage via the red button. The BBC plan, announced in June, is to work with industry groups to align specifications around HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for consumer electronics equipment manufacturers to build HbbTV into their 2018 product cycles. For the sake of clarity, HbbTV (or Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV to give it its full title) is, as the name suggests, based on a combination of broadcast and Internet technologies. LIVEIP Nevion has assisted the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT in delivering the first live on-air broadcast using the VRT Sandbox LiveIP Studio. The broadcast took place on 20 June 2016 and was part of programming for Ketnet, VRT’s children’s channel. Nevion’s software defined network (SDN) offering – which is based on VikinX eMerge equipment and service management platform VideoIPath - formed the backbone of the set- up used in the live production. The set-up will continue to be used for Ketnet’s live and OB requirements during the summer. The VRT Sandbox LiveIP is a proof-of-concept of a complete live production that relies exclusively on IP. Other partners include Axon, Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, Tektronix and Trilogy. Sandbox LiveIP uses existing open standards SMPTE 2022-6, AES67/RAVENNA, PTP and OpenFlow (for SDN). sandbox.vrt.be At it’s most basic level it provides an overlay of content - that is delivered through the Internet - over the top of a traditional free-to-air broadcast. But it can also provide for video on-demand and catch-up TV services, personalisation and gaming. In the UK, for example, Freeview Play uses version 2.0 for its catch-up service. Away from these shores, it has been adopted in at least 15 countries, including France, Germany and Spain. Although still a fresh faced technology, by adopting HbbTV we could be looking at a raft of interesting innovations from the Beeb. News tickers, social media streams or multiple camera angles during sporting events are just some of the suggested applications. LIVE STREAMING Dejero has made it possible to stream video from Dejero mobile transmitters and apps directly to Facebook Live. The feature is already being used by Rogers Media to narrowcast to its Facebook audience. David Boorne, manager of broadcast operations, Rogers Media, said: “Dejero’s virtual cloud server is an easy-to-use system that enables us to quickly and efficiently stream high-quality live content to our audiences, using RTMP to social media platforms such as Facebook Live.” Output to Facebook Live is facilitated through Dejero’s LIVE+ Control management system. dejero.com 22 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016