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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER LIVE IP VIDEO LiveU’s plug-and-play live streaming product for the online media market, LiveU Solo, will be on show at IBC as part of its European roll-out. Already available in the US, and first launched at IBC last year, LiveU Solo connects automatically to online video platforms and content delivery networks including Facebook, YouTube Live and Wowza Streaming Cloud. The encoder is built around LiveU’s existing bonding technology and its integral LRT (LiveU Reliable Transport) adaptive bit rate and forward error correction protocol and can be managed and controlled remotely via a web interface or smartphone. At the same time the company has revealed that ITV Sport used its equipment during coverage of Euro 2016. Two crews - one following the England team, the other following Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – were both equipped with LU500 portable transmission units. The broadcaster also had unlimited LU-Smart smartphone licences using the LiveU GoPlan data plan package. LIVE IP VIDEO Dejero (stand 12.C56) will be displaying enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system at IBC. LIVE+ Control aids live broadcasts from remote locations and can be used to transport recorded content over bonded IP networks including cellular, WiFi, Ethernet or satellite. The updates improve the monitoring, station administration, and reporting capabilities of the application by displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance, and overall transmission quality, for each Dejero transmitter. The updates coincide with the release of version 4.0 of the company’s LIVE+ Core software that powers its mobile transmitters, servers and smartphone and notebook apps. At the same time Dejero will also be showing off its collaboration with Grass Valley, which sees LIVE+ Control embedded into the GV STRATUS video production and content management system, allowing users to move recorded clips from a LIVE+ broadcast server to the STRATUS Express server. AD INSERTION Starfish Technologies will feature a new version of its TS Splicer product at IBC (stand 8.B38). TS Splicer combines multiple-channel, frame-accurate transport stream media splicing with media storage and SCTE 35 opt-out signal decoding. Starfish marketing director Peter Blatchford said: “As the momentum toward OTT and IP delivery gathers pace, sophisticated transport stream processing becomes increasingly relevant. Legacy splicing technologies were often hampered by issues with channel counts, propagation delays and GOP boundary limitations. TS Splicer was designed to address those issues, which equates to increased reliability, accuracy and, ultimately, profit.” TS Splicer runs on generic, enterprise-grade hardware and provides simultaneous splicing of more than 20 HD or SD video services on a single sever. It supports MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC encoded media, and its frame-accurate splicing mode is designed to ensure that input video signal quality is retained. 32 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 116 AUGUST 2016 PLAYOUT New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV), a 24/7 Chinese language news broadcaster, has upgraded the PlayBox Technology AirBox playout system at its Houston channel to the latest-generation AirBox Neo. NTD TV produces news and cultural programmes for Chinese viewers in Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and major cities of the USA. The broadcaster has been using AirBox for the past eight years in its New York HQ. NTD TV chief engineer Russ Siew said: “The time had come to upgrade our station in Houston which is profiled specifically for NTD TV viewers in and around Texas. The natural option was the PlayBox Neo product suite. PlayBox Neo runs on the same servers as our existing AirBox installation but provides a wide range of additional features including the ability to transmit in standard definition and high definition.” The PC server-based PlayBox Neo playout server supports UHD, HD and SD.