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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER VIRTUALISATION VIDEO DELIVERY Harmonic and NASA have released a 360-degree immersive virtual reality (VR) viewing experience that features exclusive astronaut training footage in UHD. The video offers three different perspectives of astronauts as they complete space-walk training for future missions to the International Space Station (ISS). “When NASA Television was created, we knew that we had an incredible opportunity to provide the public with previously unseen footage of space exploration, training processes and live launches,” said Fred Brown, executive producer of NASA Television. Harmonic has also announced EyeQ, a real-time video compression optimisation technology that is said to deliver a superior viewing experience on internet-connected devices while reducing OTT bitrates by approximately 50 per cent. BROADCAST CONNECTIVITY SIS LIVE has agreed a partnership with Telstra, the telecommunications and technology company, that will see it expand its connectivity network throughout Asia Pacific. The tie-up gives SIS LIVE the ability to distribute content across Asia via Telstra’s submarine fibre cable network and teleports in Hong Kong and Sydney. John Bozza, SIS LIVE commercial director, said: “We have a lot of existing content distribution contracts, but were seeing a substantial increase in demand for distribution into Asia, particularly for sports content. The ability to provide this expanded service for such content tracks with our overriding strategy to be the connectivity provider of choice worldwide.” SIS LIVE’s Anylive fibre network will be connected to Telstra’s London hub, which will carry content to the Sydney and Hong Kong teleports for uplinking to AsiaSat 5. 38 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 118 OCTOBER 2016 Nevion launched a software-driven media node platform at IBC designed to meet the challenges of an IP-based live production environment. Nevion Virtuoso can be used to perform a variety of tasks, including compression and decompression, transport protection, monitoring, and signal processing. Because it is software based its functions can be changed on demand through software licensing. The initial release of the platform is focused on wide area network (WAN) functionality, such as contribution networks, with local area network (LAN) functionality for in-facility use available in the near future. Geir Bryn-Jensen, chief executive of Nevion, said: “With IP, the production control room no longer needs to be in close proximity to the studio floor; remote locations such as regional studios or sports venues, can be considered extensions of the central studio; and equipment no longer needs to be dedicated to a particular location, and can be shared or even virtualised. The Nevion Virtuoso platform, together with Nevion’s VideoIPath management software, are designed to enable the full potential of IP-based lean production to be realised.” ENCODING VITEC gave a debut to the HEVC (H.265) MGW Ace Decoder at IBC. Working together with the MGW Ace Encoder, the two appliances combine to provide a portable, hardware-based, end-to-end 4:2:2 HEVC offering that is said to be capable of delivering reliable, error-free, low-latency, and bandwidth-efficient streams suitable for IPTV, broadcast, and point-to-point applications. Delivering broadcast-quality decoding of HEVC streams up to 1080p60 4:2:2 10-bit, the Ace Decoder has a FPGA architecture that supports ongoing video improvements up to 4k60p. “The MGW Ace Decoder is designed to support bandwidth- efficient H.265 streams, as well as legacy H.264 streams and up to 4k60p format in the near future, ensuring our customers can stay ahead of the game,” said Richard Bernard, product manager at VITEC.