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CONTRIBUTION Digigram has launched Blu, a suite of subscription- based cloud services for content contribution. The centralised web service allows a broadcaster to establish a high-quality bidirectional communication with any remote contributor - including journalists, voice talent and presenters - as long as they have Internet access. “Blu by Digigram brings the cloud inside the studio; it doesn’t stop at the door like codec or switchboard solutions,” said Martin Dutasta, product owner at Digigram. “This first-of-its-kind broadcast- focused service unites a cloud-based SaaS application with a professional audio interface to improve the user experience dramatically. It is a unique ‘no fuss, no hassle’ pay-as-you-go model for managing and processing contributed content from an array of sources.” The Blu Connect studio interface features AES/EBU, AES67 and high-quality analogue I/O. CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE digigram.com amagi.com Amagi is touting a new set-up that allows broadcasters to launch live and linear OTT channels on the cloud, and operate a unified platform for linear, catch up and VoD, without the need for hardware. Cloudport OTT supports dynamic graphics, digital video effects and real-time social media integration capability in addition to switching to live feeds. The platform is equipped with a live MCR capability on the cloud and the entire OTT playout workflow can be managed remotely using a web-based UI. K. A. Srinivasan, co-founder of Amagi, said: “It has all the features that traditional TV networks need. It is built on a secure, reliable, and scalable Amazon AWS cloud infrastructure, complete with an in-built feature to block geo-specific content to manage content rights obligations.” KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 118 OCTOBER 2016 | 41