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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER HDR YouTube has added support for high dynamic range (HDR) to its video platform. Since 7 November 2016 users of the site with supported devices can now watch HDR content from a handful of YouTube creators. Viewers watching on non-HDR devices will see the video as a standard dynamic range (SDR) video. The Google-owned video platform has worked with Blackmagic Design “to make uploading HDR just as simple as SDR videos”. Videos need to have HDR metadata in the codec or container to be played back as HDR content. This must include the transfer function (PQ or HLG), colour primaries (Rec. 2020 or Rec. 709), and matrix (Rec. 2020 or Rec. 709). IP TRANSPORT Media Links has entered into a strategic alliance with Japan- based FOR-A that will see the two companies collaborate on system proposals and the design and integration of next- generation IP broadcast systems for the Japanese market. The tie-up will see Media Link’s IP products dovetail with FOR-A’s baseband, file-based and graphics kit in order to offer an “advanced system for distribution”. Takatsugu Ono, chief executive of Media Global Links, said: “Together we can provide unique next generation IP-media broadcast systems, improving overall workflow and customer satisfaction to the Japanese marketplace.” MOBILE TRANSMITTERS Albanian broadcaster and IPTV service provider Tring TV has upgraded its playout infrastructure to a new set-up that combines PlayBox Technology Airbox Neo servers with CloudAir online services. The integrated system is being used to deliver 27 television channels. Tring previously used Playbox channel-in- a-box servers. Tring TV technical manager Armand Selimaj said: “This latest upgrade allows us to deliver a full high definition service via the Albanian national digital terrestrial network as well as via satellite and IP streaming.” The AirBox Neo servers are installed in the company’s HQ in Tirana. Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws used Dejero’s LIVE+ EnGo during coverage of the US Election Day results, it has been revealed. Working from a studio in New York during a special four-hour long live show, the kit was used to transmit video and audio back to the Netherlands. Freek Herberts, cameraman/editor at Storicam, also used the LIVE+ EnGo throughout the US election campaign coverage. LIVE+ EnGo encodes IP video and bonds all available networks, including mobile, WiFi, Ethernet, and satellite, to deliver HD video. Herberts said: “The amount of time and cost we’ve saved because of the EnGos smart connectivity is phenomenal. We now have the capability to deliver high quality footage to RTL quicker and more efficiently than ever before.” RTL Nieuws uses Dejero’s LIVE+ Control cloud management system at its headquarters to oversee its EnGo transmitters in the field. Dejero was recently ranked 37 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50. PLAYOUT 26 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016