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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER “ With all the exciting new technology that awaits us at IBC it is important to consider that the more open and accessible we become as an industry, the more crucial security becomes. All this talk of using off-the-shelf IP products – from the back of the camera through to the television screen – means that our content and networks have possibly never been as vulnerable. As Clear-Com sales director Nicki Fisher prophesises in the lead up to Amsterdam: “Unfortunately, the world in which we live today requires increasing security to address protection of assets; prevent channels going off air and risks to infrastructure hijacks. Increased security will be important to every facility at IBC.” With that in mind, Irdeto’s ‘Piracy Lounge’ at IBC (below) will be worth a visit (if you can wangle an invite). Similarly, Ooyala released some interesting research findings in July on what is still quite a thorny subject. Looking specifically at British and Australian ‘viewing habits’ it revealed that 21% of people in the motherland and 33% of our Antipodean cousins have accessed some online TV shows illegally. Jim O’Neill, a principal analyst at Ooyala, thinks that content owners can help to reduce illegal viewing by making films and shows readily available and pricing them correctly. His judgement is based on the analysis of the research which suggests that pirates (that’s people streaming or downloading illegally, not one-legged, Parrot-wearing rogues of the high seas) would be less inclined to cheat the system if: cheaper legal services were available; more of the content they wanted was available legally; it was clearer what is legal and what is not; and legal content were available as soon as it was released elsewhere. “The bottom line is that consumers are willing to pay for premium content,” asserts O’Neill. “Make it easy to find, price it correctly, and users will adopt it. “ Whether he is right or wrong, we can expect security to be a major talking point while you munch on your Stroopwafels. Video compression Contribution video Thomson Video Networks has launched a new SingleFeed option for its NetProcessor 9030/40 multiplexing and transport system and RD1100 receiver/descrambler. SingleFeed allows terrestrial head-end operators to perform satellite distribution of SFN multiplexes to transmitters and regionalisation of these multiplexes and provide 100% coverage via DTH satellite. “In many countries, home viewers in white space such as mountainous regions cannot receive digital terrestrial television signals correctly; their only alternative is to receive terrestrial TV via DTH satellite,” said Stephane Cloirec, director of product management, Thomson Video Networks. “With our new SingleFeed solution, head-end operators can simultaneously feed DTH receivers and DVB-T2 transmitters with a single multiplex, which can result in huge OPEX savings up to a million euros or the cost of a satellite transponder.” At IBC Aviwest will demonstrate the DMNG HE4000, a new HEVC 4K contribution video encoder designed to help broadcasters deliver content at low bit rates. The 1RU device features Aviwest SafeStreams technology which bonds together IP networks to ensure the delivery of live transmissions even in during unpredictable mobile network conditions. The HEVC 4K contribution encoder works with the company’s DMNG Manager and DMNG Studio receiver. Aviwest’s DMNG app, which turns any smartphone into a live broadcast video camera, will also be on show. 26 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 104 AUGUST 2015