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Foxtel Expands Ultra HD Services with Harmonic Posted: 12/03/2020
Foxtel Expands Ultra HD Services with Harmonic

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, a leading subscription-TV provider in Australia, has deployed Harmonic's software-based Electra® XOS live video processor to increase efficiencies in its Ultra HD service offering. Utilizing the AI-powered Electra XOS solution, Foxtel is able to deliver additional Ultra HD programming using the same fixed bandwidth capacity.

"Video delivery technologies have evolved tremendously over the past few years, enabling even greater efficiencies," said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. "As a longstanding Harmonic customer, transitioning to the Electra XOS solution allows us to take advantage of advanced technologies, such as AI, and as a result deliver richer Ultra HD content with amazing quality at low bitrates."

Harmonic's Electra XOS solution, part of Harmonic's market-leading Electra family, brings together industry-leading expertise in video algorithms and the latest in AI innovation to deliver exceptional video quality when bandwidth is limited. The solution supports streaming and broadcast formats, HDR processing, uncompressed and compressed IP inputs, and integrated packaging to simplify live video workflows. The software-based Electra XOS platform allows for continual updates with the latest technology advancements, ensuring that Foxtel stays ahead of the curve.

"Today's viewers expect to watch Ultra HD channels, especially for live sports. But delivering higher resolution content can put a significant strain on the operators' network capacity," said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. "Foxtel trusted Harmonic's expertise in high-efficiency encoding to simplify the launch of its Ultra HD programming. This successful deployment at Foxtel is a clear demonstration of the world-class video quality, optimized bandwidth and system reliability that the Electra XOS solution provides."

 

 

 

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Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production Posted: 06/03/2020
Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production

The Future Group, provider of live photo-realistic virtual production system, Pixotope™, has revealed its key involvement in the stunning production and delivery of the NFL’s ground-breaking Super Bowl LIV, mixed reality pre-game presentation. The complex, seven-minute production combined live action from multiple moving cameras with augmented virtual stages and graphics. The 2020 Super Bowl was watched by an estimated domestic audience of 100 million people, plus international viewers.

The Future Group provided six installations of its virtual production platform, Pixotope, along with essential technical expertise to liaise with all other aspects of the multi-faceted production.

As an opener to the Super Bowl LIV, NFL planned to reveal its “100 All Time Team”. They approached fan experience company– coincidently named, The Famous Group – to design and choreograph the pre-show content. The brief was to celebrate the history of the sport and the contribution of those 100 players and 10 coaches, using graphics, historical film and live shots of attendees. The Famous Group looked to achieve this through extensive use of mixed reality virtual elements, and selected Pixotope, with expertise from The Future Group, as their technological solution.

The complexities of such a project cannot be overstated. Multiple virtual assets such as stages and screens needed to be designed to exactly match the stadium environment to which they would be augmented. Cameras needed to be tracked in real time and have their lenses aligned so that the virtual elements would be generated at precisely the right angle to accurately match real-world positions. Lighting needed to be measured so that it could be simulated in the virtual world to ensure correct shadows and highlights.

In-stadium screens, which would show the augmented content to the crowd, had to be accurately marked out in the virtual scene so that they could be blocked out to avoid visual “feedback”. All this had to take place under precise time control to synchronise with the voice-over and contributing performers in the stadium.

Pixotope product specialist, David Stroud, was part of a team of experienced mixed reality technicians, helping to specify and install the required technology, and bring together all the constituent departments. The Future Group team were involved from the outset, initially collaborating using a shared virtual project to provide technical assistance for The Famous Group creatives. Then later, the team positioned themselves at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami FL, where the main event would take place 11 days later.

David Stroud recalled, “Although the virtual scene had been set up “offline” from scans and measurements from the stadium, there are inevitably adjustments that can only be done on site. We used our Pixotope virtual production platform to receive images and tracking data from each of the cameras, one of which was a Skycam “wire-camera”, and augment onto those the virtual elements designed by The Famous Group. This allowed everyone to see the results in real time, making adjustments and improvements as we rehearsed the show in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.”

Stroud continued, “We helped the camera operators visualise how the preshow would come together, as understandably, they were more used to following the unscripted action of a football game than reacting to very specific time cues. Pixotope has the capability to continuously output the final result, even while editing the graphics – a great tool for directors following rapid changes and updates because it’s always live.

“We also worked closely with camera tracking specialists SMT, and in fact, we were able to improve our data exchanges to further perfect the virtual camera motion. And we worked with both the broadcaster (Fox) and the companies providing in-stadium displays to ensure the very highest visual quality possible.”

Andrew Isaacson, Executive VP Business Development for creative agency The Famous Group affirms, “Needless to say, the best creative ideas rely on solid technological platforms and expertise to deliver them. This could not be truer for a live event on the scale of The Super Bowl. We needed to know, without any shadow of a doubt, that what we planned would be delivered faultlessly, accurately and to the highest quality. This is why we chose Pixotope as our platform for delivering cutting edge mixed reality for the Super Bowl.

“Having used Pixotope on previous productions, we know that the system, and expertise from The Future Group, allow our creative ideas to be unleashed to the great benefit of our clients like the NFL. We look forward to working on many more productions with Pixotope.”

All hardware was provided by Quince Imaging and camera tracking was completed by SMT. The final mixed reality sequence can be viewed online, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqXBKweKQ9U

Tags: The Future Group | Pixotope | Super Bowl | mixed reality | live production | Super Bowl LIV | photo-realistic | virtual production | NFL | The Famous Group | David Stroud | real time | SMT | Fox | Andrew Isaacson | cutting edge | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Broadcast Industry Veteran, Andrea Berry Joins PRG Posted: 25/02/2019
Broadcast Industry Veteran, Andrea Berry Joins PRG

Production Resource Group LLC (PRG),the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions, is pleased to announce that broadcast media veteran, Andrea Berry has joined the company as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadcast and Television. In her role, Berry will oversee PRG’s live sporting and special events and scripted and unscripted television teams.

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Insight TV Commissions Unique New Music Creation Series City Beats with Carly Foxx Posted: 31/01/2019
Insight TV Commissions Unique New Music Creation Series City Beats with Carly Foxx

Insight TV, the world’s leading UHD 4K broadcaster and producer of native UHD content, announces a unique six-part series called City Beats, which takes viewers on a musical journey to uncover the vibe and the spirit of the people in various European cities, both through their personal stories and the soundtracks that underscore their lives. The show is hosted by London-based DJ and electronic music producer Carly Foxx, who each week will create a different track from the sounds and musical influences she uncovers while exploring different cities in Europe. The series will launch on Insight TV channels and Insight.TV in the summer.

Tags: UHD | Ultra High Definition | 4K | SVOD | VOD | OTT | HDR | High Dynamic Range | Content | Media | Sport | Extreme Sports | Adventure | Lifestyle | City Beats | Carly Foxx
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FilmLight creates Cold War look for The Americans Posted: 29/10/2018
FilmLight creates Cold War look for The Americans

The sixth and final Emmy award winning series of The Americans, a period spy thriller set in the 1980s during the Cold War, was recently finished in HDR and 4K Ultra HD at Technicolor PostWorks in New York. Since series two, the look of the finished series has been the responsibility of John Crowley, Senior Digital Colourist, working on the Baselight colour grading system from FilmLight.

Tags: FilmLight | Cold War | The Americans | Technicolor PostWorks | HDR | 4K Ultra HD | John Crowley | colorist | colourist | Baselight | colour grading | Dan Sackheim | David Woods | Crystal Whelan | Fox 21 Television Studios | FX Productions | Emmy Award | MKM Marcomms
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Foxtel Chooses Harmonic to Power First 4K UHD Service in Australia Posted: 09/10/2018
Foxtel Chooses Harmonic to Power First 4K UHD Service in Australia
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, an Australian pay-TV operator with cable, direct broadcast satellite and IPTV streaming services, has launched the first 4K UHD offering in the country using a Harmonic software-based UHD solution. Harmonic's solution maximizes workflow efficiencies and ensures exceptional video quality at low bitrates for Foxtel's next-generation television services.
Tags: Foxtel | Harmonic | First 4K UHD Service | Australia
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DTC Broadcast AEON 4K transmitter deployed for first live 4K test in Australia Posted: 11/09/2018
DTC Broadcast AEON 4K transmitter deployed for Australia and rsquo;s first live 4K test

NEP Australia, which provides outsourced technical production solutions to sports, entertainment, live shows and outside broadcast events, has purchased an additional four DTC AEON RF systems to expand its existing ultra high definition (UHD-4K) inventory.

Tags: DTC | Domo Tactical Communicationss | NEP Austrailia | IBC | technical production solutions | outside broadcast events | DTC AEON RF | Ultra High Definition | UHD-4K | FOXTEL | FOX SPORT | mobile production | Transmitter | AV Group Technologies | AEON-CC | IBC 2018 | IBC 2018
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Robe for The Four - Season Two Posted: 29/08/2018
Robe for The Four - Season Two

‘The Four: Battle for Stardom’ – AKA ‘The Four’ - is a new US reality TV show and singing competition produced by ITV Entertainment and Armoza Formats, with the second season just completed following a successful premier on Fox at the start of the year.

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Deadpool 2 Graded in DaVinci Resolve Studio by EFILMs Skip Kimball Posted: 11/07/2018
Deadpool 2 Graded in DaVinci Resolve Studio by EFILMs Skip Kimball
Blackmagic Design announced today that Deadpool 2, the highly anticipated sequel in the 20th Century Fox/Marvel franchise, was colored by EFILM Senior Colorist Skip Kimball using DaVinci Resolve software. The irreverent series, starring Ryan Reynolds as a wisecracking reluctant superhero, is unique not only because of its main character, but also for the style of imagery used to depict the dark world surrounding Deadpool and his adventures.
Tags: Blackmagic Design | Deadpool | DaVinci Resolve | Grading | Post Production | Marvel | 20th Century Fox | VFX | Filmmaking
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Fox teams with Ericsson, Intel, AT and amp;T to deliver 4K over 5G at 2018 U.S. Open Posted: 16/05/2018
Fox teams with Ericsson, Intel, AT and amp;T to deliver 4K over 5G at 2018 U.S. Open

FOX Sports, in cooperation with the Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T, will use 5G technology to stream 4K video over 5G for broadcast nationwide at this year’s 118th U.S. Open Championship on June 14-17 (FOX/FS1).

Tags: FOX Sports | Ericsson | Intel | AT&T | 5G | 4K | video | HDR | Golf | U.S. Open
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Soundfox International to Serve as Digigram Distributor of IQOYA Audio-Over-IP Products in South Korea Posted: 29/11/2017
Soundfox International to Serve as Digigram Distributor of IQOYA Audio-Over-IP Products in South Korea
Digigram today announced that Soundfox International will serve as one of the company's distributors of IQOYA audio-over-IP (AoIP) products to radio broadcasters in South Korea. Based in Seoul, Soundfox International is a leading supplier and integrator of broadcast technologies to the South Korean market.
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FOX Netherlands becomes the latest channel to move to TVT DMCs fully virtualised platform Posted: 26/09/2017
FOX Netherlands becomes the latest channel to move to TVT DMCs fully virtualised platform

TVT/DMC, the new global content services powerhouse, today announced it has been selected to enable the delivery of FOX channel content to Dutch audiences. The Dutch FOX television channel becomes the latest addition to TVT/DMCs fully operational, virtualised private broadcast cloud a European first. Officially launched in June 2017, the all-IP platform offers FOX unprecedented flexibility, scale and capacity, and the potential to extend the type and quality of services available to Dutch audiences.

Tags: virtualised | content | video | delivery | FOX | IP | DMC | virtualisation | IBC 2017 | IBC 2017
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FOX SPORTS IN THE NETHERLANDS EXPANDS ITS PLAYOUT FACILITIES WITH VIDELIO Posted: 13/09/2017
FOX SPORTS IN THE NETHERLANDS EXPANDS ITS PLAYOUT  FACILITIES WITH VIDELIO

VIDELIO, the leading digital media systems integrator,
announced today that it is expanding FOX SPORTS playout facilities located in Hilversum, the
Netherlands. The platform which was originally deployed by VIDELIO in 2015 and upgraded in
2016, will be made fully redundant. A staging platform will also be implemented to validate future
upgrades and new workflows prior to their roll-out.

Tags: IBC | FOX SPORTS | Videlio | IBC 2017 | IBC 2017
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MediorNet Control App Gives Riedels SmartPanel Simultaneous Routing and Communications Capabilities Posted: 13/09/2016
MediorNet Control App Gives Riedels SmartPanel Simultaneous Routing and Communications Capabilities
With its introduction today of the MediorNet Control App for the company's innovative RSP-2318 SmartPanel multifunctional user interface, Riedel Communications has closed the loop between communications and real-time media routing. In addition to linking the SmartPanel directly into the Riedel MediorNet media network as a dedicated control panel, the new MediorNet Control App -- in combination with the existing Intercom Apps -- gives users simultaneous intercom functionality, enabling them to route, control, and communicate all at once using a single 1-RU system.
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Pronology Uses FileCatalyst for the Transfer of Digital Files During The FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015 Posted: 09/11/2015
Pronology Uses FileCatalyst for the Transfer of Digital Files During The FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015

Unlimi-tech Software Inc, the Emmy Award-winning creator of FileCatalyst, announces its integration with Pronology's Media Asset Management (MAM) software to accelerate the transfer of digital assets, used recently for FOX Sports' coverage of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. 

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