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LiveU 2019 State of Live Report Confirms Continuous Strong Growth in Live IP Broadcasting Posted: 12/12/2019
LiveU 2019 State of Live Report Confirms Continuous Strong Growth in Live IP Broadcasting

LiveU today presents its annual ‘State of Live’ report based on data gathered from its global customer base of thousands of users. The findings reflect the substantial growth in IP news and sports broadcasting with a 50% increase in the number of LiveU units used to stream live events and 250% increase to around 20 million in live sessions overall.

HEVC continues to play a key role in live transmission, which is pivotal for live sports productions. This is due to the higher quality video performance and bandwidth efficiency enabled by HEVC technology. LiveU reports a 65% growth in HEVC units deployed worldwide and over 400% growth in HEVC-based sessions. Nearly 50% of the field units used to stream sports are HEVC-based with almost 80% of sports sessions transmitted in HD.

The increasing deployment of cellular bonding technology for live sport coverage has been evident worldwide. Following the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, Kevin Callahan, VP, Field Operations & Engineering, Fox Sports said, “We always get energized if there is a huge buzz at home and this World Cup surpassed all our expectations with the success of the US Women’s soccer team. LiveU’s LU600 HEVC portable transmission unit provided the backbone for our ENG shoots that were not at the stadium, enabling us to increase the number of live feeds. We also sent content to multiple locations simultaneously using LiveU’s Matrix IP cloud video management platform, making the content available to Fox TV stations that wanted to integrate live shots into their newscasts.”

Tags: Cellular bonding. acquisition | contribution | news | sport | HEVC | 4K | 5G | IP
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Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India Posted: 28/11/2019
Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India

Masstech is pleased to announce that Srinivas Gankidi has joined the company as Sales Manager for India.

Srinivas has over 20 years’ experience in the media and entertainment industry, delivering file-based technology solutions to major broadcasters in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including Zee TV, Sony TV, SRM Channels, Jain HITS, TV9, RIL (Reliance Infocom), NTV, Star Maa, Somoy TV, and Ghazi TV.

Prior to joining Masstech, Srinivas was Sales Manager for Media & Entertainment at Quantum Storage India Pvt Ltd., and previously held sales engineering positions with Evertz Microsystems and Harmonic Inc.

Srinivas will form part of Masstech’s Asia Pacific team, designing and deploying Masstech’s Kumulate intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management solutions for clients throughout the region.

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Frame.io Raises a $50M Series C to Reinvent Video Collaboration Posted: 25/11/2019
Frame.io Raises a $50M Series C to Reinvent Video Collaboration

Frame.io, a leading video review and collaboration platform used by over one million filmmakers and media professionals, today announced it has raised a $50 million Series C round to help support its next big push into cloud-enabled motion picture workflows. Frame.io will also use this round of financing to continue its deep investment into airtight security, intuitive UX, and camera-to-cutting room technology. Insight Partners led the round with contributions from all existing major stakeholders, including Accel, FirstMark, SignalFire, and Shasta Ventures. Itai Tsiddon, co-founder of Lightricks, will represent Insight Partners as Frame.io’s newest board member.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Insight on this next round of financing. Insight deeply understands the creative space and the changing tides the film and video market will see over the next several years,” said Emery Wells, co-founder and CEO of Frame.io. “2019 has been a year of massive growth and of major milestones for us: we celebrated reaching 100 employees, moved into brand new headquarters in lower Manhattan and, most recently, welcomed industry veteran Michael Cioni to the team. We are driving to create the most innovative approach to video workflows since the emergence of digital 20 years ago.”

Designed and built by video creatives—for video creatives—and launched in 2014, Frame.io is a New York City-based startup dedicated to changing the way video creation works. The web-based platform integrates seamlessly with the industry’s leading NLEs, including Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Avid, Apple® Final Cut Pro® and DaVinci Resolve Studio, enabling video creators to upload and organize media and share projects internally or with clients anywhere in the world. This round of Series C funding brings Frame.io’s total funding to date to $82.2 million.

 

 

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Q India Launches on MX Player Posted: 21/11/2019
Q India Launches on MX Player

QYOU Media today announced the launch of Q India on MX Player, one of the fastest growing OTT platforms in India and the world. MX Player currently has over 175M monthly average users in India alone and features a vast array of content targeting the millennial India demographic. This marks another significant milestone for Q India as it continues to grow its base of ad supported distribution partnerships.

MX Player launched its OTT service formally in February of 2019 and has quickly become the second largest streaming platform in India. Digital TV Research has cited that India will be the fastest growing OTT territory in the world from 2019 - 2024. In addition, ad revenue in India is expected to realize similar rapid growth according to recent reports from WPP/GroupM that project India ad spend growing at a rate of 14.3% annually as compared to a global average of 3.6%.

Q India has established itself as a leading Hindi language channel for Young India featuring India’s top digital creators and influencers. Q India content partners include Arre, Pocket Aces, Ms. Malini, SpotboyE, Culture Machine, Power Drift, UngliBaaz, AajTak, Nirvana Digital, StarTruck, CurlyTales and hundreds of other popular digital creators.

Tags: QYOU | The Q India | MX Player | OTT | India
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Thomson Broadcast, Supported by Viaccess-Orca, to Secure Malian Public Broadcaster DTT Deployment Posted: 12/11/2019
Thomson Broadcast, Supported by Viaccess-Orca, to Secure Malian Public Broadcaster DTT Deployment

Viaccess-Orca (VO), an Orange Group company and a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that the Malian Transmission and Broadcasting Corporation (SMTD) in West Africa has chosen VO's cardless Conditional Access System (CAS) to secure its free-to-view and pay-TV platforms as part of a nationwide government initiative to roll out digital terrestrial television (DTT). Thomson Broadcast has been tasked with handling the deployment for SMTD's new infrastructure, while also supplying the video headend, contribution and distribution network, and TV transmitters.

"We are excited about offering digital terrestrial television in Mali, as it will significantly improve our viewers' quality of experience while offering a broader range of content choices," said Ismaila Togola, CEO of SMTD. "Working with Thomson Broadcast and Viaccess-Orca, both leaders in their respective industries, will help us get this new DTT service securely deployed to market."

Tags: Viaccess-Orca | AfricaCom 2019 | Thomson Broadcast | DTT | CAS | Orange Group | SMTD | Conditional Access System
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Derana TV Selects LiveU Technology for its Entire Newsgathering Operations Posted: 12/11/2019
Derana TV Selects LiveU Technology for its Entire Newsgathering Operations

Derana TV, Sri Lanka’s premium entertainment channel, has deployed LiveU technology throughout its news operations – Ada Derana – for ongoing newsgathering, in Sri Lanka and abroad.

Ada Derana, considered to be the country’s most unbiased and comprehensive news property, will use multiple LiveU units to cover the presidential election, scheduled for 16th November 2019.

Madhawa Madawala, Executive Director and COO, at Derana TV, said, “Choosing LiveU has been an extremely smart and strategic decision – equipping us with a technology that can travel places with us. We have a news team of 100 people geared to deliver the most accurate and timely information and LiveU’s contribution to this has been massive. We, as a media channel, constantly look for technologies which make our workflows and life, in general, easier. LiveU has surpassed our expectations and helped us reduce production costs.”

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QYOU Media forms distribution partnership with Ethnic Channels Group in Canada Posted: 08/11/2019
QYOU Media forms distribution partnership with Ethnic Channels Group in Canada

QYOU Media Inc. announced it has entered into a long term distribution agreement for its flagship networks “The Q India” and “Q Polska”, with Ethnic Channels Group, the world’s largest ethnic broadcaster that operates 80+ television channels from around the globe, serving the multicultural population in Canada, USA, MENA and Australia across 20+ language groups.

India and Poland are both among the largest diaspora populations globally. Recent estimates show over 15 million Indians living outside their native country with over 5 million in the US and Canada. Poland has been estimated to have over 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside its homeland (almost half the size of the native population) with over 1 million in North America. Ethnic Channels Group was established in 2004 to deliver television and digital programming to these types of communities with many of the world’s largest broadcast partners.

Tags: QYOU | Q India | Q Polska | Ethnic Channel Groups | Licensing
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Ineos 159 Challenge Marathon Run with Eliud Kipchoge Uses LiveU to Create Dynamic Production Gallery for Documentary Posted: 07/11/2019
Ineos 159 Challenge Marathon Run with Eliud Kipchoge Uses LiveU to Create Dynamic Production Gallery for Documentary

On October 12th this year, renowned marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge made the world sit up, watch and listen as he ran the first sub two-hour marathon, setting an unofficial world record, clocking a barely believable time of 1:59:40 in the Ineos 159 Challenge.

The event took place in Vienna, Austria, with Kipchoge running a time almost two minutes faster than previously run. In the build-up to the event, LiveU’s long-time Austrian partner, ETAS High-Tech Systems GmbH, was contracted by Austrian production company Filmhaus Wien, who in turn was working with Ridley Scott Creative Group, Amsterdam, to provide technical assistance in the production of a documentary about the event.

The challenge was to create an OB truck-based production gallery to allow real-time camera feed monitoring and control.ETAS hired and prepared the production OB truck.15 ARRI Alexa-equipped camera crews were deployed around the course, linked to 15 LiveU LU600 HEVC portable transmission units. In the truck there were five quad servers with IFB for wired and wireless intercom. There were three 4K quad multiviewer screens. ETAS also provided the camera crews with LiveU training.

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ITV Sport Deploys LiveU Technology at the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Enhanced Live Coverage and Disaster Recovery Posted: 31/10/2019
ITV Sport Deploys LiveU Technology at the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Enhanced Live Coverage and Disaster Recovery

ITV Sport, premier UK sports producer for the ITV network, has turned to LiveU to provide an enhanced viewer experience at the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) and as a tertiary disaster recovery (DR) solution, backing up satellite and fibre feeds.

ITV Sport is using portable LU600 HEVC units around the country in three teams, each providing a range of additional material beyond match coverage. These roving teams, with embedded reporters, send their material direct to ITV Sport in the UK for both edits and live reports. This enables the producer to concentrate on the content without having to worry about how the material gets back to the UK. Additionally, highlights presentation links are also sometimes fed via LiveU.

Roger Pearce, Technical Director, Sport, ITV Sport Productions, said, “We’ve used LiveU with our reporting teams for a number of years successfully to enhance coverage. At this year’s RWC we have two separate jobs for LiveU: live/store/forward material from our reporting teams and DR feeds from our presentation studios and OBs.”

Pearce explains that the idea to use it as a traditional contribution path only came to the forefront when they were looking at low-cost options to provide high-quality DR feeds that are completely diverse to normal fibre and satellite delivery. After testing using existing LiveU infrastructure, it proved a simple and cost-effective solution, according to Pearce.

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LiveU Expands Live Streaming for South Africa Horse Racing World Posted: 28/10/2019
LiveU Expands Live Streaming for South Africa and rsquo;s Horse Racing World

LiveU technology is being used to boost fan engagement across South Africa’s popular horse racing industry. Replacing traditional satellite, fiber and microwave technology, LiveU’s portable field units are being deployed to create exciting live coverage from the race tracks themselves, inside betting centers, and around award ceremonies and special events. Heading up this trend are Tellytrack Horseracing, Highlights and Sports Betting Television, and Gold Circle Horseracing and Betting – two key players in the country’s sporting world.

Tellytrack started to use LiveU for their filler program around the races, following an extensive testing period. LiveU backpack units are now deployed in different regions around the country, providing live crossings and special segments. The LiveU feeds used for TV broadcasts are then streamed via the same channel to its website and social media platforms.

Wesley Lloyd – Operations Manager at Tellytrack, explained, “LiveU gives us the flexibility to walk around, enabling us to broadcast live from places we couldn’t go before. For example, we can go and interview the jockeys in the stables at the far end of the track by simply sending a camera operator out into the field with a backpack, some batteries, a camera and a LiveU unit. In the past, we would have had to use complex microwave services with three or four cameras.” Lloyd continued, “Going live from the betting shops has also enhanced our coverage, enabling us to connect with our customers and make everything more relatable – the fans can have their say and feel part of the action. We’ve also used LiveU for award ceremonies and special events in shopping centers to get more feedback from the public, with excellent signal levels every time.”

Gold Circle has been testing the viability of the LiveU solution since early 2018 for both camera signal acquisition while following the horses and in the distribution of content to supplement and as a substitute for SNG (satellite newsgathering) trucks.

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Grass Valley Comes to Broadcast India 2019 with Powerful Portfolio of Glass-to-Glass Solutions Posted: 17/10/2019
Grass Valley Comes to Broadcast India 2019 with Powerful Portfolio of Glass-to-Glass Solutions

Grass Valley today announces it will showcase its applications-driven suite of solutions at Broadcast India 2019, (October, 17-19, stand E-503) underscoring how it enables broadcasters, rights holders and media service providers to create, manage and deliver captivating and immersive content that engages audiences on any device.

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Primestreams Renewed Vision Bolsters Success for 2019 Posted: 16/10/2019
Primestreams Renewed Vision Bolsters Success for 2019

Straight off the back of winning TVBEurope’s ‘Best of Show’ award at IBC2019, Primestream, the industry leader in Media Asset Management and workflow automation, will continue to demonstrate its software solutions that enable media organizations, broadcasters and multinational organizations to capture, produce, manage and deliver content, at global trade shows, including NAB Show New York and Broadcast India during the week of October 14, and CAPER later in the month.

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SPORTELMonaco 2019 - LiveU and Athletic Sports Group Team Up to Showcase Cost-Efficient Sports Content Contribution and amp; Distribution Posted: 16/10/2019
SPORTELMonaco 2019 - LiveU and Athletic Sports Group Team Up to Showcase Cost-Efficient Sports Content Contribution and amp; Distribution
LiveU and Athletic Sport Group (ASG) are joining forces to offer broadcasters and publishers a full service for sports production and the distribution of live content over IP. The solution offered by ASG Broadcast Services, incorporates LiveU’s cloud-based Matrix video distribution platform, which enables sports rightsholders and content owners to live stream their sporting event reliably and cost-effectively to multiple destinations and TV stations worldwide.
 
ASG Broadcast Services manages hundreds of live broadcasts around the world. The group originally used LiveU’s cost-effective contribution and distribution solutions for fight sports and now uses its technology for various sports properties, including football and the recent international distribution of the Swiss National Ice Hockey League.
 
“LiveU offers a great solution for our clients, delivering high-quality sports content to broadcasters and media outlets at a fraction of the cost of satellite or fibre transmissions. The Matrix platform will enable our clients to share their live feeds worldwide and from local sports teams within a single region so fans can experience the excitement of the game wherever they are,” said Nino Ockhuysen, Group CEO of ASG.
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Intinor showcases Direkt link at Broadcast India 2019 Posted: 11/10/2019
Intinor showcases Direkt link at Broadcast India 2019

Intinor, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high-quality video over internet will, with its partner Rahul Commerce, feature Direkt link at Broadcast India on Stand F610.

Intinor CEO Roland Axelsson said, “Direkt link has enormous potential, not only in terms of power and flexibility, but also because it is extremely easy to use and very robust, thanks to an ingenious construction that includes a minimum of moving parts.

Tags: Intinor | Broadcast India | Direkt Link | video over internet | Rahul Commerce | streaming | receivers | cable tv | Master control rooms | VLC | Router panel | Video mixer | IP | IP Workflows | switching | API
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Intinor to feature Direkt link range at NAB Show New York 2019 Posted: 10/10/2019
Intinor to feature Direkt link range at NAB Show New York 2019

Intinor, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high quality video over internet, will feature its Direkt link range at NAB Show New York 2019 at the Jacob Javits Center from 16-17 October.

Sharing Booth N447 with its North American distribution partner, JB&A, Intinor’s Direkt link can send video streams to multiple receivers, including Intinor’s own. It is specifically designed for use by cable TV; master control rooms; streaming servers for web TV; PCs running VLC; and receivers from other manufacturers.

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