Simplestream brings the best of UK TV to British Forces and their families around the world

Date: 14/03/2018
Simplestream brings the best of UK TV to British Forces and their families around the world

Simplestream, leaders in live and on-demand OTT services, today announced that it has been chosen by Forces Network to build a cross-platform, multi-channel TV Everywhere player for its BFBS TV and Radio services, broadcasting exclusively to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and their families posted around the world.

This new extensive service, branded the BFBS TV Player, provides 24/7 live streaming access to free-to-air and premium channels, catch-up and hosted Video on Demand. It is available on Responsive Web, Android mobile and tablet, iOS mobile and tablet.

Forces Network on www.forces.net is part of the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), a military charity dedicated to informing, entertaining and connecting the Armed Forces. The roots of the Forces Network date back to 1943, and since then it has operated in more than 100 locations worldwide to bring TV, radio and digital news and entertainment to personnel and their families, wherever they are serving.

“It has always been critically important for the welfare of those serving overseas and their families to stay in touch with life back home – and our unique role is making sure they have seamless, legal and highly secure access to the very best of UK TV,” said Quentin Howard, Director of Commercial Strategy & Technology. “Our aim was to build an engaging service that extends our content to multi-platform so it can be consumed flexibly – anytime, anywhere and on a wide range of devices – and that’s exactly what the new BFBS TV Player does. Our unique challenges, including content security, 24 time zones and complex Rights were matched by Simplestream’s expertise and track record in streaming and their knowledge of UK broadcasters. The team delivered just what we wanted in a short timescale, and we’re already excited by the next phase of our OTT and streaming services for military families away from home.”

The service was built on Simplestream’s Cloud TV Platform: an end-to-end, white label solution that enables the rapid deployment of next-generation TV Everywhere services across multiple screens and territories – including support for unlimited live channels, automated catch-up with backwards scrolling EPG, and comprehensive user and entitlement management. Authenticating their Ministry of Defence ID will enable these users to access this wide range of UK content securely and legally whilst overseas

“It’s always great to be able to seamlessly extend content to a variety of connected devices so people can access it however and wherever they are, but it becomes so much more important for those that are away from their homes and loved ones for a significant length of time,” added Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer of Simplestream. “Keeping consumers connected with their favourite content is why we do what we do – and it has been an honour to provide such a platform for those who are dedicating so much to this country.”



Tags: Simplestream | VOD | SVOD | OTT | video | video streaming | live streaming | NAB Show 2018 | NAB 2018 | NAB 2018
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  • Emphasising Television in streaming television

    Emphasising Television in streaming television

  • 4k Streaming: a Key OTT Differentiator

    4k Streaming: a Key OTT Differentiator

  • The Latest in Ultra Slow Motion Live streaming and Replay

    The Latest in Ultra Slow Motion Live streaming and Replay

  • Fashionable Live Streaming

    Fashionable Live Streaming

  • Software defined workflows

    Software defined workflows

  • Proprietary vs. off the shelf hardware for OTT video delivery

    Proprietary vs. off the shelf hardware for OTT video delivery

  • Where no satellite truck has gone before

    Where no satellite truck has gone before

  • Mildred: The next generation of OB vans

    Mildred: The next generation of OB vans

  • Looking to the Cloud for broadcast business success

    Looking to the Cloud for broadcast business success

  • OTT: Back to basics

    OTT: Back to basics

  • Leaping over the top

    Leaping over the top

  • Three big questions on OTT

    Three big questions on OTT

  • Driving customer loyalty with OTT

    Driving customer loyalty with OTT

  • Service providers should see OTT as a revenue opportunity

    Service providers should see OTT as a revenue opportunity

  • Embracing the 4K future with next generation encoding technologies

    Embracing the 4K future with next generation encoding technologies

  • Managing workflow for VOD and catch-up service on iPhones and iPads

    Managing workflow for VOD and catch-up service on iPhones and iPads


News
The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back Posted: 13/12/2018
The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back
Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, has brought back its popular holiday sale, offering instant savings of up to $150.00 on its most sought-after Art and Contemporary lenses and accessories. The promotion comes shortly after Sigma’s successful Black Friday sale and allows even more photographers to make their wishes come true this holiday season. The offer spans for over three weeks and into the New Year, beginning today, Thursday, December 13th, 2018 through Monday, January 7th, 2019, exclusively at authorized Sigma dealers in the US and sigmaphoto.com. This promo is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers.
Tags: sigma | sigma photo | sigma corp | sigma holiday sale | holiday sale
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Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedels MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles Posted: 13/12/2018
Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedels MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles
Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.
Tags: Global News Agency | Ruptly | Riedel | MediorNet | Artist | OB and DSNG Vehicles
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Electropop Powerhouse MO Goes On Tour With DPA Microphones Posted: 13/12/2018
Electropop Powerhouse M and Oslash; Goes On Tour With DPA Microphones
Danish singer/songwriter Karen Marie Ørsted Andersen, better known by her stage name MØ, has a distinctive musical style that combines electronic elements and big samples with live drums, guitar and vocals. For her long time Front of House engineer Jon Schumann, transporting her music into a live environment is challenging because it brings some very modern production issues to the fore – not least how to best amplify MØ’s voice and the live musicians so that they integrate seamlessly with the electronic samples.
Tags: DPA Microphones | MO | Jon Schumann | d:facto | d:dicate | d:screet | d:vote
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
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Tyrell Expands UK Sales Team Posted: 13/12/2018
Tyrell Expands UK Sales Team

Tyrell, the leading broadcast, professional video and audio solutions provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, has announced the expansion of the UK sales team, with the appointment of Chris Luff and Chris McClure. The appointment of these two account managers reflects Tyrell’s continued investment in the UK market.

Tags: Tyrell | Production | Post Production | Broadcast | Reseller | Avid | EditShare | Clear-Com | News
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Viaccess-Orca Selected by Guigo TV in Brazil to Power Its Live OTT Service Posted: 12/12/2018
Viaccess-Orca Selected by Guigo TV in Brazil to Power Its Live OTT Service
Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Brazil's Guigo TV is launching a new OTT offering powered by VO's TVaaS cloud-based TV platform, VO's DRM solution, and VO's applications. Using VO's end-to-end, fully managed, and cloud-based TV service solution, Guigo TV can securely deliver live channels, including ethnic, finance, kids, fashion, and sports content, to subscribers on every screen.
Tags: Viaccess-Orca | Guigo TV | Brazil | Live OTT Service | Cloud TV Platform | DRM | App Solutions | Live Content | Sports Events
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SX Pro Invests in PMC QB1 XBD-A Main Monitors Posted: 12/12/2018
SX Pro Invests in PMC QB1 XBD-A Main Monitors
UK pro audio dealer SX Pro has installed PMC’s flagship QB1 XBD-A main monitors in its new, purpose built demo facility so that customers can try them in conjunction with a range of high end equipment, including a choice of three different mixing consoles.
Tags: PMC Speakers | SX Pro | QB1 XBD-A speakers | demo room | new facilities
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
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Canare Unveils New Micro BNC Connectors Posted: 12/12/2018
Canare Unveils New Micro BNC Connectors

Canare, a world leader in developing, manufacturing, and supplying audio and video cables, connectors, patchbays and fiber-optic products for the broadcast industry, announces the immediate availability of three new Micro BNC Connectors. The company has developed these solutions in recognition of the growing implementation of smaller racks and subsequent need for increased connections within the broadcast industry.

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IMT Vislink Video Technology Powers Vicareo RefCam at Nationally Televised NCAA College Football Games Posted: 12/12/2018
IMT Vislink and rsquo;s Video Technology Powers Vicareo RefCam and trade; at Nationally Televised NCAA College Football Games

ideo transmission technology supplied by xG Technology, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW) IMT Vislink business powered the Vicareo RefCam™ worn by referees at recent nationally televised NCAA college football games, including Michigan vs. Ohio State and Notre Dame vs. University of Southern California (USC) matches. RefCam is a unique sports camera designed to be worn by officials and participants at sporting events. It allows viewers to experience events from entirely new perspectives and points of view during broadcasts. RefCam was successfully launched at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN and has been used extensively, including at the NHL Winter Classic and other events where it provided unprecedented angles and footage from the action taking place.

Tags: imt | vislink
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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The Switch and Eutelsat Partner to Deliver Global Satellite and Fiber Occasional Use Network Posted: 12/12/2018
The Switch and Eutelsat Partner to Deliver Global Satellite and  Fiber Occasional Use Network

The Switch® and Eutelsat (Euronext Paris: ETL) are joining forces to provide a new, independent offering delivering an unparalleled satellite and fiber video contribution network. The partnership will provide The Switch’s user community of over 800 of the world’s leading content producers and distributors the ability to transmit feeds on a minute-by-minute basis to and from large parts of the globe. Simultaneously, broadcasters and content producers within Eutelsat’s satellite footprint will now gain access to The Switch’s extensive global fiber network, including 53 physical points-of-presence, as well as connections to U.S. tech leaders, major global broadcasters and more than 180 sports organizations, venues and rights holders.

Tags: theswitch | eutelsat
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FRIEND MTS APPOINTS BRAD PAROBEK AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT SALES AMERICAS Posted: 12/12/2018
FRIEND MTS APPOINTS BRAD PAROBEK AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT SALES AMERICAS

The Emmy Award winning content and revenue protection specialist, Friend MTS has appointed Brad Parobek as its new Senior Vice President (SVP) Sales Americas. The role will see Parobek head-up current operations within North and South America to drive overall strategy and regional growth.

Tags: Friend MTS | piracy | anti-piracy | Americas | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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Insight TV Rolls Out 4K UHD Channel in China with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Launch Posted: 12/12/2018
Insight TV Rolls Out 4K UHD Channel in China with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Launch

Insight TV one of the world’s largest UHD broadcasters and producer of native UHD HDR content covering action sports, entertainment, and lifestyle, has announced that it’s launching its content in China on Shanghai Oriental Pearl (Group) Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Oriental Pearl’s) BesTV platform. This is the first time that viewers in China will be able to see Insight TV’s unique UHD content, 24/7/365.

Tags: UHD | Ultra High Definition | 4K | SVOD | VOD | OTT | HDR | High Dynamic Range | Content | Media | Sport | Extreme Sports | Adventure | Lifestyle
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British Film Institute (BFI) Digitising Videotape with Bluefish444 IngeSTore to Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage Posted: 11/12/2018
British Film Institute (BFI) Digitising Videotape with Bluefish444 IngeSTore to Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage

Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) is the leading body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive, encompassing a range of cultural, creative and industrial roles for film production, distribution, exhibition and education in order to advance the position of film in the UK.

Tags: Bluefish444 | BFI | ingeSTore | Supernova CG | I/O Cards | Epoch | National Archives | Film | Television
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RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones Posted: 11/12/2018
RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones
RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organizations in the Pro Audio market, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S ("DPA") from The Riverside Company.
Tags: D. Pagan Communications | DPA Microphones
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Marshall Electronics Compact Broadcast POV Cameras Bring Viewers Up Close and Personal to University of Florida Sports Telecasts Posted: 11/12/2018
Marshall Electronics Compact Broadcast POV Cameras Bring Viewers Up Close and Personal to University of Florida Sports Telecasts

As the remote broadcast coordinator at the University of Florida (UF), Kyle Monroe and his Gator colleagues engineer and produce all of the ESPN/SEC Network and the GatorVision VideoBoard broadcasts for many of the school’s Division I sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse. In an effort to bring viewers closer than ever to the action and provide angles never before attainable, the University turned to the CV343-CSB and CV502-WPMB compact broadcast POV cameras, and CV-RCP-100 camera controller from Marshall Electronics.

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Leading Japanese video transmission company picks Nevion Virtuoso for 4K UHD broadcast contribution Posted: 11/12/2018
Leading Japanese video transmission company picks Nevion Virtuoso for 4K UHD broadcast contribution

Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, today announced that a leading Japan-based global video transmission company (which cannot be named for commercial reasons), has chosen Nevion’s software-defined media node, Virtuoso, for 4K/UHD broadcast contribution with TICO encoding. Initially, Virtuoso is used by the company to transport signals over legacy dark fiber, with a migration to IP expected in the future.

Tags: Nevion | Broadcast | 4K | UHD | Japan
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