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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER Newsgathering Sky News chose LiveU as a technology partner for its UK general election coverage. The 24-hour rolling TV news provider used multiple units from across LiveU’s range, including the small form-factor LU200 as well as its existing LU500 lightweight backpacks. LiveU units are managed and controlled by the LiveU Central, a cloud-based management platform that enables fl eets of units to be centrally controlled using geo-location capabilities. The kit was supplied by Garland Partners. Sky News has described its coverage of the 7 May election as “the most ambitious and wide-ranging results service available and will ensure customers have the most up-to-date information as it happens”. It included a specially created studio at Sky News’ Osterley HQ and live feeds from 270 declarations. www.liveu.tv See interview Broadcast comms CDN technology Vislink brought the UltraCoder H.265 encoder and the FocalPoint reverse camera control unit to NAB this year. The UltraCoder is an HEVC/H.265 video compression hardware encoder that is specifi cally designed for the compression of 4k video. The rack-mounted unit lets users transmit at their current video quality using half the bandwidth, or double the video quality at the same bandwidth. For broadcasters not yet capturing video in 4K, the encoder also has the ability to encode up to four live HD channels in H.265, plus one additional HD channel in H.264. FocalPoint is Vislink’s third-generation reverse camera control unit. It includes support for multiple camera and operator control panel combinations. The bi-directional system includes a rack-mounted indoor unit, weatherproof outdoor UHF transmitter, and compact UHF data receiver which attaches directly to the camera. This system works with several Sony models and the Hitachi RU1500, and is compatible with Vislinks existing Gigawave product line. Broadpeak has announced that its nanoCDN technology has been integrated with the ATV1800 Quad Core Android TV box from Geniatech. The combination is said to provide cable and telecom operators with an option for delivering live OTT video content to Android set-top boxes (STBs) “using only a few megabits per second of the operator’s network.” Mr. Fang, chief exeutive at Geniatech, added: “Given the unpredictable nature of live OTT video consumption, we saw the value in implementing Broadpeak’s nanoCDN agent in our devices. The result is a guaranteed high quality of service for our customers at all times and the possibility for operators to deliver live OTT content to virtually any number of subscribers with our STB using the same amount of bandwidth.” www.vislink.com www.broadpeak.tv OTT At TV Connect 2015 in London, Albis Technologies demoed a new option for delivering OTT content that is built around a STMicroelectronics STiH301 system-on-chip (SoC) inside one of its SceneGate family of set-top boxes (STBs). “Today’s OTT service providers need to offer a plethora of HD television channels as well as Internet service, home media networking, and 3D content in the most affordable manner possible,” said Eric Benoit, head of product line - headed platforms at STMicroelectronics. “At TV Connect, attendees got a sneak peek at how this is possible through the superior performance and wide range of capabilities provided by the STiH301 SoC in Albis Technologies’ SceneGate STB.” The innovation is currently being used on NetTV Plus, an OTT service based in Eastern Europe. www.albistechnologies.com 38 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 101 MAY 2015