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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER Encoding Monitoring and media intelligence Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE 4K HEVC encoder was used to stream live 4K coverage of the 2015 French Open tennis championship. Launched at the 2015 NAB Show, the real-time device allows media companies to use HEVC to compress Ultra HD (UHD) sources at up to 60 frames per second (FPS) and in 10-bit colour for UHD broadcast. At the French Open, France Televisions in partnership with FRANSAT, the French DTH platform operated by Eutelsat, used the ViBE 4K to broadcast live UHD pictures in H.265 format on the Francetvsport Ultra HD television channel. The broadcast was available to any viewers with 4K-compatible displays. Volicon has appointed Paul Higuera as the company’s senior director of sales. Higuera will head up a new Volicon offi ce in Gloucestershire where he will be responsible for growing the company’s business and strengthening customer relationships throughout Europe. “In addition to being a very experienced technical sales team manager, Paul has a strong track record in developing and building new and existing business and channels,” said Russell Wise, Volicon’s vice president of global sales. “He will play a pivotal role in driving continued gains in sales growth and customer satisfaction.” Fibre transport Playout CTV Outside Broadcasts is using a customised fi bre multiplexing system from Bluebell Opticom in one of its trucks, particularly for coverage of golf tournaments. The system is allowing CTV to increase the amount of pre-existing fi bre infrastructure it uses at event locations, in turn decreasing the amount of fi bre it has to lay. The technology was fi rst used in March at the Hassan II Golf Trophy in Morocco and has since been used a various golf events at courses that already have existing fi bre networks that CTV can tap into. Imagine Communications has installed new playout automation, content management, and signal processing and distribution technology at Workpoint Entertainment in Bangkok, Thailand. The system was designed, implemented and installed by Imagine Communications distributor B.E.C. and local systems integrator Advanced Broadcast Corporation. Replacing a third-party channel- in-a-box system, the new installation features an Imagine Communications ADC automated content management and distribution system, including the List Redundancy Control Client software that is designed to provide reliability and non-stop performance. New York and Florida-based CP Communications is using Barnfi nd America’s BarnOne multifunctional signal transportation platform to streamline fi bre transport for mobile broadcasting clients. It will be used for golf coverage, amongst other things. “In the mobile broadcast world, replacing copper with fi bre transmission connections has become a top priority,” said Kurt Heitmann, senior vice president, CP Communications. “But we needed a way to avoid the cost and complexity of one-to-one fi bre drops, especially in very large productions with many channels of audio, video, and data signals for transport. With BarnOne, our clients are able to transport and switch up to 32 signals within a single frame and on a single fi bre, greatly simplifying setup, operation, and troubleshooting for on-location productions.” www.barnfi 24 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 103 JULY 2015 Web TV A web app kit that optimises delivery of content from Brightcove Video Cloud directly to Amazon Fire TV has been launched. Using the template, content owners can user their existing Brightcove-based workfl ows for Amazon Fire TV and potentially expand their audience reach and revenue opportunity. The new template is available on Amazon’s Developer Website. Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Appstore, said: “It makes it easy for Brightcove publishers to get their content on Amazon Fire TV, and its extremely exciting for our customers who crave great content.”