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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER CDNs UHD channels Harmonic and AsiaSat, the satellite operator, will launch a new Ultra High Definition (UHD) channel next month. 4k-SAT2/HVN will be AsiaSat’s second free-to-air UHD channel on AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East for Asia-Pacific. 4k content on the channel will originate from Harmonic’s broad video library, as well as the new NASA TV UHD channel. Pictures will be shown in 2160p 60 with HEVC Main 10 profile, using an end-to-end UHD video processing system from Harmonic. “With the cost of UHD TV sets dropping dramatically over the past year, demand for UHD content in Asia is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing and global accounts at AsiaSat. “Our partnership with Harmonic for this new channel following the successful launch of our first UHD channel last year, enables the delivery of a choice of rich and compelling UHD content on AsiaSat 4, allowing us to demonstrate the superior quality via satellite of a linear Ultra HD channel.” Broadpeak is working with STMicroelectronics to improve live Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) television delivery. To do this the two companies are combining Broadpeak’s nanoCDN multicast ABR technology with ST’s Alicante (STiD128) DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway design and Android application for set-top boxes (STB). “Delivering high- quality live http content can be challenging for operators due to network bandwidth constraints, especially for those live events that gather the largest audience,” said Thomas Meyer, headless product line manager, Consumer Product Division, STMicroelectronics. “By working closely with Broadpeak we are able to provide operators with a groundbreaking end-to-end system that can infinitely scale the delivery of live TV channels independently of the number of viewers.” Playout and branding PlayBox Technology has added UHD compatibility to its AirBox Neo playout server, bringing UHD capabilities to the core PlayBox Technology content playout system. As a result of the upgrade, it now supports UHD, HD and SD. New features include a streaming input supporting HTTP, HTTP Secure, UDP, RTMP, MMS, MMSH and YouTube. RTMP Streaming Output improvements have also been added, allowing easier web streaming. “We have put a huge amount of time and effort into research and development since the recent board restructure, enhancing and expanding the PlayBox suite of products,” said PlayBox Technology president Don Ash. “Neo is an evolutionary upgrade which will advance the PlayBox platform into the UHD era and beyond. It confirms our commitment to delivering the most efficient and future-proof playout and branding solutions.” 36 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 110 FEBRUARY 2016