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Dejero LivePlus Mobile App Revolutionizes San Diego KFMB-TV Emergency Reporting Posted: 30/06/2020
Dejero LivePlus Mobile App Revolutionizes San Diego and rsquo;s KFMB-TV Emergency Reporting

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has provided San Diego TV station KFMB-TV, also known as CBS 8, with over 60 Dejero LivePlus mobile apps to support the broadcaster’s emergency news coverage strategy. The LivePlus app, which is downloadable to smartphones and tablets, has allowed KFMB-TV to deliver incredible live footage from the recent Black Lives Matter rallies, inside of San Diego’s recent wildfires, and to respond with agility to the broadcasting challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tags: Dejero | LivePlus | mobile app | San Diego | KFMB-TV | emergency reporting | breaking news | CBS 8 | EnGo | Kenny McGregor | Smart Blending Technology | multiple viewpoints | wild fires | Black Lives Matter | COVID-19 | MKM Marketing Communications | MKM Marcomms
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Saudi Broadcasting Authority Selects Imagine Communications to Deliver Integrated Multichannel Networking and Playout Solution Posted: 04/06/2020
Saudi Broadcasting Authority Selects Imagine Communications to Deliver Integrated Multichannel Networking and Playout Solution

Saudi Broadcasting Authority (SBA), part of the Ministry of Media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is replacing the playout technology for its main channels with an integrated solution from Imagine Communications. SBA, one of the most prestigious broadcasters in the Gulf region, is seeking to boost daily operational efficiency and eliminate human error for reliable and professional broadcasting.

To meet the requirements of SBA, Imagine Communications was able to propose a coherent end-to-end system covering network infrastructure, routing, monitoring, ingest, asset management and playout under ADC™ automation control, to replace the current system based on hardware from multiple vendors. The Imagine Communications proposal is largely based on software solutions running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, using industry-standard workstations from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). It includes a Platinum™ IP3 router to switch SD, HD and 3G signals, with the capability of adding real-time IP switching to support SBA’s development plans. Additionally, the IP3 router provides integrated multiviewer functionality to ensure all monitoring is handled in a space-saving frame.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Saudi Broadcasting Authority | SBA | playout solution | multichannel | centralized workflow | Hatim Abounassf | Anas Hantash | INC System Integration | Digital Studio Middle East | Tom Cotney | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel Posted: 14/05/2020
Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has provided British teleshopping channel The Jewellery Channel (TJC) with EnGo mobile transmitters, a WayPoint receiver, a CuePoint return feed server and complimentary LivePlus mobile apps, that have formed a key part of the broadcaster's business continuity plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. TJC has also been using this Dejero equipment to lead a significant change in how live teleshopping is produced and broadcast.

"While we intend to continue broadcasting from our main studio in Surrey house, London, for as long as possible, we are all dependent on government policy during this extraordinary time and TJC wanted to be ready to broadcast from home if this was required," said Martin Willingham, technical director at TJC. "Dejero's technology has been a great comfort blanket for us in that scenario. As one of the main TV shopping channels in the UK, we broadcast 24/7, 365 days a year and our reputation depends on us not having technical problems. The reliability and sturdiness of the Dejero workflow has really impressed us."

Tags: Dejero | The Jewellery Channel | COVID-19 | business continuity | Smart Blending Technology | flexible remote broadcasting | EnGo | TJC | WayPoint | CuePoint | LivePlus | teleshopping | Martin Willingham | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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QCommunications Identifies Drones as the Future of Delivery on NAB Show Express On-Demand Line-up Posted: 13/05/2020
QCommunications Identifies Drones as the Future of Delivery on NAB Show Express On-Demand Line-up

QCommunications (QComm), a leading engineering project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project), is talking about the present and potential use of drones as a delivery mechanism in a presentation included in NAB Show Express’s “Future of Delivery” on-demand line-up. The session is available as of May 13th and will remain accessible to attendees for an extended time period leading into the 2021 NAB season. It can also be accessed on YouTube by clicking here.

The presentation, which uses an unconventional format to capture the viewer’s attention, focuses on the use of Drones as a safe and effective method to gather data from even the highest towers and deliver accurate information to broadcasters regarding coverage verification, burnout, leak detection, structural integrity and tower load.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | QForce | REPACK | LPTV | NAB Show Express | Drones
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QCommunications Takes Flight with the Launch of its Airborne Division Manned by Company and rsquo;s QForce Posted: 06/05/2020
QCommunications Takes Flight with the Launch of its Airborne Division Manned by Company and rsquo;s QForce

QCommunications (QComm), a leading engineering project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project), has announced the launch of its Airborne Division. The Airborne Division, established to answer the growing demand for safe and accurate signal verification and to maximize product optimizations, will use state-of-the-art, custom made sUAS’s (drones) with proprietary RF software as an added benefit and verification tool to serve and support the broadcast industry.

Leveraging a partnership with SixArms, an innovative company based in Australia that produces efficient, accurate and cost-effective measurement solutions via cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, The Airborne Division utilizes proven signal verification and coverage mapping technology to capture the characterizations of antenna systems. This system allows measurements of Horizontal Radiation Patterns (HRP), Vertical Radiation Patterns (VRP), Effective Radiated Patterns (ERP), polarization discriminations and many other specific modulation parameters while providing overall uncertainties in the order of 1-2dB. QComm’s Airborne Division will be one of just two SixArm certified “operators” within the United States.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | QForce | REPACK | LPTV
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NC State University Revolutionizes Production Facilities with IP Connectivity Posted: 06/05/2020
NC State University Revolutionizes Production Facilities with IP Connectivity

North Carolina (NC) State University has transformed its live course production capabilities with a networked video infrastructure, based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard for connectivity, around its campuses in Raleigh, N.C. Technology from Imagine Communications is at the heart of NC State DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications) providing a quantum leap in capacity and operational efficiency.

DELTA already had dedicated fiber runs linking their centralized operations center located in Ricks Hall Annex with six other buildings on the main campus and two additional buildings located up to 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) away on their Centennial Campus. Fiber links were being used simply as single-mode, point-to-point connections, providing the capacity for just four video signals per classroom transmitted back to the operations center. In addition to replacing systems that were beyond end of life, it was important to DELTA to provide much greater capacity if it was to meet its commitment to the wider university community for high-quality educational media supporting distance learning in an efficient, effective and service-oriented environment. For the year 2018-2019, this included more than 130 live courses and greater than 7,000 hours of classroom recordings, to support almost 50,000 students enrolled in online and distance learning courses.

The new system uses just 16 fibers to provide extensive networked capability, leaving 20 strands from the original installation free for future expansion. By taking a networked IP approach, the new system gave the DELTA team the capability of 32 x 32 HD signals from each remote building. This is achieved thanks to bidirectional 100 gigabit ethernet capacity across the fiber network.

 

Tags: Imagine Communications | NC State University | porduction facility | IP connectivity | COTS solution | North Carolina | SMPTE ST2110 | DELTA | Magellan SDN Orchestrator | EPIC MV Multiviewer | Cisco | Tony Pearson | Cassidy Phillips | MKM Marketing Communications
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Interra Systems and Skyline Communications Team Up to Improve the Quality of OTT Services Posted: 05/05/2020
Interra Systems and Skyline Communications Team Up to Improve the Quality of OTT Services

Interra Systems and Skyline Communications today announced a new partnership to improve quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for linear and nonlinear OTT channels. The integration between Interra Systems' ORION-OTT system and Skyline Communications' DataMiner® network management and orchestration (NMS/OSS) platform gives broadcasters and OTT service providers a single, automated, end-to-end solution to efficiently manage OTT content workflow orchestration and quality alerts.

 

 

 

Tags: Interra Systems | Skyline Communications | OTT Services | ORION-OTT | DataMiner
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Texas A and M Goes IP with Imagine Communications for Integrated Sports Production Posted: 28/04/2020
Texas A and amp;M Goes IP with Imagine Communications for Integrated Sports Production

12th Man Productions, the sports broadcast and post facility for Texas A&M University, has moved to IP connectivity to provide a common production platform for all its sports venues. A cornerstone of the new installation is the Selenio™ Network Processor (SNP) from Imagine Communications.

The A&M campus in College Station, Texas, incorporates seven sports venues, spread across the site, which host as many as 110 events a year. As well as offering broadcast outputs from any event at any location, 12th Man Productions also provides in-stadium big screen entertainment and information. The football stadium, Kyle Field, was rebuilt in 2014, and as part of that project, a central studio was planned.

Today, fiber circuits connect every field back to the Kyle Field stadium, allowing resources to be allocated to any venue dynamically. Four control rooms allow two venues to broadcast live, while also producing big screen shows at two more venues. This calls for a large number of feeds in each direction, supporting monitors, multiple digital signage networks and big screen replays, as well as feeds for home and visiting teams. There is also a need to provide for official replay facilities in many sports. All signals are handled as uncompressed HD, minimizing latency by eliminating the delays of compression math, and allowing for live remote production even when venues are 10 kilometers from the control room.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Texas A&M | SMPTE ST 2110 | 12th Man Productions | IP connectivity | SNP | Selenio Network Processor | live remote production | Zack Bacon | Cassidy Phillips | MKM Marketing Communications | MKM Marcomms
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Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight Posted: 15/04/2020
Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight

There is No Evil and Delete History prize winners completed at Optical Art in Germany and Color in Paris

 

At the 70th Berlinale, the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear was won by There is No Evil, directed by Mohammed Rasoulof; the Silver Bear special prize went to Delete History, directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kerven. Both movies depended on detailed grading and finishing on Baselight.

 

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight | Berlin Film Festival | colourist | colour grading | Berlinale | Golden Bear | Mohammed Rasoulof | Silver Bear | Benoît Delépine | Gustave Kerven | Jochen Hinrichs-Stöldt | MKM Marketing Communications
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Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat Posted: 08/04/2020
Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat

Hiltron Communications announces the completion of a custom-designed turnkey TVRO satellite platform for Nilesat, one of the largest Middle East telecommunication networks. The new installation is a fully L-band-over-fibre integrated downlink which covers all mediator satellites in the range from 30° west to 100° east, operating in C and Ku bands simultaneously.

"Located at our ground station in Giza, the new downlink gives us the reliability and flexibility we needed for backing up our existing fixed TVRO antennas," says Nilesat Head of Ground Segment Engineer Osama Tantawy. "Incoming signals from all antennas on the new platform, 32 feeds in total, are connected to the master control room via fibre-optic links. Hiltron has produced and integrated a complete solution including its HMCS monitoring and control software. The company worked closely with us from initial design right through to factory acceptance test, onsite installation, commissioning and training. The project was completed successfully and on time thanks to the experience and teamwork of everyone involved."

 

 

 

Tags: Hiltron GmbH | Hiltron Communications | turnkey satellite systems integrator | DVB MPEG DSNG systems | L Band and IF Band fibre-optic systems | DVB-T encoding and multiplexing headends | ATM/SDH/PDH/IP transport networks | DVB-S/S2 satellite uplinks | VSAT system
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Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production Posted: 06/03/2020
Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production

The Future Group, provider of live photo-realistic virtual production system, Pixotope™, has revealed its key involvement in the stunning production and delivery of the NFL’s ground-breaking Super Bowl LIV, mixed reality pre-game presentation. The complex, seven-minute production combined live action from multiple moving cameras with augmented virtual stages and graphics. The 2020 Super Bowl was watched by an estimated domestic audience of 100 million people, plus international viewers.

The Future Group provided six installations of its virtual production platform, Pixotope, along with essential technical expertise to liaise with all other aspects of the multi-faceted production.

As an opener to the Super Bowl LIV, NFL planned to reveal its “100 All Time Team”. They approached fan experience company– coincidently named, The Famous Group – to design and choreograph the pre-show content. The brief was to celebrate the history of the sport and the contribution of those 100 players and 10 coaches, using graphics, historical film and live shots of attendees. The Famous Group looked to achieve this through extensive use of mixed reality virtual elements, and selected Pixotope, with expertise from The Future Group, as their technological solution.

The complexities of such a project cannot be overstated. Multiple virtual assets such as stages and screens needed to be designed to exactly match the stadium environment to which they would be augmented. Cameras needed to be tracked in real time and have their lenses aligned so that the virtual elements would be generated at precisely the right angle to accurately match real-world positions. Lighting needed to be measured so that it could be simulated in the virtual world to ensure correct shadows and highlights.

In-stadium screens, which would show the augmented content to the crowd, had to be accurately marked out in the virtual scene so that they could be blocked out to avoid visual “feedback”. All this had to take place under precise time control to synchronise with the voice-over and contributing performers in the stadium.

Pixotope product specialist, David Stroud, was part of a team of experienced mixed reality technicians, helping to specify and install the required technology, and bring together all the constituent departments. The Future Group team were involved from the outset, initially collaborating using a shared virtual project to provide technical assistance for The Famous Group creatives. Then later, the team positioned themselves at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami FL, where the main event would take place 11 days later.

David Stroud recalled, “Although the virtual scene had been set up “offline” from scans and measurements from the stadium, there are inevitably adjustments that can only be done on site. We used our Pixotope virtual production platform to receive images and tracking data from each of the cameras, one of which was a Skycam “wire-camera”, and augment onto those the virtual elements designed by The Famous Group. This allowed everyone to see the results in real time, making adjustments and improvements as we rehearsed the show in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.”

Stroud continued, “We helped the camera operators visualise how the preshow would come together, as understandably, they were more used to following the unscripted action of a football game than reacting to very specific time cues. Pixotope has the capability to continuously output the final result, even while editing the graphics – a great tool for directors following rapid changes and updates because it’s always live.

“We also worked closely with camera tracking specialists SMT, and in fact, we were able to improve our data exchanges to further perfect the virtual camera motion. And we worked with both the broadcaster (Fox) and the companies providing in-stadium displays to ensure the very highest visual quality possible.”

Andrew Isaacson, Executive VP Business Development for creative agency The Famous Group affirms, “Needless to say, the best creative ideas rely on solid technological platforms and expertise to deliver them. This could not be truer for a live event on the scale of The Super Bowl. We needed to know, without any shadow of a doubt, that what we planned would be delivered faultlessly, accurately and to the highest quality. This is why we chose Pixotope as our platform for delivering cutting edge mixed reality for the Super Bowl.

“Having used Pixotope on previous productions, we know that the system, and expertise from The Future Group, allow our creative ideas to be unleashed to the great benefit of our clients like the NFL. We look forward to working on many more productions with Pixotope.”

All hardware was provided by Quince Imaging and camera tracking was completed by SMT. The final mixed reality sequence can be viewed online, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqXBKweKQ9U

Tags: The Future Group | Pixotope | Super Bowl | mixed reality | live production | Super Bowl LIV | photo-realistic | virtual production | NFL | The Famous Group | David Stroud | real time | SMT | Fox | Andrew Isaacson | cutting edge | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Presteigne Broadcast Hire North Expands Hire Desk Posted: 25/02/2020
Presteigne Broadcast Hire North Expands Hire Desk

Presteigne Broadcast Hire, a leading dry hire and total multi-location production equipment provider, today announced the appointment of Jane Skinner as Senior Hire Desk Co-ordinator.

Reporting to Presteigne North Hire Manager Roy Gaterell, Skinner is based at the company’s northern office in Warrington, equidistant between Manchester and Liverpool.

Skinner started her career at Granada (now ITV) in Manchester as a coordinator for Granada Reports and This Morning.

She then progressed to drama with Mersey TV/Lime Pictures, working as a technical coordinator on programmes such as Hollyoaks and Brookside. Due to her expertise, Skinner was soon seconded to the production department where she undertook resource and production coordination roles.

Skinner comes to Presteigne from a Liverpool-based dry hire office, where she had converted her experience as a dry hire customer to apply it as a supplier.

Skinner said, “I am delighted to join Presteigne, which has a well-established reputation for excellence. I am already enjoying using that reputation to establish relationships with new clients and reinforce those with existing ones, both of which include an extensive number of contacts from my previous roles in production.”

Presteigne CEO Adrian Young said, “Roy and I are very pleased that Jane has joined us. She understands and exemplifies the value we place on providing excellent service to our clients, and the commitment to our staff in providing an environment that enables them to perform at their best.”

Tags: Presteigne | Dry Hire | production | live sports | RF | Audio | PPU | Server | Video | 4K | Lighting | Specialist caneras | communications | project divisions | ITV
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QComm Demystifies $150 million LPTV Repack Question Posted: 21/02/2020
QComm Demystifies $150 million LPTV Repack Question

QCommunications is a leading engineering, project management and installation vendor specializing in The Spectrum Act (REPACK project). According to Tony zumMallen, QComm President, data analytics support a higher allocation than expected.

“As of February 17, 2020, ~95% or $142M could be attributed to 825 Eligible and Non-Determined stations,” expained zumMallen. “If the trend holds this would be a much higher than expected allocation and a sigh of relief for hundreds of LPTV and translator licencees.”

“So many LPTV broadcasters are inexperienced in the complexity of the application procedure required to determine their eligibility for reimbursement,” zumMallen continued. “At QComm, we not only assist with the entire REPACK process – from needs assessment to transmitter installation to coverage verification - we help broadcasters navigate the paper path and meet all the requirements for reimbursement. We’ve already helped process many millions of dollars and 95% of our LPTV clients have been deemed eligible. And one of the best parts is that our REPACK services are covered for reimbursement, so there is little risk to the broadcaster!”

The Spectrum Act, or REPACK as it is more familiarly known, was designed to re-align the use of broadcast airwaves to suit rapidly evolving consumer demands due to the emergence of divergent entertainment and communications platforms, such as mobile data and the Internet. The shift to new territory allocations and channel assignments has resulted in the need for stations to upgrade, change or redistribute transmission equipment causing significant expenditures that the FCC is relieving with the appropriation of reimbursement funds available to broadcasters that comply with the FCC’s requirements. As part of its service offerings, QComm will assist the customer through the entire process, ensuring they meet eligibility guidelines to receive reimbursements, which could be 100%.

Tags: QCommunications | QComm | REPACK | LPTV | Tony zumMallen | TV REPACK
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Adler Mannheim, Champion German Ice Hockey Club, Scores With Riedels Bolero Wireless Intercom Posted: 14/02/2020
Adler Mannheim, Champion German Ice Hockey Club, Scores With Riedels Bolero Wireless Intercom

Adler Mannheim, the ranking champion in the German ice hockey league (), has adopted Riedel Communications' award-winning Bolero wireless intercom and Bolero S managed communication service for its 2019/2020 season. Bolero and Bolero S enable clear three-way communications between the goalie coach in the stands, the video analyst in the locker room, and the assistant coach on the bench for every Adler Mannheim game.

"As a top team in the DEL, we aim to be the technological pioneer in European ice hockey and have a deep commitment to technical innovation. To give one example, we have been using live tagging for video analysis for many years," said Youri Ziffzer, Team Manager, Adler Mannheim. "Riedel is the ideal partner to ensure absolutely reliable communication between our coaching staff and video analyst. The Bolero solutions give us maximum flexibility, especially for away games, freeing our staff from having to worry about acquiring radio frequencies."

Tags: Adler Mannheim | Bolero Wireless Intercom | Riedel Communications | Bolero S | Deutsche Eishockey Liga | DEL
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Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Form Complete Comms and Signal Transport Backbone for Parliament of Catalonia Posted: 14/02/2020
Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Form Complete Comms and Signal Transport Backbone for Parliament of Catalonia

The Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona has installed a comprehensive signal routing and communications backbone based on Riedel's MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing technology, together with the Artist digital matrix intercom and Bolero wireless intercom. The new networking infrastructure is a core element in a multiyear HD upgrade of the Parliament's video recording and broadcast capabilities.

The Parliament of Catalonia is the unicameral legislature of Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia, occupying a historic, 300-year-old palace in Barcelona's Ciutadella Park. Since 2002, the Parliament has been producing its own institutional television signal and making it available, free of charge, to media outlets.

 

Tags: Riedel Communications | MediorNet signal transport | Artist digital matrix | Bolero wireless intercom | Parliament of Catalonia | signal routing
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