Well, there goes the World Cup. The usual thrills, spills, dives and goals and, for us in the broadcast TV industry, there was also the wonderful arrival of VAR. Now, despite all of the controversies connected with the decisions, did anyone notice how the quality of the playback suites – if not the quality of the referees’ decisions (especially the Final) — was never questioned?
But off the pitch, this was a really interesting tournament for the TV industry. This was probably the first ‘real’ IP-based broadcasting World Cup with broadcasters having to gear up for huge demand to show games via streaming networks. But this massive demand also exposed some real flaws in large-scale live streaming after record audiences swamped networks.
Sonifex is a UK based manufacturing company producing technical audio equipment for radio and TV broadcasters across the world. Started in 1969, Sonifex is historically known for making radio ‘cart’ machines in the 1980’s and more recently for its Redbox line of audio and video ‘fix-it’ interfaces.
The company has progressed its technology from traditional analogue to digital and now to IP based networked audio. Focussing on RAVENNA AES67 and more recently Dante®, Sonifex’s new focus is to redesign its product range to take advantage of the benefits that AoIP brings
The broadcast industry has found itself in a new landscape, where all content is desirable on all platforms, and at all times. This means that not only are broadcasters finding themselves with thousands of hours of content but thousands of hours of content that needs to be available at any given time. Storage for content needs to be functional so that it is capable of storing content that can be easily ingested, logged, distributed and archived.
Matrixstore, from Object Matrix is a Digital Content Governance and object storage platform that protects and preserves content through its lifespan.
PUBLISH & MONETISE BaM™Award Nominee - Simplestream - The answer to creating a ‘Netflix-style’ video service The Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) market has traditionally been skewed in favour of large, global players –such as Netflix and Amazon – that have the capital investment, infrastructure and personnel to deploy and manage such services. However, there is now the opportunity for smaller, niche content owners to break into the market, scale–up, and reach their intended audiences with meaningful and relevant content. Simplestream has helped make this possible with their VOD-in-a-Box solution: an end-to-end, white label service that enables the rapid launch of next-generation TV Everywhere services across multiple screens and territories. This fast to market, cross-platform solution can be deployed in under six weeks and is designed to be a low maintenance, cost effective option for content owners and distributors. Centralised control of all content and metadata through one portal, flexible monetisation options, powerful user interface (UI) frameworks, and flexible commercial models are the backbone differentiators that VOD-in-a-Box offers. [bctt tweet="Simplestream has helped make this possible with their VOD-in-a-Box solution: an end-to-end, white label service that enables the rapid launch of next-generation TV Everywhere services across multiple screens - BaM™ Product...
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Edgeware, the pioneer of TV CDN technology, has introduced Ad Enabler – a brand new product that segments the content stream in an extremely accurate manner to make sure the ad comes on exactly when it is supposed to.
Ad Enabler provides frame-accurate segmentation that prevents fractions of old ads being shown or parts of content to be lost, both causing glitches to the end-viewer. Edgeware’s Ad Enabler is one of the first to support live OTT ad insertion on the MPEG-DASH standard, which is the native format for Android devices.
Business and commercial updates: Contracts in the Cloud: are you GDPR compliant? This article originally appeared in the IABM Journal, issue 105 which is available to view online here Curated by IABM Finance Director Lucinda Meek Business and commercial updates Talking with members at various shows and events, it became clear to me that they would find it useful if IABM could provide briefings on topical, general business operational concerns alongside the wide range of broadcast and media industry- specific information we already offer members. That’s why we’ve introduced the new Business and Commercial Updates section to the Journal and in this edition, we are looking at cyber liability insurance, the potential effects of the new data protection regulations on contracts in the cloud, and an integrated approach to marketing. I would welcome suggestions from members for future topics, and will myself continue to search out relevant, authoritative analysis and guidance on topical business issues. Things continue to change at such a pace that I am certain there will be no shortage of new subjects to examine! Contracts in the Cloud: are you GDPR compliant? Written by Michael Griffin Paralegal, Harrison Clark Rickerbys From start-ups to multi-nationals and everything in-between, in...
The IABM Brexit Survey aims at assessing the impact of the Brexit vote on the broadcast and media industry to provide IABM members useful insights on the future of the sector following the referendum outcome.
Brexit is an abbreviation of “British exit” from the European Union (EU). On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK decided to leave the EU with the Leave side winning by 52% to 48%.
This survey aims at assessing the impact of Brexit on the global broadcast and media technology industry with a particular focus on the views from the UK and continental Europe.
Global Business Environment This article is taken from the December 2017 IABM Business Intelligence Digest Overview The majority of the global economy is experiencing growth. IMF projections of world output growth in 2017 have increased from 3.5% forecast in April to 3.6% as of October. The IMF forecasts 2.2% growth in advanced economies in 2017, an increase from 2% in April. Similarly, for developing and emerging economies, the IMF forecast increased from 6.6% to 6.8% for 2017. This positive outlook is spurred by increased consumer spending and business investments as confidence increases, however growth in some developed nations remains weak in the medium-term due to low inflation and slow wage growth. Commodity prices, especially oil, have made little progress in gaining momentum globally, impacting oil-exporting nations. The IMF has warned nations not to get complacent with recent growth figures, as policy uncertainty and political tensions could threaten progress in certain regions making sustainability difficult. Chart 1 shows that oil prices have declined since 2014 and have not been able to recover to their previous level, staying around the $50 mark. Analysts have forecast that oil prices will remain around the US $50/ US $60 mark with only modest increases in...
Disney announced in August 2017 that it will remove its content from Netflix in 2019. It will instead be included in a new Disney OTT offering to be launched in the same year. An ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service will be launched in 2018.
Darren Whitehead Director of Business Development, IABM, gives us an update on the Europe & UK region.