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A Fresh Direction for Future Video Formats September 8th 2015 - 03:37 PM

Intel announced its membership in the Alliance for Open Media. And with that, we reinforce our commitment to open formats and announce our efforts for delivering the next generation of video coding tools. With founding partners Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix, the Alliance for Open Media is collaborating to develop the next generation video formats that will reduce the end user cost of video delivery by being optimized for the next generation processors. Video is critically important to Intel’s business. Our customers are under constant pressure to improve video coding efficiency – whether to overcome the infrastructure challenges of the next 100M smartphones in India, or the difficulty of fitting 4K BT.2020 into legacy cables, we need technologies like HEVC to enable the next generation, and we will need to continue evolution in the generation beyond. To provide some insight into the recent history of broadcast video formats, let’s consider what broadcast video really means.

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The best preventative maintenance tool is detailed 24/7 monitoring.

Soft Troubleshooting September 7th 2015 - 08:00 AM

The few remaining moving parts in television stations other than automated studio cameras are fans, pumps and disk drives. Electro-mechanics has been replaced by chips and buffers with settings. Maintenance engineers need a new tool box.

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The compression algorithms used for KVM systems are key to performance of the video link

The Advantages of Proprietary Compression for KVM September 5th 2015 - 01:00 PM

In a KVM system, the letter V – short for video – plays the most important role because it is the only component that is visible when transmitting and switching signals. The migration from analogue to digital image signals constituted a major challenge for KVM: higher resolutions require higher data rates. However, the bandwidth of cable infrastructures, especially when using CAT cables, is extremely limited. Here, signals cannot be transmitted without being compressed. For the benefit of their customers, Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) rely on their proprietary compression technology.

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Major Internet Companies Gearing Up for Battle of the 4K Codecs September 4th 2015 - 08:00 PM

While most traditional broadcasters see the distribution of 4K video far into the future, Internet companies see the transmission of flawless 4K a priority facing them today. That’s why seven major companies formed the Alliance for Open Media this month to take on the current HEVC/H.265 standard.

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Netflix has put its weight behind the Open Media Alliance for royalty free codecs.

Open Media Alliance Throws Down the Gauntlet to HEVC September 4th 2015 - 09:30 AM

Seven Internet giants have joined forces to build an open source codec to challenge HEVC for compressing high definition video content and especially Ultra HD (UHD) or 4K. The new Open Media Alliance Source project has the stated intention of developing “next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies” but the subtext is to oust HEVC as the codec for emerging UHD services, particularly on desktop PCs and laptops, although with growing convergence mobile and even broadcast platforms will also be targets.

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Viewpoint: Benefits of Hybrid Media Management and Delivery Versus Pure Cloud September 3rd 2015 - 03:55 PM

Many industry commentators seem to consider a pure cloud delivery model to be broadcasting nirvana and that hybrid/cloud solutions are simply a rung on the ladder leading to the cloud. But, what if one size doesn’t fit all?

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Visual Data has spent $1 million upgrading its storage and security at its LA and London facilities

Visual Data Bulks Up with Multi-Petabyte Libraries September 2nd 2015 - 10:30 AM

Visual Data Media Services (VDMS) has invested £600k in an infrastructure upgrade at its facilities in Los Angles and London.

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WiFi users have uniformly discovered problems with the reliability and coverage of the service. Image:

For Mobile Television, Viewers Find Disparity Between Expectation and Reality in Wi-Fi August 31st 2015 - 10:30 AM

The 2015 Arris Consumer Entertainment Index finds that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of global consumers have issues with Wi-Fi in the home — a likely consequence of the rapidly increasing number of connected media devices.

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