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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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Even Google will learn that content is what matters to customers--not Internet speed.

Contents Remains King, Even in the Race for OTT August 31st 2015 - 09:10 AM

Regardless of the business model, supported devices or distribution channels, the success of Internet-delivered television is driven by an age-old truth: content is king, says a new report from Conviva.

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Hybrid Distribution, Multiple Application August 27th 2015 - 01:50 PM

Spectrum scarcity is giving TV channels and broadcast operators a real challenge to introduce 4K services for terrestrial television. Combining scalable coding with HEVC and hybrid broadcast/broadband distribution is an answer. In this solution, HDTV transmissions on DTT remains unchanged and an enhancement layer is sent over the internet to allow the TV set or the set top box to decode and display the 4K picture.

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Decoding IP terminology: Part 1 August 18th 2015 - 10:00 AM

You don’t need a “secret decoder ring” to understand IP terminology. However, if you think that a DAM involves water, that SOAP is for the shower, that PAM is your cousin’s name and ESB is short for Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, read on. You have some catching up to do.

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GE has given credibility to HEVC Advance

New HEVC Patents Group Publishes Royalty Prices August 14th 2015 - 12:40 PM

A recent pricing announcement by HEVC Advance, one of two groups pooling patents for HEVC compression technology among rights holders, has done little to clarify the situation for device makers. The launch in April 2015 of HEVC Advance surprised many in the industry who are not close followers of the compression field since it had appeared until then that all patents would be administered by another group called MPEG LA.

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Checking the quality of digital media streams

Standards Don’t Answer all the T&M Questions August 13th 2015 - 12:09 PM

Without standards, the world would be a very difficult place to live in. There are many kinds of standards that affect almost every aspect of live – technology is just one of those areas. We can consider language as a kind of standard that allows people in one part of the world to communicate with each other. International finance uses standardised methods of accounting to try to provide a consistent framework for doing business. Currency itself is a symbolic representation of value that we use as a standard for exchange of goods and services.

So we need standards to get on with our daily lives. In our industry and many others, technological development is not regulated or centrally organised; it takes place in a free-for-all where commercial realities hold sway. But in order to build workable infrastructure for a national or international cellular phone system or a broadcasting network, these commercial interests have to be tempered by some kind of framework that allows competing energies to be channeled in roughly the same direction.

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Applied Technology: IP-based Networks for Outside Broadcasting August 12th 2015 - 01:55 PM

The outside broadcast (OB) truck is a microcosm of a studio control room. Placed in any number of settings, from theater productions and sporting events, to one-off concerts and festivals, OB trucks play a crucial role in delivering up to the minute, high quality content.

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