The arcane world of metadata has been enlivened by automation with the promise of efficiency savings in asset management and much richer labelling of content to enhance discovery. At the same time, there are hopes at last of the field being unified behind common standards, which is essential as video services become increasingly global through online distribution with wider access to premium content.
RDK (Reference Design Kit) is set for its next phase helping cable operators migrate to all-IP combined video and broadband services by embracing wireless delivery for the final hop to the user and enabling integration with Android.
Immersive TV is emerging from the vapors of multiple technologies to make viewing more engaging for users and more profitable for providers of content or ads. Its big advantage is that it is not just one aspect of viewing like “more pixels” as in 4K, but the whole assemblage of technologies that add up collectively to the viewing experience.
The Acrodyne PROGIRA plan is a user-friendly planning tool with all the functionality necessary for pre-study, planning and evaluation of broadcast networks. Powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS, PROGIRA plan handles all map data formats and features the most advanced GIS functionality in comparison available.
Irdeto has joined more than 140 other companies in the Frog by Wyplay community, which provides pay TV software platforms to operators. Irdeto and Wyplay will be contributing an integrated middleware and security solution for broadcast, hybrid and OTT deployments.
Broadcasters are reverting to being engineering driven after some years operating as little more than content houses, but this time the focus is more on software than infrastructure. That conclusion emerged from the EBU’s (European Broadcasting Union) fourth annual software engineering conference called Devcon, which started in 2013 in recognition that the industry was becoming more IT focused.