Since the start of the millennium, TV and video services have changed enormously. Along with the changes to the content itself, the infrastructure used to create, process and deliver that content has also changed. However, the rate of transformation is about to increase significantly, with radical changes to multiple facets happening concurrently. The first digital TV services were Standard Definition (SD) and encoded as MPEG-2. Since then, there has been a major shift towards HD, mostly in MPEG-4 AVC and now the early stages of Ultra-High Definition (UHD) using the latest compression standard: High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Already some SD services are starting to be discontinued and, where SD is still needed, down-conversion from HD is becoming the norm. As each major technology shift is expensive – in terms of content creation, production and consumer devices – it therefore makes sense to have steps where there is a meaningful value resulting from a combination of changes that can occur together.
Telestream has announced that its entire suite of captioning, workflow automation and QC products are ready to meet the latest FCC captioning rules. As of July 1, 2017, clips of all live (e.g. concerts, sporting events and news) or near-live programming (e.g. late night talk shows) that are captioned on TV must now be also captioned when posted online.
ATEME’s TITAN live software-based video compression solution was successfully demonstrated at the recent 2017 French Open to support a Virtual Reality (VR) application available during the entire tennis tournament. The application offered a fully immersive 180-dgree and 360-degree live viewing experience to tennis fans on site (and watching online) and was created by ATEME’s production partner LiveLike.
Looking to bridge the gap between technical production and marketing teams seeking to strengthen brands and grow audiences through social media engagement, Telestream has introduced Vantage Social, a new software solution that addresses the growing challenge of delivering a continuous supply of compelling, high-quality video content to social media platforms.
In remote rural locations, satellite backhaul is often the only mobile transport available that can provide the reliability and quick service rollout that is required. Newtec, a provider of equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has deployed its Dialog multiservice platform in West Africa to provide cellular backhaul for Mattel, the nation of Mauritania’s main mobile service operator.
At the recent 2017 NAB Show, Globecast teamed up with Harmonic to demonstrate the first ultra-high-definition (UHD) high dynamic range (HDR) OTT managed platform as a service (PaaS) for the delivery of linear content over the internet to connected TVs. The VIVE Lifestyle Network, a 24/7 linear TV network available globally that offers lifestyle series and programs in the 4K/UHD format, said it plans to use the platform to deploy its new OTT service.