Vimond Media Solutions is adding five new components to its cloud based online video portfolio at the 2017 NAB Show, focusing on workflow, rights and content management, as well as monetization. The company is also enhancing existing tools with the aim of providing a complete package for media companies seeking to reach audiences online directly.
Vodafone Germany is set this month to launch its long heralded advanced TV platform called GigaTV integrating linear TV, on-demand video and streaming services with multiscreen access from smartphones and tablets. The platform will still be based on the cable network Vodafone acquired with the purchase of Kabel Deutschland for €7.7 billion in June 2013, but there will also be an OTT-only version driven by apps for multiscreen devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Major sporting events have become milestones for mobile video streaming and Super Bowl 2017 set a new mark by beating last year’s game by around 50%. Verizon Wireless, which again had exclusive live streaming rights for the event on smartphones, had been betting on Super Bowl wireless data consumption topping 10 TB this year, up from 7 TB in 2016, and expanded its network capacity accordingly. The other leading mobile operators also had to deploy extra temporary or permanent capacity to a slightly lesser extent, given that their networks too came under strain from a lot of extra non-live traffic.
It is a mark of how fast live streaming has evolved that latency rather than buffering was the main concern over quality of online viewing for Super Bowl 2017. This applies equally to fixed line access via Fox Sports or over smartphones where Verizon Wireless holds exclusive rights (which we cover in a separate story). That was also the case for many overseas broadcasters with rights to the event, such as the BBC in the UK or Televisa in Mexico.
At Londons’s BVE show, Interra Systems will demonstrate their comprehensive, integrated, and intuitive QC/monitoring solutions. A key highlight will be new HEVC and 4K support across all of the company’s products, including ORION real-time content monitoring and video analysis systems, VEGA media analysers, and BATON automated, file-based QC.
President Trump’s inauguration may have been boycotted by many on the ground but set a new record for live streaming by generating more data traffic over Akamai’s CDN (Content Delivery Network) than any other single news or sporting event.