On December 2, Eutelsat Communications helped Japan’s national broadcaster NHK launch the world’s first 8K network, transmitting live images of the from the Vatican. The new NHK network, called BS8K, uses a broadcast link to Tokyo via the EutelSat 12 West B satellite to broadcast images live, 12 hours a day.
Nashville-based mobile production company TNDV recently helped Harley-Davidson celebrate its 115th anniversary over the 2018 Labor Day Weekend. The production crews provided live HD coverage of three motorcycle races around Milwaukee within an 18-hour window.
Outside broadcast and facilities company NEP Group has bought uplink and communications provider SIS LIVE. The acquisition adds links and SNG (satellite newsgathering) vehicles to NEP’s existing fleet of OB trucks, support units and flyaway systems. The deal follows the announcement earlier this month that NEP had taken over slow motion and robotic camera specialist the Fletcher Group.
From the devices we use to consume content, the type of content we consume, and indeed our viewing habits, almost every aspect of media and more importantly, our relationship with media, has undergone a significant change in the last 10 to 15 years. As an example, in the UK adults aged 16 and over watched, on average, 34 minutes less television in 2017 than in 2010 (according to Statista). While the rise of streaming services and on-demand content is undoubtedly a contributing factor, a bigger influence is almost certainly the rise in social media consumption.In fact, in 2015, more than 370 years of video - just shy of 200 million minutes - were watched on Twitter worldwide on a daily basis. As is the case with any industry, such rapid change brings with it new challenges, and the need for evolution and adaptation, and captioning is no exception.
At the recent IBC Show in Amsterdam, it was clear that when discussing the design and deployment of next generation video production and distribution infrastructures, manufacturers of the technology and processes required are now using significantly different technical terms. Now, familiar words like “encoding”, “playout” and “software defined networks’ are being replaced by computer-geek terms “Blockchain”, “Kubernetes clusters”, “Docker containers”, “software stacks” and “cyber security.”
New software provides an automation control interface and a video pipeline delivering video and audio in a variety of output formats.