EasyBroadcast Announces Partnership and Investment in WAW MUSIC Streaming Service

Using EasyBroadcast’s Hybrid Streaming Delivery Protocol, WAW MUSIC Can Deliver a Superior Experience to End Users in Africa

EasyBroadcast, a leading provider of end-to-end streaming solutions for TV channels, OTT service providers, and enterprises, today announced that it has invested in WAW MUSIC, the next-generation digital music service set to launch in Africa. WAW MUSIC’s new streaming platform, WAW MUZIK, has already signed 10 million songs with Universal Music and will have Orange as its leading distributor. Partnering with WAW MUSIC opens up a new revenue stream for EasyBroadcast and strengthens its position in Africa, a continent with an annual growth of 42 percent in the OTT market.

“Having EasyBroadcast as a technical partner and investor gives our new WAW MUZIK service a major boost,” said Jean-Philippe Audoli, CEO of WAW MUSIC. “EasyBroadcast’s patented technology will help us kick-start music streaming in Africa so that we can quickly start monetizing the service.”

WAW MUZIK is a disruptive on-demand service that will offer a wide range of localized music and musical events. In addition to providing localized content, WAW MUZIK will accept micropayments through telecom network operators and local payment services to address users without credit cards.

EasyBroadcast built the Android and iOS mobile streaming applications, transcoding platform, backend, content management system, loyalty points, monetization mechanism, and analytics dashboard for WAW MUSIC’s streaming service. In addition to delivering WAW MUZIK content with its innovative hybrid streaming technology, EasyBroadcast will provide ongoing technical support and maintenance. Using EasyBroadcast’s hybrid streaming delivery protocol, WAW MUZIK can provide the best possible user experience for end users.

“WAW MUSIC is the smartest and most seamless way to give consumers access to culture around the world, especially in developing countries,” said Soufiane Rouibia, CEO at EasyBroadcast. “WAW MUSIC will revolutionize the music industry with its intelligent micro-payment model that uses blockchain technology and its ability to provide the best music prices on the international market with the help of EasyBroadcast’s OTT platform.”

More information about EasyBroadcast is available at www.easybroadcast.fr.

Harmonic Extends Market Leadership with New Capabilities for CableOS™ Software

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a suite of groundbreaking new capabilities that are being added to its field-proven CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution, including:

• Low-latency mode, enabling significantly enhanced video game quality of experience
• Double throughput performance with the latest 1-RU Intel servers and 100G NIC
• Virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities
• Simultaneous support of centralized and distributed architectures on a single core server
• Interoperability with standard-compliant, third-party Remote PHY devices
• Integration of the CableOS Pebble-1 Remote PHY Device into third-party nodes

“The next generation of CableOS software solidifies our market leadership position, leveraging our powerful cloud-native architecture to enable smarter, more flexible and more scalable multi-gigabit broadband services,” said Asaf Matatyaou, vice president, solutions and product management, Cable Access Business at Harmonic. “Adding cutting-edge virtual segmentation technology and other advanced features to our CableOS offering, and riding the Intel curve to deliver more bandwidth performance with less power, Harmonic is again moving cable access technology a giant step forward. Highlighting the agility of a true software architecture to address new business opportunities, we will provide an industry-first demonstration of low latency capabilities at ANGA COM 2019, showcasing a dramatic improvement to the quality of experience for online gamers.”

CableOS software offers support for the latest generation of 1-RU Intel server CPUs and 100G NIC, providing a massive boost in throughput. By running on state-of-the-art Intel servers, CableOS software allows operators to keep pace with the latest developments and performance improvements in IT, breaking out of the cycle of waiting for and purchasing expensive and quick-to-be-obsolete custom hardware-based CMTS platforms.

Further expanding deployment options for cable operators, Harmonic has also added virtual segmentation with network-wide QoS capabilities to the CableOS solution, allowing operators to increase bandwidth on existing coaxial cable to feed Remote PHY devices without deploying fiber to the new segmentation site.

The new CableOS software also supports hybrid Remote PHY operations for centralized, remote shelf and node deployments. The solution continues to benefit operators that need a boost in capacity for low service group counts in constrained, as well as large-scale environments, delivering flexible deployment options. Recently, the CableOS solution was successfully deployed in a traditional HFC architecture with the core server in one location and compact 1RU CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves deployed in remote locations. Harmonic’s CableOS Wave Remote PHY shelves use less than 130 Watts, bringing further power, space and cost savings to the operator.

Building on the value of the unique telemetry capabilities featured in previous versions of CableOS software, the solution now provides operators with access to Harmonic’s managed network services and a web-based dashboard to simplify network monitoring. Offering a complete picture of network performance to speed up issue resolution, CableOS software ensures superior QoS for subscribers.

Harmonic will demonstrate the latest capabilities of its CableOS solution at ANGA COM 2019, June 4-6 in Cologne, Germany, hall 7, stand G20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Triveni Digital Introduces ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway for End-to-End Delivery of Next-Gen TV

Triveni Digital today announced a new ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway, rounding out the company’s end-to-end solutions for delivering next-generation broadcast television services. The Broadcast Gateway supports ATSC 3.0 broadcast services in HD and UHD, enabling stations to easily generate ATSC 3.0 signal information via user-defined transmission parameters.

“The transition to ATSC 3.0 is not going to happen overnight, but the first wave of deployments needs to be built on a solid foundation. Broadcasters need cost-effective solutions that encompass both ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 services, which will be evolving over the next few years,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “Adding a Broadcast Gateway to our ATSC 3.0 portfolio makes the upgrade process easier for broadcasters, and it will be available with attractive pricing as part of our new transition market DMA licensing model. We now offer one-stop-shop solutions that include program guide, advanced emergency alerting, broadcast stream encoding, and digital TV metadata management, along with video quality assurance systems, backed by our outstanding U.S.-based support team.”

After receiving one or more IP streams of data from a transport encoder, Triveni Digital’s Broadcast Gateway generates STL-TP with L1 and L2 signals, and sends the signals to the station’s ATSC 3.0 exciter. Available in software and hardware versions, the Broadcast Gateway supports multi-sub-frame and multi-PLP (i.e., TDM, FDM, LDM) functions, making it ideal for a variety of broadcasting environments. An optional external clock on the Broadcast Gateway enables broadcasters to deliver ATSC 3.0 services over an SFN (single frequency network). By supporting STL-TP ECC (SMPTE-2022-1), Triveni Digital’s Broadcast Gateway ensures that stations can flawlessly correct transmission errors.

Triveni Digital’s end-to-end ATSC 3.0 solutions include the new Broadcast Gateway, StreamScope® XM Verifier, StreamScope XM MT Analyzer, and GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 signaling and announcement generator with ROUTE and MMTP encoding. Built as integrated extensions of Triveni Digital’s widely deployed ATSC 1.0 products, broadcasters can add best-of-breed ATSC 3.0 solutions without disrupting their existing business.

Triveni Digital offers award-winning, best-in-class solutions and services fueled by decades of forward-thinking technological innovation, deployment expertise, and market leadership. As the only technology provider with unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0, Triveni Digital offers the simplest transition path to the future, enabling broadcasters to deliver better TV and minimize their investments. All Triveni Digital solutions are backed by first-class U.S.-based service and support.

The company will demonstrate the new Broadcast Gateway and its end-to-end ATSC 3.0 solutions at the 2019 ATSC Annual Broadcast Conference, May 29-30 in Washington, D.C.

More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.

Triveni Digital to Showcase DMA-Wide Market Transition Solutions at 2019 Next-Gen TV Broadcast Conference

Triveni Digital today announced that it will showcase its end-to-end ATSC 3.0 solutions suite at the 2019 Next-Gen TV Conference, hosted by ATSC, May 29-30, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. During the event, attendees can see how Triveni Digital’s new ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway, StreamScope® XM Verifier, StreamScope XM MT analyzer, and GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 transport encoder ensure a smooth transition to the future of broadcast television, supporting enhancements such as better emergency communications, personalized advertising, service guides, and interactive programs.

“With deployments already underway, ATSC 3.0 is set to make a huge impact on the broadcast television industry. The challenge for stations now is navigating the complexities of this new environment and making a streamlined transition, while maintaining ATSC 1.0 revenues,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “The Next-Gen TV Conference is an excellent opportunity for us to show stations how they can make an effortless migration to ATSC 3.0, bringing better TV to viewers.”

Triveni Digital’s solutions support both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0, providing a unified workflow for broadcast TV stations that speeds up and simplifies operations, while guaranteeing seamless upgrades in the future with Triveni Digital’s new DMA pricing model. Customers that purchase Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 solutions also receive free solutions and support for ATSC 1.0.

A key highlight at the Next-Gen TV Conference will be Triveni Digital’s recently announced ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway, which enables stations to easily generate ATSC 3.0 signal information for HD and UHD broadcast service delivery. The gateway integrates seamlessly with Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder signaling and announcement generator, along with the company’s StreamScope analyzer family. Using Triveni Digital’s award-winning StreamScope XM Verifier, stations can verify ATSC 3.0 quality assurance metrics, including video, audio, and metadata directly from a Windows 10 laptop.

Triveni Digital offers award-winning best-in-class solutions and services fueled by decades of forward-thinking technological innovation, deployment expertise, and market leadership. As the only technology provider with unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0, Triveni Digital offers the simplest transition path to the future, enabling broadcasters to deliver better TV and minimize their investments. All Triveni Digital solutions are backed by first-class, 24/7 U.S.-based service and support.

More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.

HM Productions Broadcasts the 2019 Corbeau Seats Rally Live With AVIWEST Solutions

AVIWEST’s Digital Newsgathering Equipment Bonds Together IP Networks, Enabling Live Sports Coverage From Anywhere, Even With Poor Connectivity

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that HM Productions, a leading broadcast television production company in the U.K. and Ireland, deployed AVIWEST’s AIR320 ultra-compact HEVC bonded cellular transmitters to cover the 2019 Corbeau Seats Rally at Tendring and Clacton, in real time.

The company streamed over eight hours of live action and interviews from the stages to more then 7,000 people as well as to spectators watching screens in the service area on Clacton seafront.

“AVIWEST’s AIR320 exceeded all of our expectations, providing us with bonded 4G units with rock-solid performance all day. They are amazingly lightweight, light on power, light on data, and enabled us to live stream action and interviews from Chelmsford Motor Club’s Clacton-on-Sea-based event,” said Christopher Hylands, producer at HM Productions. “These transmitters are, without a doubt, the future of live streaming and broadcast and will definitely play a massive role in motorsport in the years to come.”

AVIWEST’s advanced live video solutions feature an Emmy® Award-winning protocol called SafeStreams Technology®, which allows HM Productions’ journalists to transmit live videos over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections using the AIR Series without having to worry about network conditions. With up to four cellular connections, including 3G/4G internal modems with high-efficiency custom antenna arrays and two USB 3.0 ports, plus a built-in Wi-Fi modem, the AIR320 allows HM Productions to get superior-quality live videos on the air quicker than ever.

“We owe massive thanks to Tony Wise from Wyzcom, the regional AVIWEST distributor, for going above and beyond during this project, not just the day before but during the weeks and months leading up to the event,” added Hylands.

“The live sports environment is very fast-paced and constantly changing, making it imperative that broadcasters have newsgathering equipment that is flexible and dependable,” said David Jaouen, vice president of sales at AVIWEST.

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.

Discovery Deutschland Adds HGTV to Channel Lineup, Extends Partnership With MX1 for Media Services and ASTRA Satellite Capacity

MX1, a global solutions provider of media services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today that Discovery Deutschland, a TV and digital media broadcast station based in Munich, Germany, will use MX1’s managed media and distribution services to deliver an eighth German channel, HOME & GARDEN TV (HGTV), which will be available to viewers from 6 June 2019.

Discovery Deutschland has been relying on MX1 services and capacity on SES’s ASTRA satellites for seven of its German TV channels. For this eighth and brand-new channel, MX1 is delivering fully managed playout, including advanced graphics, uplink, and distribution services. The free-to-air SD channel is distributed via SES’s ASTRA 1KR satellite at the prime orbital position of 19.2 degrees East, which reaches over 118 million homes across Europe.

“MX1 is a valued supplier, and the contracting services and ASTRA satellite capacity for the eighth channel underlines the success of our work together on the seven channels MX1 already manages,” said Alberto Horta, deputy general manager of Discovery Deutschland. “Advertisers have complex demands and expect a seamless integration into our broadcast, with which MX1 provides us. MX1’s broad range of media services delivers world-class reliability and exceptional quality, which is essential for maintaining high standards and satisfying our advertising partners.”

Broadpeak Wins Three Awards at 2019 NAB Show, Champions Ultra-Low Latency With Multicast ABR

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that its ultra-low-latency multicast ABR and local video caching technologies won multiple awards at the 2019 NAB Show. The company’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution with ultra-low latency and device synchronization for live streaming was presented with the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Award and IABM’s BaM Award in the Consume category. In addition, Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box was recognized by PRODU magazine in the IP delivery category.

“Broadpeak’s nanoCDN is the only multicast ABR technology on the market today that combines multicast delivery with CMAF and chunked transfer encoding, allowing operators to send video chunks while they are being processed,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Winning these awards acknowledges our hard work, swift responsiveness to industry challenges, and pioneering role in bringing ultra-low-latency multicast ABR, as well as local video caching technology, to the market.”

As the first provider of multicast ABR technology, Broadpeak has set the benchmark for scalable, live multiscreen video delivery. The company’s nanoCDN solution leverages multicast ABR technology to synchronize all devices receiving a live feed in the HLS or MPEG-DASH format. As a result, it eliminates the echo effects of several screens in the same location. It also significantly reduces end-to-end latency, bringing it down from 30 to 40 seconds to where it is with traditional digital TV. By solving these issues, the solution enables pay-TV operators to switch from IPTV technology to full ABR.

In addition, PRODU recognized Broadpeak for its BroadCache Box solution. The solution, deployed by HBO Latin America, leverages local video caching technology to lower CDN costs for broadcasters and content providers. Using BroadCache Box, broadcasters can dramatically reduce CDN costs while boosting subscriber QoE by deploying local caches into the networks of telecom or cable operators. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bit rates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Sports Video Group: NAB 2019 Reflections: Speedcast’s Barrie Woolston on M&E Strategy After Globecomm Acquisition

Speedcast made its NAB Show debut this month following its recent acquisition of Globecomm. With the Globecomm deal now complete, the company has rolled out the Speedcast Media Network, which integrates satellite, fiber, and cellular networks to provide secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint live and linear digital-video delivery anywhere in the world with low latency and high availability. Speedcast has also added multiplatform processing and content-management capabilities from Globecomm to Speedcast Media Network’s portfolio of cloud video-processing services.

SVG sat down with new Speedcast SVP, Media, Barrie Woolston, who discussed why Speedcast is entering the media and entertainment market, how the company’s scale and resources will provide an advantage in this industry, and how he sees hybrid satellite/fiber/cellular contribution networks changing the way the media industry delivers its content.

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202 Communications Clients Win Multiple Awards at 2019 NAB Show

202 Communications wants to congratulate its clients — Broadpeak, Harmonic, Interra Systems, and Triveni Digital — for their technology innovations, which captured a wide range of prestigious industry awards at the 2019 NAB Show.

TV Technology Best of Show

TV Technology’s Best of Show Awards contest recognizes new, cutting-edge solutions at the show, with winners selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners included:

  • Harmonic for its Primary Distribution Solution
  • Interra Systems for its WINNOW Classification & Compliance

NAB Product of the Year Award

202 Communications clients also won the NAB Product of the Year Award, which honors the most significant and promising new products and technologies being exhibited at the Show. Winners included:

  • Interra Systems’ BATON WINNOW Platform for Content Classification and Compliance in the AI/Machine Learning category
  • Broadpeak’s nanoCDN in the streaming B2C category for synchronizing all screens receiving live content in the ABR format with ultra-low latency
  • Harmonic’s Primary Distribution SaaS in the streaming B2B category for aggregating and delivering local channels connected via internet
  • Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Verifier ATSC 3.0 Verification Software in the hardware infrastructure category

IABM BaM Award

Breaking away from outdated, hardware-centric industry models, the BaM Awards categories are based on IABM’s new industry model, the BaM Content Chain: from Creator to Consumer. Broadpeak’s nanoCDN with ultra low latency and device synchronization was the winner in the Consume category.

Produ Awards

The PRODU awards intend to distinguish the excellent use of new platforms, their content, talent, professionals, companies and creativity that stand out in the new digital reality. Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box won for helping broadcasters and content providers reduce CDN costs while boosting subscribers’ QoE by deploying local caches into telecom or cable operators’ networks.

Emmy Award

AVIWEST was presented with a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its SafeStreams Technology, which includes forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and IP bonding techniques.