Broadpeak Expands Leadership Team With New Vice President of Business Development

Xavier Leclercq Will Focus on Developing New Markets and New Applications for Broadpeak Technologies

Broadpeak a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it has appointed Xavier Leclercq as vice president of business development. Leclercq will be responsible for expanding the company’s presence across new markets and new applications for Broadpeak technologies, with a focus on next-generation solutions for OTT across any networks including 5G. He will lead Broadpeak’s business development team across various segments and initiatives.

“Broadpeak has been increasing in momentum thanks to its unparalleled software offering in the video space,” said Leclercq. “The continuous transformation of the video industry opens up huge opportunities for growth. With a culture of innovation, an experienced team, and the recent backing from Eutelsat, Broadpeak is in a unique position to take advantage of these new opportunities. Leveraging my experience and leadership, I look forward to helping Broadpeak rapidly accelerate its business and create exceptional customer experiences.”

Prior to joining Broadpeak, Leclercq was a director of IP video at Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, where he led teams in consulting and business development. Having earlier served in roles at SeaChange and Akamai, he has more than 15 years of international experience in the IP video industry, with expertise in coding, prototyping, architecting, consulting, and selling technology solutions to content owners and network operators. Leclercq actively participates in lectures in academic and professional programmes. He has a master’s degree in business from the University of Lille and a master’s degree in telecommunications engineering from Telecom Lille.

“Xavier is a great addition to our team, with a solid history in delivering business-winning strategy and increasing the growth of technology providers in the IP market,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Xavier will play a crucial role in consolidating Broadpeak’s position as the market-leading provider of video delivery technologies and reaching new customer segments with innovative solutions that deliver the best QoE on every screen.”

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

Broadpeak Business Growth Accelerates in the Middle East, Leading to New Office Opening in Dubai

Broadpeak® a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it has opened a new office in Dubai in order to address the unprecedented growth in OTT video consumption and an increased demand for its innovative technologies. With a local sales and support presence in the Middle East, Broadpeak will now be in a better position to help content providers and pay-TV operators in the region take advantage of video streaming opportunities.

“Content providers and operators in the Middle East are looking for innovative ways to drive new business growth and capitalize on the video streaming market,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Having a local team on-site in Dubai will give Broadpeak a better perspective on the day-to-day challenges facing our customers and allow us to quickly respond to their needs with solutions that deliver better QoE across all screens in the most scalable and cost-effective way possible.”

Thibaud de Rohan Chabot, sales director at Broadpeak, will be the main contact for Middle East sales inquiries.

In addition to Broadpeak’s new Dubai office, the company has significantly expanded its global sales division and reach in 2019, with regional representatives recently added in Poland, Spain, and Australia.

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

Speedcast and In Aria! Networks Join Forces with Telespazio on Large-Scale, High-Capacity Video Services

New Managed Service Enables Secure, Flexible, and Efficient Digital TV Contribution, Cloud-Based Video Processing, Playout, and Multi-Platform Distribution

Speedcast, the world’s largest provider of remote communications and IT services (ASX: SDA), today announced a joint service offering with In Aria! Networks, one of Europe’s leading service providers in managed broadcast video contribution over IP, and Telespazio, a leading provider of digital TV platforms and satellite transmission in Europe. Relying on a combination of In Aria! Networks’ redundant video contribution over IP gateways integrated with the Speedcast Media Network (SMN) and Telespazio video teleports, media companies around the globe can securely contribute and deliver SD, HD, and UHD video services with unparalleled efficiency, flexibility, and a faster time to market.

The joint service offering from Speedcast, In Aria! Networks, and Telespazio is designed to speed up cloud-based IP video contribution, media processing, and satellite-based digital distribution. The offering includes a wide range of cloud-based value-added services, such as backhaul, media conversion, high-quality, low-latency live streaming, and occasional-use secure IP contribution, as well as multichannel digital TV platforms on the leading European Direct-to-Home satellite position.

Telespazio’s digital video teleport facilities at the Fucino Space Center in Italy feature 170 antennas and offer a broad satellite footprint for distribution of video channels across the Atlantic, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India regions. When combined with SMN’s low-latency fiber distribution network, multiple teleport locations around the world, and fully managed IP video transport service, they provide media companies with a large-scale, high-capacity global solution for delivering broadcast-quality video. In addition, the companies are collaborating on DVB-S and DVB-S2 Direct-to-Home satellites at 13° East to ensure improved video delivery across Europe.

“Uniting Telespazio’s DVB-S2 digital video platforms with In Aria! Networks’ innovative media transport technology and the Speedcast Media Network will have a huge impact on multi-platform video delivery,” said Alessandro Caranci, Head of Line of Business Satellite Communications at Telespazio. “Our customers can now have access to a cloud-based IP video contribution and distribution network, making it easy and cost-efficient to deliver video in any region on any device.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Telespazio, a major player in Europe, and Speedcast, who has a huge influence in North America and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Alberto Carpenè, CEO of In Aria! and Vice President of the Speedcast Media Network. “This joint offering sets a new benchmark for flexibility, enabling media companies to launch channels faster and more affordably.”

“Joining forces with Telespazio and In Aria! Networks allows us to address a critical growing need in the media market for hybrid video services,” said Erwan Emilian, Executive Vice President of Enterprise and Emerging Markets at Speedcast. “This partnership represents the fastest and most efficient way to backhaul video feeds, the widest network capacity for video distribution, and the broadest portfolio of value-added services, including cloud-based playout and media processing up to the satellite distribution on various satellites.”

DVB Adds HDR Dynamic Mapping to Its Audiovisual Coding Specifications

DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, today announced a new revision to its specification for the use of video and audio coding in broadcast and broadband applications to include solutions for HDR Dynamic Mapping (DM). The solutions allow a receiver, such as a TV set, to adapt a High Dynamic Range video signal to the characteristics of the display. The revised specification was approved by the DVB Steering Board in Geneva on 3 July 2019.

ETSI TS 101 154 is one of the core DVB specifications. It sets out how video and audio coding are to be used in satellite, cable, and terrestrial broadcasting systems, as well as in broadband delivery. The addition of HDR DM provides content creators and device manufacturers with a means of adapting video content so that it replicates as closely as possible the intended appearance, as produced in a reference viewing environment.

“DVB has provided the industry with the specifications needed to deploy UHD services with confidence,” said Peter MacAvock, chair of DVB. “HDR Dynamic Mapping is an important element of the ecosystem, helping broadcasters and other content providers to ensure their video looks as good as it possibly can on a given display.”

Three HDR DM Systems
DVB’s audiovisual coding specification includes two means of providing HDR video content, namely Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG10) and the 10-bit variant of Perceptual Quantizer (PQ-10). DM applies only to the latter.

There is significant potential benefit in being able to “map” the HDR, as graded using a reference monitor, to the lower-performance TV sets typical of the consumer environment. DM facilitates this functionality by way of Dynamic Mapping Information (DMI) inserted into the HDR video bitstream.

Three solutions for HDR DM have been included in the new version of TS 101 154:

• SMPTE ST 2094-10 – Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transform — Application #1
• ETSI TS 103 433-2 (SL-HDR2) – High-Performance Single-Layer High Dynamic Range (HDR) System for use in Consumer Electronics devices; Part 2: Enhancements for Perceptual Quantization (PQ) transfer function based High Dynamic Range (HDR) Systems
• SMPTE ST 2094-40 – Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transform — Application #4

The revised specification has been published as DVB BlueBook A001 and will be forwarded to ETSI for publication as TS 101 154 V2.6.1. DVB’s specifications for Service Information (DVB-SI) and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DVB-DASH) have also been revised to support HDR DM. The changes will be reflected in the respective ETSI standards in due course.

Following approval of the specification, the DVB Technical Module working group on audio and video coding (TM-AVC) will proceed with verification and validation activities to aid implementation of the new solutions.

AdScribe Supports Publitalia ’80 to Deliver Next-Generation HbbTV Interactive Advertising in Italy

AdScribe’s Engage Interactive Advertising Platform Enables Rapid Campaign Creation for Scaled Production and Increased Revenue Growth

AdScribe, a subsidiary of Zenterio, announced that it has successfully brought next-generation, targeted advertising to Italian television viewers on compatible HbbTV devices. In partnering with AdScribe, Publitalia ’80, the advertising sales house of the Italian free-to-air television network Mediaset Group, is now capable of displaying even more impactful and attractive creative output to engage brands’ customers. Campaigns are built and managed using Engage Studio, AdScribe’s innovative HbbTV authoring tool.

Drawing on AdScribe’s extensive experience designing and deploying similar technology and campaigns around the world, Publitalia ’80 have further enabled the interactive advertising features as part of a broadcast product offering, including full integration of campaign metrics with Mediaset’s addressable advertising platform. Moreover, Engage Studio will enable greater creativity and scaling of campaign creation through an intuitive and user-friendly interface.

AdScribe Engage Studio is a complete, end-to-end multiscreen platform that enables TV platform operators and broadcasters to create and operate an interactive advertising and promotions business. With Engage Studio, operators and broadcasters can promote their own content and services or generate revenue from third-party advertisers. Engage Studio supports a wide variety of ad formats from static banners through to fully interactive applications with embedded video.

Moreover AdScribe Engage Studio authoring tool allows operators to build and deploy campaigns far quicker and with more creative freedom than traditional template approaches. The advertiser receives detailed reports on all interactions, as well as any data the viewers opt to submit. In some cases, viewer data may be auto-populated from a subscriber database, making the process seamless and ensuring a higher completion rate.

“Partnering with Publitalia ’80 is further proof that our efforts are going in the right direction and that our Engage Studio platform is well-positioned within the next-gen TV ecosystem,” said Donal O’Connor, CEO at AdScribe. “Interactive advertising is already a reality for broadcasters, creating new ways to keep and increase viewers’ engagement and offering publishers and brands digital-like formats to promote their products on the TV screen.”

“This project represents a further step ahead in Publitalia ’80 and Mediaset’s strategy to provide enriched advertising to their viewers with a scalable tool,” said Paola Colombo, general manager, adtech and business development at Publitalia ’80. “In 2019, we will strengthen our offering around HbbTV ad formats, and we selected Engage Studio to help us to rationalize and scale the creation of interactive content.”

More information about AdScribe is available at www.adscribe.tv or www.zenterio.com.

Sky Deutschland and MX1 Expand Collaboration

MX1, an SES subsidiary and global solutions provider of media services, announced today that Sky Deutschland has agreed to a new service agreement extension with the company, which will see the German broadcaster’s customers receive perfect audio and video signals under any conditions. In particular, the scope of MX1’s contingency service will be expanded to include Sky Deutschland’s over-the-top (OTT) signals as well as its main broadcasts.

The MX1 Broadcast Centre will simultaneously receive all essential data and video transmission material from Sky Deutschland’s main channels. In the unlikely event that a natural or other catastrophe impacts Sky Deutschland’s media centre, its broadcast or OTT signal will be rapidly restored via MX1’s Broadcasting Centre in Unterföhring, Germany. The agreement includes content management, playout, and uplink services for the main signal, as well as encoding and distribution for OTT delivery.

“Big players such as Sky need a reliable partner that can assure service continuity in case an unforeseen external catastrophe impacts their own infrastructure,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “I’m proud to say that in such an event MX1 can guarantee to jump in and take over all contracted services on the same day.”

Astro Partners With Broadpeak to Strengthen OTT Delivery

Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ Multicast ABR Solution Enables Video Streams to be Delivered Over Satellite, Guaranteeing Exceptional Quality on Connected Devices

Broadpeak a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions is working with Astro Malaysia Holdings (“Astro”) Malaysia’s leading content and consumer company to strengthen the latter’s OTT video delivery service through its multicast ABR solution. Broadpeak’s multicast ABR technology will provide Astro with a cost-effective solution for OTT delivery, enabling the operator to distribute live and catch-up TV to public venues, as well as consumers and businesses, guaranteeing an exceptional experience.

Shahrul Imran Sultan, Vice President of Product Engineering at Astro said, “We are pleased to work with Broadpeak to enable our commercial and enterprise partners to enhance their business by providing their customers an avenue to enjoy our content that’s transmitted via satellite just by connecting to the establishment’s WIFI and launching the dedicated app. We are confident that Broadpeak’s multicast ABR solution will assist in elevating the customer’s user experience, while also providing the best technology quality.”

Astro is using Broadpeak’s multicast ABR satellite solution to distribute 20 MPEG-DASH live channels for Android TVs, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. The complete Broadpeak solution includes a BkE200 transcaster server, BkA100 analytics, BkS350 origin and packager servers, and nanoCDN™ technology. Broadpeak also played the role of system integrator in this project, coordinating with third-party project stakeholders, including Viaccess-Orca, Neotion, and Datacom, to assure a seamless deployment.

With Broadpeak’s nanoCDN technology Astro can deliver adaptive bitrate formats (i.e., HLS, DASH) to public places where broadband connectivity is limited using satellite, with the quality of DTH broadcast. Utilizing Broadpeak’s BkA100 analytics solution, Astro can visualize business, streaming, and QoE statistics to optimize the quality of its OTT service.

“Satellite DTH operators are looking to unlock new sources of revenue, and delivering OTT video to public places is a great way to do that,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “With Broadpeak’s nanoCDN for satellite, Astro can deliver the ultimate quality experience that only satellite can provide on a consistent basis while addressing any type of screen.”

Broadpeak will demonstrate its multicast ABR technology at BroadcastAsia 2019, June 18-20 in Singapore at stand 4H3-01. More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Harmonic Enables Guangdong Radio and Television to Deliver Premium UHD Broadcasts in China

Harmonic’s Playout Solution Enables First Chinese Province-Level UHD Broadcast Channel

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Guangdong Radio and Television (GRT) is the first province-level broadcaster in China to deploy UHD channels, thanks to a playout solution from Harmonic. Supporting a range of formats, including SD, HD and UHD, Harmonic’s playout solution enables GRT to create pristine UHD broadcasts.

“UHD is still fairly new to the Chinese market, and we wanted to be at the forefront of this exciting movement,” said Huang Yonghong, associate director at GRT. “Harmonic’s playout solution provides rock-solid reliability and a rich feature set, increasing our workflow efficiency and allowing UHD channels to be launched very quickly.”

GRT has deployed Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server to deliver provincial UHD broadcasts and expand its HD channel offering. Harmonic’s Spectrum X solution reduces the complexity of broadcast workflows by merging multiple capabilities onto a single appliance. Native SDI and IP I/O on the same chassis will also enable GRT’s future transition to all-IP workflows and accelerate the launch of new revenue-generating channels.

Spectrum X media server also features innovative HDR and SDR with tone mapping and tone expansion, with support for sustained SDR or HDR outputs and mixed SDR and HDR clips. Additionally, the server provides simulcast channel capabilities with support for two different output resolutions, including SDR and HDR, from one playlist. These advanced features can easily be adopted by GRT in the future as it continues to improve upon video quality.

“Being among the first to launch UHD channels in China gives GRT a reputation for quickly responding to technology innovation and addressing consumer demand for an elevated entertainment experience,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Since Spectrum X is a highly versatile and flexible video server, we are able to expand features and functionality over time, enabling GRT to protect its investment.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its UHD solutions, including the Spectrum X media server, at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20 in Singapore at Stand 4S2-01. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience with Harmonic

Harmonic’s Content-Aware Encoding Improves Viewer Satisfaction for OTT Delivery by Reducing Buffering and Startup Delays

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), a leading television broadcasting company based in Hong Kong, has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ™ content-aware encoding for its myTV SUPER OTT platform. EyeQ encoding optimizes bandwidth for OTT services, reducing TVB’s CDN costs and improving viewers’ quality of experience (QoE) on every screen by significantly decreasing the amount of stream buffering and startup delays.

“Today’s television viewers expect the same flawless, uninterrupted quality of experience for OTT as broadcast,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Our EyeQ content-aware encoding enables TVB to achieve constant video quality for OTT and improved speeds for video delivery. With the bandwidth savings that EyeQ encoding provides, TVB can enhance its offering and deliver valued-added services like UHD and new sport channels in the future, keeping viewers engaged and watching longer.”

TVB is leveraging EyeQ technology to deliver live HD OTT channels on set-top boxes using the HEVC codec. At the heart of the company’s acclaimed, software-based Electra® media processing platform, EyeQ content-aware encoding offers TVB a fresh approach to delivering consistent, superior video quality for its OTT service, with a significant reduction in bandwidth. The EyeQ technology is unique in its ability to leverage the mechanics of the human eye to assess video quality and optimize encoding parameters in real time.

Harmonic will demonstrate the latest innovations in OTT delivery at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20 in Singapore at Level 4, Stand 4S2-01. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Datacom and VO Sign System Integrator Partner Agreement for APAC

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Datacom is the first company to sign under VO’s new system integration partnership program. An international supplier of satellite communications equipment based in Hong Kong, with strong pay TV and SI skills, Datacom will play a crucial role in bringing VO’s world-class content protection and TV platform solutions to Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, including Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Australia, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

“With VO’s solutions, operators can solve the inherent challenges involved with providing a smarter and safer digital TV and OTT experience, and we look forward to bringing these innovations to the APAC region,” said Bo Guan, Manager, Multimedia and Broadcasting Division at Datacom. “As one of the leading resellers in Asia, we have worked on a wide range of pay-TV deployments and specialize in providing complete turnkey solutions for simplicity, efficiency, and reliability purposes. VO completes our portfolio, enabling us to deliver an end-to-end solution.”

Datacom has more than 20 years of experience in system integration services, with a staff of around 200 people and offices in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Congo, along with distributors throughout the Asian region.

VO’s global network of system integrators is designed to deliver the best OTT and TV experience to operators through the company’s end-to-end, cloud-based TV Platform as a Service TVaaS, secure video player, anti-piracy protection services, and other solutions.

“OTT video consumption is rising steadily across the world, especially in the APAC region, and we are looking for resellers to help us address that area of business growth,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Partnership and Product Security at VO. “Datacom is a results-oriented leader in the media communications industry with extensive project management experience and a one-stop shop service that includes design, procurement, delivery, installation, and maintenance, which will help our customers launch revenue-generating TV Everywhere services quickly.”