nanocosmos Improves Ultra-Low-Latency Live Streaming Experience With New nanoStream Cloud Service Features

Using nanoStream Cloud, Service Providers Can Deliver an End-to-End Latency of Around One Second — Now with Live Transcoding and ABR

nanocosmos, the Berlin-based interactive live streaming technology provider, has introduced new enhancements to its nanoStream Cloud service, which delivers an end-to-end latency of around one second for interactive video streaming applications. Through new adaptive bit rate (ABR) playback, automatic live transcoding, and analytics capabilities, nanoStream Cloud enables service providers and platform operators across different vertical markets such as webcasting, live auctions, gaming, sports betting, polling, e-commerce, e-learning, and entertainment to deliver a superior live video streaming experience.

“Ultra-low-latency live streaming opens up a variety of exciting opportunities for multiple markets, especially those focused on driving audience engagement,” said Oliver Lietz, CEO and founder at nanocosmos. “As nanoStream Cloud deployments grow across the globe, we’re excited to introduce several new enhancements that answer our customers’ live streaming challenges. Through ABR playback, transcoding, and action-based analytics on the nanoStream Cloud service, we’re helping to ensure that service providers can deliver an interactive and lean-forward type of video experience with ultra-low latency that is critical for live streaming.”

nanoStream Cloud leverages a unique combination of software analytics, global CDN services, and an ABR player to achieve the exceptional quality of service (QoS) required for ultra-low-latency (ULL) live video streaming. By providing users with a complete end-to-end workflow, nanoStream Cloud simplifies live video streaming for web browser applications and offers a level of control that is not possible with any other solution on the market.

A key new feature of nanoStream Cloud is ABR playback on any mobile or desktop browser, including iOS Safari, via the nanoStream H5Live Player. The H5Live player automatically adjusts video quality based on network conditions on the viewer side to avoid buffering and ensures streams provide an ULL of about one second. nanoStream Cloud also provides live transcoding, creating different levels of quality streams so that service providers and platform operators can reach a wider range of audiences.

In addition, the nanoStream Cloud now collects real-time data throughout the entire live streaming workflow, providing users with valuable analytics and actionable insights for improving live video streaming QoS and quality of experience (QoE). Metrics include ABR quality, user experience, stream quality, player statistics, buffering, volume, and connectivity of audience.

nanoStream Cloud is easy to integrate into any existing live video streaming workflow, enabling rapid deployment of ULL interactive video applications.

For more information, visit www.nanocosmos.de/cloud.

Interra Systems to Host Webinar Series Following 2020 NAB Show Cancellation

Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that it will offer a series of free educational webinars in April. Webinar topics focus on the company’s new and full range of content quality control (QC), monitoring, analysis, and classification solutions. This includes two new solutions that were set to be showcased at the 2020 NAB Show: BATON LipSync, a new automated tool for lip sync detection and verification, and BATON Captions, which brings simplicity and cost savings to the creation, management, and delivery of captions.

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 NAB Show, Interra Systems wants to ensure that its customers and partners don’t miss out on vital information regarding the company’s recent technology innovations. The webinar series offers a way to stay connected, providing attendees with a digital connection to news about solutions that streamline content management, improve efficiencies, and help to provide exceptional audio-video quality on every device.

The full list of webinar topics and dates includes:
• “BATON LipSync — Solving Critical Lip Sync Issues in Media Content” on Thursday, April 9
• “BATON Captions — Efficient Video Captions Creation and Distribution” on Monday, April 13
• “Media QC” on Wednesday, April 15
• “Media Monitoring and Delivery” regarding ORION-OTT on Friday, April 17, and regarding ORION on Monday, April 20
• “Content Classification” on Wednesday, April 22
• “Media Analysis” on Friday, April 24

Each webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes. For more information about the webinar topics, to view the available times and register online, visit: http://www.interrasystems.com/mailer/OnlineNAB2020/.

More information about Interra Systems solutions can be found at www.interrasystems.com.

AVIWEST Unveils New RACK Series Video Encoders for Live Contribution and Remote/At-Home Production

Featuring Double-Emmy-Awarded SST Technology in a Compact Design, the New RACK Series Significantly Expands Broadcast Capacities

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced its new RACK Series, the next generation of the company’s video contribution encoder set to be released this summer. By integrating a best-in-class hardware H.265/HEVC encoder as well as an H.264/AVC encoder into a compact platform, the RACK Series is designed for space-constrained live production, including contribution applications and multicamera remote/at-home productions.

“As broadcasters aim to deliver superior-quality video content for live events, data costs are spiraling out of control,” said Samuel Fleischhacker, senior product manager at AVIWEST. “The RACK Series features a next-generation encoder that is extremely powerful, significantly reducing the bit rates typically associated with broadcasting high-quality video in real time over bonded cellular and the public internet.”

The RACK Series is designed to be deployed in fixed locations and directly connected on wired IP networks, offering a real cost-effective alternative to satellite or fiber. In addition, the RACK Series can be used on vans or trucks and connected to a roof-mounted AVIWEST QUAD CellLink 3G/4G antenna or KA satellite transmitter, enabling video broadcast from any location around the world, even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions.

Equipped with a user-friendly, intuitive touch screen, the unit supports multiple operational modes including live, record, live and record, file forward, and data hot spot for high-speed internet connectivity. All of these operations are possible in only two taps on the touch screen. The brand-new RACK Series also features a SIP-based intercom to simplify communications between the master control room on the broadcaster premises and remote operators in the field. Another key benefit of the RACK hybrid encoder is its video return function. In less than one second, it enables remote crews to receive the on-air feed from the studio, receive teleprompting information, and ensure the live stream is being delivered properly.

With its 1-U half rack form factor, the product reduces costs and space requirements, making it perfect for sports and entertainment live video production and other remote integration or at-home production use cases. The device can synchronously backhaul multiple live feeds with perfect genlock and lip sync across multiple cameras.

The RACK Series embeds a high-performance full HD encoder to reach low bit rates at subsecond latency without comprising on video quality. Powered by the double-award-winning SST technology (Safe Streams Transport), the RACK encoder offers ultra-reliable transmission on any network, thanks to an intelligent IP-bonding stack that aggregates all available bandwidth without needing to stop a live transmission, even as connections are added or dropped.

Ultimately, the RACK Series helps video production crews to expand their live coverage capabilities and create enthralling live stories.

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

WORK Microwave DVB-S2 Solutions Power Earth Observation Data Reception in Antarctica

DVB-S2 Modem Provides High Throughput and Exceptional Signal Reception for Next-Gen Space Missions

WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced that a leading geospatial analytics company is using its DVB-S2 IP Receiver SDD-IP to receive earth observation data from Antarctica. Utilizing WORK Microwave’s DVB-S2 receiver, the company can achieve high throughput and outstanding signal reception performance.

WORK Microwave’s DVB-S2 receiver is a robust platform for receiving IP and Ethernet data over DVB-S2 satellite connections. Supporting a flexible range of output formats, the receiver is perfect for a variety of space missions. Today, WORK Microwave’s DVB-S2/S2X IP Receiver SDD-IP and AR-60 have been widely deployed across all continents from Svalbard, Norway, to Antarctica for earth observation and other data-critical applications.

“WORK Microwave is actively engaged in both traditional and emerging satellite markets. More and more, we’re seeing LEO, MEO, 5G, and EO satellites in use, and we’re excited to support those platforms and pave the way to the next-generation space era,” said Joerg Rockstroh, director of digital products at WORK Microwave. “Through earth observation we can deliver a fundamentally better picture of our planet, and reliable signal reception is critical to making that happen.”

DVB to Host Webinar Series Following DVB World Cancellation

DVB, an industry consortium that develops open, interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, today announced that it will offer a series of free webinars based on the programme of DVB World 2020. Originally set for March 8-11 in Valencia, Spain, DVB World 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. The next DVB World conference will take place in Berlin on March 22-24, 2021.

The full list of upcoming webinars is as follows:

• “Multicast ABR Opens the Door to a New DVB Era,” on Thursday, March 19

• “Codecs, Standards and UHD Formats – Where is the Industry Headed?” on Monday, March 23 in collaboration with the Ultra HD Forum

• “Encoding and Packaging for DVB-I Services,” on Friday, March 27

• “Beam Hopping in DVB-S2X,” on Monday, March 30

• “DASH: From On-demand to Large Scale Live for Premium Services,” on Tuesday, March 31 in collaboration with the DASH Industry Forum

• “DVB-I Service Lists & Programme Information,” on Wednesday, April 1

• “Building a Reference Client for DVB-I,” on Monday, April 6

The webinars will take place on the Zoom platform. Registration is now open via the links above or through the DVB website.

Foxtel Expands Ultra HD Services with Harmonic

Market-Leading Electra® Media Processor Employs AI Encoding to Improve Bandwidth Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Foxtel, a leading subscription-TV provider in Australia, has deployed Harmonic’s software-based Electra® XOS live video processor to increase efficiencies in its Ultra HD service offering. Utilizing the AI-powered Electra XOS solution, Foxtel is able to deliver additional Ultra HD programming using the same fixed bandwidth capacity.

“Video delivery technologies have evolved tremendously over the past few years, enabling even greater efficiencies,” said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. “As a longstanding Harmonic customer, transitioning to the Electra XOS solution allows us to take advantage of advanced technologies, such as AI, and as a result deliver richer Ultra HD content with amazing quality at low bitrates.”

Harmonic’s Electra XOS solution, part of Harmonic’s market-leading Electra family, brings together industry-leading expertise in video algorithms and the latest in AI innovation to deliver exceptional video quality when bandwidth is limited. The solution supports streaming and broadcast formats, HDR processing, uncompressed and compressed IP inputs, and integrated packaging to simplify live video workflows. The software-based Electra XOS platform allows for continual updates with the latest technology advancements, ensuring that Foxtel stays ahead of the curve.

“Today’s viewers expect to watch Ultra HD channels, especially for live sports. But delivering higher resolution content can put a significant strain on the operators’ network capacity,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and video services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Foxtel trusted Harmonic’s expertise in high-efficiency encoding to simplify the launch of its Ultra HD programming. This successful deployment at Foxtel is a clear demonstration of the world-class video quality, optimized bandwidth and system reliability that the Electra XOS solution provides.”

Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Speedcast Executives Bring Expertise on Cloud, Teleport, Big Data, VSAT, and IoT Trends to SATELLITE 2020

Media Advisory

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions, today announced that the company’s executives will speak about the latest satellite technologies and trends at SATELLITE 2020.

THE NEWS:

Mike Scotto, Senior Vice President, EEM North America, at Speedcast, will participate in two panel sessions: “Clear Skies or Stormy Weather? Integrating the Cloud into Data and Media Services” and “Teleports and Big Data.”

Keith Johnson, Executive Vice President, Energy, at Speedcast, will lead a session on “Managing VSAT Networks for Optimum Performance.”

In addition, Martin Killian, IoT Architect at Speedcast, will speak on “Why IoT Projects Fail — and What You Can Do to Prevent It.”

WHEN:

• The first cloud panel that Scotto is part of will take place on Tuesday, March 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in room 146 C. Scotto’s second panel on teleports and big data is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in room 146 C.

• On Wednesday, March 11, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Johnson will speak on VSAT networks in room 146 C.

• Killian’s session is slated for Wednesday, March 11, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the Satellite Unveiled Theater.

WHERE:

SATELLITE 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

WHAT:

Scotto’s panel session on cloud will explore the opportunities that partnerships with cloud service providers offer, the technical and policy requirements for interconnection, and what cloud service providers want from their partners. During his session on teleports and big data, Scotto will describe how big data and analytics are optimizing services, winning new business for service providers, and helping them retain customers.

Johnson’s presentation will focus on the challenges that networks face today, the techniques and tools they use to overcome them, and solutions that are in development to tackle the greater challenges of the future.

Killian’s session will address key obstacles that can cause failure and the practices that are successfully helping companies realize cost savings, productivity improvements, and revenue increases.

WHY:

Over the past year, the largest satellite operators announced high-profile partnerships with cloud service providers. VSAT networks are operating in an ever-more complex world. Big data expertise is becoming key to the survival and success of service providers. And IoT projects are on the rise. Speedcast will bring its years of expertise and real-world deployment experience on these topics to the SATELLITE 2020 conference.

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Speedcast Launches Global Standardized SD-WAN Solution

Innovative SD-WAN Solution Seamlessly Blends VSAT, LTE, Wireless and Fiber Technologies Into a Single Communication Channel

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted communications and IT services provider, has launched an advanced software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution that seamlessly blends satellite, LTE, wireless and fiber technologies. Designed for onshore and offshore users, the solution provides customers with high performance and dynamic access to applications across networks, with greater ease of use and lower cost than traditional network management systems.

As networks and satellite connections grow, network management becomes crucial to ensure seamless business operations. Customers require mission-critical communications combining different WAN link technologies to maximize their available bandwidth and application uptime while streamlining costs. Speedcast has simplified link management by introducing a best-in-class SD-WAN solution. With all disparate WAN links configured inside a secure conduit, Speedcast SD-WAN simplifies routing through a single, end-to-end solution that dynamically routes traffic across the best available links and aggregates the bandwidth to maximize throughput. It offers the highest uptime availability and allows users to maintain a high quality of experience even at over 90% link bandwidth utilization.

“Having a modern, reliable network is critical for our offshore and onshore customers’ operations and digital transformation strategies,” said Tim Bailey, Executive Vice President, Products, Marketing and Business Development, Speedcast. “Speedcast SD-WAN is the ideal solution for increasing the availability, stability and bandwidth of our customers’ remote site connectivity while delivering a better end-user experience and improved operational efficiencies. The launch significantly strengthens Speedcast’s capability to deploy and manage innovative solutions that address our customers’ needs.”

Speedcast’s SD-WAN solution is offered as a standardized solution with shared HUB infrastructure or a customized solution with dedicated equipment. For more information, download the brochure or contact us at info@speedcast.com.

b<>com and Viaccess-Orca Make a Clear Round at the Cartesian Watermark Evaluation

VO’s Dynamic Watermarking Solution Including Stream Guardian Technology Assessed for Robustness Against Piracy

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that its Dynamic Watermarking solution developed in collaboration with b<>com, a European private research institute, has undergone a stringent assessment carried out by Cartesian, an independent consultancy company for the communications and digital media industries. Co-developed by VO and b<>com, the Stream Guardian technology provides algorithms for VO’s Dynamic Watermarking. According to specifications set by the Hollywood movie industry, Cartesian tested the robustness of the solution through its Farncombe Security Audit® Watermark. During the audit, the technology passed all the robustness tests, which check the watermark’s ability to withstand attempts to obfuscate it or prevent it from being recovered. Stream Guardian passed the assessment thanks to its live-optimized analysis algorithm.

“Our content security team carried out a robustness test of the Stream Guardian technology. The watermark was subjected to multiple tests, which have been designed in partnership with Hollywood studios,” said Lee Kent, Head of Content Security at Cartesian. “These tests replicate the tampering techniques used to illegally reproduce and distribute video content. By putting the technology through the rigorous Farncombe Security Audit Watermark process, it’s evident that b<>com and VO are committed to protecting valuable content against piracy.”

The technology features best-in-class algorithms capable of resisting a wide range of piracy attacks, such as camcording, strong lossy compression, and collusions. Using VO’s Dynamic Watermarking, part of the award-winning set of services in VO’s Anti-Piracy Center, content owners can launch VOD and live campaigns and swiftly identify the source of piracy. Since operators develop their application with VO secure video player, the watermarking is integrated on the client side, which is a more cost-effective approach than server-side watermarking.

“The results are all the more remarkable since we do not use any metadata for video analysis to facilitate the integration of our product,” said Gaëtan Le Guelvouit, Trust and Security Lab Manager at b<>com. “The expertise at b<>com and VO sets Stream Guardian technology apart from other watermarking techniques, and we’re proud to validate its robustness through the Cartesian assessment.”

“Passing the Cartesian audit with flying colors is a testament to our expertise in solving the inherent security challenges that exist in today’s digital TV and OTT environments,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President Marketing Security and Partnership, Viaccess-Orca. “Collaborating with b<>com, we’re setting a new standard with the VO Dynamic Watermarking solution for keeping premium content safe from new and evolving forms of piracy.”

The audit report is available from b<>com and Viaccess-Orca upon request.

AVIWEST Wins Prestigious Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for Second Consecutive Year

NATAS Presents Emmy® Award to AVIWEST for Groundbreaking Live Video Over Bonded Cellular Internet Solution

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented AVIWEST with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for the second consecutive year. The Emmy Award was presented to AVIWEST for excellence and innovation in video broadcasting standards over bonded cellular internet.

“We are honored to be selected for a second Emmy award for our bonded cellular video solution. Receiving the most prestigious broadcast award again is remarkable,” said Ronan Poullaouec, chief technology officer at AVIWEST. “This prize highlights and rewards the amazing work done by all of our teams over the past few years, honoring our achievements in live video transmission with reliable connectivity anywhere. It recognizes not once but twice our effort to be innovative, agile, and responsive to our customers’ needs.”

In 2019, AVIWEST received its first NATAS Emmy® Award for its Safe Streams Transport (SST) protocol. Receiving this second award is proof of AVIWEST’s significant contribution to the constant advancement of a leading-edge reliable transport method for live content over unmanaged networks and the public internet.

AVIWEST’s SST protocol — implemented in all of its products — offers reliable and broadcast-grade video quality and data transmission over 3G/4G/5G cellular, LAN, Wi-Fi, satellite, and the public internet by simultaneously aggregating multiple network connections, dynamically adapting the video bitrate according to network bandwidth fluctuations, protecting stream content, and supporting retransmission of lost data. SST enables broadcasters to live-stream content through a low-cost public internet connection, providing video crews with greater flexibility wherever they are.

“We are so proud and thankful to be recognized as one of the companies in the world that has significantly revolutionized the way live video is produced by broadcasters,” said Erwan Gasc, CEO at AVIWEST. “This achievement has been possible thanks to our world-class engineering team and their hard work during the past several years. Our partners and customers have also undoubtedly contributed to this success through their continuous trust and strong support for our products and technology.”

The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards will be presented at the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations, and individuals for breakthroughs that have had a significant effect on television engineering.

AVIWEST will demonstrate its Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award-winning solutions at the 2020 NAB Show, April 19-22 in Las Vegas, booth C2626. More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.