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.”

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.”

MX1 and Minerva Networks Power Next-Generation OTT TV Services

Seamless Integration of MX1’s OTT Services and Minerva Networks’ Online Video Platform Delivers Next-Generation OTT TV Services

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Minerva Networks, a leading online video platform (OVP) provider, to offer turnkey, subscription-based and ad-funded over-the-top (OTT) video services. The integration of Minerva’s market leading platform with MX1’s proven content management services and global delivery infrastructure will enable media companies, broadcasters, mobile service providers, ISPs, and pay TV operators worldwide to launch robust, flexible, and scalable OTT video services quickly and cost effectively. The companies will demonstrate their joint solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“In partnership with MX1, we are redefining the way large-scale OTT video services can be efficiently created, launched, and operated,” said Mauro Bonomi, CEO of Minerva Networks. “The combination of our management platform with MX1’s proven media processing services and delivery infrastructure provides a comprehensive solution for the delivery of engaging entertainment experiences on a variety of connected devices.”

Minerva’s OVP supports a broad set of video services including live TV, video-on-demand, personal video recording, catch-up TV, pause of live TV, and restart TV. Minerva’s platform also provides a rich set of analytics data that enable operators to optimize their video services in order to increase user engagement and retention. MX1 will manage all aspects of the OTT content workflow and service delivery, including operations and 24/7 monitoring.

“Consumers are looking for compelling services that allow them to enjoy a variety of live, time-shifted, and on-demand video content anywhere and on any screen. In partnership with Minerva, we have assembled a best-of-breed turnkey solution for operators to quickly and cost-effectively deploy next-generation multiscreen services,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “Our global OTT TV Cloud Service will enable broadcasters, media companies, and operators worldwide to better monetize their content.”

MX1 and Nowtilus Team Up to Empower Personalized and Ad-Funded TV

Seamless Integration Between MX1’s OTT Content Distribution and Online Video Platform with Nowtilus’ Server-Side Ad Insertion Technology Will Personalize the OTT TV Experience

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Nowtilus, a leading provider of ad delivery for targeted dynamic in-stream ad insertion. By working together, the companies are combining Nowtilus’ innovative server-side ad insertion (SSAI) solution with MX1’s global media services for broadcasters, TV networks, and OTT service providers. This will create an end-to-end solution bringing personalized TV and targeted advertising services to the big screens and mobile devices in broadcast-grade quality. The targeted and dynamic ad insertion solution will enable service providers to increase ad revenues with their live TV and VOD content. The companies will demonstrate the solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“By partnering with MX1 we are transforming the way that broadcasters and video streaming platforms deliver personalised video and advertising, making this process infinitely more efficient and creating additional value for their content,” said Patrick Knippel, managing director at Nowtilus. “The combination of our cloud-native, server-side ad insertion technology and MX1’s proven services for content aggregation, management, playout, online video, and distribution provides a complete solution for a personalised TV with up to 4K clarity.”

Nowtilus’ SSAI solution manages the ad insertion process dynamically, allowing a bufferless transition between the video content and ad in a streaming environment. With MX1’s expertise in managing all aspects of 4K and OTT workflows, including monitoring and providing 24/7 support, TV channels can easily deliver personalised broadcast television experiences across all devices.

“The television experience is becoming more personal, and this partnership with Nowtilus sets a new standard for efficient delivery of targeted ads and content,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “By integrating our world-class media services with Nowtilus’ SSAI solution, we’re ushering in a new video streaming experience that enables service providers to achieve a higher return on ad revenues.”

MX1 Teams Up With IMS Productions to Distribute NTT IndyCar Series Broadcasts

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, and IMS Productions, a leader in media production and technology, announced today a partnership to provide distribution services for the NTT IndyCar Series, the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America. Over the next three INDYCAR seasons, IMS Productions will be responsible for transmitting all NTT IndyCar Series races to international rights holders in more than 80 countries around the globe, and MX1 will provide both operational support and distribution services.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with IMS Productions and distribute content for INDYCAR, the world’s fastest and most diverse racing series,” said Susanna Mandell Montello, Vice President of Global Sports at MX1. “MX1’s satellite distribution business is used by many big-name broadcasters in the sports environment and has gained a stellar reputation for reliability and worldwide coverage.”

IMS Productions will provide technical and engineering expertise and facilities for the creation of INDYCAR content and utilize its C- and Ku-band uplinks for the first mile of distribution, at which point, MX1 will seamlessly receive the feed and distribute it to the world.

IMS Productions is a long-established leader in broadcasting sporting events such as the NTT IndyCar Series and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). By providing media professionals with state-of-the-art broadcast-quality cameras and other cost-effective equipment, IMS Productions brings efficiency and cost savings to sports production.

MX1 is a leading media services provider with a global network that covers downlink/uplink and turnaround services from over 150 satellite platforms. With media centers located on three continents, MX1 will enable INDYCAR to access and distribute its content to even the most remote areas of the world.

“At IMS Productions, we pride ourselves on providing customers with a complete production solution, including mobile units, content services, and transmission services,” said Kevin Sublette, President at IMS Productions. “By collaborating with MX1, an expert in delivering flexible services that cut through transmission complexities, we can help INDYCAR distribute its racing content with the ultimate reliability and global reach that is imperative for live sports.”

Discovery Deutschland Continues to Rely on MX1 for Managed Playout Services and More

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that Discovery Deutschland, a TV and digital media broadcast station based in Munich, Germany, has extended its partnership with MX1 for fully managed playout and content management services.

Under the terms of the contract extension, MX1 will continue to fully manage playout and media asset management tasks for Discovery Deutschland’s SD and HD channels. The channels include TLC, DMAX, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Shop 300 in Germany, as well as DMAX Austria in SD. Additionally, since Jan. 1, 2019, a new channel, TLC Austria, is now distributed over SES’s ASTRA 1N satellite at its prime orbital location of 19.2° East, reaching over 118 million TV homes across Europe.

Discovery Deutschland is using MX1 360, a unified media platform, to manage and deliver all linear and nonlinear content. Once the ready-to-air programme files are delivered by Discovery, MX1 360 brings together the full range of media services, enabling the broadcaster to manage and deliver their content from a single interface to any broadcast, platform.

“Our playout operations are very complex, especially with regards to demanding graphics and commercial requests,” said Alberto Horta, deputy general manager, GSA, of Discovery Deutschland. “With MX1, we have a reliable partner that offers the quality and service level we need to ensure smooth playout operations and content management for all of our channels, including the all-new TLC Austria channel in Austria.”

“We are pleased to have gained the trust and continued business of Discovery Deutschland,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “By choosing us as its service partner for seven channels and trusting us to deliver the new TLC Austria channel via Astra satellite in Austria, Discovery Deutschland provides further validation to the exceptional reach, playout, and content management services we provide.”

MX1 Joins DPP and Will Bring Media Expertise to Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that it has joined the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) business change network and will participate in the DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018, taking place Nov. 6 in London. Through its attendance, MX1 will add its unique insights to an event that seeks to provide a diverse and influential range of broadcasters, content owners, and service providers with the most technologically and commercially relevant snapshot of where the industry is heading in the coming months.

“The DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing is a great opportunity for us to engage with media influencers to learn about new market developments and technology trends,” said Erich Glaeser, chief commercial officer at MX1. “Innovation is at the heart of our business, and being part of the DPP community will help us stay ahead of the changes in technology and viewing habits in the media landscape. We look forward to connecting with other industry experts to find new ways to streamline operations and maintain our competitive edge.”

MX1 will provide attendees with demonstrations of its managed media services in the DPP Club Lounge area at the Technology Leaders’ Briefing. MX1’s managed media services are used by leading media companies around the world and support all aspects of video operations, enabling media companies to focus on what they do best: creating the most amazing content. From content aggregation to preparation, packaging, management, and delivery, MX1’s media services ensure the highest quality for live and VOD content on every screen and can be customized to fit the needs of any media company.

As a member of the DPP, MX1 now has a unique opportunity to influence industry specifications and shape major industry change. As media companies adopt the DPP-developed Interoperable Master Format (IMF) as their new master delivery format, MX1 will be able to utilize DPP’s Test Lab & Compliance programmes to run technology proofs of concept with customers.

Moreover, being a DPP member will enable MX1 to continue its legacy of complying with the highest content-security standards in the industry. MX1 currently holds pretheatrical security approval from three major Hollywood studios. The DPP’s Committed to Security Programme and the Committed to Security mark perfectly align with MX1’s commitment to achieving security best practices.

MX1 at IBC2018

Media companies today need to work faster, reduce operational costs, and offer more advanced features than the competition. Providing the ultimate viewer experience is the ultimate goal in the media environment, and that means having both live and VOD content available on every screen.

At IBC2018, MX1 will demonstrate new capabilities and workflow enhancements of its MX1 360 platform. MX1 360 is the company’s unified media platform for managing and delivering linear and nonlinear content to any broadcast, VOD, or OTT platform. This powerful, next-generation platform enables broadcasters and service providers to offer a full range of end-to-end services, as well as successfully aggregate, manage, and deliver linear and nonlinear content. With MX1 360, one platform does it all, delivering a one-stop-shop for broadcasters to handle all their content requirements — from preparing, packaging, managing, and validating high-quality content to reliable playout and optimal delivery for multiscreen viewing. The new additions to MX1 360 that will be on display at IBC2018, enable media companies to do even more, helping them manage the increasing complexity of workflows and further monetise their content.

NEW to the MX1 360 Media Platform — AI Capabilities and Occasional Use Booking Interface:

AI Technology Boosts Access to Descriptive Metadata

MX1 360 is now integrated with AWS Rekognition, Amazon Web Service’s market-leading artificial intelligence (AI) engine. Using AI technology, the MX1 360 platform can scan video content during ingest (or at a later stage) and automatically generate searchable, descriptive metadata. Faces, objects, and on-screen text can be quickly located using this cutting-edge AI analysis technology. A speech-to-text engine — coming soon — will enable media companies to automatically transcribe every spoken word within media assets.

Easy-to-Use Booking Interface for Occasional Use Customers

At IBC2018, MX1 will unveil a new booking interface for MX1 360 that is perfect for occasional-use customers that want to distribute live content via MX1’s hybrid satellite, fibre, and IP networks. Through this interface, broadcasters have full visibility into their submitted booking requests and can explore additional monetisation opportunities through post-event access to a content archive, ancillary files, clipping interface, and all required metadata.

Executive Presentations at IBC2018

MX1 will participate in the SES Tech Talks at IBC2018, delivering crucial insights in three areas that are essential to the ongoing success of broadcasters and operators in the current turbulent market. The presentations include:

Cloud Playout as a service — a flexible, yet reliable approach to managed channel origination,” presented by Steffen Herrmann, senior product manager at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This session will cover cloud playout and its maturation over the last few years into a serious alternative to traditional channel origination setups. Herrmann will discuss why cloud playout is well-suited for dedicated broadcast use cases and illustrate how MX1’s cloud playout combines the flexibility and agility of cloud computing with the company’s unmatched reliability, security, and service level.

Harnessing Unified Media Workflows with MX1 360, presented by Ariel Nishri, vice president of product development at MX1, on Friday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. This seminar will highlight the converged linear and nonlinear workflow efficiencies that can be gained throughout an organisation by using a single centralised platform and best-of-breed tools for ingest, transcoding, asset management, and more.

Managing Content Online, presented by Moshe Bellaiche, online video product manager at MX1, on Monday, Sept. 17 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. The market for online video platforms is growing rapidly. This seminar will illustrate the business advantages that can be achieved by using a managed integrated online video platform service, referencing case studies to highlight specific benefits.

For more information about the full programme of SES Tech Talks and to register visit: https://www.ses.com/event/ibc-2018.

Turkish-Language Channel YOL TV Starts on Astra 19.2 Degrees East with MX1

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that it has been selected as the distribution service provider for YOL TV, a Turkish-language channel based in Germany, starting June 1. MX1 is delivering the channel via an SES satellite and is providing the satellite uplink. YOL TV broadcasts from its studio in Cologne and transfers the transmission signal via an IP connection directly to MX1.

The free-to-air broadcaster’s programs are now accessible to a much larger audience through the partnership with SES and MX1. YOL TV content is available via satellite only at Astra 19.2 Degrees East and can be received in Turkish-speaking households across Europe.

YOL TV broadcasts predominantly Turkish-language programming, which is also distributed online, focusing on popular political and cultural topics in Turkey, Germany, and the world.

“We welcome YOL TV as a new partner and are pleased that we can help the channel reach a more expansive range of 118 million TV households across Germany and Europe,” said Christoph Mühleib, Managing Director Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

“The new partnership with MX1 optimizes the way we deliver content to our audiences,” said Veli Aydin, managing director at YOL TV. “Through satellite broadcasting with MX1, our program reaches more viewers than ever before, including those in our core target audience.”

 

MX1 Highlights Satellite Distribution, Channel Playout, and Digital Media Services at CABSAT 2018

MX1, a global solutions provider of media services, will highlight the scope of its traditional satellite uplink services at CABSAT 2018, Jan. 14-16 in Dubai. With a strong presence in the Middle East and reliable ground capabilities for regional and global reach via satellite, fibre, and IP, MX1 enables broadcasters and pay-TV providers in the region to expand their reach, dramatically simplify video distribution, and accelerate monetisation.

Satellite uplink services are vitally important in the region, and MX1 continues to be a leader in content delivery via SES and Nilesat platforms, operating on E7WA at 7.3 West and E8WB at 8.0 West, reaching an audience of more than 52 million viewers. In addition to showing these capabilities, MX1 will highlight its access to Hot Bird, Galaxy 19, Asiasat 5, Optus D2, Hispasat 5, SES-5, SES-6, and NSS-12 for truly global distribution beyond the region.

MX1 will also showcase its impressive range of playout facilities and capabilities from entry-level to fully managed applications in both SD and HD. MX1’s playout services support IP transport and delivery to single and multiple satellite, cable, or distribution platforms and headends. Relying on MX1’s extensive playout services, content providers can distribute point to point, point to multipoint, single screen to multiscreen, and to smart devices and tablets around the globe. A key highlight will be MX1’s remote cloud-based managed playout functionalities, which provide a cost-effective solution for the playout and localization of SD, HD, and UHD sports channels. By embracing MX1 cloud-based playout, content providers can create new sports channels rapidly, with full operator control over content and graphics.

“MX1 is a major player in the MENA market, with established customers and a solid infrastructure backbone. Thanks to our close relationship with SES and other major satellite operators in the market, we are providing truly global reach via satellite, fibre, and IP,” said Fadi Gharbieh, vice president of sales MENA at MX1. “At CABSAT, we will address the latest trends in the region, including the need for reliable satellite uplink services; efficient, fully managed playout; and an end-to-end platform for OTT distribution. With MX1’s services and solutions, broadcasters and service providers can deliver content — including 4K and UHD content — to every screen faster, at a lower cost, and with more advanced capabilities than their competitors.”