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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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New metadata enables legal content sharing across IPTV platforms

New metadata enables legal content sharing across IPTV platforms | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At last, IPTV is getting a standard framework for interoperability of rights information as a result of cooperation between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and ITU.

 

The two bodies have come up with a new metadata standard to ensure that that multimedia content can be shared legally across different platforms by exchanging the relevant rights details.

 

The two agencies have been working on the standard for some years and have aligned their content technically so that the two combined effectively provide a super standard covering all the relevant bases. IEC 62698 recognizes that as consumers become increasingly mobile, IPTV services need to operate flexibly across multiple platforms while protecting content producers rights.

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Sounds like a "never-will-be-implemented" norm but still interesting...

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The once and future efficiencies of VBR

The once and future efficiencies of VBR | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Service providers deploying IPTV have tended to use constant bit rate (CBR) as opposed to variable bit rate (VBR) encoding. Several emerging use cases, however, could bring VBR back into play. It also is playing a surreptitious role in making adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming even more efficient.
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Real life examples: BBC Olympics overview, architecture, implementation approaches

Real life examples: BBC Olympics overview, architecture, implementation approaches | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The BBC Olympics sports broadcast service is one of the largest media events of 2012. It has brought the video service industry to a totally new level, earning for the 2012 Olympics the popularity of "truly digital games". In this context, it is critical to acknowledge the importance of expertise gained and leverage it in further growth. In this post, we are going to dwell into the project, its implementation, and valuable experience that you can apply to your own projects.

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Allegro releases first live HEVC broadcast encoder

Allegro releases first live HEVC broadcast encoder | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Allegro DVT AL1200 and AL2200 are the world first live broadcast encoder and transcoder for HEVC. They are aligned with the latest standard revisions in order to provide glowing video quality, at a fraction of the bandwith required for MPEG-2 and H.264. With support for Transport Stream output and MPEG-DASH, they are well adapted for operators willing to early adopt this new compression standard.


Bitrate savings brought by HEVC allow premium video delivery at resolutions and places that operators and broadcasters were only dreaming of before. Furthermore, most of the delivery pipeline remains untouched, since HEVC will make use of agnostic delivery protocols such as MPEG-2 Transport Stream and MPEG-DASH.

 

DATASHEET : http://www.allegrodvt.com/broadcast/images/PDF/leaflet_al1200-al2200.pdf

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How To Build Your Own IPTV-VoD System

How To Build Your Own IPTV-VoD System | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

It seems to be very mysterious to build the IPTV/ VoD. But setting up an IPTV network is very easy as long as you master some basic knowledge. IPTV networks are basically intranets, only the web browser isn’t on a PC, it is on a set-top box. If you’ve set up an intranet or public website, you can set up your own IPTV network and do what you want with it. You don’t need massive and expensive servers, specialized set-top boxes or overly large development teams working with complex software. With the right DVB hardware and software, it should take you less than a few hours.

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Edgeware Launches the Industry’s Most Scalable and Efficient Video Server for Operators Worldwide [PR]

Edgeware Launches the Industry’s Most Scalable and Efficient Video Server for Operators Worldwide [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Edgeware, the technology leader in distributed video delivery, today announced availability of Orbit 3020 video server platform in the U.S. market. An integral part of Edgeware’s Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN), the Orbit 3020 is the first in a next generation family of video servers that answers North American operators’ demands for massive scalability and flexibility delivering the most efficient power, space and cooling characteristics of any server in its class in the industry.

 

Edgeware’s Orbit 3020 features and benefits include:

- Support for Multiple Protocols and Environments

- Lowest Space Requirements

- Lowest Power Consumption

- Unprecedented Density and Capacity

 

Streaming Video Formats support :
• RTSP/UDP/RTP (MPEG-2 TS)
• MPEG-2
• MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
• Microsoft Smooth Streaming
• Apple HTTP Live Streaming
• Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming
• Widevine Adaptive Streaming

 

ALSO IN THE NEWS : "Edgeware Announces Integration with SeaChange to Provide Complete Multiscreen Solution" http://www.streamingmedia.com/PressRelease/View.aspx?PRGuid=27392

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IPTV Packet-Loss Issues Solved

IPTV Packet-Loss Issues Solved | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

RelayCaster server appliances offer a turn-key solution that enables optimized transmission of IPTV streams. By using the RelayCaster Streaming Protocol (RSP), reliability and data rates of streaming live content along lossy long distance links, such as the public Internet, can be greatly improved.

 

Having proven its value for live distribution of streams between data centers, Motama's RSP has now taken the next step: At NAB, Motama will introduce the first deployment of the protocol on Broadcom-based set-top boxes. As a first reference, products from CIMA distributed by See-IP.tv will be demonstrated, in particular IP300 for operators and IND300 for Digital Signage and TV in public places.

 

Compared to streaming with UDP or RTP, Motama's RSP greatly reduces packet loss and thereby significantly increased the Quality of Experience for end-users. Compared to streaming with TCP or higher-level protocols, such as HTTP, much higher bandwidths can be achieved with Motama's RSP - in particular when streaming over lossy links.

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IP standardisation boosted by MPEGIF/OIPF merger

IP standardisation boosted by MPEGIF/OIPF merger | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Open IPTV Forum and MPEG Industry Forum have reached agreement to merge the assets of MPEGIF into the OIPF in a move that increases consolidation in the standardisation landscape.


The pair say the activities of the MPEG Industry Forum have reached a natural and successful conclusion with the emergence of MPEG-4 Part 10, alternatively known as H.264, as the dominant codec in next generation video technology and the proven successor to MPEG-2.


As in 2011, when the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum (BMCO) merged into OIPF, which followed the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) merging with the MPEGIF, these asset mergers represent natural consolidation in a maturing industry – the positive result of cross-industry consensus on fundamental technologies.

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IPTV-interface: open source interface software for video quality monitoring

IPTV-interface: open source interface software for video quality monitoring | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The monitoring of the service quality is crucial to the successful operation of commercial internet services to end customers. Services such as IPTV, which require high available bandwidth, low latency and few transmission errors, are especially sensitive to network congestions.


Video quality measurements methods are often divided into three groups, full reference, reduced reference, and no reference, depending on how much of the reference or the original is available or needed by the method. The standard for video quality (image-only) measurements by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) covers full reference methods for standard definition TV e.g. (ITU-T, 2004). However, the standard covers four different methods, making it possible to measure with standardised methods and still come to different results.

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Quality impact of scalable video coding tunneling for media aware content delivery

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OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers

OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

OpenHeadend has built an interesting range of IPTV products based on famous open-source software like FFmpeg, x264, DVBlast :

- Catch-up extraction server

- Timeshifting server for IPTV

- Playout server for IPTV

 

It works with common DVB cards and commodity hardware, and allows to quickly build complex workflows through a fluid web interface.

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Videola * Open Source IPtv

Videola * Open Source IPtv | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Videola is an enterprise-level video management system and video delivery platform. It allows you to create paid-access or free-access video websites which can serve video to the desktop, mobile, or television-based devices. Create your own Netflix On-Demand style (subscription), Hulu style (ad supported), or Blockbuster / Amazon style (rental) streaming video websites with your own video content.

Built on Drupal, Videola is a highly flexible, easily expandable, feature-rich open source solution for organizing and managing video content, users, and ecommerce.
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Opening a new chapter for Connected TV

Opening a new chapter for Connected TV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
A new kind of app is emerging that could change the way Pay TV operators deliver their services via connected TV devices. Until now, the typical Pay TV connected TV app sits in the CE vendor app store, the consumer opens it, enjoys access to the Pay TV services, then closes the app and returns to the general television user interface. The app that TeliaSonera has developed with Samsung for its Nordic markets takes the telco’s customers directly to their TV experience, without having to access the app store.
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HEVC is game changer for multi-screen and IPTV

HEVC is game changer for multi-screen and IPTV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

There is an industry consensus that HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), the draft compression standard, will have a dramatic impact on the industry thanks to its ability to eventually halve bit rates compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), the current encoding Gold Standard that it will complement but ultimately succeed. And as with all encoding, if you create sufficient extra coding efficiency to halve bit rates then you can also choose to leave bit rates the same but double picture quality, or turn the bandwidth/quality dial to any point in between. Encoder vendors are working towards deployments of the new codec as early as next year, probably starting with multi-screen TV services and fixed line IPTV.

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Netrounds Releases Free Tool for IPTV Testing and Monitoring [PR]

Netrounds Releases Free Tool for IPTV Testing and Monitoring [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Netrounds today announced the availability of Netrounds Free, a feature-limited yet fully functional version of its cloud-based IPTV testing and monitoring service. As a forever-free offering, Netrounds Free is targeted to IPTV providers as a much more user-friendly and powerful alternative than traditional open source command line tools, often used during initial IPTV introductions.

 

Netrounds Free includes support for IPTV testing and is automatically provisioned anywhere in the world by downloading and deploying up to two measurements probes. Results from the probes, such as MPEG loss, jitter and invalid stream, are retrieved from the cloud-based servers through an easy-to-use web interface.

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Agama to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom Edition of DTV Monitoring for IPTV Quality Assurance at IBC2012 [PR]

Agama to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom Edition of DTV Monitoring for IPTV Quality Assurance at IBC2012 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Agama Technologies, the video service quality assurance expert, today announces that it has become an official Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem partner and will launch a Mediaroom edition of its complete end-to-end DTV Monitoring Solution at IBC2012.

 

Integrating with the Mediaroom platform, the Agama solution provides such operators with end-to-end visibility from head-end to home, making it possible to get a detailed understanding of the service quality across the delivery network. With Agama, Mediaroom operators can act proactively to prevent problems or detect them before customers are impacted, strengthening customer loyalty and profitability. Incident handling also becomes more efficient when problems can be accurately triangulated – where is the problem originating, how severe is it, and how many customers are affected?

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Orange Event Further Demonstrates Adaptive Streaming Solutions from Open IPTV Forum

Orange Event Further Demonstrates Adaptive Streaming Solutions from Open IPTV Forum | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Open IPTV Forum successfully completed their latest interoperability test event at the Orange Labs in Rennes, France, where members successfully demonstrated an OIPF-based IPTV solution.

 

The scope and features demonstrated at this event were selected by Orange, and chosen as being representative of those which could constitute a viable commercial offering for a typical tier-one service provider. During 5 days of engineering, testing and demonstrations, OIPF members Ericsson, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Opera Software, Orange and Zenterio successfully resolved and demonstrated interoperability in the areas of service discovery, delivery of linear and on demand content, HTTP adaptive streaming and terminal based applications, all according to the published OIPF specifications.

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DVEO Announces U.S. Introduction of World’s First Seamless IP Redundancy Switch

DVEO Announces U.S. Introduction of World’s First Seamless IP Redundancy Switch | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Designed for broadcasters, webcasters, and content providers, the IPGuard is a seamless IP and MPEG-2 TS transport layer switching device that can convey MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 in SD or HD content. It delivers 1+1 redundancy with two parallel IP input sources and two mirrored IP outputs. When the system detects a failure on one input – such as no IP stream or MPEG-2 or H.264 transport stream failure – it automatically switches over to the other valid input to provide continual output.

 

The IPGuard offers a bypass mechanism via solid state relays that creates 100% service availability in case of power outage. It is designed to provide an automatic 1+1 redundancy of network equipment that delivers services over IP – such as encoders, multiplexers, gateways, ASI to IP adapters, etc. Additionally, the IPGuard can also be operated to re-synchronize and re-align the same MPEG-2 stream that is carried over redundant IP-based networks. The latter introducing different network propagation delay, the IPGuard is able to re-align both IP streams to provide a seamless change-over between redundant IP streams.

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Imagine Communications Releases Unified Platform Upgrade for IPTV and Multiscreen Transcoding [PR]

Imagine Communications Releases Unified Platform Upgrade for IPTV and Multiscreen Transcoding [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Imagine Communications announces a system upgrade to their award-winning ICE Video Platform. The new platform upgrade provides system operators with a single unified appliance for processing HD and SD IPTV streams as well as Adaptive Bit Rate streams for multiscreen delivery.


Available in a dense 1RU (Rack Unit) package or as a NEBS-compliant Blade System, the Imagine ICE Video Platform is the ideal solution for IPTV service providers who need to deploy more channels with higher picture quality, and then rapidly and seamlessly add support for multiple device types such as the iPad3, and other new mobile platforms with 1080p support.

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IPTV morphs into OTT in Europe

IPTV morphs into OTT in Europe | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

OTT is increasingly being deployed in Europe for subscription services rather than just as part of TV Everywhere strategies for cable or satellite operators.


As well as providing a platform for new entrants, OTT is giving new life to IPTV operators that had previously not made much headway, or had been unable to afford the network upgrade required, involving building out of fiber closer to the premise.

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Using IPTV Inside the Facility

Using IPTV Inside the Facility | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Broadcasters might primarily consider IPTV to be a tool for delivering video signals to their viewers, such as streaming video over the Internet from websites or distributing content through IPTV providers such as AT&T's U-verse. But, how many have considered deploying IPTV within their own facilities for use by production staff, executives or anyone else who needs to be able to view real-time video signals at their desktop? As it turns out, small IPTV systems using today's technology can be installed with a reasonable up-front cost, and deployed over existing IP networks. Let's take a look.

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OTT video delivery : A properly engineered network decreases customer churn

OTT video delivery : A properly engineered network decreases customer churn | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

There is a growing effort by broadcasters to make regular TV content available online. For example, the BBC has developed the BBC iPlayer and the bbc.co.uk website to support replication of most BBC broadcast material. The service has been outstandingly successful: 79.3 million requests were serviced in October 2009. NBC coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics included live and recently recorded content, complete with commercials.


Whenever there is the possibility of a large or dynamic viewer audience, a reliable CDN is required. CDNs once only used to replicate website content around the world. Now, they have expanded dramatically to handle streaming media. Research and markets estimated the value of CDN services for 2008 at $1.25 billion, up 32 percent from 2007. Top CDNs include Akamai, Mirror Image Internet, Limelight Networks, CDNetworks and Level 3. Streaming media services must deal with content collected from disparate sources and distributed to a growing number of devices.

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Massive launches N-Screen UI Framework Toolkit

Massive launches N-Screen UI Framework Toolkit | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

IPTV technology software developer, Massive Interactive, announced today the launch of the Massivision Framework, a universal, cross-platform user interface development toolkit for IPTV, online video and mobile TV services. The Framework fulfils the write once, deploy everywhere promise, reducing the cost of development and time to market for telcos, broadcasters and other content providers offering movies-on-demand, catch-up TV, live channels and other applications in the rapidly growing IPTV sector.

 

The Massivision Framework and software development kit (SDK) enables the TV Everywhere vision through a single storefront core application which translates and cross-compiles to Flash, HTML/Javascript, C++ and other technologies enables client applications on a diverse range of devices including PCs, set-top-boxes, IP connected TVs, game consoles, tablets and mobile phones. As well as facilitating user interfaces across multiple devices, the Framework also enables second screen two-way point-to-point communication functionality where, for example, an iPad can be used as a remote control for a television providing a richer range of interactions including the integration of social media into the viewing experience.

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OIPF publish update to IPTV industry specifications

OIPF publish update to IPTV industry specifications | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Some noteworthy services and features that are specified in Release 2 include:
- HTTP Adaptive Streaming of live and on-demand content, derived from 3GPP’s Adaptive HTTP Streaming specification (doesn't seem to be MPEG DASH - to be confirmed)
- SIP support for Multi-media Communication Services
- Network-based time-shift and PVR
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