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What caught my eye this year at the 2013NAB Show @ Las Vegas

What caught my eye this year at the 2013NAB Show @ Las Vegas | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
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What caught my eye in this year NAB show @ Las Vegas. Part I.

 

 

 

 

Hello folks, my name is Ricardo. I am based in the Paris Area and I've been working as a consultant in technologies and topics related to Digital TV for about these last 3 years. I decided to go to this 'too much city' of Las Vegas by myself and to take a look at one of the biggest broadcasting association shows in the world. I would describe briefly the 2013 NAB Show with the single tale of my discoveries. It's a little 'binnacle' text with some of my advices and public comments as consultant (as so as I did for the IBC 2012 in Amsterdam). Thank you for your reading and don't hesitate to share your comments.

 

 

 

The NABshow

 

For me it was all about discovering all the companies as possible, asking a lot of questions, listening to open coferences and taking a general overview of the different trends. I did all the Exhibits. I met some nice people from different origins and discussed about their services and products.

 

The NABshow – hall N

 

This North hall was the first hall I saw and visited since it's where I picked up my badge (Thank you again Civolution !).

 

In this hall Cisco was 'hidden' beneath the meeting rooms... They are also in the optic of levering efforts to cloud-oriented solutions. They are convinced of the fact that there are also cost advantages in the terms of scale economies and related volume discounts. They recommend to extend services throughout several markets. A free summary of advices for service providers CEOs :)

 

 

 

The NABshow – hall S

 

My delight was to find Harmonics, once again. These guys propose some very nice stuff which I have worked with. Today they are also orienting to the cloud ! Feels like it's going to rain more often in the dessert... They'd recently announced their new family member : the Promedia Carbon MP, a cloud based transcoding solution optimized for AWS. In their product line, they have 4K support with HEVC-ready solutions. They are heading to be the real number 1 in Contribution and for me, they already are !

 

In Dolby, I discovered the Dolby Atmos system, what an exciting thing ! With this, Dolby wants to drive and improve the cinema industry to new standards. They pretend a very inmersive experience with overheads and all around speakers, allowing the ability to put a more precise localisation of the sound in theathers.

A very new press release talks about the first Dolby Atmos post-production facility in France.

 

From Samsung, a thing that caught my eye was the fully transparent screen. This will revolutionize stores and commerces. My prediction would be that, within ten years, all big cities are going to have an important number of showcases having these, starting with luxury stores within years.

 

The show – hall C

 

Canon, GoPro, Sony. The three main companies that impressed me the most in hall, particularly Sony.

About Sony you can tell many different things, but what caught my eye was the 3D-4K TV with glasses. What an amazing experience. I think that the spatial resolution makes a big difference in the 3D experience. The 4K along with 3D in the same big screen (84'') makes a perfect combination. I guess this was one of the prefered topics people talked about while in the show. Definitely. To see it in your couch, you'll have to spend some 25K bucks, that's all. (later in the month they officialy annouced it) Believe me, the level of detail is absolutly amazing.

 

GoPro. I met a very nice guy from the team which explained me the history of the company and how it all started. It was the idea of a sufer, who wished to capture pictures of his experiences while surfing and created some wrist belts and other belts to attach a camera. I think that when he started he had no idea how great his idea was. For about 400$ you can get the black edition of Hero3, the model I remember. I think it is worth the price for those who like extreme sports, you'll achieve unbelievable images.

 

For Canon, nothing much to say, but I was impressed by the fact that they already do 4K footage with their cameras. For the time being, 4K is a trend althought to see at all of it advantages in details and for it to have more sense you will need big screens.

 

 

Conclusions

 

Quite an exercise to summarize the show. What I'll summarize is what caught my eye. Eventhough the Nab show is huge, the trends I could identify (and what I liked) is a clear adoption of cloud based environments and cloud oriented solutions. The scale economies are there and therefore, this is the main trend (including productors, contributors, distributors and service providers). This is not new, but the global picture and the atmosphere realized is about that.

On the other hand, The 84" XBR 4K Ultra HD TV from Sony for me it was The product of the entire Show.

 

Snell, Axon, Harmonic, HP, Dell, Grassvalley, Blackbox, Sony. I think they all did well with their stands. So much people, very competent and professionals of course. You did very well this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Hotels

The hotel where I stayed was a big surprise for me overpassing my expectations. I looked for the lower end, cheap and not too far hotels from the Las Vegas Convention Center. This allowed me to go walking to the Show and my advice would be to take one of those hotels at the Paradise Road in order to do so.

 

Restauration

Obviously the recommendation is to stay in the halls for eating to save time. The halls are so big that you barely finish them the 4 days of exhibits. Allong the same Paradise Road you will find different Bouffet for very affordable prices. You may also try the restaurants Denny's if you don't know them and 'Viva las Arepas' restaurant. 

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IBC 2013: Media Broadcast offers mobile IP contribution via satellite | Rapid TV News

IBC 2013: Media Broadcast offers mobile IP contribution via satellite | Rapid TV News | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
German technical service provider Media Broadcast will introduce a solution for IP-based distribution of video and audio live streams and the transmission of large files via satellite at the upcoming TV technology fair IBC 2013 in Amsterdam.
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Multicast Contribution with Satellite

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Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP/2.0

MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is a new streaming standard that has been recently ratified as an international standard (IS). In comparison to other streaming systems, e.g., HTTP progressive download, DASH is able to handle varying bandwidth conditions providing smooth streaming. Furthermore, it enables NAT and Firewall traversal, flexible and scalable deployment as well as reduced infrastructure costs due to the reuse of existing Internet infrastructure components, e.g., proxies, caches, and Content Distribution Networks (CDN). Recently, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Bis (httpbis) working group of the IETF has officially started the development of HTTP 2.0. Initially three major proposals have been submitted to the IETF i.e., Googles' SPDY, Microsofts' HTTP Speed+Mobility and Network-Friendly HTTP Upgrade, but SPDY has been chosen as working draft for HTTP 2.0. In this paper we implemented MPEG-DASH over HTTP 2.0 (i.e., SPDY), demonstrating its potential benefits and drawbacks. Moreover, several experimental evaluations have been performed that compare HTTP 2.0 with HTTP 1.1 and HTTP 1.0 in the context of DASH. In particular, the protocol overhead, the performance for different round trip times, and DASH with HTTP 2.0 in a lab test scenario has been evaluated in detail.


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European UHDTV initiative

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With a new generation of television displays coming, capable of displaying Ultra-High-Definition Television, the question is how broadcasters and television service providers will respond. FAME, the Forum for Advanced Media in Europe, an initiative led by the EBU and the Digital Interoperability Forum, brought together in Geneva a group of executives and specialists from across the television industry to understand the barriers and keys to success for UHDTV in Europe. An early issue will be to agree on what to call it to avoid further consumer confusion.

 

One recalls the consumer confusion that arose from an industry keen to adopt high-definition television before displays were widely and cheaply available. As a result, the industry compromised on 720p and 1080i formats, rather than 1080p or Full HD as it was subsequently promoted to consumers.

 

The standards for the spatial resolution of UHDTV may have been specified, but there is still a question of frame rate and bit depth, as well as compression schemes and transmission formats.


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The end of SDI? | Broadcast Engineering Blog

The end of SDI? | Broadcast Engineering Blog | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
While it’s been several years since the IEEE and SMPTE separately standardized a way of moving digital video signals from the SDI domain into the IP world using Ethernet switches over a local are network (LAN), the implementation process has taken...
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CEO's : This conversion shall take place and be vividly promoted for the reduce of OPEX by reducing technical constraints and though manpower.

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First-Ever Scalable Video Coding Interoperability Test Successfully Performed at the IMTC SuperOp! 2013

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SVC interoperability test marks an important milestone for telecommunications industry.
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Advancement of some importance

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Fiber fundamentals | IP Network content from Broadcast Engineering

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The Future of HEVC: It's Coming, but with Plenty of Questions

The Future of HEVC: It's Coming, but with Plenty of Questions | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it

What’s clear at this point is that multiple companies have patents relating to HEVC technology, and they plan to ask for royalties from those who use their technology. This was the case with H.264 as well, and though many in the streaming industry grumbled about the royalties, this disgruntlement certainly didn’t limit H.264’s success. 

 

Two things are different with HEVC. First, where H.264 involved a single group of patent holders administered by MPEG LA, it appears that some HEVC patent holders want to pursue royalties outside of a patent group, which will make it more challenging for HEVC users to license the technologies. According to “Patent Snafus Could Delay New Video Codec,” Mediatek and Qualcomm do not want to join the HEVC group formulated by MPEG LA, and Samsung hasn’t decided either way. 

 

Our contact at MPEG LA reported that while the HEVC group had met three times as of February 2013, there was still no guarantee that a group would be formed or that all patent holders would join the group. So it appears that HEVC early adopters will have to decide to implement the technology without knowing the cost. 

 

For large companies such as Adobe, Apple, Google, and Microsoft, that might be tenable; the H.264 license was capped, and it’s reasonable to assume that the HEVC license will also be capped. All four companies can amortize that cost over millions of product units shipped, and I think it’s highly likely that one or more of these companies will announce HEVC integration by NAB.


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Royalties scheme will indeed be a determining adoption factor.

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Intel's new fourth-gen 'Haswell' processors: What you need to know (FAQ)

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New Intel processors are about to come to desktops, laptops, and tablets near you. Here's the full rundown on what it all means. Read this article by Scott Stein on CNET.
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Harmonic Powers Virgin Media’s MPEG-DASH Trial | Harmonic Inc - Video Infrastructure Solutions

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RAI starts DVB-T2 Lite trials - Advanced Television

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The new DVB-T2 Lite standard and innovative MPEG encoding techniques enable RAI to use the same DVB-T2 multiplex for transmission to both fixed and mobile terminals.
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Television industry lags behind others in adopting cloud-based technology | Cloud content from Broadcast Engineering

Although cloud computing is not yet perfect, it is maturing and beginning to meet the challenges of the media industries. 
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DailyTech - Windows 8.1 Gets Previewed, Shows Start Button and More

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Reviews are glowing say changes are small but cumulatively significant
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Open Source DPP creation

Open Source DPP creation | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it

From time to time we work on other things beyond DVB broadcast encoding where Open Source can be used to transform closed broadcast workflows. The file delivery specification from the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is one such area. However, the AVC-Intra codec used in DPP is effectively a proprietary codec with implementation in the real world being more complex than the SMPTE RP2027 that AS-11 recommends and in a number of areas implemented incorrectly. However, we have now successfully reverse engineered AVC-Intra from available samples which allows a fully open source DPP creation workflow. Along with existing Open Source projects for manipulation and creation of mxf files, a fully compliant DPP file can be delivered to UK broadcasters.


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1080p and beyond | HDTV content from Broadcast Engineering

1080p and beyond | HDTV content from Broadcast Engineering | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
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good article about the resolution revolution (it has 3 pages)

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USB 3.1 spec finalized, horns in on Thunderbolt’s turf with 10Gbps speeds

USB 3.1 spec finalized, horns in on Thunderbolt’s turf with 10Gbps speeds | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
New "SuperSpeed+" version of spec doubles the speeds of USB 3.0.
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GlobeCast Expands MyGlobeTV Platform in U.S. With New Portuguese-Language Channels | Broadcast Engineering [primary-term] press release archives

NEW YORK -- July 25, 2013 -- GlobeCast today announced the launch of a new bouquet of Portuguese-language channels on MyGlobeTV, the company's broadband-delivered consumer platform for international broadcasters.
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Telekom Austria breaks through the gigabit barrier over telco copper | Video Transport content from Broadcast Engineering

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New Wi-Fi standard to support wireless Ultra HD delivery in home | OTT content from Broadcast Engineering

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a certification program for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac, a new standard that will support higher data rates, greater capacity and lower latency.
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"Wi-Fi outage would be more disruptive than a TV outage ..."

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Windows 8.1 release date, news and features

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Here's everything we know about the Windows 8.1 update which will be launched later this month.
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DailyTech - Intel Computex 2013: Haswell Released, 22 nm Atom Silvermont Tablets Approach

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Tablets should be here in time for holiday 2013; 22 nm smartphone chips likely shelved till 2014, though
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Make These Changes to Help Digital Marketing Fulfill its Potential

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Ultra HD broadcasts demand higher frame rates | Cameras & Lenses content from Broadcast Engineering

Ultra HD broadcasts demand higher frame rates | Cameras & Lenses content from Broadcast Engineering | Digital and Broadcasting Trends | Scoop.it
A number of "real-world" tests, such as at the upcoming Wimbledon tennis championships, will help establish standards and recommended practises for live and studio production.
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I've seen demos in 800fps and the slow motion pictures are so amazing. Definitely the size definition increases, the temporal resolution has to come with and the Quality resolution is a third axis that will increase (codecs techs)

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RTV Slovenija to launch second DVB-T multiplex in October - Telecompaper (subscription)

RTV Slovenija to launch second DVB-T multiplex in October
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Slovenian public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, through its Oddajniki in zvez unit, plans to launch a second DVB-T multiplex on 14 October.
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Why some Telcos are going OTT only | Broadcast Engineering Blog

The conventional wisdom is that while OTT is fine for TV Everywhere service extensions, core pay-TV will continue to be delivered over dedicated walled garden networks.
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