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Appear TV Introduces Adaptive Bit Rate Packager at NAB 2015

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 13, 2015 – Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and IP television, will introduce its Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) Packager software at the 2015 NAB Show (Booth SU7605). The addition of the ABR Packager software furthers Appear’s goal of providing its users an end-to-end solution for multiscreen/OTT support that rapidly adapts to new device profiles while providing the highest video quality possible.

For use with Appear TV’s modular XC 5000 Series Video Processing Platform, or within third-party vendor environments, the packager features highly efficient segmentation, encryption and origin server capabilities. The ABR Packager supports the latest standards and methodologies for OTT/Multiscreen content delivery. MPEG 2 transport stream inputs supporting MPTS high quality H.264 AVC multi resolution/bandwidth video services are converted in real time to HLS, MPEG DASH and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats, as applicable, for the end viewing device. The software also features the Resource Allocator tool, which simplifies the process of defining profile parameters. Utilizing a straightforward Web-based interface, users can efficiently customize or use preset configuration templates for application to multiple services simultaneously, making for effective and efficient profile management.

“Delivery of video content to all screens is no longer just a way for the viewer to catch up on content or watch it on demand, but a key requirement of a broadcaster’s future,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “The entire technical and commercial landscape of video delivery has transformed, with delivery to all screens now becoming a mandatory requirement for consumers. The ABR Packager and Resource Allocator streamlines the process of adapting to this distribution method by making it easier for operators to prep channels for multiscreen delivery and efficiently create new profiles as new viewing devices emerge, essentially future-proofing broadcast setups.”

Although it is designed to work with third-party solutions, the ABR Packager, when combined with Appear TV’s new real time Universal encoding and transcoding modules for OTT/Multiscreen delivery, provides a particularly powerful end-to-end solution within a single unified platform. The Universal compression module in multiscreen mode supports both encoding from studio and transcoding of pre-compressed services to achieve the highest video quality, with excellent electrical, thermal and space efficiency. When combined with the Packager, the multiple profiles streaming from the XC500 Platform are synchronized, ensuring low latency and accurate network interfacing.

As Appear TV compression solutions are fully modular, they enable a full suite of redundancy options to ensure operator uptime that include Appear TV’s self-managing N+1 redundancy solution or ultra-reliable 1+1-redundant control cards that comprehensively manage seamless redundancy switching within IP networks without the need for third-party network managing software. This modular approach also provides the ability to integrate multiscreen/OTT and broadcast operations seamlessly with a single user interface.

The ABR Packager and Universal encoding and transcoding modules are part of Appear TV’s modular concept, which gives users the ability to select from the different Appear TV modules (Demodulators, Decoding, Descramblers, Transcoders, Encoders, Modulators and Multiple I/O interfaces, among others) covering various distribution formats and processes to create a solution custom-tailored to their needs. Appear TV’s platform is modular, allowing for multiple distribution format processes to originate from one chassis, saving on hardware space and making it easy to add and upgrade as new formats and transmission technologies arise.

Norkring selects Nevion solutions to enable coverage of live elite football in Sweden

Nevion, a leader in transporting media from the camera to the home, today announced that Norkring, a Norwegian Media Service Provider, has selected its network management solution and media gateways for a new football (soccer) contribution network in Sweden. Nevion’s VideoIPath management system and TVG450 JPEG 2000 media gateways will be used to transport high quality live coverage from 32 Swedish football stadiums to broadcasters including TV4 and CMore over an IP contribution network.

The project is a result of Norkring signing a multi-year agreement with the Swedish Football League (SEF) to deliver football from Sweden’s Allsvenskan and Superettan leagues.

Nevion’s media service management system, VideoIPath enables Norkring to set up occasional-use services easily and rapidly through automated provisioning, as well as monitor the network and services effectively – providing the best quality of experience to viewers at all times.

Nevion’s TVG450 media gateway solution is already in use within Norkring’s Norway-based workflow to transmit live handball, ice hockey and football coverage, making it a logical choice for the new network infrastructure in Sweden.

“Our JPEG 2000 compression technology is ideally suited for applications such as live sports contribution as it is gentle on the signal, meaning picture quality remains high,” said Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO at Nevion. “We’re pleased that Norkring has chosen to join the rapidly growing list of service providers who have selected VideoIPath to manage their media networks.”

Nevion’s TVG450 media gateway is a compact, efficient and cost-effective solution for professional video transport over IP networks. It offers visually lossless compression that is resilient to multi-generation encoding or decoding of SD, HD, 3G or stereoscopic 3D. Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) and advanced error concealment provide flawless end-to-end operation.

VideoIPath combines network inventory and monitoring capabilities, with network provisioning and advance reservation – all essential for managing services effectively. VideoIPath features such as an easy-to-use GUI and multi-tenanting, enables non-specialists to take control of their connection requirements like never before.

Nevion was recently awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® award for its role in the standardization and productization of JPEG 2000 (J2K) interoperability. The company will showcase its latest network and broadcast infrastructure solutions on stand SU2615 at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas.

Sencore 2015 NAB Technology Preview | Booth SU1916

The new High Efficiency Video Coding standard (HEVC/H.265) offers much more than just 4K/UltraHD TV services. HEVC provides the best compression performance of any coding standard to date – improving on the efficiency of H.264/AVC by as much as 50%, and enhances the viewing experience with increased color depth and higher frame rates. At NAB 2015, Sencore is ready to help you leverage HEVC to drive down delivery costs of your HD and SD services while improving picture quality throughout your network - See more at: http://www.sencore.com/company/blog/sencore-2015-nab-technology-preview-booth-su1916#.VS6MgfnF8iU

MRD Contribution & Distribution MPEG2/H.264/HEVC Receiver Decoders
Sencore is proud to announce the availability of HEVC decoding in its best-in-class MRD 4400 and MRD 5800 distribution and contribution receiver decoders. Existing and new MRD owners can now upgrade the MRD’s robust MPEG2/H.264 decode engine to support HEVC Main & Main 10 profiles, Level 4.0/High-Tier and Level 4.1/Main-Tier, including: 4:2:2/4:2:0, 10-bit/8-bit, and HD/SD formats up to 1080p.

MPEG2/H.264/HEVC Compression Analysis
The CMA 1820 provides in-depth analysis and stream utilities for qualifying and selecting new HEVC compression products in the lab. The CMA is also the only tool you’ll need to verify and troubleshoot installation as you upgrade your entire infrastructure to leverage the significant cost savings and quality improvements HEVC has to offer.

HEVC Monitoring Solutions
Sencore’s VideoBRIDGE IP and transport monitoring probes and software have been upgraded to support delivery of HEVC services through your entire network. Now you can confidently take advantage of HEVC bandwidth efficiency while maintaining your high QoS standards and 24/7 uptime.

Subscribers are demanding access to subscription services across multiple devices and networks. Sencore is enabling leading video providers to repurpose content and stream hundreds of real-time video channels to subscribers with the DMG 3200 Digital Media Gateway and new atlasGear high-density receive and decode cards and frames.

DMG 3200 Digital Media Gateway
The DMG platform supports receiving, re-multiplexing, processing and transmitting content in all types of transport stream applications, including IP Multicast/Unicast distribution, Over-the-Air RF channel collection, Satellite Content backhaul, legacy ASI conversion, and Broadcast retransmission applications. The DMG is available in high-density 4RU and 1RU versions that include dual hot-swappable power supplies, and advanced monitor, control and redundancy features.

Occasional use facilities seldom have extra space to spare. Sencore’s industry-first 4:2:2 IRD-on-a-card, makes it possible to receive any contribution feed (up to 4:2:2 10-bit AVC) directly from satellite or IP with up to 10 channels in a 2RU frame. The new aG series also continues Sencore’s legacy of dense monitoring decoders with IP and terrestrial RF reception.

atlasGear High-Density Receive and Decode System
Sencore has expanded its openGear high-density receive and decode system with new decode and turnaround cards and I/O options. The new AG 5800, AG 4400, and AG 2600 cards support ASI, MPEG/IP, Satellite and RF inputs with DVB-CI and BISS descrambling options. A 2RU AG frame with dual hot-swap power supplies can hold up to 10 independent channels of MPEG-TS processing and 4:2:2/4:2:0 A/V decoding. Each card serves its own web-GUI for monitoring and control while the “Dashboard” view makes it easy to manage hundreds of cards with ease.

Sencore is now the exclusive North American master distributor for Wellav’s comprehensive line of high value video delivery solutions for small-system commercial A/V applications such as multi-dwelling cable and IPTV systems, hotel video networks, and private content channels used in houses of worship, retail signage, and enterprise telepresence systems.

Caption Monitoring and Archiving Features - New VB7880 Real-time caption monitoring and long-term archiving features. These valuable tools allow engineers to ensure FCC caption compliance across their systems and investigate and respond to customer complaints.

USB RF Probes - New DTU-238
Brings analysis for all DVB-T/T2, DVB-C/C2 and ISDB-T(b) channels. This portable, USB device provides economical RF and ASI analysis with your laptop and includes real-time recording and decoding of MPEG content.

Appear TV Debuts Contribution-to-distribution-format Transcoder Module at NAB 2015

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 13, 2015 – Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and IP television, will debut its High Video Quality Contribution-to-Distribution-Format Transcoder Module at the 2015 NAB Show (Booth SU7605). This new module bridges content delivery throughout the broadcast chain.

The Contribution-to-Distribution-Format Transcoder Module is in keeping with the “any-input-to-any-output” tradition of Appear’s range of transcoder modules while offering the capability to decode and transcode contribution feeds for redistribution. It supports MP2/4 420/422 8/10-bit contribution decoding that transcodes for redistribution MP2/4 SD/HD 420 8-bit format, without the need to decode the primary broadcast to baseband. This allows Appear TV’s solution to streamline the operational efficiency and maintain the high video quality essential for linear TV throughout the broadcast chain.

“In contribution applications, speed and high-quality video are key elements of a successful broadcast,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “Our new solution eliminates the need to have separate hardware devices to decode and then re-encode contribution feeds for redistribution, maintaining the highest video quality possible. Removing this step not only helps to speed up the process, it significantly reduces operational costs, and adds additional safeguards against piracy, as the feed is kept compressed in the IP domain and not decoded to baseband.”

Each Contribution-to-Distribution-Format Transcoder Module supports 1HD or 2SD MP2 or MP4 primary 420/422 8/10 bit profile contribution services for transcoding to 420 8bit HD/SD profile redistribution providing a high density of 12 channels per 1RU or 32 channels per 4RU in its XC5000 Series Video Processing Platform.

The Contribution-to-Distribution-Format Transcoder Module is part of Appear TV’s modular concept, which gives users the ability to select from the different Appear TV modules (Demodulators, Decoders, Descramblers, Transcoders, Encoders, Modulators and Multiple I/O interfaces, among others) covering various distribution formats and processes to create a solution custom-tailored to their needs. Since the system is modular, multiple distribution format processes can originate from one chassis, saving on hardware space and making it easy to add and upgrade as new formats and transmission technologies arise.

About Appear TV

Appear TV is based in Oslo, Norway. The company produces world-class equipment that enables operators to deliver professional broadcast services to millions of users around the globe. The company is dedicated to developing reliable, revenue-generating and innovative solutions for operators looking to deliver real-time content to the home. Appear TV headends are designed for modularity, high density, and flexibility.

New Broadcast Backhaul Solution Delivers More Remote Video Content at Significantly Less Cost Using Public Internet

Haivision backhaul solutions give broadcasters a better alternative for live video transport compared with satellite or MPLS networks

THE NAB SHOW – April 1, 2015 — Haivision announces new Internet-based video backhaul solutions, bringing broadcasters a more flexible and cost-effective alternative to satellite or MPLS networks for live video transport. Haivision will exhibit its broadcast backhaul solutions at the NAB Show at the Renaissance Hotel (Paramount Room, 2nd floor) from April 13-16.

Haivision’s new backhaul solutions enable broadcasters to use public Internet connections to transport live remote video and on-the-ground coverage into studio environments so that it can be seamlessly integrated into any production including live interviews, commentary and online content.

Satellite delivery presents many roadblocks for broadcasters – long lead times, exorbitant costs and scheduling challenges are preventing broadcasters from meeting their audience’s demand for more content. Haivision’s new Internet-based video backhaul solutions help broadcasters get their content where they need it quickly – essential for timely news pieces and critical for the viewer experience.

Haivision’s suite of video streaming solutions make it possible for broadcasters to use the Internet to send high quality, secure live video to studio environments. With the Haivision Media Gateway, Makito X video encoders and decoders, and SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) Internet streaming protocol, broadcasters can distribute video over Internet connections to multiple studios, or gather live video from multiple remote locations. The SRT protocol optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable networks, like the Internet, by ensuring packet loss recovery, stream security, and network health monitoring. With the Haivision Media Gateway and Makito X encoder, broadcasters can harvest live video content over Internet connections from multiple remote production venues and re-distribute the streams within a central production venue.

“This is a very exciting time for broadcasters. Before, they were limited in how they could transport video, sacrificing quality for cost: either high-quality, high-cost video over satellite and MPLS networks or low cost, low quality video,” said Peter Maag, CMO of Haivision. “Haivision now offers a truly viable alternative for live, secure high definition video at significant cost savings, helping broadcasters deliver more great content to their audiences.”

For more information about Haivision at the NAB Show, visit: http://www.haivision.com/news-events/events/nab-2015.

About Haivision
 Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical, government and broadcast industries. Recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media, Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.