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The Switch and Eutelsat Partner to Deliver Global Satellite and Fiber Occasional Use Network

PARIS — December 12, 2018 — The Switch® and Eutelsat (Euronext Paris: ETL) are joining forces to provide a new, independent offering delivering an unparalleled satellite and fiber video contribution network. The partnership will provide The Switch’s user community of over 800 of the world’s leading content producers and distributors the ability to transmit feeds on a minute-by-minute basis to and from large parts of the globe. Simultaneously, broadcasters and content producers within Eutelsat’s satellite footprint will now gain access to The Switch’s extensive global fiber network, including 53 physical points-of-presence, as well as connections to U.S. tech leaders, major ...

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China’s CCTV Looks to Grass Valley for End-to-End Production Solution to Power its Transition to 4K UHD and IP

MONTREAL – 8:00 HKT DECEMBER 12, 2018 – China Central Television (CCTV), the predominant state television broadcaster in the People’s Republic of China, with more than one billion viewers, has selected Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to power its transition to 4K UHD with leading-edge IP infrastructure and workflows. CCTV now benefits from an end-to-end 4K UHD IP-equipped studio that supports production and playout for its wide array of free-to-air and paid channels. Hou Jia, team leader of the E16 technical crew, CCTV, said: “It was imperative for us that the transition to 4K UHD be as smooth as possible with minimal disruption ...

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Project Alpha’s Orbital Redux, First Narrative Sci Fi Series to be Live Streamed, Powered by Blackmagic Design

Fremont, CA XCHARX December 12, 2018 XCHARX Blackmagic Design announced today that Orbital Redux, a live performed eight episode scripted science fiction series, was streamed using extensive Blackmagic Design technology, including cameras, switchers and routers, and recorded on HyperDeck Studio. Orbital Redux was the brainchild of writer/director Steven Calcote of Butcher Bird Studios. His passion for science fiction and science fact led him to envision a story that combined the two. “My work as a director has often focused on the intersection between high technology and humanity,” said Calcote. “But after a decade of flat screen interactivity and pervasive autonomous systems ...

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Broadcast Pix Offers Year-End Sales Promotion for New BPswitch RX Mobile Integrated Production Switcher

Chelmsford, Mass. – Dec. 12, 2018 –Broadcast Pix is offering a special year-end introductory price for BPswitch™ RX, the new portable model in its popular line of integrated production switchers. Priced at $10,995 until Dec. 31, BPswitch RX is a self-contained unit with touchscreen display and integrated streaming for live multi-camera production of sports, concerts, and events on location. “Nobody delivers production automation as well as Broadcast Pix, and BPswitch RX packs all the functionality you need into a compact, durable chassis that’s ready for the road,” said Tony Mastantuono, product manager. “This is our most powerful switcher, and it’s ...

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Insight TV Rolls Out 4K UHD Channel in China with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Launch

Insight TV one of the world’s largest UHD broadcasters and producer of native UHD HDR content covering action sports, entertainment, and lifestyle, has announced that it’s launching its content in China on Shanghai Oriental Pearl (Group) Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Oriental Pearl’s) BesTV platform. This is the first time that viewers in China will be able to see Insight TV’s unique UHD content, 24/7/365. The distribution deal was facilitated by Shanghai Mych Technology Co., Ltd. (Mych Tech), Insight TV’s new partner in the region. Mych Tech provides broadcasters and content providers with a link to operators and consumers across China. Shanghai ...

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Ncam strengthens AR management team with industry leaders Ventre and Dair

Ncam Technologies, the leading developer of real-time augmented reality technology for the media and entertainment industries, today announced the addition of two well-known industry names to the senior team as the company continues its global growth strategy. Phil Ventre takes the role of VP Sports and Broadcast, while Ben Dair joins the company as Head of Product Management. Phil Ventre’s considerable industry experience spans across sales, marketing, business development, partner and channel management, and project management, working for such names as Apple, Avid, Ross Video and most recently AE Graphics. As Ncam’s VP Sports and Broadcast, Phil will lead the global business development and ...

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Riedel at the 2019 NAMM Show

At the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, Riedel Communications will showcase its latest innovations in real-time signal distribution and networking solutions for live performance and broadcast. Riedel solutions — including the Artist digital matrix intercom and Bolero wireless intercom system in both integrated and standalone deployments — will be in real-world use supporting the Grand Plaza Stage, Taylor Booth stage, and the Arena Stage during NAMM. NEW: Bolero Standalone Wireless Intercom System Riedel will feature its all-new Bolero Standalone Application, a license-enabled upgrade for the companyXCHARXs category-defining Bolero wireless intercom system that delivers several performance enhancements along with standalone ...

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HarmonicXCHARXs CableOS Solution Powers DOCSIS 3.1 Upgrade and New Gigabit Data Service for Hilliary Communications

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 11, 2018 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Hilliary Communications, a leading provider of broadband, digital cable TV and telephone services in Oklahoma, has deployed HarmonicXCHARXs CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 and create a new 1 Gigabit service tier, while overcoming the space, power and operational complexity constraints associated with the previously deployed legacy hardware solution. The industryXCHARXs first fully virtualized Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), HarmonicXCHARXs CableOS provides Hilliary Communications with a flexible, scalable and cost-effective cable access solution that enables delivery of cutting-edge internet and streaming video ...

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MOG and Panasonic together on 4K Workflows

[Portugal, 10 December 2018] MOG Technologies, the worldwide supplier of end-to-end solutions for professional media today announces to join Panasonic “4K Workflows Partners”. MOG had been collaborating with Panasonic since its first steps back in 2007. The company is a P2, and AVC-Ultra Partner due to the developments made both on its MXF media libraries and mxfSPEEDRAIL central ingest system on the last decade. Being a pioneer on the support for Panasonic devices and codecs, the formalization on the “4K Workflows” partnership level was a natural step. Currently, both mxfSPEEDRAIL and SKYWATCH systems are supporting the VariCam 4K workflow, including ...

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Marshall Electronics Compact Broadcast POV Cameras Bring Viewers Up Close and Personal to University of Florida Sports Telecasts

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 11, 2018 – As the remote broadcast coordinator at the University of Florida (UF), Kyle Monroe and his Gator colleagues engineer and produce all of the ESPN/SEC Network and the GatorVision VideoBoard broadcasts for many of the school’s Division I sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, gymnastics, soccer and lacrosse. In an effort to bring viewers closer than ever to the action and provide angles never before attainable, the University turned to the CV343-CSB and CV502-WPMB compact broadcast POV cameras, and CV-RCP-100 camera controller from Marshall Electronics. Working out of control rooms located ...

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DP Eric Koretz Uses Micro Studio Camera 4K on New Keanu Reeves Film Siberia

Fremont, CA XCHARX December 11, 2018 XCHARX Blackmagic Design today announced that DP Eric Koretz used a Micro Studio Camera 4K and Video Assist 4K monitor/recorder while shooting the new film “Siberia.” Koretz also used DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel on set to develop various looks while shooting. “Siberia” stars Keanu Reeves as Lucas Hill, an American diamond trader who travels to Siberia after his partner goes missing in the midst of a big deal. While dealing with an impatient buyer (Pasha D. Lychnikoff), Lucas searches for the missing diamonds and finds an unexpected love affair with a local cafe owner (Ana Ularu) even though his wife (Molly Ringwald) is at home. For the ...

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Leading Japanese video transmission company picks Nevion Virtuoso for 4K/UHD broadcast contribution

Oslo, Norway, 11 December 2018 – Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, today announced that a leading Japan-based global video transmission company (which cannot be named for commercial reasons), has chosen Nevion’s software-defined media node, Virtuoso, for 4K/UHD broadcast contribution with TICO encoding. Initially, Virtuoso is used by the company to transport signals over legacy dark fiber, with a migration to IP expected in the future. Japan introduced new 4K satellite services on December 1st, 2018. As a result, this video transmission company needed a solution to transmit 4K/UHD signals from sports and entertainment venues across the country ...

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SubtitleNEXT is Tool of Choice for European School of Translation’s audio-visual courses –

PBT EU and EST partner to provide the best learning opportunities to subtitling professionals of the future When professionals with a passion meet, they share ideas that spark innovation. This happened recently at The Languages & The Media 2018 Conference in Berlin, when Valeria Cervetti, head teacher and director of the Audio-visual Translation courses at the European School of Translation (EST) met PBT EU’s Sales and Product Specialist Maria Markovska. Valeria was looking for a user-friendly, reliable and professional software tool for her subtitling students, an application that could help them take their first steps, and then ...

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Product Enhancements Deliver More Than 150% Q3 Sales Growth for Grass Valley’s sQ Server

MONTREAL – 8:00 EST DECEMBER 10, 2018 – Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, today announced that Q3 sales of its sQ 1000 Series Media Servers have seen a 155 percent year-on-year increase. This uptick is backed by a strong development roadmap, including integration of the sQ server with the GV STRATUS video production and management system in early 2019. The sQ server lies at the heart of the company’s LiveTouch solution, which is quickly becoming the replay and highlights system of choice for live sports production. It delivers unmatched total cost of ownership and extended coverage to UHD and HDR content. “The sQ server is highly valued ...

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LiveU 2018 ‘State of Live’ Report: HEVC Now Represents 25% of Worldwide Traffic

LiveU’s annual ‘State of Live’ report has confirmed the growing adoption of the HEVC protocol as the industry standard with 25% of LiveU-generated traffic now HEVC-encoded. These figures reflect the increasing demand for professional-grade video quality, a trend most evident at this summer’s FIFA World Cup™ in Russia. Live transmission hours have increased overall over the past year with over 2.2 million hours of live video delivered in 2018, representing a 55% surge in hours compared to 2017. These findings, collected for the second year, are based on data gathered from LiveU’s global customer base of 3,000+ users. The adoption ...

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RCF GROUP ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF DPA MICROPHONES

RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organizations in the Pro Audio market, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S (“DPA”) from The Riverside Company. DPA, based in Allerod, Denmark, is the #1 premium brand in the high-end professional audio microphone market for the live, broadcast, theatre and studio end-user segments and is known as the undisputed quality leader in the industry, continuously pushing the boundaries with regards to performance and durability. RCF Group, with Headquarters in Italy and branches in the USA and Europe, operates under the companies RCF, AEB Industriale ...

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FilmLight Case Study: Mining the archives for First Man

The movie First Man dramatises the story of Neil Armstrong’s famous giant leap for mankind. To give it a strong sense of authenticity, Director Damien Chazelle approached NASA to see if there was any archive footage from the Apollo era. The good news was that NASA offered complete access to their archive material and there was plenty of footage from which to choose. For the Apollo 11 launch they had multiple cameras capturing different engineering details of the Saturn V from different angles. The bad news was that it was in a unique format: an obsolete 10-perf 70mm military ...

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Alpha TV Migrates to HD with Imagine Communications

Highly resilient system meets customer expectations and lays a path for the future [MUNICH, December 10, 2018] – Imagine Communications has implemented a new multichannel playout centre for Alpha TV in Athens. This new installation gives Alpha TV the ability to meet its viewers’ demand for HD on all channels, and builds a platform for future growth plans. It also ensures business continuity by providing full redundancy, eliminating the risk of any channel going off air. The new system, designed and installed in association with local systems integrator AmyDV, is space-saving and energy-efficient, making a real difference to the broadcaster ...

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