At CommunicAsia 2015 Bridge Technologies Will Unveil a Real Advance in the Field of Digital Media Monitoring

Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies ( creates advanced systems for ensuring high-quality, profitable digital media service delivery in broadcast, cable, satellite, OTT and telecoms applications. Providing a sophisticated platform for converging digital media services, the company’s award-winning products and solutions include analysis, measurement, and monitoring systems, intelligent redundancy switching, and comprehensive analytics solutions for TV-Everywhere providers. Compatible with all major industrial standards, ruggedised for reliability in challenging environments, and built for low-energy operation, Bridge Technologies systems bring greater efficiency to digital media businesses by making it simpler to manage complexity.

 TV Visjon Norge Expands into High Definition with PlayBox Technology

Accompanying 300 DPI image shows TV Visjon Norge presentation control room, Dramen, Norway.  

TV Vision Norge has chosen a PlayBox Technology broadcast playout and channel branding system for installation at its headquarters in Drammen, southern Norway. The project was completed in partnership with Scandinavian systems integration specialist Engstroms AB.

 HHB Communications becomes exclusive distributor for Adam Audio in Canada


HHB Canada is very pleased to announce the exclusive distribution of Adam Audio in Canada. This announcement is effective May 1, 2015

Adam Audio was founded in March 1999 in Berlin Germany. Since then the company has been developing, manufacturing and distributing loudspeakers in the field of Professional Audio.

From the very beginning the company has adopted the use of the ART (Accelerated Ribbon Technology) tweeter in all of its products, and the transparent, highly defined and authentic sound it produces is the most defining characteristic of Adam’s proprietary designs to this day.

 Transforming Video Delivery Behind Every Screen®:

Thomson Video Networks

Thomson Video Networks will present Behind Every Screen®, the company's approach for an all-encompassing video delivery infrastructure that mixes on-premises and cloud-based resources to support broadcast and OTT streaming of SD, HD, and Ultra HD (UHD) content on every screen. Designed for traditional broadcasters, new media providers, and pay-TV operators, this compelling new architecture leverages Thomson Video Networks' compression solutions to provide encoding of high-value content and high-density compression of long-tail content. Behind Every Screen also includes a next-generation playout infrastructure for channel origination and content customization, such as linear TV channel playout, ad insertion, branding, and time-shifting. 

 Elemental Named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner 


Leading analyst firm selects innovative vendors in the communications service provider infrastructure market for software-defined video

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced it has been recognized by Gartner as a “Cool Vendor.” In an April 16, 2015 report entitled “Cool Vendors in Communications Service Provider Infrastructure, 2015,” Gartner analysts Akshay K. Sharma, Sylvain Fabre and Deborah Kish note as CSPs and large-scale enterprises move toward software-defined networking and further virtualization, new vendors appear offering solutions for video, along with vendors offering newer mobile backhaul and mobile core solutions. 

The Gartner report focuses on vendors that have an impact on the CSP networking marketplace from the perspective of various technologies and 

 Bridge Technologies’ Gold TS Reference Wins NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award 2015

Bridge Technologies

Gold TS Reference, Bridge Technologies’ radical system for more accurate digital media monitoring received one of the industry’s most prestigious technology honors at NAB 2015 – NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented by TV Technology magazine.

Making its debut at NAB, Gold TS Reference is a new technology that makes monitoring for digital services much quicker to set up, and fault-tracking much faster, more accurate and secure. Developed exclusively by Bridge Technologies, Gold TS Reference includes all the checks specified in the ETR290 standard, but goes much further to include testing for critical conditions missed by ETR290.

 Devtek help Turksat go live with Bluefish444 4K 50P 

Polar Graphics

Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards supplied their Epoch Supernova cards for the first European Satellite transmission of 4K 50P at Turksat in Turkey. 

Turksat is an innovative broadcaster with customers demanding the latest technology so they asked their trusted partner Devtek based in Istanbul to provide the new technology for the facility. Devtek installed their Easy on Air Media Suite, using the latest development EMS Easy OnAir4K to provide a 4K 50P HD-SDI output. Easy OnAir is a high-quality, professional, stable and reliable multiformat playout broadcast solution. The Supernova cards give a 4:2:2:4 output providing fill and key output to integrate into the system.

 Ikegami Announces World's First Hand-Held 8K UHDTV Camera System

Developed in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the new SHK-810 is one tenth the size of Ikegami’s first-generation 8K UHDTV camera.

Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd. (Ikegami) has collaborated with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) to develop an 8K ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) camera. Designed for live studio and field production, the SHK-810 camera head is compact and weighs less than 20 lbs (9 kg). It can be operated in the same way as the existing Ikegami broadcast camera systems.

Ikegami introduced the first generation 8K UHDTV camera with NHK in 2002. This was followed by a second generation model in 2004 and third generation camera in 2010, each incorporating the most advanced available video technology. With further technological innovation and collaboration, Ikegami’s SHK-810 fourth generation UHDTV camera is one tenth the size of the first generation model and has significantly improved operability.

 TC Electronic Announce Clarity X for Consistent, Intelligible Mixes and Complete Monitor Control

TC Electronics

Clarity X is a multi-format monitor controller that works with any professional loudspeaker. It comes with a small-footprint remote control, measurement microphone and a full range of meters that aid taking the best mixing decisions.

TC Electronic are proud to introduce Clarity X at the NAB show in Las Vegas (booth C463) as well as at Musikmesse in Frankfurt (lobby, Hall 4.2). All attendees at these shows are invited to come by and experience the monitoring and metering system of the future.

Speech intelligibility issues are among the most common complaints broadcasters face today, and merely considering dialog level has proven an inadequate strategy. Clarity X offers a unique palette of dedicated metering and calibration tools that help audio engineers make the right mixing decisions for an optimal balance, spectrum and increased intelligibility of their final productions.

 HHB upgrades MG ALBA Stornoway to Pro Tools HDX


HHB Communications Ltd. has provided MG ALBA with major Pro Tools upgrades for its post production facilities in Stornoway, UK. 

MG ALBA provides a diverse range of high-quality Gaelic programmes in Scotland from studios in Stornoway and Glasgow. It also broadcasts Scotland's Gaelic TV channel, BBC ALBA and produces the Film G short film competition to highlight young talent in the region. 

MG ALBA made the transition to HD file-based delivery to comply with the Digital Production Partnership’s (DPP) latest AS-11 standards and subsequently upgraded two HD edit suites and a smaller Pro Tools studio. HHB configured and supplied Apple Mac Pro computers with Pro Tools HDX1 Systems and Pro Tools 11 HD. Genelec 8050 and 8020 monitors were also provided by HHB.


Polar Graphics

Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announces extended format support for industry leading post production software, Avid Media Composer 8.3.

 GatesAir and Qligent Align for TV Quality of Experience         

Gates Air

Joint demonstration will showcase broader RF stream monitoring and compliance verification for any transmitter deployment 

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will demonstrate a new compliance and monitoring innovation in partnership with Qligent, a QoS/QoE expert specializing in cloud-based monitoring, at the 2015 NAB Show. The demonstrations will prove the viability of monitoring in the cloud for TV services coming into and out of the transmitter, with extendibility well beyond the RF building. As modeled, the architecture will monitor all related physical, serial transport, data and audio/video streams for standards compliance and quality of experience at any point in the air chain, and applies to single station deployments as well as large national over-the-air networks.

 Bluebell Opticom Introduces ShaxX Lite, a Lightweight Version of Its SMPTE Hybrid Cable Alternative for Power Insertion in Remote Broadcasting

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced ShaxX Lite, a smaller, lighter version of the ShaxX system for providing full bidirectional signalling and power for broadcast cameras fitted with standard SMPTE 304M hybrid connectors. ShaxX Lite offers outside broadcast and remote production crews the same power insertion alternatives and distance benefits as the full-sized ShaxX system, but at half the weight.

Like its namesake sibling, ShaxX Lite allows crews to forgo SMPTE hybrid cables and take advantage of preinstalled fibre networks on location in order to cut rigging time and position cameras freely wherever they are needed, regardless of distance or the location of mains power sources.

 Thomson Video Networks Introduces Breakthrough ViBE® 4K Real-Time HEVC 10-Bit Encoder for Ultra HD Broadcasting

Thomson Video Networks

With 1-RU Chassis, Latest Addition to Company's Robust Portfolio of UHD Solutions Offers Industry's Most Compact Live 4K Encoder 

Thomson Video Networks today announced the launch of the ViBE® 4K real-time encoding solution for Ultra HD (UHD) broadcasting. Built on the company's award-winning ViBE EM4000 premium encoder chassis, the ViBE 4K enables media enterprises to leverage high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) to provide an optimal video experience to consumers through live compression of UHD sources at up to 60 frames per second (FPS) and in 10-bit color.

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The Fantasy World of the Billion Dollar Club

 I hope you're not busy for about a month...” – Man Stoner, “Up in Smoke,” Paramount, 1978

There was a time when a couple of late teen/early millenniums would get together, max out their credit cards, borrow from their parents and anyone who would listen to them, work (and sometimes sleep) in a garage and emerge with the next great idea.

Not anymore.

Now, they see what someone else has done; give it a new twist, new coat of lipstick, an incomprehensible name and trot off to Sandhill Road and/or other VC (venture capital) organizations around the globe to collect a few hundred million so they can start out in style.

What are they worth?


What have they “sold?”

Well, they closed a few or dozen VC deals and have risen to the elite unicorn status.

Isn’t entrepreneurship grand?

Unicorn status was initially bestowed upon the category of firms valued at over $1B.

Today, the low end is $10B and entry in the club will probably rise to $100B in no time.

And just think, we can credit this all to the iNet that speeds information around town, around the globe in the blink of an eye.


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