Elemental Fuels Global Ambitions with $14.5M in Telstra-led Financing

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Australia’s leading telco standardizes on Elemental solutions for next-generation video services 

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that it has secured $14.5 million in series D financing led by Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and information services company. Telstra is joined in the round by Sky, Europe’s largest entertainment company, and existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital. Elemental will use the funds to accelerate worldwide growth and expand its suite of software-defined video (SDV) solutions to support the whole of the IP video delivery chain.


Elemental's Newest Strategic Partners - Aligning with Telstra and Sky

By Sam Blackman

With our series D funding announcement today, industry watchers may ask: why is now the right time for Elemental to accept strategic investment from key customers? As with any financing round, the timing and the deal need to be right. But fundamentally, it boils down to a shared belief that we can all evolve faster if we’re strategically aligned around a core goal of transforming the media landscape. In many ways, 2015 will mark an inflection point for the video industry as content creators and aggregators deliver ever-more innovative multiscreen services. Furthermore, as the number of video-capable IP devices heads to 15 billion according to Ericsson, next-generation software-defined video infrastructure is required to support gigascale video distribution


Industry Leaders Unite at IBC Content Everywhere MENA

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Australia's Staging Connections Upgrades Crown Melbourne Communications With Riedel Acrobat Intercom System

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Crown Melbourne, one of Australia's premier event locations, has upgraded to a brand-new wireless communications system built on Riedel Communications' Acrobat system. Supplied and operated by integrated event services provider Staging Connections, the Acrobat digital wireless intercom system provides a faultless communications solution capable of covering multiple areas across the casino and supporting the multiple events held there every day. 


Akamai announces findings of report into CDN services and online video consumption

 MEDIA PROFESSIONALS REVEAL ONLINE VIDEO CONSUMPTION HABITS, ASSESS CDN SERVICES IN NEW REPORT

Akamai, Streaming Media survey underscores device fragmentation, focus on CDN pricing and importance of multi-screen delivery

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, and Streaming Media, a diversified news media company serving and educating the streaming media industry and community, recently released a report in which online video professionals in North America and Europe share insights about how their organisations leverage content delivery networks (CDNs), as well as how they consume content both personally and professionally. 


Riedel Appoints Robert Pennington as U.S. Sales Manager, Broadcast, for East Coast

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Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, has named Robert Pennington to serve as its U.S. sales manager, broadcast, for the East Coast. In this new role, Pennington will assist customers in selecting and implementing Riedel's broad product portfolio of networked communications and signal transport solutions. 

"With unusually rich experience across broadcast production, networked communications, systems integration, and the broadcast and pro AV technology supply business, Bob is equipped to approach each customer and application with valuable insight," said Christopher Street, general manager, North and Central America, at Riedel Communications. "For more than 25 years, he has been immersed in the East Coast media industry, and his exceptional knowledge and experience in this area will be immensely valuable as we continue to introduce innovative new communications and signal-transport solutions to North American customers."


HAPI(NESS) ARRIVES IN MEXICO

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Hapi and Pyramix pivotal to diverse sessions in August and September

August was a busy month for Juan Switalski. A Pyramix enthusiast since 2010, his Hapi Networked Audio Interface (the first delivered to Mexico) arrived just in time for three blocks of sessions featuring music from Mexican composers. All three featured the Orquesta Filarmónica 5 de mayo directed by Fernando Lozano, but in different locations. September continued with solo harp sessions with Ángel Padilla at a studio in the desert near San Miguel. Juan also learned he had been nominated for a Latin Grammy® for Best Engineered Album. This was for his recording of 21st Century Lyrical Clarinet Concertos but this category is open to all recordings popular or classical, so in the final ceremony, he sadly lost out.


The winners of an IBC Innovation Award receive international recognition for their ground breaking achievements.

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Has your company accomplished a ground-breaking achievement or implemented an advance in technology in the last year? If so, then IBC want to hear about it. These unique awards praise genuine partnerships between suppliers, integrators, and end users and our judges are looking for outstanding applications in the following categories: Content Creation, Content Management and Content Delivery. 


SMPTE to Produce Documentary on Evolution of Motion-Imaging Technology and the People Behind It

Treatment Completed by Chris Kenneally, Randall Dark to Begin Production With Director Howard Lukk

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is producing a documentary on the intriguing history of motion-imaging technology to celebrate the Society's centennial anniversary in 2016. SMPTE has named motion-imaging technology and creative visionary Randall Dark as producer. Howard Lukk, former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, will serve as director on the initial project. Chris Kenneally, who is best known as the writer and director for the acclaimed documentary "Side by Side," produced by Justin Szlasa and Keanu Reeves, already has completed the initial treatment for the film. 


Reboot Entertainment Goes Video to Mobile with Bluefish444

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Headquartered in Culver City, California, Reboot Entertainment specializes in video database to API conversion, repurposing vintage video for mobile consumption; in particular, data basing high quality entertainment and sports content into mobile applications. 

Reboot Entertainment has a large entertainment library consisting of over 20,000 video tapes ranging from Umatic to HDcam and growing. With such large quantities of material requiring digitization Reboot needed an efficient high quality ingest path. Bluefish444’s Epoch Supernova and Fluid ingeSTore software enables Reboot’s staff to digitize up to four QuickTime uncompressed or DNXHD files simultaneously and allows for basic metadata input for each clip. 


Imagine Communications Upgrades Egyptâ??s Rotana TV to File-Based HD

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Existing platforms enhanced to provide comprehensive, high-quality playout and streaming solutions

Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising management and video infrastructure solutions serving global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), governments and enterprise markets, today announced that it has completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities at Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project for Rotana TV, which currently broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, reflects continued innovation in the Imagine Communications technology platform which was implemented in 2009.


Riedel Supplies MediorNet Real-Time Network for BNP Paribas Masters 2014

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Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the French Federation of Tennis (FFT) worked on the BNP Paribas Masters 2014 with a Riedel MediorNet solution to interconnect the Roland Garros with the Palais Omnisports of Paris Bercy (POPB) via dark fiber. The FFT was able to distribute, in real time, HD-SDI video signals produced in Bercy to its IPTV headend in Roland Garros and then reinject IP streams onto the MediorNet network for TV distribution in Bercy.

In addition to the real-time transport of all types of uncompressed broadcast signals (video, audio, data, synchronization, and intercom), the FFT also had point-to-multipoint routing capabilities that were essential to the production. Also, integrated signal-processing tools such as embedding/de-embedding, quad-split, video test generator, and video format conversion allowed the FFT to draw all the benefit from the MediorNet solution for this event. A Riedel Artist intercom solution was integrated into the MediorNet network for the users to communicate easily between Bercy and Roland Garros.


Elemental Named Technology Leader in Global Video Market by Frost & Sullivan

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Company sets new standard for vendors in the encoding and transcoding industry

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that it has received the Technology Leadership Award in the Global Video Encoding and Transcoding Market from Frost & Sullivan. 

“Elemental, with its strong growth and focus on innovation, is a clear leader in the market, the fastest growing video processing company worldwide, and is solving urgent and critical industry needs,” said Avni Rambhia, industry principal, digital media, Frost & Sullivan. “In this highly competitive industry, companies are struggling to maximize quality of online content, monetize it, and keep pace with rapid technology advances. Software-upgradable and configurable products that don’t lock customers into proprietary hardware are growing in importance. It is here that Elemental has made its mark.”


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Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

 “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” – Sir Laurence Olivier, Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with his Battle Fought at Agincourt in France), 1944

We recovered from Heartbleed and now Bash vulnerability/shellshock emerges as the next great “discovery” that’s going to cause massive data breaches (think Sony Entertainment). Every enterprise breach will bring out the hordes of lawyers and their John Doe lawsuits to recover millions for as yet unnamed injured parties who put their information into someone’s database somewhere and used their ABCDE/12345 passwords to protect “their stuff.”

Then, they put all that stuff into someone’s cloud because it was the cheapest choice in town or better yet, was free! Oh yeah, and there’s little to no security enabled on their smartphone, tablet, notebook that they use for the office, home, school.

We’ve just built a world of free choice and convenience for ourselves and a wallowing pond for hackers, whackers, cybercrooks and smart/creative/mischievous kids to play in. Jeez folks, admit it … you s****ed up!

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