King of Hammers 2015 Broadcasts Take AJA Gear Off-Roading

AJA Video Systems

60,000 spectators descended upon Johnson Valley, CA in February to witness the largest off-road race in King of Hammers (KOH) history. During the event, 430 Ultra4Racing teams navigated more than 200 miles of boulder-laden terrain in an attempt to win the KOH 2015 championship title, though only 17 crossed the finish line. For the fourth consecutive year, Freelance Producer Dan Campbell-Lloyd returned to the desert to capture and broadcast the action in HD for fans on-site and more than 400,000 viewers online. To carry out such a massive endeavor, he led a 25-person Hammerking Productions crew, who implemented a robust live production workflow that included AJA Io XT, KUMO, Ki Pro Mini, Hi5-Plus, HA5-Plus, V2Digital, UDC, HD10MD3 and other equipment.  

 Bridge Technologies to Introduce Pioneering New Protection for Digital Services at NAB 201

Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies is bringing imaginative new technologies to NAB 2015 (Booth SU4916). 

Bridge Technologies’ major innovation at NAB 2015 is a radically new technology that makes monitoring for digital services much quicker to set up, and fault-tracking much, much 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, such as errors in the conditional access system, failures of the program guide, unintended language changes, and more. 

 Astro Selects Thomson Video Networks Video Processing Solutions to Drive New Multi-Screen Unified Compression Platform 

Thomson Video Networks

Southeast Asia's largest pay-TV operator, Astro, has chosen a suite of Thomson Video Networks encoding and video processing solutions to drive its new Multi-screen Unified Compression System (MUCS), a compression platform that will enable Astro to deliver additional channels for its future business expansion. Thomson Video Networks' solutions deployed for MUCS include the award-winning ViBE™ EM4000 premium HD/SD broadcast encoder, NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III high-density redundancy switch, and XMS network management system. The Thomson Video Networks solutions enable a native multi-screen platform that provides an easy-to-manage capability for Astro to deliver content via DTH (VBR MPEG-2 and H.264), IPTV (CBR H.264), and OTT. 

 Bluebell Opticom Announces BlueNano BN366 4K-UHD Fibre Links

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced the BN366 4K-UHD field-deployable fibre links for use in outside broadcast (OB) applications. Part of Bluebell's BlueNano range of compact fibre optic interfaces, the BN366 is designed to transport 4K UHD signals cost-effectively over fibre or to convert output from up to four separate HD cameras. In this way, the BN366 helps OB crews to minimize the use of heavy copper cabling and take advantage of fibre's inherent pristine signal quality over long distances.


On March 16, 2015, Argosy Components Limited entered into a definitive purchase agreement with IEWC, a US-based distributor.

With 20 locations across 8 countries, IEWC is a premier global provider of total connectivity solutions for sub-assemblers, OEMs and the broadcast and communications industries. In addition to UL and CSA certifications, IEWC maintains strong partnerships with a broad range of the industry's most notable suppliers and customers.

 Thomson Video Networks Launches FUZE-1, an All-New Playout Infrastructure for Channel Origination and Ad Insertion

Thomson Video Networks

Thomson Video Networks today announced the launch of the FUZE-1 Playout System, a completely new paradigm that integrates the traditional playout functions of a channel in a box (CiaB) with premium-quality encoding and transcoding for broadcast and OTT delivery. Ideal for applications such as ad insertion, branding, disaster recovery, and EAS insertion, FUZE-1 provides a rich playout infrastructure together with the ability to process audio and video either directly in the compressed domain or by going back to baseband and re-encoding. 

Thomson Video Networks at China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) 2015

Thomson Video Networks

 At CCBN 2015, Thomson Video Networks will showcase innovations that enable broadcasters to maintain the highest standards for video quality and evolve seamlessly, cost-effectively, and profitably as new live video paradigms emerge. On display will be the company's award-winning technologies for high-density video contribution, transcoding, and next-generation HEVC 4K compression for UHDTV playout and multimedia broadcast multicast services (eMBMS). 

 Elemental Chosen for Tata Sky’s Latest 4K Video Service 


Leading direct-to-home operator employs Elemental video processing solutions to process and deliver live-linear 4K/HEVC streamed content 

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that Tata Sky, India’s leading direct-to-home operator, is using Elemental software to process Ultra HD live linear content in high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) for delivery to Tata Sky 4K-ready set-top boxes. Selected by Tata Sky based on its reliable delivery of high-quality live 4K content in HEVC, Elemental is the sole video processing software selected for the subcontinent’s first commercial 4K service delivered to end-users. 

 Polar Graphics New Products for NAB

Polar Graphics

Facilis Technology, StorageDNA, Bluefish444, Stardom and Apantac all represented by Polar will exhibit new products and features at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

Polar Graphics are a UK based distributor of signal processing and storage products throughout Europe.

Thomson Video Networks Launches New Version of ViBE™ VS7000 Encoder for Video Processing in the Cloud

Thomson Video Networks

Running in Virtualized Mode, State-of-the-Art Video Platform Streamlines Deployment and Management of OTT, Multi-Screen, and Traditional Broadcasting Services

Thomson Video Networks today introduced a new virtualized edition of its award-winning ViBE™ VS7000 multi-screen and HEVC encoder, specifically engineered to support cloud-based video processing for OTT and multi-screen deployments as well as traditional broadcasting. 

 Elemental Technologies at NAB Show


At NAB 2015, Elemental will showcase software-defined video (SDV) solutions revolutionizing multiscreen content delivery and enabling new services, product offerings and revenue opportunities for broadcasters, pay TV providers and content programmers, including:

Linear video delivery

4K and Ultra HD

Multiscreen monetization

Virtualization and Cloud services

Quality matters - Leading Malaysian studio adopts Pyramix/Horus combination

Merging Technologies

Switching DAW platforms is not a trivial undertaking but to switch from Mac to PC at the same time really needs a good reason. StarMount is justly famous for its excellent quality recordings of jazz, classical and regional music (and great coffee and pastries). So when Merging Product Manager, Johan Wadsten demonstrated Pyramix to Alex Tan, StarMount’s owner, neither party could predict the outcome. 

Alex liked the look of what he saw and embarked on a trial period with a Pyramix and Horus on loan from Merging’s local distributor, Stagetec Asia. Alex takes up the story; “I have been a Pro Tools user for more than 8 years. The time came when the studio was ready to upgrade to the latest HDX and the meeting with Johan together with a product demo period was a total game changer.


Digital Dispatch giving customer insights and industry news from Irdeto. 

Irdeto is a world leader in Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions for pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content owners. In this issue:

DRM changes on web browsers

Think your content is safe from pirates?  Think again!

Turning the Internet of Threats into the Internet of Trust

Oscars nominees see online piracy surge

Rising tide of online piracy: Sink or swim?

Call for Papers Now Open for IEEE Broadcast Symposium 

Deadline for Submitting Extended Abstracts Is April 10 

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) today announced that the call for papers is now open for the IEEE Broadcast Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 13-16 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 10. 

Latest editorial:

Things Move Too Fast to Overlook Half the Workforce

Everybody knows women are fragile. I mean, they're all emotions, no logic, there's nothing going on upstairs. Every once in a while, they say something that's a little inconvenient.” – Carol Dexter, “Changeling,” Imagine Entertainment, 2008



If you listen to some guys, you’d swear women shouldn’t touch technology.

They don’t realize that if it weren’t for the female contributions, we’d still be using abacas, tin cans and a string and probably pickup sticks.

Ada Lovelace wrote the software for Babbage’s machine and today, half of the users of tech products and websites are women.

According to Deloitte, women have been the leading adaptors of:

-        Internet usage

-        Mobile phone voice usage

-        Mobile phone location services

-        Text messaging

-        Skype

-        Every social network but LinkedIn

-        All Internet-enabled devices

-        E-readers

-        Health-care devices

-        GPS

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