IBC Exhibitors G – H

GatesAir
Stand 8.C30

GatesAir, a global player in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil new enhancements to two recently-introduced Intraplex intelligent networking solutions at IBC2017 that will advance the possibilities of IP-based signal transport for radio broadcasters. The two products, Intraplex IPConnect software and the IP Link MPXp codec, will receive their international debuts at the show.

Intraplex IPConnect is a new software application designed to fortify data transport across IP networks. Available as an option in most Intraplex IP Link codecs, IPConnect solves the problem of reliable transport across complex networks that traditionally suffer data loss through dropped packets.

New for IBC2017, GatesAir will demonstrate how IPConnect provides an added layer of reliability for DAB/DAB+ and DRM IP streams by employing a combination of packet protection schemes with network/time diversity and packet-level forward error correction. Additionally, IPConnect can now bridge local area network (LAN) segments across wide-area networks with seamless tunneling to enhance reliability of program and signal transport across very large geographical regions with multiple receiving and transmitting sites—an especially attractive benefit for national DAB/DAB+ broadcasters and network operators.

“Digital radio streams are particularly vulnerable to packet loss, given the large amount of data moving over many paths and across very long distances,” Keyur Parikh, director, GatesAir Intraplex Business Unit. “IPConnect plays an important role in minimising susceptibility to packet loss, ensuring that valuable on-air content and control-based commands are not lost along the way. Reliability is further improved through the ability to tunnel all IP data between one or more sites, without concern of outside interference.”

IPConnect’s software data gateway provides extra protection through packet encapsulation, which encloses the external IP data packets in a GatesAir protocol wrapper as it moves across IP networks. Unlike many similar applications, IPConnect provides this protection for studio-generated data, as well as IP data from external sources. While the former might include RDS data or SNMP control signals to trigger a command at the transmitter site, the latter may incorporate program or control data coming from a network operations center, satellite feed or advertising service.

As the next-generation GatesAir Intraplex IP Link codec, the award-winning Intraplex IP Link MPXp leverages the strengths of previous IP Link codecs and adds new efficiencies. This includes GatesAir’s unique Dynamic Stream Splicing technology to mitigate IP packet loss and eliminate off-air time, forward error correction, and a trio of network interfaces for optimal stream reliability, while empowering broadcasters with more signal transport options from a single box at historically low bitrates. While the initial release in April cut the industry-standard bandwidth consumption for uncompressed AES 192 digital composite signal transport in half, the latest release further reduces those bitrates from the already industry-low 1.8Mb/s to an even more efficient 1.65Mb/s. This exceptional bandwidth efficiency opens more headroom for increased packet protection, as well as additional audio and data services.

The Intraplex IP Link MPXp is the first FM MPX IP codec to support—separately or together—AES 192 digital and analog composite signals over a secure and reliable digital IP path from a single codec. Its flexible dual-domain capability allows the broadcaster to install a newer audio processor supporting AES 192 and have it interoperate with an exciter supporting only analog composite signal interface today. This not only provides a transitional path for a future digital exciter upgrade, but also enhances signal quality by keeping it in the digital domain across the IP path.

Like previous-generation IP Link codecs, the Intraplex IP Link MPXp codec also simplifies network architectures and maintenance to reduce capital and operational expense. As wide-area network pipes grow larger, the Intraplex IP Link MPXp codec enables broadcasters to aggregate all FM processing equipment at the headend. Advanced security measures ensure rock-solid signal protection thanks to the codec’s integrated firewall.

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Geoguard
Stand 14.M23

GeoGuard, has announced that at its IBC debut it will be demonstrating why Geo-Piracy should be taken more seriously by the content industry. GeoGuard will showcase how its advanced solutions prevent consumers utilising easily available Geo-Piracy tools to gain illicit access to content services outside of their geographical location.

David Briggs, Co-founder and Chairman of GeoGuard states: “It’s our belief that just as a chain is only as secure as its weakest link, a content service is only as secure as the simplest attack that succeeds. Now that the industry is engaging directly to counter the effects of Kodi, it’s necessary to also start addressing more of the even easier forms of piracy used to access OTT content illicitly, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), domain name server (DNS) proxies and other specialist methods of attack. This is why we are exhibiting at IBC this year, so that we can demonstrate to content owners and distributors that we now have a powerful and accurate solution to protect against Geo-Piracy.”

Visitors to IBC2017 will be able to see GeoGuard’s on-stand demonstrations that:

  • Show how having Geo-Piracy protection software in 250 million devices worldwide to protect the gaming industry means that GeoGuard is the first organization to understand and defeat new developments in Geo-Piracy.
  • Provide evidence of the scale of the Geo-Piracy problem, such as the fact that one in four internet users deploy VPNs spoof their location to gain access to geo-restricted content.
  • Show how GeoGuard’s Geo-Piracy prevention solutions can play a key role protecting the roll-out of UHD Home Cinema services.

“I am delighted that 30 high profile content creators and entertainment companies – including Disney, Amazon, HBO and Netflix – recently came together to launch the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment anti-piracy coalition. This shows that the leading content owners and OTT providers not only understand the scale of the piracy issue, but also realize that the only realistic way to defeat piracy is through close collaboration,” added Briggs. “We believe it’s critical that the content industry goes one step further by working with companies like GeoGuard to make sure that every new leak is sealed as soon as it’s identified as a potential threat – this means we hit pirates where it hurts most, their cash-flow. We look forward to meeting content owners and potential customers and partners at IBC and showing that Geo-Piracy is a multi-billion dollar issue that now needs to be addressed.

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Globecast
Stand 1.A29

Globecast helps customers to manage their content and make it available wherever required, by anyone required. The company provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally, constantly innovating and investing in new technologies to create customer-centric new services. Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fibre and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. It delivers any type of video service including: TV Everywhere OTT, satellite, cable, video-on-demand and CDN delivery using cloud-enabled media solutions. It supplies Content Acquisition, Aggregation and Distribution (CAAD) services to over 110 networks worldwide that are distributed via multiple platforms. The company remains the trusted partner for global coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience from 12 interconnected Globecast-owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg.
New at IBC 2017
Globecast Live2VOD MultiEvents Media platform
Globecast is launching its Live2VOD MultiEvents Media platform at IBC 2017. This leverages the company’s contribution expertise to provide a tailored solution for content owners to easily access, securely manage, edit and republish live content for on-demand viewing across multiple devices. Globecast’s intelligent media management system automatically allows customers’ editorial teams to create fast turnaround video stories for social media distribution. Using the automated workflow, Globecast enables customers to quickly share content across platforms thereby increasing reach and monetisation.
Globecast XN – Reach new audiences quickly using the public internet
Globecast will also be showing its fast set-up distribution solution over public internet technology, GCXN. With its worldwide footprint (with more than 50 sites), the company offers limitless video Internet delivery as a service solution. Customers can confidently entrust their main distribution, disaster recovery and monitoring services with broadcast-grade quality to GCXN. They can reach new audiences with secure and robust transport over the public internet for content distribution. Globecast is also providing an enhanced remote management system for end-to-end service management.
My Globecast – Online portal to enhance the customer experience
Customers can manage Globecast services efficiently with this secure, simple, real-time digital tool anytime, anywhere using any device. My Globecast is designed for and by customers to offer a simpler customer journey with a user-friendly homepage. Customers have access to all of their services and favorites in one click. They can use My Globecast to manage their media management and distribution-related services.
  • Services supervision, incident management and planned maintenance communication
  • 360-degree overview of media management and associated playout and video-on-demand services
Also on show:
Globecast is also announcing its new Cloud Channel Playout solution for SD, HD and 4K channels. This significantlyenhances itsservice deployment efficiency, time-to-market and flexibility and further enhances its geographical reach, as well asenabling fast start-up time.

Globecast continues to expand the capabilities of its TV Everywhere OTT Video services via a comprehensive ecosystem of partners to complement its in-house versatile video headend solution used for media content preparation. Beyond mobile apps for smartphone and tablets, it now provides apps to key Smart TV app stores: Roku, Samsung, LG, Android TV and Netgem.

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Harmonic
Stand 1.B20

At IBC2017, Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery technology and services, will present its vision for monetizing broadcast and OTT services and engaging viewers like never before. A wide range of solutions will be showcased, with support for all deployment models — including software appliances, cloud and hybrid environments, as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) — to address the varying needs of video content and service providers and their specific workflows today and in the future. Using Harmonic’s solutions, service providers can deliver crystal-clear video at the lowest possible bitrates; boost profitability through targeted advertising across all screens; and transition to a simpler, more efficient and cost-saving workflow via next-generation technologies like the cloud, all-IP workflows, HEVC and UHD-HDR.

“Change is constant across the television industry. OTT services are becoming a requirement, cloud technology is transforming the way video content is produced and delivered, the migration to all-IP is well underway and 5G networks will impact the entire mobile video ecosystem,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products at Harmonic. “Our customers need to adapt to this evolving media landscape, but change doesn’t happen overnight. As the trusted video delivery partner, we know this and that’s why we provide a solution for every type of workflow. At IBC2017, we’ll demonstrate how traditional and emerging video service providers can deliver ultra-high-quality and personalized live and on-demand video services faster and more efficiently.”

Leading the OTT Charge
The leader in OTT video delivery deployments, Harmonic enables video content and service providers to deliver pristine video quality anytime, anywhere, on any device with its powerful VOS™ media processing suite of solutions for all deployment models, reducing bandwidth up to 50 percent for live streaming through its award-winning EyeQ™ content aware compression solution. During IBC2017, Harmonic will show the EyeQ solution live on the show floor, demonstrating analytics from a Tier 1 direct broadcast satellite television provider to improve quality of experience (QoE). Leveraging the latest innovations in video compression and cloud technology, Harmonic’s OTT solutions allow operators to deliver a better QoE than what exists today, with the ultimate goal of delivering broadcast video quality, with lower latency, which is essential for live events.

For OTT service providers that want to increase revenue and differentiate themselves, Harmonic will highlight network PVR, targeted ad insertion and UHD-HDR playout distribution functionalities. Harmonic is the only technology provider with an end-to-end UHD-HDR workflow solution that supports channel origination, live streaming and on-demand applications.

In addition, Harmonic will unveil its new Packager X and Origin X software solutions, which streamline OTT video distribution via on-the-fly packaging capabilities and broad support for streaming formats (i.e., HLS, DASH, MSS, RTMP) from the cloud, boosting monetization through live time-shift TV and VOD.

Bringing Robust Orchestration to the Cloud
Harmonic has made transitioning to the cloud for media processing and delivery of OTT services even more attractive by adding new capabilities to its VOS Cloud software and VOS 360 SaaS solutions. At IBC2017, Harmonic will showcase cloud playout capabilities, as well as unveil new orchestrated workflows for the VOS cloud family.

Shaping the Mobile Delivery Landscape
With predictions that 80 percent of mobile traffic will be video in two years, and Strategy Analytics reporting that worldwide revenue from mobile video will reach $25 billion by 2021, Harmonic will show how it’s shaping the mobile delivery landscape at IBC2017:

  • Harmonic’s EyeQ video compression optimization solution will be shown in the context of enabling operators to deliver a better QoE to end-users over constrained 3G, 4G and 5G mobile networks, leveraging EyeQ™ technology advancements and new packaging technology. During the demo, HD video will be delivered using minimal bandwidth (i.e., sub-500kbps) on a smartphone.
  • Harmonic will demonstrate a live end-to-end low latency workflow for distribution over CDNs utilizing the next-generation Common Media Application Framework (CMAF) standard, highlighting how operators can reduce the delay for OTT viewers to a level that is similar to traditional broadcast.
  • Harmonic and its ecosystem partners will present a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) viewing experience, featuring stunning native UHD VR images, to IBC2017 attendees on mobile-based head-mounted displays.
  • Additionally, Harmonic will demonstrate Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS) over LTE, known as eMBMS, showing how popular content can be distributed efficiently in a one-to-many (multicast) configuration.

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