IBC Exhibitors R – S

 

Rohde & Schwarz
Stand 7.E25

At IBC 2017, Rohde & Schwarz offers a vision of an IP-based future that builds on strong SDI heritage

From channel playout to internet-based live contribution, remote monitoring and test & measurement, Rohde & Schwarz provides real world solutions to today’s challenges. Rohde & Schwarz (stand 7.E25), a leading international provider of broadcast and digital media solutions, will use IBC 2017 to showcase a number of new and enhanced ingest, production, monitoring and OTT distribution workflow solutions that offer high quality, future-proofed migration pathways to multi-platform IP-based broadcast operations.

With its open architecture, R&S VENICE is an ingest and playout system that enables broadcasters to deliver content in the most appropriate manner by merging SDI and Video-over-IP technologies, empowering the user to migrate to IP-based production at a time and speed that best suits their situation. R&S VENICE provides a comfortable working environment and comprehensively covers all major formats and codecs. The system is easy to operate and, in an industry where time equals money, its transfer-while and edit-while ingest workflows ensure fast post processing. It seamlessly ingests and plays out resolutions ranging from SD to 4K, whilst advanced transform functionality allows transforming into all supported formats.

Another Rohde & Schwarz focus at IBC 2017 will be its R&S AVHE100 system solution for encoding and multiplexing. A compact, yet flexible and scalable transcoding, encoding and multiplexing solution, it offers best in class video quality for premium content distribution, including for today’s most advanced video coding standard HEVC – for Over-The-Top (OTT) and broadcast applications. It also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmission.

Elsewhere on its IBC stand, following its recent integration with Motama GmbH, Rohde & Schwarz will for the first time showcase RelayCaster for live contribution over public internet services and CodecCaster for high-density live transcoding.

With RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. RelayCaster enables the replacement of expensive satellite links or contracts with CDN service providers. In contrast to these services, RelayCaster is not limited to certain regions or data centers. RelayCaster enables distribution of content across any distance, to any place that is reachable by Internet infrastructure. With optional encryption, data streams will be protected between all senders and receivers (AES).

CodecCaster is a turn-key solution for real-time transcoding, offering high-performance and high-quality IP-based format conversion and bitrate reduction for MPEG Transport Streams. CodecCaster fully supports transcoding and transrating to multiple bitrates for adaptive streaming for MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265. Audio pass through and audio transcoding for AAC, MPEG audio and Dolby Digital Plus is available. CodecCaster combines the full flexibility and encoding quality of a software-defined solution with high performance. The number of streams to be transcoded in parallel is not artificially limited: All units can be freely configured with unlimited numbers of input streams and output profiles up to the system maximum.

Another focus for Rohde & Schwarz at IBC 2017 is advanced content monitoring for broadcast and streaming media services featuring its award winning R&S PRISMON multiviewer. Leveraging the experience from its NAB 2017 interoperability showcase, R&S PRISMON will again actively participate in the ‘IBC 2017 IP Showcase’ running interoperable implementations of the latest drafts for SMPTE 2110 and AMWA IS-04 in a live environment.

Also at IBC, Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT GmbH will introduce its secure mobile monitoring service virtuWall as a cloud-based supplementary service to R&S PRISMON. The virtuWall app allows for secure remote display of monitoring information from a set of distributed R&S PRISMON probes. This provides offsite operational personnel with real-time access to monitoring and status parameters of their broadcast and streaming media services on standard mobile devices via regular Internet while profiting from a highly secured web service.

In another technology showcase, Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate the latest enhancements and refinements to its R&S ETL TV Analyzer. Used by broadcast network operators worldwide to install, maintain, service and optimize terrestrial transmitter networks and cable modulators, this sophisticated test & measurement device has become the universal reference receiver for broadcast signal analysis. The latest version, being showcased at IBC, supports HEVC compression and combines the functionality of a TV (analog and digital) and FM (radio) analyzer, a video and MPEG TS analyzer and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. Also, the R&S ETL contains generators to create analog video signals, audio signals and MPEG-2 transport streams.

“Through organic growth combined with strategic acquisitions, Rohde & Schwarz has built an elegant portfolio of products, system solutions and enabling technologies that combine some of the best established hardware systems combined with state of the art IP-based systems,” explained Stephan Krafft, Vice President, Marketing & Technical Sales at Rohde & Schwarz. “At IBC, this will be presented as a series of exciting technology showcases, many of which are unique in the international broadcast and media market. We look forward to a tremendously exciting show in Amsterdam!”

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RTW
Stand 8.D89

As a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices, RTW will showcase its latest updates at IBC 2017. As part of its new offerings, the company has introduced the first rollout of new firmware for its TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 series.

The current TM7/9 firmware update allows simultaneous monitoring of transmission streams with the ability to see up to four parallel instances of the stereo vectorscope at once. The RTA (Real Time Analyzer) feature set offers an even more refined graduated frequency distribution analysis with the addition of a 12th octave filter bank. Extra security measures can be activated with the utilization of the newly offered custom selected password, which will also protect the user against unauthorized adjustment changes. This firmware also supports four-channel operation of a TouchMonitor, even without a multi-channel license, which allows attractive combinations in operation with RTW’s TMR7.

“We listen to our customers’ feedback and support their changing needs with our regular firmware updates,” says Ulrike Lauterbach, director of sales & marketing, RTW. “The TM7 and TM9 are user favorites, so we have really put an emphasis on taking these products to the next-level of operation for our customers. These new firmware updates create a more efficient workflow with the option for customization, while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing loudness standards around the world. We plan to announce more firmware updates for the TM7/9 and look forward to demonstrating all the new capabilities at this year’s IBC.”

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ruwido
Stand 1.D69

At IBC 2017 ruwido will demonstrate the latest iteration of its TICTACTILE. system, the recipient of this year’s Red Dot Award “Best of the Best”.

TICTACTILE. has been developed by ruwido to enable users to navigate the graphical user interface on their TV in the same intuitive way as they are interacting with their smart devices, while offering a tactile experience built in. The approach of bringing the structure of the user interface to the navigation field of the remote control makes moving through content appeal to both the visual and tactile senses and creates a seamless experience for the user.

At IBC 2017, ruwido will unveil how interaction mechanism technologies, such as TICTACTILE., can also be applied to business cases outside of the living room. The company will also demonstrate how its latest developments of multimodal input devices incorporating ruwido’s haptic biometric can make watching TV a more personal experience.

At the IBC conference Regina Bernhaupt, head of scientific research and Dimitri Drouet, member of the scientific research team, are looking at the future of intelligent media interfaces, and what can be learned from in-depth analysis of user behaviour when interacting with them. They will be presenting in the paper session: Intelligent Media Interfaces – Listening, Watching and Feeling you, on Thursday, September 14 at IBC from 11:00 – 12:30 in the Emerald Room.

“IBC is not only an opportunity to showcase our award-winning product architectures to the industry but also to underpin our designs and innovations by presenting the findings of our scientific research at the conference,” says Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido.

“We all at ruwido put a lot of effort in combining innovative design with the latest technology that users are proud to have on the table next to their tablets and smart phones. Watching TV is a pleasure, and modern remote controls are supposed to make the way content is accessed pleasurable too,” Maier continues.

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Seraphic
Stand 14.N12

IBC2017 is counting down to its opening date on September 15. Seraphic will debut itself at this world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show in Amsterdam. For the first time in Europe, Seraphic is set to use the IBC 2017 stage to showcase leading browser solutions for HbbTV 2, Freeview Play, Web UI, Light-weighted Browser, YouTube TV, Pay TV VoD, etc.

Operators expect the uniform device user experience on all devices even provided by different manufacturers. OTT services are the key for operators to attract new subscribers and keep old users. Enhanced by Seraphic’s browser solutions, the choice of the largest TV SoC vendors, Pay TV operators will be able to increase market track records and deliver wide deployment. At IBC 2017, Seraphic will highlight the browser support for hybrid web-based service.

On-stand demonstrations will include:

HbbTV 2 solution – a market-proven, platform-independent browser solution that enables device manufactures, SoC vendors, middleware providers and operators to quickly launch or upgrade HbbTV capable devices and services with affordable cost. We are able to support the latest HbbTV 2 technologies, including Companion Screen, Media Synchronization, TTML Subtitle, DVB DASH, etc.

Freeview Play solution – the affordable browser solution compliant with leading hybrid TV technology Freeview Play. We provide market-proven Freeview Play solution in UK. At IBC2017, we will demonstrate browser support for the latest Freeview Play specifications.

Light-weighted Browser solution – lightweight HTML5 browser optimized for DTV/STB products, with high performance, small footprint size, low DDR memory consumption and modern HTML5 features support. It is highly suitable for opening up a rich OTT world.

Web UI solution – browser solution to develop the next generation Web-based TV/STB system User Interface. It provides strong browser support across different platforms and worldwide TV standards.

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Sixty
Stand 14.C20

Sixty, the interactive TV company, today announced that it will demonstrate during IBC 2017 how its game changing interactive TV platform enables broadcasters and content owners to deliver more engaging, high quality viewing experiences. Additionally, it will also discuss new sports and broadcast industry partnerships and demonstrate how its clickable on-air graphics solutions can enable advanced advertising models.

IBC demonstrations will show how Sixty uniquely makes TV content more interactive and engaging through its clickable on-air graphics product, Ease Live, particularly within sports.  “Our game changing TV products are currently receiving a lot of attention across the industry as they are providing a new way to engage audiences with interactive live TV, while still making it work with the broadcaster’s existing workflows,” said Kjetil Horneland, CEO, Sixty. “Visitors to IBC will be able to see demonstrations that show that we have the products and knowhow to deliver large-scale interactive viewing experiences for live and VOD. This makes TV more exciting and personalised and opens up a new world of opportunities.”

At IBC Show 2017, Sixty will show how its products and services enable broadcasters to innovate and implement a wide range of interactive features and graphics on top of existing OTT platforms and apps to enhance the television experience and ultimately excite viewers worldwide. Solution demonstrations include:

Ease Live: a flexible platform that unifies the linear and online TV experience with a consistent brand and design, providing on-screen graphics that come to life in the hands of the audience by making them “viewer clickable” across all devices. The product can be used by any broadcast system or online video platform and integrates seamlessly into current workflows, taking advantage of all the unused data available, including the latest statistics, tracking and highlights.

Ease TV: a user interface framework and an off the shelf design that makes your set-top-box offering stand out. Through its modular and flexible design, Ease TV contains all the basic features required to make the set-top-box TV experience look great and feel right. Its built-in horizontal ‘from left to right’ flow principle enables the TV experience to work seamlessly on any TV screen.

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SMPTE
Stand 8.F51

Visitors to the SMPTE stand will have the chance to view and order “The Honor Roll and Honorary Members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers,” a limited-edition book that showcases the past century’s industry leaders and innovators. The Society also will be accepting pre-orders for “Magic & Miracles: 100 Years of Moving Image Science & Technology,” a richly illustrated and meticulously crafted history of the Society and its groundbreaking work over the past century.

Throughout IBC2017, SMPTE staff will be available on its stand within the IBC Partnership Village to discuss current trends and answer questions about SMPTE activities, resources, and publications, including the latest “SMPTE Standards Quarterly Report,” which details the outcome of the June 2017 SMPTE Standards Committee meeting. The report summarizes the current progress of SMPTE committees that are working to create, approve, revise, and remove standards for the industry.

As always, the Society will feature the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, which earned a Distinction Award from the New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro, Atlanta, and Rochester Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and then continued on to earn a Merit Award in the STC International Summit Awards (STC ISA) competition. Copies of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, including the September 2017 “Progress Report” issue, will be available on the stand.

“SMPTE has been making tremendous strides in standards work related to new modes of content processing and distribution, while also providing valuable educational programs that assist all members of the industry to keep on top of the latest tools, techniques, and technologies. We look forward to showcasing a year of significant SMPTE progress at IBC2017.” commented Barbara H. Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE.

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SpotX

SpotX is a video ad serving platform providing media owners with monetization tools for desktop, mobile and connected devices. The platform features modern ad serving and programmatic infrastructure, and other monetization tools, like solutions for OTT and outstream video ad units. SpotX gives publishers the control, transparency and actionable insights needed to understand buyer behavior, manage access and pricing, and maximize revenue.

The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in Amsterdam, Belfast, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm, Singapore and Sydney. In July 2014, RTL Group, a leader across broadcast, content and digital, acquired a 65% stake in SpotX.

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Square Box Systems
Stand 7.J38

Square Box Systems’ flagship media asset management system, CatDV, accelerates collaborative media asset management operations and empowers small-, medium-, and large-scale enterprises to repurpose and monetize millions of assets with ease and efficiency. CatDV will have the spotlight in stand 7.J38 at IBC2017, where Square Box Systems will showcase new versions and enhancements including support for new platforms, environments, and operating systems.

“At Square Box Systems, we’re continually improving CatDV to keep it on the edge of MAM innovation for enterprises of all sizes. IBC2017 is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the latest improvements, such as enhanced support for web and intranet deployments, the addition of cloud archiving, and support for Linux environments. We’re looking forward to showing prospects, partners, and customers why CatDV continues to lead the way in media asset management technologies,” commented Dave Clack, CEO at Square Box Systems.

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