IBC Exhibitors N – O

NAGRA
Stand 1.C81

At IBC 2018, NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate new propositions and current innovations that address the entire content value chain – from content and service creation to content delivery and consumption. NAGRA’s latest technologies and solutions in end-to-end content value protection, engaging user experiences and smart business operations, will be on display on stand 1.C81 under the theme “Smartly Digital.”
“Pay-TV service providers are at a crossroads between OTT add-on services and true digital transformation, where the lines between pay-TV and OTT are blurring and making way for the ‘post-OTT’ era,” says Ivan Verbesselt, Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, NAGRA. “To grow and thrive, service providers must become ‘smartly digital’ – by embracing cloudification, actively claiming the aggregation role and leveraging data-driven principles to define and evolve their consumer propositions, they can embark on a journey of continuous solution renewal to optimize the next phase of growth in a vastly different competitive landscape.”
NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature NAGRA, OpenTV, Conax, NexGuard, and DVnor product lines all under the NAGRA brand.

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Object Matrix
Stand C.628

Object Matrix, is celebrating its 15th year anniversary at IBC and will announce updates to its media focused hybrid cloud offerings.

2018 marks the 15th year anniversary for Object Matrix and it will be celebrating this milestone with some special events during IBC. The founders of Object Matrix are amongst the original pioneers of Object storage technology and have seen the market for the technology change dramatically over that period.

Jonathan Morgan, CEO, Object Matrix, added: “We are proud to have reached 15 years of business. A lot has changed in the industry in the past 15 years but what excites us is the changes that are coming to fruition: better use of digital assets, AI to enhance search and the global realisation that an archive kept properly can be a revenue generator rather than an overhead.”

The team will also be honouring people who have particularly helped with the company’s progression over the years.

IBC is of course a showcase for media technology and as such Object Matrix will be demonstrating its award winning technology and solutions throughout the show. In particular it will share updates to the popular Vision interface. Vision from Object Matrix is a web-based media management application that gives users instant and easy access to files contained within the MatrixStore object storage platform.

The latest version includes a number of enhancements as requested by the Object Matrix customer community, including Process in Place IMF integration. This enables users to ingest files in IMF (Interoperable Master Format) and automatically extract the associated IMF metadata. This makes IMF files as discoverable within Vision as other file types, whilst keeping them housed within the archive.

Vision has also now been fully integrated with move2, an HSM application from Object Matrix. move2 provides policy driven data management from MatrixStore object storage to deep archive storage or public cloud storage platforms. Full integration with Vision means users have the option to control that easily, with a simple right click from within the tool.

The latest version also has a number of further search improvements to simplify the process of finding archived files.

Francisco Ontoso, CTO, Object Matrix, commented: “Our customers are tasked with ever-more complex workflows and growing archives. At the same time, they are looking to monetise all of that content, which is only possible if they can find it quickly and easily. These enhancements are part of our strategy of constantly updating our solutions to meet the evolving demands of our customers.”

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Octopus
Booth 7.A39

Octopus Newsroom has chosen the 2018 IBC as the launch platform for version 8.2 of the Octopus newsroom computer system. This latest version includes a wide range of improvements designed to make the world’s most operator friendly NRCS even easier to use.

“Working in a newsroom can be very exhilarating with stories coming in from all directions and the need to stay constantly alert for ‘the big one’,” comments Octopus Newsroom’s Marketing Manager Adam Kennedy-Ripon. “Our aim right from the start has been to ensure that the entire news production process is efficient and stress-free as humanly possible. Octopus achieves that with eye-friendly and brain-friendly GUIs which provide the tools needed for each specific task. Additional tools can be accessed quickly when required, enabling operators to switch between roles and even to operate third-party devices. In short, we have made the best even better.”

Version 8.2 adds a large number of GUI refinements and usability improvements including the ability to use Octopus assignments for enhanced long term and short term planning. Operators can now quickly create a new theme for a defined number of stories, describe how the theme should be handled and define who will be assigned. Also added is a new feature which simplifies interviewee management. Story handling is enhanced to allow assignment-based grouping. When an assignment contains several versions of a story, all can now be grouped for easy overview.

New rundown capabilities speed up operations that are performed multiple times each day.
A lot of story content that could only be edited in the story editor is now editable directly from the rundown. Operators also gain the ability to create new elements, or convert or delete existing ones, directly from the rundown. Character-generated text lines can now be displayed as first and last words. Octopus V8.2 also delivers close and fast integration with Viz Mosart and Opus newsroom automation without requiring any additional plugins.

Suitable for all types and levels of operation, from a single channel with just a few bulletins per day to full-scale 24/7 news networks, Octopus newsroom software runs natively on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X. Mobile apps are available for Google Android and Apple iOS tablets as well as smartphones. Octopus can be integrated into any MOS-compliant environment or workflow.

Founded in 1998, Octopus Newsroom is today the world’s leading producer of newsroom computer systems with more than 50 MOS partners. Octopus advocates an open ecosystem using the MOS protocol which enables operators to choose freely among high-quality providers of graphics, playout, MAM, prompters, traffic-handing and advertising solutions. Octopus Newsroom has successfully installed systems into more than 300 channels around the world. Based on Unicode, Octopus Newsroom products support all major character sets including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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On-Hertz
Booth 10.F42

Making its IBC debut is On-Hertz who will be showcasing LUMO, a unique, innovative virtual radio studio solution designed to bring exciting, creative new possibilities to radio stations, such that the location of outside broadcasts becomes limited only by their imaginations.

As well as demonstrating LUMO to representatives of live radio stations of all sizes and other visitors, On-Hertz is looking to identify potential agents for its solution in order to bring LUMO to the worldwide market.

On-Hertz launched as a company in May 2018. It was co-founded by Renaud Schoonbroodt, a passionate software developer since the age of 12, and Benjamin Lardinoit, a seasoned broadcast industry professional. Schoonbroodt has 15 years’ experience in the radio industry – from product development to large project integration – while Lardinoit brings a highly successful track record of international sales to the world’s largest events and broadcasters.

“LUMO is intended to be a complementary solution that can offer broadcasters new and exciting ways of reaching their audience that would otherwise not be feasible,” said Schoonbroodt. “It provides an excellent alternative to solutions whose bulk and weight can make them difficult or impossible to deploy in every location from which a producer might want to broadcast – and, in comparison with those solutions, LUMO is also extremely budget-friendly.”

LUMO has already proven itself with Belgium’s VRT Radio 2, where it enabled an outside broadcast from a hot air balloon. Its light weight and easy portability – it is a software-based solution, leveraging the power of the latest COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware – was ideal, given the constraints of the environment in which it was being deployed.

The broadcast was a complete success and fulfilled VRT’s goal of enhancing listener engagement with, and growing awareness of, VRT Radio 2. VRT noted at the time that such a broadcast would not previously have been practicable, given the planning and logistical complexity – and a limited budget.

“The challenges faced by VRT Radio 2 are challenges that are being faced by all media today,” said Lardinoit. “Creating sustainable differentiation from streaming music services has become imperative. Everyone is looking to find new ways of engaging the audience, keeping output fresh, and delivering new and exciting experiences just as VRT did – and creating brand loyalty. LUMO helps make that possible, transforming the creative options that are available to radio broadcasters by providing a tool that can add a new dimension to their output.”

On-Hertz is part of the VRT Sandbox initiative, which collaborates with inventors and creative entrepreneurial minds working at VRT as well as external organisations and companies working in media innovation. Selected companies receive the opportunity to scale and/or develop their products, with access to VRT’s infrastructure and technology resources.

The Sandbox Hub replicates the VRT Sandbox model for other European broadcasters. Its main goal is to create a network of Sandboxes, enable local startups to scale within Europe, and exchange experiences and expertise. Organisations currently leveraging the Sandbox Hub include ARD, the BBC, France TV and Sverige Radio.

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Ooyala
Stand 14.G02

The Ooyala Flex Media Platform, the world’s fastest growing media-asset-management solution, has been shortlisted for a BaM Award from IABM – the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam. Ooyala will demonstrate the solutions which underpin its dramatic business growth since last year’s conference.   

“From script to screen — no matter where in the world it’s happening, from the first day of production to the final broadcast — our customers rely on Ooyala to power their content. We cut the complexity of content creation, management, and distribution, so customers get content to market faster at lower cost. That’s the magic of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform: fast, smart, and flexible, it integrates seamlessly with any environment,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “It’s why we are becoming the leading media asset management and workflow orchestration solution.”

Ooyala Flex Media Platform provides a unified framework that optimizes the entire content supply chain, which customers can customize to meet their specific needs. The platform leverages automation and artificial intelligence to streamline video workflows and processes, connect teams and tools for greater collaboration, and enable richer metadata and analytics that power critical new insights and a single source of truth throughout the entire content supply chain.

New products and features will include:

     Streamlined VOD content delivery: This includes rail curation and metadata-tagging of content with OoyalaMAM, a media asset management (MAM)-based content management system (CMS) that enables sophisticated processing, multi-platform delivery and tracking of VOD assets.

     Sports Video Workflows: Sports workflows have been reimagined with the Ooyala Flex Media Platform — from live streaming with OoyalaLIVE, live clipping of growing files with OoyalaMAM, and syndication to multiple platforms including social media, OTT, and apps. The platform enables automatic workflow rules, reducing manual steps and delivering content within seconds, and can power viewing experiences with OoyalaPLAY and content recommendations with OoyalaLIVE.

     Intelligent Archiving: The Ooyala Flex Media Platform is enabling new ways to monetize archived content. Years of archived content can be automatically indexed leveraging Microsoft Video Indexer’s AI capabilities for content recognition and speech-to-text transcription, enabling customers to automate the process of tagging their archive, managing its life cycle, and delivering content to audiences.

     Interoperable Master Format (IMF) support: Ooyala has extended its support for IMF-centric workflows across all stages of the content supply chain, including Digital Video Playout. Among other features, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform now natively supports receipt of Interoperable Master Packages (IMPs) and transcodes them into renditions required for streaming to customer devices.

     OoyalaREACH, powered by 24i: Ooyala will introduce its new end-to-end solution for AppCMS design, in partnership with 24i. Visitors will get a first-hand look at how assets and metadata managed with the Ooyala Flex Media Platform can be published to 24i’s CMS, Backstage, including front-end experiences on iOS and Roku.

     An open and integrated ecosystem: Ooyala continues to expand its partner ecosystem with integrations such as Interra Baton for Auto-QC, Telestream Vantage for transcoding, MPP Global for e-commerce needs, Microsoft cognitive services, and 24i for AppCMS experiences.

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