Tech4home, a provider of innovative wireless remote control solutions for the home environment, will showcase Smart Voice Remote, a voice remote control line-up with Google integration, at IBC. Moreover, the company will present the latest additions to its Notus RCU Family Series which come with a new design and voice feature integration.
With the demand for voice triggered applications for the home constantly increasing, Tech4home introduces Smart Voice Remote, a hands-free voice remote control that does not require pressing a microphone button but relies on voice interaction instead.
Designed as an alternative to more expensive smart speakers, the remote control unit is fully compatible with existing voice remote systems and is triggered by one or more predefined keywords. “We are very proud to be one of the first providers that offers this solution integrated with Android TV. That gives users the possibility to talk to their smart TV like they are used to talk to other voice controlled solutions they already use. From now on, they can leave their remote on the coffee table while zapping through their favourite TV programmes”, Miguel Oliveira, CEO at Tech4home, states.
The Smart Voice Remote’s underlying AI technology keeps energy consumption low and provides for a simple, but effective and interoperable voice control solution. It can also be used together with other voice triggered systems without even needing to change the set-top box. “Our intention is to make set up and use of our smart voice remote as easy as possible”, Miguel Oliveira says.
Apart from the smart voice remote Tech4home will also showcase three additions to their Notus Family Series of remote controls. All three models feature voice integration with Google Android or any other voice control system like Alexa or Google voice assistant and are designed for specific use cases and user requirements. On the unique design features, Notus L and Notus M share the possibility of being customizable with Fabric and plastic replaceable covers.
The new Notus L comes with 38 keys and offers a completely new key layout which provides four specific shortcuts and can be tailored to the customer’s needs. The additional shortcut buttons on the unit are fully customizable and can each be assigned to a specific service. By simply pressing a button, users can access and switch between services like e.g. YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix or HBO Now.
The Notus M is Tech4home’s answer to operators and end users requesting a simplified remote control. With only 28 keys, it features the same high-end finishing that characterises the whole Notus product range. The Notus M is able to operate with set-top boxes and TV sets when it comes to an automatic setup.
As gaming is becoming more and more popular and both operators and end users are looking for smart solutions to intertwine RCU and gaming possibility, Tech4home created the Notus S specifically with gamers in mind. The compact solution is designed to bring the gaming experience to the smart TV. It features 20 keys and allows users to play games offered by their TV service provider using their remote control. Due to the built-in gaming functionality, the RCU can be used like a gaming pad in both horizontal and vertical directions.
“Our new Notus models provide the same reliability and ease of use of the existing range of Notus products but are tailored to the needs of different types of users and use cases. As with all Tech4home products, we attached great importance to the design – for more comfort and an impeccable look and feel”, Miguel Oliveira concludes.
All solutions presented at IBC 2019 (Hall 3, Stand C62) are already available in the market and fully customisable.
Tedial, the leading independent MAM technology solutions specialist, will be unveiling significant new features to its cutting-edge, award-winning sports and live events solution, SMARTLIVE, on at IBC. The company will also unveil upgrades to its Tedial Version Factory 2019 for the first time in Europe.
SMARTLIVE MULTI SPORT Configurations
New for IBC 2019, SMARTLIVE will feature MULTI SPORT configurations, which allow users to generate automatic highlights or auto-clipping for any genre of sport quickly and easily. Visitors will see a dramatic increase in the number of highlights that SMARTLIVE can generate automatically due to the significant expansion of sports genres. This is a key addition to the list of the solution’s fast-growing capabilities. Totally agnostic to all data feeds, Tedial’s metadata engine makes it simple to add new configurations to the system as and when required.
In addition, SMARTLIVE and Tedial’s Evolution MAM now includes a new module that allows all types of content to be published to any social network in just one click. Enabled by the system’s capability to create social publishing campaigns directly inside the MAM, content includes clips, highlights or historical media etc. This will be demonstrated on the stand throughout the show.
Tedial will also highlight its technology partnership with Speechmatics. By integrating Speechmatics’ industry-leading Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) technology with SMARTLIVE, operators can search for comments made during a sporting match or live event, automatically create file locators and import a file or drop it into a watch folder and manually generate the speech-to-text from the commentary track.
Providing operators with faster access to content, Tedial will showcase its new SMARTLIVE bundled solution that can easily be deployed on top of the customer’s existing production environment. This is key as it provides sports broadcasters with a highly efficient solution that can be up and running very quickly. As well as these new features, Tedial will highlight the financial and operational benefits of operating SMARTLIVE both on premises and in the cloud.
Esther Mesas, CSO/CMO, Tedial explains, “These latest additions enable production teams to significantly increase their efficiency and output without needing to scale up, leaving them more time for creativity, such as personalized stories that enhance the overall viewer experience. SMARTLIVE maximizes efficiency, output and profitability for broadcasters of sports and live events. It also enables overheads to be reduced by cutting costs without having to compromise on the quality of their solution. We look forward to demonstrating these new features and benefits at IBC 2019.”
Tedial Version Factory 2019
The company will also show Tedial Version Factory 2019 upgrades for the first time in Europe. Tedial Version Factory is a single efficient and cost-effective workflow that supports millions of file inputs, transforming them to delivery configurations, ready to be distributed to multiple platforms from a single operator screen. Updates include, managing ‘on-the-fly’ assembly of unique versions, including pre, post and mid-roll insertions; matching contractual distribution requirements for timely deliveries; enabling IMF-compliant low-resolution proxy edits on media and templates, so seasons of episodes can be managed with a single configuration.
Using the company’s Version Factory and HYPER IMF, its end-to-end IMF workflow now supporting 2018 SMPTE IMF standards, Tedial can easily support existing and new platforms, delivering content in the correct format with audio tracks and subtitles in the correct language, as well as any additional components required (artwork/trailers etc.).
As part of Tedial’s Evolution MAM demonstration the company will also show new features to its Evolution aSTORM content management solution, which transparently manages various tiers across departments and locations or in the cloud, for the first time in Europe. aSTORM now includes numerous cost-saving features including, optimizing transfers between sites for reduced transfer costs; and improved tape migration workflows between technologies for increased resource efficiency resulting in lower migration costs. aSTORM also now supports Oracle cloud storage.
“The industry is undergoing a major transformation,” adds Mesas. “We deliver systems that provide a combination of features to optimize operations and content management at all levels on premises or in the cloud to ensure systems work efficiently according to each customer’s changing requirements. Come and see us on stand 8.B44 and find out more.”
Stand 7.C16 & 7.C14
At IBC 2019, Telestream a global leader in file-based media workflow orchestration, media streaming and delivery technologies, will showcase end-to-end live streaming solutions, strategic advances in video encoding and transcoding systems, and the latest developments in video monitoring and analytics, both on premise and in virtualized environments. It will provide the first showcase of the new extended company since Tektronix’s video test, monitoring and quality assurance solutions for the broadcast and digital media markets were integrated into Telestream.
The company’s CEO, Scott Puopolo, believes that IBC 2019 comes at a strategic watershed in the broadcast industry’s evolution away from linear broadcasts and towards OTT distribution. With industry analysts predicting organic growth in the OTT monitoring and compliance market of 15.8 per cent each year up to $149.7 million by 2024 (source Frost & Sullivan), Telestream is focussed on this key growth sector.
“We believe that the combination of file-based media processing and workflow orchestration along with live video streaming for both production and distribution applications, all supported with advanced video monitoring and analytics is a highly valuable combination: this is our strategy and it is what visitors will see on our booth at IBC,” states Scott Puopolo. “At IBC, you will see Telestream continue to bolster its position in the core markets where we operate today. We are focused on being the de facto standard in the areas that we currently compete and all the work that we do both in terms of innovation and acquisition is driven by that.”
With both live and file-based applications in mind, a key focus for Telestream in 2019 and beyond is cloud transformation and virtualization. , which leverages services, allows seamless cloud execution of Vantage processing actions in combination with on-prem deployments making for an easy transition to the cloud. Another Telestream cloud-based innovation sees the first showcase of comprehensive, integrated video monitoring for distribution applications implemented on a consumption-based business model.
For media processing and workflow orchestration, Telestream will exhibit the latest advances in centralized, automated workflows with the whereby editors spend more time on creative work and managers have more predictable schedules, storage savings and network traffic reductions. New this year will be innovations in IMF workflows, file management for Vantage, UHD and HDR and live edit capability for resource-efficient remote production.
In its first European outing since its commercial introduction at NAB 2019, Telestream’s OptiQ demonstrates how users can monetize short term opportunities in the live sports and events market. OptiQ transforms the new channel creation task from a process that took weeks or even months to one that takes just minutes to complete. Once created, these new video channels exhibit considerable sophistication: as standard, they feature integrated monitoring throughout and the ability to switch between multiple sources (live or file-based). A ‘pay as you go’ business model offers the flexibility to accommodate unforeseen fluctuations in demand while aligning such costs to revenues. As a result, users do not need to pre-spend to ensure they meet such demand.
A central part of Telestream’s showcase for distribution applications highlights the strategic role that video quality assurance solution plays in ensuring a high quality of viewing experience. Key QoE and QoS enhancements will be demonstrated at IBC for the company’s ABR solution, and a key addition to the iQ linear monitoring product portfolio is support for Remote PHY networks.
At IBC 2019 Telstra Broadcast Services will showcase a portfolio of next generation high quality broadcast solutions and launch a global remote production solution allowing broadcasters and sport media customers to tailor their remote production solutions.
This solution framework builds on real remote production projects delivered for customers globally such as the World Relay Championships in Japan for Independent Television News (ITN).
This was the first time Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN), the company’s high performance media IP network, was used for a live sports event outside Australia to deliver broadcast content of the championships from Japan, via Australia, around the globe.
Andreas Eriksson, Director of Telstra Broadcast Services, said, “IBC 2019 is a great opportunity for us to showcase the success of our long distance productions and demonstrate how sports contribution is being disrupted by the move from satellite to fibre”.
Throughout the last year Telstra Broadcast Services has continued to invest in its Global Media Network (GMN), which, through its network of Alliance Partners, now reaches over 2,500 end points including over 1000 media and sports companies, 1500 venues including many of the top global sports and entertainment venues, and 10 teleports around the world. This is delivered as a consumption based model with global service assurance across the Alliance Partners and a global booking process for occasional users.
With 40 operating antennas at teleports in Hong Kong, Perth and Sydney and a 24/7 Broadcast Operations Centre connected to master control rooms in Asia, Europe and North America, Telstra looks to remain one of the leading service providers to deliver global coverage from the Asia Pacific region.
“At Telstra, we continue to push the possible when delivering innovative broadcast solutions to live sports customers globally. We offer a deep knowledge and experience across all aspects of media delivery, providing specialised services for leading broadcasters and sports media companies,” said Eriksson.
Telstra will showcase its live sports capabilities at IBC 2019 with interactive demos of the Telstra Global Media Network (GMN) and Globecam. Telstra is also looking closely at how 5G will impact media and broadcast workflows and how leveraging 5G networks in Australia and internationally will benefit its global media and sports customers.
Visit Telstra Broadcast Services at IBC 2019 in Hall 14, Booth F18.
Tiger Technology, a leader in cloud storage and data management for the broadcast and post-production markets, will be at IBC 2019 on Stand 7.B58 to highlight its latest product developments and applications. Tiger Technology will also demonstrate how these systems perform in collaborative workflows with practical demonstrations of partnerships with other developers, third party suppliers, major broadcasters and facilities.
The core of these demonstrations will focus on data management and optimizing storage use. Tiger Bridge, Tiger Technology’s intelligent storage management system, extends the Windows NFTS file system to provide an effective interface to the cloud and supports network-attached or direct-attached (NAS/DAS) storage or tape archives. It was designed to ensure that data is stored in the right place at the right time at the right cost.
Tiger Bridge will be shown unlocking the value of archived data, moving it to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing system, for indexing by Overcast HQ MAM. The latest version of Tiger Bridge will display features such as short data retrieval times using recently added partial restore capabilities.
Tiger Bridge is certified by Microsoft, AWS, IBM, Wasabi and Backblaze, and includes native support for Spectra Logic and Qualstar archive and backup systems. Among the organizations and facilities using it are ESPN, Xbox and London post-production house ENVY.
Alongside Tiger Bridge on the Tiger Technology stand will be the company’s range of content management tools: Tiger Store for managing high-performance multi-user collaborative workflows; Tiger Spaces, designed for multi-user project management and Avid bin locking; and the virtual storage manager, Tiger Pool.
Joining Tiger Technology on Stand 7.B58 will be UK IT workflow systems provider ERA, and New York-based Media Translation Inc, which develops hassle-free transition methods from tape to the cloud using Tiger Technology products.
TSL Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of broadcast workflow solutions, continues to evolve its audio offerings to meet the changing needs of its customers and the transition towards IP workflows. At IBC 2019, TSL will highlight a new range of modes for its SAM-Q audio monitors. The company will also feature updates to its PAM-IP line and its expansive functionalities, beyond audio and video monitoring, as well as user improvements to its MPA1 range.
TSL Products’ SAM-Q, which was launched at NAB 2019, is now shipping the first edition to the range, SAM-Q-SDI, to customers worldwide. SAM-Q represents a new approach to audio monitoring, allowing customers to determine how they wish to control and visualize their audio content based on application, environment or simple personal preference. At IBC 2019, TSL is adding new modes of operation, specifically for sound engineers who need to measure and guarantee audio delivery. These include audio phase, loudness monitoring and peak latch modes.
In addition, TSL Products will also be unveiling the ability to add MADI monitoring to the SAM-Q-SDI by way of a license. New and existing SAM-Q-SDI customers can add MADI functionality at any time, enabling SDI, AES, analogue and MADI sources to be monitored and mixed simultaneously.
“The SAM-Q platform is unique as it is the only audio monitor that can be configured specifically to address the needs of different applications, skillets and workflows. Engineers and supervisors can restrict sources, modes and front panel control functions to speed up operation and reduce user error,” says Stephen Brownsill, Audio Product Manager at TSL Products. “The ability to add operational and engineering modes to the SAM-Q, provides our customers with a flexible and powerful audio monitoring platform whose feature set will grow and adapt over time.”
TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP solutions, will showcase 4K, HDR, 5G and AI advances for live video acquisition, cloud and remote production at IBC.
“We are excited to introduce at IBC our latest solutions and product updates designed to help our customers cover live events faster, easier and more reliably regardless of location,” said David Jorba, Executive Vice President, Managing Director Europe, TVU Networks. “As an industry leader, we are constantly talking with our customers and developing technology for the next breakthrough in a live IP video workflow, such as the latest advances in the application of AI. Our media supply chain from acquisition through distribution guarantees our customers have the highest resolution at the fastest speeds with easily implemented search and viewer engagement tools.”
4K HDR H.265 Video and 5G Live Transmission
Featuring a newly developed H.265 hardware encoding chip, TVU One 4K delivers full broadcast quality 4K, 10-bit true 60 fps HDR video at as low as 3mbps with proven patented Inverse StatMux Plus technology, IS+. TVU One 4K is able to transmit 4K P60 HDR video reliably over mobile infrastructure at merely 0.5 second latency. Designed for broadcasters requiring mobility, TVU One 4K delivers speed, reliability and picture quality in a compact unit using technology that’s been proven in the most demanding cellular environments. As an example, TVU One 4K will be critically important for upcoming high-profile sporting events like next year’s European football championships, the Summer and Winter Games as well as this year’s Rugby World Cup.
TVU will also display its newest IP based rack-mount point-to-point contribution encoder, the TVU G-Link 4K. Combining one of the most advanced HEVC contribution encoders with the proven technology of IS+, TVU G-Link is able to transmit a 4K P60 4:2:2 HDR video signal over a normal Internet connection at as high as 50mbps. TVU G-Link is designed to meet the most demanding requirements for the highest picture quality available.
Media Supply Chain Platform: Powered by MediaMind
TVU MediaMind is central to a story-centric workflow and ensuring an efficient and integrated media supply chain. MediaMind helps to make video content visible throughout the supply chain process, allowing all media to become enabled.
CNN Newsource has successfully used TVU Grid to distribute live HD feeds to affiliate stations globally. CNN Newsource is also taking advantage of a part of the MediaMind workflow with the use of metadata descriptions tagged to each of the feeds. As a result, Newsource affiliates will be able to use TVU’s AI based speech and facial recognition to quickly search and find practically any live or archived media content.
Extreme Remote Mobile Production
The increasing need for more variety and volume of content requires new cost-effective ways to produce from the field. TVU Remote Production System (RPS) enables synchronized multi-camera remote production using a broadcaster’s existing studio control room and a public Internet connection from the field. Camera feeds are transmitted from a remote location back to the studio over IP, reducing the need for extensive on-site production trucks or large crews.
Al Kamel Systems, a leading motor sports live stats broadcast production specialist, uses TVU RPS to add racing graphics from remote sites, and the TVU Nano for video transmitter for real-time transmission of video from the cockpit of cars participating in the Credit Andorrà G-Series electric car Snow Rally Championships.
Transmissions can be sent straight to the cloud. Events can be produced using cloud-based TVU Producer, a solution whose user-friendly web interface allows producers to make quick cuts, insert graphic overlays from Singular.live’s library, switch between multiple sources, manage audio, compile highlights and instant replays, capture slow-motion clips, and push finalized content to TV and the Internet – all over IP.
To maximize quality and reliability of live video transmission despite less-than-ideal environmental circumstances, Spanish public broadcaster RTVE deployed TVU Networks’ TVU Nano Router and TVU Anywhere to send live video from the Paris-Dakar Rally, held in the Peruvian desert, to the RTVE studio in Barcelona. The live IP streaming videos were shot on smartphones and the content aired live over on RTVE flagship channels La 1 and Teledeporte in broadcast quality.
Ultra HD Forum
The Ultra HD Forum will use IBC 2019 to release the latest version (v2.1) of its Guidelines, which now includes plugfest-proven refinements and standards-based enhancements such as DTS-UHD audio, and more detailed case studies like the BBC’s UHD coverage of the 2019 Football Association Challenge Cup.
The Forum will present new demonstrations of the technologies described in the Guidelines to its exhibit in IBC’s Future Zone (Booth 8.F23) at the RAI Amsterdam exhibition center. Visitors will be able to compare the effects of HDR, HFR and different resolutions as well as view a demo of DVB-compliant Dolby Vision. Dutch network operator KPN, together with Harmonic, will provide a technology demonstration of 8K streaming over KPN’s network.
Also, in the Forum’s booth, on Monday, September 16th, France-Télévisions will be available for short briefings about its 8K demonstration of French Open tennis matches.
The Ultra HD Forum’s IBC 2019 Masterclass will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th in the RAI’s Emerald Room. The session will open with a discussion on deploying commercial UHD services in the real world, with speakers from BBC, KPN, France TV, Mediapro and BT. DVB will follow with an update on its new HDR Dynamic Mapping specifications. Following a break, IHS’s Maria Rua Aguete will provide attendees with the latest global UHD trends at 11:10 a.m. The session will conclude with a UHD encoding workshop, covering the latest trends and challenges—including up-conversion, VVC, 8K, Content Aware Encoding (CAE) and more — featuring NAB, BBright, Beamr, Harmonic, ATEME, Brightcove and ATSC.
Ultra HD Forum president Thierry Fautier said, “As operators around the world commercially deploy both HDR and NGA, we are preparing the industry for a next phase that will include HFR and CAE. The Forum will show the current capabilities of 8K vs. existing 4K services, which should trigger valuable discussion at the show.”