Velocix, the world’s leading provider of content delivery, origin and storage, and stream personalization software, today announced it will highlight programmatic video advertising, ultra-low latency live streaming, and Hybrid–Cloud video architectures at IBC 2019 (13 – 17 September 2019, stand 5.C28).
· Programmatic Video Advertising
Velocix’s CDN and stream personalisation platform interfaces with online ad exchanges to enable the programmatic selling and placement of ads into individual video streams. Service providers can target specific audience profiles more precisely, enabling 50% higher ad revenues to be generated from the same ad avail inventory.
· Ultra-low Latency
The company’s ultra-low latency (ULL) video technology reduces the delay associated with delivering live adaptive bit rate (ABR) content to broadcast TV levels or better, ensuring the best quality of experience for live sporting events and news programming.
· Hybrid-Cloud Video Architectures
Velocix’s new content delivery network architectures lower scale-out costs by using cloud-hosted resources to support temporary traffic spikes associated with live events. Hybrid-cloud designs improve efficiency, accelerate time-to-market, and provide flexibility by presenting an alternative to dedicated infrastructure.
Jim Brickmeier, Chief Marketing Officer at Velocix, said: “At the IBC show this year, Velocix will be discussing how service providers can maximize the value they generate from every stream, by better monetising viewership, delivering a higher quality consumer experience, and building a more efficient video network. With our latest technology, we are helping our customers boost the business case for video by optimizing the performance of the end-to-end content delivery network.”
Velocix’s carrier-grade content delivery solutions are designed for live, on-demand, time-shifted video and cloud DVR applications, enabling operators to scale-out premium multi-screen video applications with confidence.
Verizon Media will debut advanced capabilities for delivery optimization, ad performance visibility, content personalization and blackout control on its Media Platform at IBC 2019 (Stand 5.B64). With these enhanced offerings, Verizon Media can deliver personalized, TV-like experiences to viewers on one of the largest and most reliable streaming networks.
Smartplay: Stream Routing
Verizon Smartplay: Stream Routing delivers video traffic over multiple content delivery networks (CDNs), benefiting viewers with faster startup times and reduced rebuffering, resulting in a high quality viewing experience. New for IBC 2019, Smartplay: Stream Routing uses Verizon Media’s server and client side performance data from across its global network and device distribution to dynamically deliver traffic. If one network experiences an outage, traffic can be automatically re-routed, protecting broadcasters against catastrophic network issues.
“We enable broadcasters and content providers to more confidently deliver the best quality to viewers wherever they are in the world,” said Ariff Sidi, Chief Product Officer, Verizon Media. “Our Smartplay solution is entirely CDN-agnostic, meaning that decisions about how to route traffic are made purely on performance metrics. This means you can be sure your audiences will always get the best possible experience.”
Ad Server Debug
Verizon Media’s enhanced Ad Server Debug empowers content owners with end-to-end visibility into the ad insertion process, highlighting errors, timeouts, and tracking issues. The technology automatically collects and stores data on every ad transaction, including response times and timeouts from 3rd party ad servers. Comprehensive, session-level data can be stored up to 14 days, so there’s never a lack of data for in-depth troubleshooting and analysis.
Sidi added, “Broadcasters and content creators have the ability to deliver personalized streams for every viewer but, until now, fragmented and evolving industry standards around OTT advertising have made it difficult to get a clear view of what’s actually going on during the ad insertion process. Ad Server Debug changes this by delivering far greater transparency and insight into how ads are delivered, enabling service providers to improve the quality of experience for millions of viewers worldwide.”
Smartplay Content Targeting
Smartplay Content Targeting delivers TV-like quality video streams that are ultra-personalized via manifest manipulation technology. Blackouts require content distributors to restrict content based on a viewer’s location or device type, and to keep the audience engaged, broadcasters must deliver alternative content during these blackouts (rather than a static slate message that risks the loss of viewers). Within the simple UI, customers can schedule blackouts ahead of time and plan the distribution of personalized content to better control the viewer’s experience. They create audiences, build rulesets, and then simply apply these criteria to the assets that matter. The Verizon Media Platform also supports scheduling through our API or by uploading a CSV.
To extend legacy broadcast workflows, content replacement and audience management can be automated for any workflow using ESNI (Event Scheduling and Notification Interface), saving time and extending reach, while creating harmony within existing broadcast workflows. Once configured, Smartplay Content Targeting is intelligent enough to discern a viewer’s location, device or environment to deliver an experience optimized for their scenario and ensures approved content is delivered to the right audience at the right time anywhere in the world.
“OTT personalization hinges on the performance of the manifest server to generate a unique playlist of content, ads, and playback instructions for every user. You need to be sure you can personalize content and match local content rights, regardless of how many viewers are watching,” said Sidi. “Smartplay allows you to build audiences and rulesets that are reinforced on every asset, for every viewer that presses play, anywhere in the world.”
The video market is ever-evolving, and consumer demand for TV Everywhere services, including personalized content and recommendations, is growing rapidly. In parallel, as new forms of video piracy constantly emerge, security requirements remain as critical as ever. To succeed, openness is key. Operators need solutions that are open, flexible, and compatible with other technologies; that can quickly adapt to the evolving TV landscape; keep premium content safe; and address consumers’ privacy concerns.
At IBC2019, Viaccess-Orca (VO) will showcase its end-to-end anti-piracy services, as well as its targeted advertising and TV platform solutions, which enable operators to provide a smarter and safer digital TV and OTT experience.
Fight Piracy Smarter With VO’s New Anti-Piracy Center
The nature of piracy is changing, and operators need to react instantly to security threats, especially when delivering premium video content and live sports events. At IBC2019, VO will demonstrate its new Anti-Piracy Center, a comprehensive set of security services that enable operators to fight piracy from every point of attack ¬by assessing the security, monitoring the threats, identifying the source of piracy, and taking counteractions.
With its Anti-Piracy Center, VO’s security experts combat the next era of piracy on behalf of operators: premium content restreaming. From its operating center, VO monitors and prevents pirates from hacking the content distribution chain, starting with the service delivery platform to the end-user device. At IBC2019, attendees will see the complete range of services that the Anti-Piracy Center provides, including device assessment, dynamic watermarking developed in collaboration with b<>com, an intrusion detection system, and password-sharing identification, leveraging the latest advancements in AI and data analytics to fight piracy.
As a managed service, VO’s Anti-Piracy Center eliminates the need for operators to invest in complicated technologies or to constantly train security teams.
Deliver a More Compelling TV Experience
VO will showcase its hosted and fully managed TV platform at IBC2019, highlighting how operators can easily personalize content and advertising for VOD services. VO’s TVaaS platform allows operators to manage, publish, personalize, and monetize content on multiple devices with increased cost efficiency and business agility. With this one-stop solution, it’s possible to deliver multiscreen services across any network while responding quickly to technical, competitive, and business challenges. The solution includes:
– A powerful, feature-rich service-delivery platform with content protection and DRM capabilities.
– The VO secure video player, a multiplatform player integrated with major DRMs for premium VOD and live content to enable a compelling viewing experience on multiple OTT platforms.
– Off-the-shelf, customizable white-label TV apps.
– Out-of-the-box analytics dashboards for marketing purposes.
– A unique search-analysis tool for optimized content rights acquisition.
– TV-specific customer churn predictive modeling and multifactor analysis.
Bring Relevant Ads to Viewers With an Innovative Approach to Addressable TV
Addressable TV is a huge revenue opportunity for TV channels and operators and can dramatically improve the television experience for users by providing them with relevant ads. At IBC2019, VO will show its end-to-end, targeted TV and video advertising solution in collaboration with its programmatic advertising partner, SMART. During a demo, attendees will see how the solution enables household-level targeting on operator-controlled devices (including in a multicast environment) as well as TV viewership data monetization through integration with the programmatic ad ecosystem.
VO Technologies in Action
At IBC2019, VO will offer several demonstrations showing the company’s technologies in action. These include:
– VO’s deployment with Orange Spain will be showcased with a hybrid Android STB powering OTT and IPTV offerings. The Orange service is secured by the VO DRM solution and is available on STBs, smart TVs, and mobile devices.
– Andorra Telecom is using VO’s TV Platform and DRM solutions to securely deliver live and VOD content including advanced services such as live VOD, catch-up TV, start-over TV, and NPVR to subscribers in multiple places.
Italian broadcast systems distributor and systems integrator Video Progetti will be at IBC 2019 as the company prepares for rapid international expansion in 2020. A substantial team will be spread throughout IBC’s halls on the stands of the companies it represents – from Barnfind to Wohler – discussing with visitors Video Progetti’s wide-ranging capabilities, its growing capacity and its desire to undertake new projects around the world.
“So far in our 25+ year history, we have focused on the Italian market,” said Carlo Struzzi, CEO of Video Progetti. “We’ve worked with a large number of high profile companies – including Sky Italia, Telecom Italia and Rai, Italy’s national broadcaster – and we believe the experience and expertise we’ve built up will be attractive to organisations in other geographies. We have already begun to put in place the resources that will support our plans.”
The projects in which Video Progetti has been involved have included the delivery of a completely new HD broadcast infrastructure for a regional TV station; design and construction of Ka-Sat SNGs; the creation of post-production collaborative workflows; the transcoding of thousands of hours of film to HEVC/H.265; the development of an OB van with two completely separate production control rooms, able to produce SD, HD, UHD, SDR and HDR video and capable of leveraging the latest technologies such as IP; and the building of a 60-channel playout centre for Italy’s largest independent television network operator.
“We are very well placed to help broadcasters, post production houses, network operators and any other media organisation to make the sometimes complex and challenging transition towards IP and IT-centric broadcast infrastructures,” Struzzi added.
“What our customers value about Video Progetti is our ability to design, develop and implement efficient solutions that optimise the delicate balance between cost and productivity,” concluded Carlo Struzzi. “We pride ourselves on our imagination, our innovation, our flexibility and, above all, on the quality of what we deliver. Now, we want to apply those characteristics to helping broadcast organisations solve their toughest problems – wherever those organisations are located.”
Videomenthe, the distributor and publisher of software solutions for processing media files, will be presenting the latest new features offered by Eolementhe, its collaborative media tool box, at IBC 2019.
Eolementhe facilitates the processing and delivery of media files via an extremely intuitive and user-friendly interface, which features several leading file-processing tools (transcoding, quality control, analysis and correction of audio levels, creation of technical and editorial metadata, speech-to-text, subtitle insertion, AI, etc.). The combination of automated tools and manual intervention makes Eolementhe a simple, rapid, high-performance solution for the delivery of ready-to-broadcast files.
“2019 marks a turning point in the life of Eolementheã. Major European clients are placing their confidence in us, and working in partnership with our teams to enhance and develop the platform. This version 6 of Eolementheã reflects a desire to industrialize the solution, incorporating features designed with the constant goal of simplifying work for users and making workflows more seamless”, Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac explains.
Industrialization by means of microservices
Videomenthe is enhancing Eolementhe’s flexibility, reliability and scalability by deploying it using a microservices architecture. This architecture also forms a starting point for achieving a level of eco-design that makes it possible, notably, to optimize resources in response to platform load and client’s needs.
Optimizing the user experience
So, what is Eolementhe’s guiding principle? Ease of handling for every kind of user, whatever their role. Significant improvements have been made to Filelib from this perspective, for more seamless and easier processing of media, particularly in the area of subtitling.
Users can now personalize their working environment to suit their profile, whether it be technical or editorial, by simply selecting the desired settings. One example of this is a 3-pane view, allowing those with an editorial profile to see the subtitles in both the source language and their translated version, and to see a video preview.
Other new features include the option to customize the way in which subtitles are displayed, in line with particular graphic specifications, and the incorporation of a chat tool, improving collaborative working via the platform.
A comprehensive package for multilingual content
The delivery of multilingual content is progressing and with it the need to produce high-quality subtitled videos in several languages. Yes – but how can this be done when you don’t have recourse to resources providing the desired languages?
Videomenthe is now offering a comprehensive service combining the Eolementheã platform with experienced human resources. This comprehensive package delivers rapid execution, by means of automated tools, and a high-quality result, using transcribers and translators who work to validate and correct the content directly on the platform – all at an attractive rate.
The AI tools offered via Eolementhe are now combined with a conditional workflow feature, for automated sorting and other actions in accordance with criteria set by the user.
For example, if the AI detects images involving nudity in the content, the workflow is interrupted and follows a specific path (notifying the user, providing the option to re-teach the AI about this content, delivering it in separate folder). If not, the workflow continues.
“Quality and speed of processing are key to effective monetization of content. This is our point of focus in this version 6 of Eolementheã. Other major new features will be unveiled at the IBC. Come to Stand 2.B39 (French Pavilion) to find out all about them”, said Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac.
Videosys Broadcast is a leading supplier of quality camera control systems, RF links and camera backs to outside broadcast providers. At the forefront of technological innovation, Videosys Broadcast has successfully partnered with leading technology companies including, DTC, Wave Central, Hitachi, Panasonic, Ikegami, and Grass Valley. The company manages projects and design from concept to the finished article from its UK head office.
Launching at IBC 2019:
NEW: Epsilon – 4K integrated Camera Control System
Launching at IBC 2019, Epsilon is a multi-function broadcast RF camera control system that includes a fully integrated 4K decoder and receiver. Comprised of base and head modules, Epsilon is an ideal solution for HD and 4K live sports and music events. Significantly reducing rig time and equipment count, Epsilon delivers wide area coverage in stadia, large studio environments, houses of worship and educational centres, simplifying set-up and reducing production costs. The system works seamlessly with the 4K Aeon-CC TX digital video transmitter to provide the complete 4K wireless RF system.
NEW: Stagebox – Also launching at IBC 2019 is Videosys Broadcast’s Stagebox solution. Stagebox enables the delivery of video, audio and data from A-to-B, over fibre. Using an ad-hoc commentary position as an example, Stagebox enables all the audio and video components (microphone, monitors, talkback panel) to be multiplexed onto a single SMPTE fibre cable and powered remotely. Traditionally, operators would have to run a cable for each feed. Stagebox provides crews with a swiss army knife style production tool enabling all the feeds to be connected to the base unit in the OB truck and multiplexed onto the single SMPTE fibre cable. This reduces significant rigging time and costs. Stagebox can also be used for the lighting director’s position or in a small remote studio.
The system can manage four video and four audio signals in each direction, which can be selected from a small screen, providing confidence to the operator that the correct signal has been selected. Additional features include a monitoring output so the operator can check individual video and audio signals without interrupting the main feed. Stagebox also includes talkback to the OB truck or studio again adding an extra layer of confidence for operators.
Camera Control (CC) System – The Videosys Broadcast Camera Control System is comprised of three units, Indoor Unit (IDU), Outdoor Unit (ODU) and Camera Receiver (RXSM-E). The CC system provides an end-to-end solution from RCP to camera for the outside broadcaster, allowing them to seamlessly control their camera settings no matter what their location. Videosys’ CC system works with cameras from all the major camera manufacturers and has over 500 deployments worldwide.
Vionlabs announces that its game-changing AI-powered Content Discovery Platform will make its public debut at IBC2019. The platform enables operators to cutdown the time consumers spend looking for content, reduce churn and improve key business metrics. It also gives operators the power to make the most of their video catalogs, by unearthing otherwise undiscovered links between viewers and content, and to simplify UX, making grid-like interfaces a back-up rather than the primary discovery mechanism.
“Viewers are spending 25% or more of screen-time looking for something to watch. Solving this issue is our major focus at Vionlabs and early customer engagement has shown that our AI-powered content analysis approach delivers game-changing results,” says Marcus Bergström, CEO, Vionlabs.
“Our solution is based on deep thinking from our engineers and their key realization that we could train AI engines to learn what variables should be measured in the video and audio and combine this with viewers’ watch history to significantly out-perform existing content discovery solutions. Our platform is now providing live content discovery that improves critical operator metrics such as VOD buy-rates and customer engagement and we’re excited to make our public debut at IBC2019,” concluded Bergström.
At deployment, Vionlabs measures everything in the videos in an operator’s catalog and trains its AI engines to work out what matters in each asset. The platform uses AI and deep learning and combines this video analysis with a viewer’s detailed watch history to provide industry leading content discovery services to operators through a cloud-based SaaS model. The platform is designed for linear TV, catch-up, streaming and all flavours of VoD.
“During the year we have productized our technology and deployed our content discovery platform for operators that are now enjoying a significant uplift in VOD buy-rates and engagement,” says Giles Wilson, CTO, Vionlabs. “By serving up the right content at the right time, our content discovery platform maximizes the time viewers spend watching the content they love and minimizes the time they spend searching for it. Leading to happier viewers that spend more time and money on a video platform.”
The Vionlabs difference
Viewers are spending 25% or more of screen-time looking for something to watch. Vionlabs knew that this was a serious issue that could be improved. Vionlabs believes that the primary reason other discovery methods don’t perform well is that they do not analyze video assets, they’re instead relying on external metadata sources for information on the video content in an operators catalog. It’s Vionlabs fundamental belief that metadata sources are simply not nuanced enough to provide a basis for accurate content discovery services.
The Vionlabs content discovery platform analyzes each video in great detail and combine this with the viewer’s watch-history. The platform doesn’t need to know anything more about the consumer and it doesn’t try to guess who the viewer is. All that matters is the content they watch, for how long and how often.
Vionlabs has trained multiple AI engines to measure everything in the video, including object recognition using computer vision as well as colours, pace, audio, and many many more variables to produce a fingerprint timeline throughout the content.
The AI engine learns what matters and how changes in these fingerprint timelines are connected to what content individual viewers enjoy. Knowing similarities between content is vital, but it’s not enough on its own. Vionlabs has also trained an AI engine to analyze a viewer’s watch-history. Finally, it has an AI engine that takes the outputs of the other AI engines to provide the most accurate content discovery platform.
The content discovery results produced by the Vionlabs platform are made available through a cloud-based SaaS model integrated with the operators back office systems. The Vionlabs platform is already deployed and is generating very significant uplifts in VOD buy-rates and viewer engagement for its operator customers.
VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, will demonstrate its market-leading broadcast-grade IPTV and contribution solutions at IBC. VITEC will highlight its HEVC contribution solutions, including the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder that deliver video streams with subframe/ultra-low latency and time synchronization. VITEC will also show the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, an award-winning IP content delivery platform for venues and corporate environments that maximizes the value of all displays on the network, from TVs to video walls to mobile devices.
“VITEC offers professional video contribution solutions that are powerful and agile enough to deliver video streams over any transmission link, including public internet. Such applications require the best video quality and the lowest latency, and VITEC’s IP video solutions meet those expectations,” said Bruno Teissier, International Sales and Marketing Director, VITEC. “At IBC2019, attendees will be able to see demos of our HEVC solutions, featuring VITEC’s Playout Server and MGW Ace Encoders/Decoders that offer the lowest-latency, highest-quality video streams for multisite contribution or remote production. VITEC will also show the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage solution that offers a powerful platform to distribute video and signage to displays in venues of all sizes.”
At IBC2019, VITEC will demonstrate the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers video with as little as 16 ms glass-to-glass latency. VITEC’s HEVC contribution solutions are powered by a groundbreaking GEN2+ codec that provides best-in-class HEVC video, setting a high bar for industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. Included in the multisite contribution demo is MGW Diamond, a multichannel or 4K HDR encoder, which enables high-quality, low-bandwidth, and reliable 4K contribution over the internet offering a dramatic reduction of operating expenses. For remote production, the VITEC encode/decode solution features time-synchronized playback, ensuring perfect synchronization of multiple independent IP streams for broadcast, government, sports, or any live application in which synchronized IP streams are critical.
VITEC will also have a live demo of the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, the chosen platform for corporate, government, and sports venues where video streams are a valuable part of the user experience. EZ TV replaces legacy systems cost-effectively, delivering a cutting-edge, enterprise-grade IPTV solution to TVs, desktops, mobile devices, and video walls. The EZ TV IPTV platform includes high-performance endpoints with HEVC decode and 4K HDR video capability. It also features the EZ TV Media Library, which offers powerful tools for archiving, recording, organizing, tagging, and annotating, as well as for performing image searches or running queries based on metadata.