Panasonic Advances Software-Driven IP Workflows with NewTek Connect Pro
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:17:44 -0400
Panasonic today announced support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek Connect Pro software enabling Network Device Interface (NDI) connectivity. The Connect Pro Software application makes Panasonic PTZ cameras recognizable as a source by NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard Ethernet local area network. NewTek’s royalty-free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bidirectionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs and infrastructure upgrades, while turning every source into a destination instantly available anywhere on the network.
IBC 2016 conference attendees recently had a chance to see how far this technology has come in just a few years. At the NAB 2015 conference, Panasonic and NewTek first showed IP connectivity between Panasonic AW-HE130 IP streaming capable PTZ cameras and TriCaster® multi-camera video productions systems. This same connectivity also allowed camera control over the same network. At the InfoComm 2016 conference, Panasonic and NewTek showed integration between NewTek Connect Pro and Panasonic AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 series PTZ cameras, increasing the number of cameras that could connect. At IBC 2016, NewTek and Panasonic for the first time demonstrated IP interoperability between multiple NewTek Connect Pro-enabled Panasonic AW-HE130 PTZ cameras and multiple NewTek video production systems located at both companies’ booths using the convention center’s standard Ethernet infrastructure.
“When we first showed the ability to connect Panasonic PTZ cameras like the AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 with IP streaming directly to a TriCaster that was an eye opener, but as we enable NDI using NewTek Connect Pro software in the system, possibilities increase dramatically,” says Panasonic Senior Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron. “We have been talking to customers looking for IP-based video systems across all video markets from broadcast to audio-video. There are many requirements for different applications but the emerging markets are looking for IP on a simple Gb Ethernet like this. Panasonic PTZ customers continue to become more diverse as these configuration options have increased.”
“Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “NewTek Connect Pro with NDI technology now allows customers with Panasonic PTZ cameras to exponentially increase the video sources available for live production. NewTek and Panasonic are demonstrating efficiencies and opportunities for customers that simply did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomized by the millions of customers with access to it today.”
NewTek is also providing additional features in NDI version 2 in an updated software development kit (SDK) available in Q4 2016.The NDI SDK is royalty-free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in commercial products and applications they deliver. Building on the widely adopted Network Device Interface announced at IBC 2015, NewTek’s NDI version 2 adds higher performance, resolution independence, 16-bit per channel support for the highest precision color of any IP standard, 16 channels of floating point audio, improved cross subnet support, integrated fail-safe support, network-based re-routing support, and more.
Yahoo/NBC Sports Sets Unique Users Record in August, NBC Revs up NASCAR Digital Numbers
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:25:08 -0400
The 2016 Rio Olympics, NASCAR, and the start of the Premier League season contributed to the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network delivering 110 million unique users in the month of August, ranking No. 1 among all sports digital sites and believed to be the most ever in the sports category for any month, according to multiplatform data released by comScore. The Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network’s 110 million unique users in August is up 247% versus August 2012 for the London Olympics (31.9 million), up 93% from August 2015 (57.3 million), and up 36% versus the previous record in October 2015 (80.9 million).
The Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network also delivered 2.3 billion minutes of desktop video streamed, ranking No. 1 across the Sports category in August, up 268% over August 2015 (615 million).
As the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season races into its first playoff event this weekend in Chicago, NBC Sports Digital is lapping last year’s consumption figures in all key metrics.
Season to date, consumption of NASCAR content on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and connected devices have garnered nearly 59 million minutes and over 450,000 unique users, increases of 77% and 45%, respectively, compared to the same period last season. Connected device usage is also growing among NASCAR on NBC digital streamers, with 103,000 unique users, more than double the number of connected TV users at the same point in the 2015 season on NBC. In addition, connected TV users have streamed 13.5 million live minutes, up 87% versus the same period last season.
“Working closely with our partners at NASCAR Digital Media, we are encouraged to see that an increasing number of NASCAR fans are finding and enjoying our digital coverage,” said Troy Ewanchyna, VP, Digital, NBCSports.com. “We will continue to super serve NASCAR fans with state-of-the-art, digital trackside coverage along with a vast collection of video highlights.”
Through 10 races of NBC Sports’ Sprint Cup season, NBC Sports Digital has seen year-over-year growth in live minutes streamed for every race, and growth in unique users in eight races.
Live streaming of the Sprint Cup race from Pocono Raceway via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app stands as the best race ever on NBC Sports’ live streaming platforms with 6.7 million live minutes, up 173% vs. the same event in 2015.
The Sprint Cup race from Bristol Motor Speedway delivered a regular season record 72,000 unique users, more than doubling unique users vs. the 2015 Bristol race.
Weekly unique users for NASCAR.com have been up for eight consecutive weeks, starting with New Hampshire, an average increase of 31% each week.
Visits to the NASCAR Mobile App are up 34% season-to-date year over year.
Siemens to Pay 175k for Failing to Disclose Felonies
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:28:06 -0400
Siemens Corporation and Siemens Medical Solutions have agreed to pay $175,000 to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether the companies failed to disclose corporate felony convictions as required by the Commission’s rules. Siemens, Siemens Medical, and some of their subsidiaries hold numerous FCC wireless licenses and were required to disclose prior criminal convictions for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and, separately, obstruction of justice on their applications.
“A felony conviction is a serious offense that the Commission considers when deciding whether a company is fit to hold a license or other authorization,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “It is our duty to ensure that any person or company that fails to submit candid, complete, and accurate information about their background – criminal or otherwise – will be held accountable.”
Under FCC rules, wireless license holders, like Siemens, Siemens Medical, and some of their subsidiaries, are required to disclose any felony convictions in their license applications. Such disclosures are important to the Commission’s role of ensuring that licenses to use wireless spectrum are provided to appropriate entities. Siemens, Siemens Medical, and some of their subsidiaries failed to meet their statutory and regulatory obligation to timely disclose its felony conviction on applications filed between 2007 and mid-2015.
The FCC Enforcement Bureau’s investigation found that, in 2008, Siemens AG, the parent company of Siemens and Siemens Medical, pleaded guilty to criminal charges of violating the internal accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Some Siemens AG subsidiaries also pleaded guilty to criminal charges for conspiracy to violate provisions of the FCPA arising from bribes and kickbacks paid to foreign government officials to secure government contracts for projects like a national identity card in Argentina and telecommunications equipment in Bangladesh and Nigeria. That case resulted in Siemens AG paying $450 million in criminal fines to the United States Department of Justice and a $350 million disgorgement to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, in 2007, Siemens Medical pleaded guilty to a single federal charge of obstruction of justice in connection with a civil matter, paying $2.5 million in fines and restitution.
Siemens and Siemens Medical fully cooperated with the Bureau’s investigation. As part of today’s settlement, Siemens and Siemens Medical will pay a $175,000 fine. Both companies will also adopt a compliance plan to prevent future failures to disclose the felonies at issue or any other material factual information in future Commission license applications. The plan requires Siemens and Siemens Medical to develop and implement procedures to monitor compliance with the Commission’s rules governing the making of truthful and accurate statements to the Commission. The companies must also designate a senior manager as a compliance officer, develop a comprehensive training program, and report to the Enforcement Bureau regularly on compliance.
Sennheiser Launches New 27 series Broadcast Headsets
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:49:14 -0400
In the acoustic sealing of a closed, circumaural headset combined with a lightweight, comfortable design – this is the hallmark ofSennheiser’s all new 27 series broadcast headsets, which were introduced at this year’s IBC. The line comprises the HME 27 with electret microphone, HMD 27 with dynamic microphone and the HMDC 27, which is additionally fitted with NoiseGard active noise reduction. All headsets in the 27 series comply with the EC directive on noise in the workplace, and feature a fully modular design that is compatible with its sister line, the 26 series.
“The 27 series is our latest offering for commentators and high-quality intercom use,” said Nicole Fresen, product manager, Broadcast and Media. “Extensive field tests with broadcasters have shown that these models are outstanding in their combination of effective noise isolation with excellent comfort for the wearer.”
Unlike other closed, circumaural headset models on the market, the new 27 series is lightweight and compact, and will remain comfortable over long working hours. Soft earpads have been combined with Sennheiser’s classic ‘split’ headband, which opens automatically when the headset is put on and keeps the sensitive fontanelle area of the head free from pressure. For users who prefer a conventional headband, a wide headband padding is included that converts the two-piece headband into a single piece.
All three headsets comply with the EC directive on noise in the workplace, as they are fitted with a switchable ActiveGard function that protects the commentator against noise bursts. ActiveGard reliably detects noise peaks above 110 dB, and immediately compresses the signal to 110 dB, ensuring that any transmitted information remains fully comprehensible.
The 27 series headsets are fitted with high-quality microphones designed to minimize the pick up of noise in loud environments: The HME 27 has a pre-polarised condenser microphone with cardioid pick-up pattern (frequency response: 40 Hz to 20 kHz), while the HMD 27 and HMDC 27 possess a hyper-cardioid boom microphone with a frequency response of 40 Hz to 18 kHz.
The headphones have a wide frequency response of 8 to 18,000 Hz and a THD below 0.1 % (measured at 1 kHz, 100 dB SPL). They are fitted with a special cable, which has a small number of coils near the earcup that acoustically decouple the headphones from handling noise that would otherwise be transmitted through the cable.
The HMDC 27 with switchable NoiseGard active noise reduction is an ideal choice for commentator and camera work in loud environments. NoiseGard does not only increase intelligibility, it also protects the user’s hearing and avoids noise-induced stress and fatigue.
For ease of operation, the active noise reduction does not require batteries but is powered via the P48 power supply from the broadcast desk. “This is the only commercially available broadcast headset with ANR that has such convenient powering,” adds Fresen.
The design of the headsets is fully modular and compatible with the supra-aural 26 series, so that any existing cables can additionally be used with the new sister models. As the microphone booms are also compatible, broadcasters can ensure a consistent sound profile where both the 26 and 27 series are used.
The new HME 27, HMD 27 and HMDC 27 will become available later this month.
Shure Celebrates 50th Anniversary of SM58 Microphone
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:43:08 -0400
The Shure SM58 has been a foundational and formidable part of live performance for more than 50 years. To celebrate and honor five decades of the renowned sound, design, and durability of this iconic mic, Shure is announcing the introduction of a 50th Anniversary model, along with a variety of initiatives to engage and inspire loyal SM58 fans of all ages around the world.
Planned activities include:
- Charitable auction of specially-designed SM58 artist editions
- A comprehensive, multi-lingual website packed with historical information, artist photos, videos, and fan stories
- Customer engagement activities, including the ability for fans to share their experiences and memorable moments on social media and through a video project submission
- Special edition t-shirts and gear
The SM58-50A Limited Edition microphone touts all of the award-winning characteristics and technical specs of the SM58, and features a silver finish and printed denotation of the 50th Anniversary on the handle. Highlighting historically-inspired packaging, this model ships with a commemorative certificate, photo print, historical user guide, and a celebratory sticker.
In addition to this anniversary model, Shure will auction specially-designed SM58 artist microphone editions online, with the proceeds going to the charity of the artist’s choice.
“The SM58 has been at the center of unforgettable musical performances for 50 years and has left its mark on generations of audiences and performers,” says Soren Pedersen, Product Specialist at Shure. “Truly, it was born to perform, and any performer who picks up an SM58 in 2016 can depend on that same great sound that so many have shared in. We are thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone and look forward to hearing about the experiences of SM58 fans from around the world.”