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Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at IBC2018

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:53:16 -0400

Industry partners, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Technology Engineers® (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF) — all co-sponsors of the IP Showcase — today announced a call for presentations for the event. The IP Showcase is an education and demonstration pavilion at IBC2018 that will highlight the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media applications. The submission deadline for speaking proposals is July 20.
The focal point of the IBC2018 IP Showcase will be the presentation stage at the IP Showcase Theatre, which is visited by hundreds of IBC attendees each day, often with standing-room-only crowds. Presentations provide an unmatched opportunity for companies to offer their unique viewpoint on IP video and audio for production, the evolving SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67 standards, and the AMWA NMOS technology stack. End users, industry associations, solutions providers, and technology developers are all invited to share their knowledge and perspectives on how the fundamental change to IP signal transport will impact the broadcast industry today and in the future — especially related to SMPTE ST 2110-10/20/21/30/31/40 and AMWA IS-04/IS-05.
Speaking times are limited during the five-day exhibition, and companies are encouraged to act quickly and submit proposals early. The selection committee is looking for the following types of presentations:
- Tutorial (basic, intermediate, advanced).
- Case study.
- Panel discussion.
- Market/business case analysis.
- Point-of-view/advocacy.
- Standards progress/update.
Preference will be given to presentations related to the following technology areas on the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Roadmap:
- AES67.
- SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks.
- AMWA NMOS specifications such as IS-04 and IS-05.
- Timing and synchronization using SMPTE ST 2059-1/2.
Broadcasters and end-users are particularly encouraged to present their insight and experience related to deployments of the technology areas above. Systems integrators, service providers, and manufacturers are also encouraged to apply. Product marketing presentations are discouraged, as the theatre is an opportunity to discuss advances in working with media using open IP-based technologies.
Other topics and technology areas will be considered. More details and the submission form are available at
The IP Showcase will take place in rooms E106 and E107 at RAI Amsterdam during IBC2018, Sept. 14-18.

Neutrik USA Tabs Jeff Lowe as National Sales Manager

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:27:59 -0400

Neutrik USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Lowe to the position of National Sales Manager for the newly defined Broadcast & Professional Video vertical market.
Lowe’s presence enables the company to have a far greater focus on the broadcast/professional video market segment — with the goal of further expanding the company’s presence in this vital sales channel. Lowe started in March 2018 and, when not travelling, is stationed at company headquarters in Charlotte.

OTT Pioneer Formula 1 Could Be Bringing Its F1 TV Service to Amazon Prime

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:31:43 -0400

Formula 1, which just launched its direct-to-consumer OTT service, F1 TV, earlier this year, is already looking for avenues to take its offerings more global. Last week, it was revealed that F1 TV may be coming to Amazon Prime in certain markets, including here in the U.S. via Amazon Prime Video.
Last week, Formula One Group struck an intriguing deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to move the majority of its infrastructure from on-premises data centers into the cloud with AWS and standardizing on AWS’s machine-learning and data-analytics services to accelerate that cloud transformation. In addition, F1 will work with AWS on projects related to race strategies, data-tracking systems, and enhancing digital broadcasts through AWS services.
The natural connection there includes building out unique viewing experiences of F1 TV over Amazon Prime.
In a conversation with Digiday, Murray Barnett, head of global sponsorships and commercial partnerships, F1 said, “It makes sense for us to be on [Amazon Prime] because it’s an open platform and we’re already in discussions with them about distribution in the future. In the U.S., we have an agreement with ESPN that allows us to exploit our own OTT service separately so we’ll definitely be on Amazon Prime [there].
“We want to be one of the smarter channels on the Amazon Prime platform. F1 TV is part of how we’re building a direct relationship with our fans because that’s always been something that’s run through our promoters or TV partners. We see F1 TV as an independent revenue stream outside of the relationship with our TV partners.”
F1 will offer an exclusive look inside the big launch of F1 TV and what the organization has learned so far, when David Bailey, senior digital research manager, F1, offers an in-depth case study at the SVG Sports OTT Forum on July 26 in New York City.
This OTT experience case study will focus on the huge global fan base and established broadcast business that underpins F1’s success. Bailey will discuss such topics as the digital priorities they set for themselves, including the launch of F1 TV; their research to identify and segment the F1 audience: meet the “Habituals,” “Purists,” “Sociables.” and “Excitables”; building the case for F1 TV with focus groups, social listening, and user testing (and their per-market pricing and packaging); the determination to make F1 TV the greatest OTT racing spectacle on earth; and how a “fans come first” philosophy reveals itself.

CTA Announces First Augmented and Virtual Reality Standard

Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:07:48 -0400

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced the publication of its first-ever standard addressing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies. CTA-2069, Definitions and Characteristics of Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies introduces various terms defining emerging consumer technologies such as AR, mixed reality, outside-in-tracking, VR video and VR images, room-scale VR and X reality (XR).
“Our first AR/VR standard represents an important step in addressing key emerging technology areas,” said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president of research and standards, CTA. “The industry created this standard to build upon definitions created by CTA’s AR/VR Working Group that provide consumers insight on the broad range of technologies and experiences available. With this standard, the industry has created a blueprint to more effectively support AR/VR technologies and bring them to a broader market.”
According to this year’s CTA Sales and Forecasts report, virtual reality technology has become a $1 billion sector in the U.S. CTA projects 4.9 million units will be sold in 2018 – up 25 percent from 2017 – and generate $1.2 billion in revenues (up 18 percent). Increasing popularity among gamers and a competitive market for AR/VR accessories are among the drivers supporting the growth of AR/VR.
“Standardized, market-centric definitions are an important first step for the industry,” said David McIntyre, senior vice president, strategy and standards, Xperi Corporation, and chair of the CTA AR/VR standards group. “I look forward to increased industry involvement as CTA works on other areas of XR standardization in service of the industry and consumers.”
CTA-2069 joins a robust library of standards covering key aspects of the consumer tech industry including audio, video, health, fitness, wellness, networking, energy management, custom installation, drones and wireless power – now available for free at

Audio-Technica Releases New Extension of the 6000 Series Wireless System With Handheld Transmitter

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:59:01 -0400

Audio-Technica is now shipping the ATW-T6002x Handheld Transmitter for the 6000 Series High Density Wireless System — a spectrum-efficient solution that allows users to pack 31 channels in 4 MHz of bandwidth.
The ATW-T6002x handheld transmitter offers extremely low handling noise and features a metal construction body, high-visibility OLED screen, soft-touch controls, and switchable RF power (2 mW/10 mW/50 mW). Its industry-standard thread mount allows for the use of six new interchangeable A-T microphone capsules, as well as other compatible capsules.
About the 6000 Series:
The 2016 FCC Incentive Auction has resulted in a repack of the broadcast spectrum, reducing the amount of spectrum available for wireless microphone operations and driving the need for spectrum-efficient technology to operate a high number of simultaneous channels in today’s market. To address this issue, Audio-Technica developed the 6000 Series, whose channels are spaced at 125 KHz intervals and can all be used simultaneously. The system operates in the 944-952 MHz band, which is free of broadcast TV. The FCC has expanded license eligibility for this band beyond broadcasters and content creators to include sound companies and venues that routinely operate 50 wireless microphones or more. The 6000 Series system consists of the following components: the ATW-R6200S receiver, the ATW-T6001S body-pack transmitter and new ATW-T6002x handheld transmitter, an optional ATW-DA410 antenna distribution system, and a number of compatible Audio-Technica lavalier and headworn microphones. Key features include high-performance filtering to remove external noise; clear, easy-to-read displays; transmitter frequency setup from receiver via IR sync; network monitor and control; durable, compact body-pack transmitter design with a highly reliable new miniature input connector.

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IP Video & Audio to 3G-SDI Converter!
The IPR-1G-SDI is a VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats) to 3G-SDI converter suited for point of use applications including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. The IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 streams then formats the data for 3G-SDI output. The audio associated with the video stream is extracted, synchronized, and then embedded into the SDI stream as well as output on an analog RCA stereo interface.IPR-1G-SDI extracts a JPEG 2000 essence from an incoming IP stream and presents it for display on SDI devices. It's rugged, fanless, Mini-Converter design is ideal for placement in a wide range of display scenarios,...

AJA RovoRx-SDI UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver to 6G/3G-SDI & HDMI Frame Sync with PoH & Genlock
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Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Camera-Mount Receiver - ATW-T1001 UniPak Transmitter with Li-Ion battery
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Decimator Design DMON-12S 12 Channel 3G/HD/SD Multiviewer with SDI and HDMI Out
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DaLite 34516LS Advantage Electrol 113D 60X96NPA MW
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In our modern digital lives, we have an endless number of ways we use our computers, including using them to produce video. We may want to send full-screen output as video to a switcher or recorder to make training or demonstration videos. We may want to send just the output of one program as a video source like a dedicated text or graphics program specifically for broadcast production, or it could be a program used daily for common business or personal tasks.
Many broadcast production applications have adopted NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI) and are able to send their output to the network where any NDI-enabled production system can receive it. Products and applications that don’t yet include IP workflows can do so by using NewTek NDI Scan Converter, one of the applications in the free NewTek NDI Tools Pack.
The NewTek NDI Tools Pack is a free download: NewTek NDI Tools Pack Download Page
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