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MEASURING FOR OTT How to ensure the delivery of high-quality OTT content

OTT: FRIEND OR FOE? Is OTT really a threat to traditional pay TV models?

BROADCAST ASIA We review the event for the best product releases

READY FOR PRIMETIME Is the Middle East ready for the onslaught of mobile TV?




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NEWS New channels go live in Qatar and Lebanon; Eutelsat acquires a new satellite; du signed for Olympics.



THE FUTURE IN SINGAPORE We review Broadcast Asia and the main announcements made by companies there.



The requirements for test and measurement of OTT devices and why they need to be addressed.






We look at the prospects for the mobile TV industry in the region.


Based on varying research, we look at whether OTT is a real threat to traditional pay TV.

On some of the most interesting products released at Broadcast Asia in Singapore.

A look at the latest products released in the last month.

Simen Frostad, Chairman of Bridge Technologies.

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eing my fi rst issue as editor I would like to take this opportunity to say hello to all the DB readers. I am very excited about meeting you each month and look forward to discussing everything about the broadcast business. I would also like to thank Jason Saundalkar, my predecessor, for doing such a wonderful job with the magazine. Th is month we are all about TV. On page 16 you will fi nd our main feature on mobile TV and its growing popularity around the world. Better wi-fi and 3G connections (4G in some cases) have made mobile TV increasingly popular all over the world. Smart TVs have also added to the prospects of mobile TV. In the Middle East it has been a little slow in taking off, but there are positive signs. Mobile TV has become a companion to regular TV viewing and with the increasing number of apps that connect smartphones with your TV, I think the mobile TV phenomenon will grow. Speaking of apps, Microsoft unveiled its Microsoft Glass app which allows smartphone content to be viewed on TV. I think the future for TV lies in its seamless connectivity with different devices in the home. And this is where we come to over-the-top (OTT) content delivery. We have two features on the topic. One of our features looks at how OTT technology affects the traditional pay TV model. After looking through various research reports and speaking to experts, we realize there is one conclusion: OTT is a complementary service to traditional

pay TV and not a competitor. There is no way one can exist on its own. The flexibility of OTT is important to customers, but so is the choice that traditional TV offers. It seems that many TV providers in North America have understood this and have started pairing up or offering their own OTT services. And according to our experts, and in my opinion, I think this is where we are headed. The Middle East, however, has been slow in acquiring this technology and it remains to be seen how much broadband penetration and government laws change the fate of OTT in the region. Keeping this in mind, Samsung and Philips have launched the Smart TV alliance to better forge relations with app developers as well. Our other feature on OTT looks at the hard technology required to measure the quality of the product being delivered to a user. If operators want to deliver a good product they should be able to measure the quality of their product while being able to provide quick solutions to breakdown issues. The feature looks at what options are out there for operators and how to incorporate them in their regular workflows. Please send in your comments, suggestions and ideas and I look forward to meeting you every month with something exciting about the world of digital broadcasting.

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AEQ has moved its headquarters to a new building in the Scientific Business Park LEGATEC in the Madrid suburb of Leganés. The new building triples AEQ’s capacity over the previous facility. The building itself has been designed with ecological sustainability and the ability to generate photovoltaic power.

MOBILE PAYMENTS TO HIT $171.5B IN 2012 Worldwide mobile payment transaction values will surpass $171.5 billion in 2012, a 61.9% increase from $105.9 billion in 2011. According to Gartner, the number of mobile payment users will reach 212.2 million this year, up from 160.5 million last year. “We expect global mobile transaction volume and value to grow an average of 42% between 2011 and 2016, and we are forecasting a market worth $617 billion with 448 million users by 2016,” said research director Sandy Shen. Gartner also found that the market will experience fragmented services and solutions for the next two years, requiring solutions to be catered to local markets. 04 JULY 2012




AL MAYADEEN GOES LIVE IN LEBANON Former Al Jazeera journalist launched the satellite channel in Beirut In an attempt to rival Al Jazeera, Sky News Arabia and MBC’s Al Arabiya, Tunisian journalist Ghasan bin Jiddo launched Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based satellite channel for pan-Arab audiences. In 2011, bin Jiddo left Al Jazeera over what he believed to be unfair coverage of Syrian president Bashar Assad’s regime. Al Mayadeen promises to support the Palestinian cause and all forms of “resistance”, with a commitment to professional and balanced journalism - according to Lebanon’s The Daily Star. “We are not a channel that speaks in the name of Iran or the Syrian regime. We are a completely independent channel which reflects reality as it is,” bin Jiddo was quoted as saying. “We will fight sectarianism and stand against colonialism and foreign intervention...The station’s compass will always be turned to Palestine and the resistance.”

Ghasan bin Jiddo is the head of Al Mayadeen.

Although there is much speculation as to who is funding the channel, bin Jiddo claims it is being financed by unnamed Arab businessmen. The channel is reportedly employing around 300 staff, and will include contributors from around the world, including outspoken British politician George Galloway, who will host a weekly show.

846 million $5.7 billion Number of mobile broadband users in 2011

Machine-to-machine connection revenues in 2011

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QATARI AL RAYYAN TV LAUNCHES The new Qatari satellite channel, Al Rayyan TV, started operations May 18 following the installation of the OCTOPUS 6 Newsroom software. The launch marked the first adoption of OCTOPUS in the GCC and involved installing a new live news channel into a new studio. “The Al Rayyan newsroom staff were experienced but had not used the OCTOPUS newsroom system before,” said Tony Jabbour , senior broadcast engineer of Al Rayyan TV. “That

proved not to be a problem as they took to Octopus very quickly and without any trouble. And when the station opened they were very happy to use it on air.” Owned by the Rayyan Media and Marketing Company, Al Rayyan Satellite channel will deliver live broadcasting targeting Qatari society and promote Qatari heritage and values, in addition to promoting the value of communication in the family, competitive spirit and creative thinking.

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QATAR TO GET NEW MEDIA LAW AFTER RAMADAN After months of deliberation, the groundbreaking legislation is finally up for approval Qatar will enforce its fi rst media law following the holy month of Ramadan. The Qatar News Agency quoted Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, who said that the state cabinet will approve the proposed legislation at the fi rst meeting after Ramadan. “Qatar will be proud of its law which will be the fi rst of its kind in the entire Arab world,” the minister said. The law will abolish prison sentences for journalists, and should therefore live up to the expectations of the media, he added.

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The law is part of Qatar’s developments for the Vision 2030 initiative. The draft law is reported to include 45 articles covering print, broadcast and electronic media in the Gulf state. It is still unclear whether online journalism will be subject to the new laws. The legislation was drafted after four years of study, including government briefs as well as journalist inputs. “For the fi rst time the Advisory Council discussed proposals from editors and took into consideration the opinion of the culture ministry as well,” the minister said.


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UAE telco du entered into an official partnership with the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC) in support of the country’s participation in the London 2012 games. The initiative will result in the creation of an additional section entirely dedicated to UAE Olympic News within Eurosport Arabia.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs condemned the Arab League Council’s decision asking the administrations of Arabsat and NileSat to cease the broadcast of official and unofficial Syrian TV channels. The Ministry called the extraordinary action “unprecedented and politically motivated”.

The pace of global broadband adoption is accelerating, with the number of broadband users climbing 14.5% over the past year. A Point Topic report showed the number increased by more than 16 million in Q1 to pass 600 million. The previous year, 14 million subs were added in Q1.

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SONY TO LAUNCH GOOGLE TV IN JULY Service to be the first to launch outside the United States In a bid to expand coverage in the Asia-Pacific market, Eutelsat Communications concluded negotiations to acquire the GE-23 satellite, associated customer contracts and orbital rights from GE Capital. The transaction, which cost US$228 million, is expected to close in the second half of 2012, subject to regulatory approvals. The satellite, which will be renamed EUTELSAT 172A, will complement the EUTELSAT 70B satellite, equipped with a dedicated Asian beam, which is scheduled to launch at the end of 2012. The satellite offers unique coverage over the AsiaPacific region via a payload of 20 Ku-band transponders accessing five interconnecting beams and 18 C-band transponders connected to a trans-Pacific beam. The acquisition will be financed through Eutelsat’s existing liquidity and will lead to a moderate increase in the Net Debt / EBITDA ratio. In related news, China Investment Corp., the world’s fifth-largest sovereign fund, agreed to buy a 7% stake in satellite company Eutelsat from Spain’s Abertis Infraestructuras. China Investment will pay Abertis EU 385.2 million (US $483 million) for 15.4 million shares, Abertis said in a statement. 08 JULY 2012



Sony will launch its new set-top box with Google TV in the United States on July 22, priced at $199. Along with the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, the recently-launched NSZ-GP9 connected Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV will be also be available for $299. This features Sony’s Blu-ray Disc technology coupled with the Google TV platform. The NSZ-GS7 and NSZ-GP9 offer a Google Chrome browser giving access to apps in the Google Play Store, including, direct access to YouTube and cross-search functionality designed to show all content sources available from broadcast providers and the Internet. With the new NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV, Sony will also be the first manufacturer to launch Google TV prod-

ucts outside of the United States, initially starting with the United Kingdom in July, followed later by Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico. The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV will be available from autumn in the United States, followed later by Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Netherlands.


Samsung’s smartphone market share in 2011. SOURCE: Fitch Ratings

BROADCAST BRIEFS CABLE LOSING GROUND TO IPTV, SATELLITE According to Infonetics Research’s “Pay-TV Services and Subscribers” report, cable is losing its status as the top pay TV technology to IPTV and satellite, especially in North America. Over-the-top services siphon away” a small, but growing number of households from traditional cable services. The region has the highest-value pay-TV market, totaling $261 billion in 2011 and expected to reach $371 billion by 2016.

CNN TOPS ENGLISH TV NEWS According to a new EMS Middle East survey, CNN is the most watched international English language news channel in the Middle East, reaching 33.4% of regional audiences every month. Al Jazeera English records 15.5% of the audience share and BBC World News captures 13%. On a weekly basis, CNN registers a 21.3% reach, compared to Al Jazeera English with 10.5% and BBC World News with 9.2%. The EMS Middle East survey, conducted between September 19 and December 1, 2011, covered the top 13% of adults (aged 25-64) by income, in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.



Kuwaiti operator Gulfsat secured long-term access to satellite resources by signing a new contract for capacity on Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 8 West A satellite at 8 degrees West. The multi-year lease secure’s Gulfsat’s fourth transponder with Eutelsat. Gulfsat already broadcasts more than 40 flagship TV channels from EUTELSAT 8 West A, including MBC Group’s Al Arabiya news channel and Al Arabiya Al Hadath. The additional resources will support further growth at a key reference for Direct-toHome broadcasting across the Middle East. “This new contract adds further weight to the strong partnerships that Eutelsat nurtures with key players across the Middle East,” said JeanFrançois Leprince-Ringuet, Eutelsat Communications chief commercial officer. “It opens the door to further development of premium broadcast channels at the 8° West platform whose proximity to our 7° West neighbourhood facilitates Direct-to-Home reception of over 540 TV channels.”




GRASS VALLEY TO ASSIST ON UPDATES FOX Turkey, a regional affi liate of News Corporation, is upgrading its playout infrastructure to the latest signal processing and distribution technologies from Grass Valley to better enable the distribution of HD content to subscribers. Grass Valley engineers, working with FOX Turkey, have designed a fully networked, serverbased infrastructure allowing the automated ingest and playout of HD content as digital fi les. Th is will make FOX Turkey staff more productive in the way its infrastructure now handles media and introduces a new level of flexibility and staff collaboration. “In making the move to full HD operations, we needed an integrated platform that is reliable and flexible enough to let us to expand and easily add new services as required to keep our business competitive,” said Necip Kircin, CTO, FOX Turkey. “We recognize that moving to a fi lebased system will help us both now and in the future and Grass Valley was the best solutions

partner, given its vast experience in this area, to work with us.” The total Grass Valley solution not only helps FOX Turkey future-proof its operations, but ensures a fast return on investment by enabling the organization to expand its offerings almost immediately. FOX Turkey has purchased, and is in the process of installing, numerous Grass Valley K2 Summit media servers which will all be networked and deployed as a storage area network (SAN).


Paragon Software Group released Paragon exFAT 9.0 Embedded, a driver technology that requires evaluation and integration into hardware products such as tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and other external memory-dependent consumer electronics. The fully customizable product enables hardware manufacturers to recompile Binary

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Kernel Modules in various kernel-driver integration scenarios, such as modified kernel configurations, patched kernels or migrasssstion to a different kernel version. Optimizing usage of lower-speed interfaces and enabling portable Android devices to fully utilize bandwidth of SD I/O interfaces, the integration of Paragon exFAT 9.0 Embedded into electronic devices reduces time-to-market, provides smoother read and write operations, as well as better and faster performance on slower interfaces. Additional functionality includes a “standby mode” that ensures file system consistency and reduces the need for file system checks and repairs; “fast mount” that enables instant access to the content; reliable support for modern highperformance SDXC memory cards.



SMART TV AND APP MAKERS ENTER ALLIANCE In a bid to further the adoption of smart TVs, makers LG and Philips found alliance Following their collaboration announcement at IFA 2011 in Berlin, the Smart TV Alliance was founded by LG Electronics and TP Vision (for Philips TVs). The Alliance aims to create a non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services based on standards like HTML 5. Although original partner Sharp was absent from the alliance, the founders said that other Japanese TV makers are also in the process of joining the Alliance. “Instead of spending valuable time on porting and testing on different platforms, developers can focus their creativity solely on realising apps that consumers

will enjoy,” said Alain Perrot, a Smart TV Alliance Executive board member from TP Vision. “Now we can really make it interesting and fun for everybody.” One of the primary objectives of this consortium is to help define technical

specifications which will enable application developers to create their applications once and run them on multiple TVs regardless of the platform. To enable this kind of development process, Smart TV Alliance will make the fi rst version of its software development kit (SDK) available on its website which developers can download at no cost and use to develop their applications. Smart TV Alliance plans to build on this fi rst version and announce specifications of SDK 2.0 followed by the actual SDK 2.0 software release at the end of this year. With SDK 2.0, developers will be able to create applications for 2013 TV sets from participating Alliance members.

PARTNERSHIP FOR VISUAL UNITY AND SMC Systems integrations companies to increase multiscreen and mobile product integration Systems integrations companies Visual Unity and Salam Media Cast (SMC) have entered into a partnership to increase the integration of multiscreen IP solutions and mobile content delivery into broadcasters’ existing workflows. Under the terms of the new cooperation, broadcast and multiscreen system integrator Visual Unity will provide multiscreen expertise in managing content across the networks and solutions that fully integrated broadcasting solutions provider SMC installs. The arrangement will cover the Middle East and North Africa and will give Visual 012 JULY 2012

Unity, which recently established an office in the Middle East, the opportunity to leverage SMC’s regional presence and facilities. “By working with SMC we can engage in opportunities that require both traditional linear and multiscreen systems integration input,” commented Jamal Bnari, Visual Unity’s head of sales and narketing for the Middle East and Asia. “We are already collaborating on large tenders for IPTV, application development and digital signage tenders.” Visual Unity recently established an office in the Middle East.

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BROADCAST PIX LAUNCHES MULTILINGUAL SERVICES As part of the new video control center, the services are aimed at non-English speakers In a bid to better connect with their multilingual audiences, live video production systems maker Broadcast Pix launched Multi-Lingual Fluent-View, a local language user interface, for Granite and Mica Video Control Centers. The new service will allow video producers to translate all controls to a selected language, including English, Portuguese, Spanish and others, with the option to add other languages and dialects with Broadcast Pix Translation Assistant software.

The service, which was launched at Broadcast Asia 2012, will also incorporate Unicode support to translate data into character-based languages like Chinese and Arabic. Multi-Lingual Fluent-View can be used on a touch-screen monitor to control all the capabilities of the Broadcast Pix system, including its switcher, clip store, CG, Fluent Macros, and remote control of robotic cameras, recorders, streamers, and servers. It can also be used to complement one of five Broadcast Pix control panels.

A Beta version of Multi-Lingual FluentView is available as a free download now, and will be included in the final release of Video Control Center 3.1 software in July. V3.1 also includes new multi-screen support that enables three “programs” to be generated from one Broadcast Pix system, using the system’s program output and two enhanced PowerAux outputs, to drive any combination of image magnification (IMAG) screens, Internet feeds, or live television productions.

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SHARJAH BANS SATELLITE DISHES The Sharjah government has banned satellite dishes from buildings and instructed residents to subscribe to cable providers, Khaleej Times reported, citing the director-general of the Sharjah Municipality, Sultan Al Muallah. Although the decision had been passed earlier, the municipality is now enforcing the law more strictly. The municipality reportedly started distributing circulars giving residents 48 hours to take down satellite dishes. Residents were asked to use the cable services provided in most buildings. People who fail to comply with the new rule face a fine of AED250 in the first week and AED500 in case of delayed payments. Residents are also urged to call 993 to report violators. The call comes as part of a campaign by the Sharjah Municipality to remove satellite dishes

from balconies and rooftops of buildings to maintain the overall appearance of the emirate, the report stated. The flyers and leaflets contained information on the negative impact of installing these satellite dishes in balconies, windows and terraces. The director of technical affairs at the Sharjah Municipality, Abdul Aziz Al Mansouri, reportedly said they will continue the awareness campaign by distributing flyers in Arabic, English, Hindi and Persian. People of different nationalities install satellite dishes from their countries to be able to watch local programming, but this is not allowed in the UAE. Many buildings also do now allow elements that spoil the appearance of a building like hanging laundry in the balcony or, in this case, satellite dishes.

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TV Goes Mobile!

Adrian Pennington looks at how adaptive streaming and the growth of Wi-Fi networks has made mobile TV a ubiquitous companion service for the main screen.


here is an explosive growth in the rience, with tablets versus ‘wall’ TV, and smartconsumption of video on mobile devices phones versus the landline.” which, after years of false starts, looks Rather than delivering different programmes to to be here for good. The trend has been smartphones and TV, mobile pay TV operators are driven by the adoption of Android and iOS devices competing with OTT providers to deliver content supporting HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) and by to subscribers across platforms. content aggregators proposing multi-screen pack“To make that happen they need to personalise ages enabling subscribers to access the same suite the experience and integrate search with social of content on multiple devices. networks,” affirms Ray DeRenzo, CMO of MobiTV, The increase is most apparent in North America which started out as a managed service provider where internet TV services such as Hulu and Netflix for mobile TV, and is now positioning itself as a are extremely popular. However, it is expected that technology platform to enable the multi-screen the majority of mobile TV users will soon experience. Its ‘TV Everywhere’ service is be from the Far East and China. being deployed by Germany’s Deutsche The Middle East too has all the facTelekom which is integrating the plattors in place for a successful mobile form into its IPTV service. It is also UK survey respondents TV market: high penetration of collaborating with Amino to embed who reported watching MobiTV’s Media Player and DRM mobile connected devices, improvTV or movies on ing cellular and Wi-Fi networks, and into Amino set-top boxes. mobile devices strengthening regional-specific and As multiscreen service adoption international programming. grows, live TV will become a key point Juniper Research recently reported that of competitive difference for service offergrowing user satisfaction with mobile TV on tabings with pay TV service providers best placed to lets, specifically the iPad, will push average monthly capitalise on the opportunities. viewing times up to 186 minutes worldwide by 2014. “If you compare pay TV’s value proposition The number of users of streamed mobile TV seragainst a telcos then the telco usually doesn’t have vices on smartphones will increase by 2.8 times exclusive rights and the experience of creating boubetween 2011 and 2016. quets of channels,” says Boris Felts, vice president Mark Hyland, VP of sales and marketof product marketing at Envivio. “At the other end ing at QuickPlay, which acquired of the spectrum, a single network or TV chanQualcomm’s Flo TV assets a nel doesn’t have the convenience of aggregating year ago, said: “It’s now multiple channels. Pay TV providers seem to have about the personthe best value proposition and they are forcing the alised TV competition to follow them.” expeQuickPlay expects the accelerating adoption of mobile video to be driven by premium content,


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Mobile TV offers a vast array of choices to viewers.

mai and Qualcomm. These companies and others tablet penetration and value-added bundles. In a involved in the development of adaptive streaming recent survey of UK mobile subscribers, 76 percent are now working on its commercialisation. of 18-44-year olds indicated that they are watching “The idea of a common standard such as MPEGmore TV on smartphones and tablets than a year DASH is a step in the right direction– but in order ago and 51 percent of respondents reported watchfor it to be of value it must be broadly accepted and ing TV or movies on mobile devices. deployed,” says Hyland. “While the standard has “Pay TV service providers will have to act quickly been published, there is still quite a bit of to roll out live TV multiscreen services,” interoperability testing and deployment warns Hyland. “OTT providers have that must occur before we can call it a shown themselves to be aggressive ‘win.’ If it does become an accepted and nimble competitors and there Average monthly standard, it will allow us to reach a is significant consumer demand for viewing time, in broader audience and pass on the live TV. Given the fast changing marminutes, on mobile cost savings to our customers. Howket pay TV operators will also need TV by 2014 ever, it remains to be seen if the rest of to engage nimble third-party enablers the industry will adopt the protocol.” to ensure that their services remain For instance, Apple’s HLS is a widely competitive.” adopted standard for adaptive streaming on all The trend toward increased viewing time connected iDevices. This standard provides them matched with increases in mobile screen size a clear competitive advantage over other device would, however, have faltered at the first hurdle platforms that do not have one. had not some of the issues which afflicted previous “Even Google has implemented support for HLS incarnations of video-over-mobile not been adstarting Android 3.0,” Hyland adds. “Moving to dressed. DASH may not be in Apple’s best interest since Historically, these problems included intermitit would eliminate their competitive advantage. tent stalls, poor video quality under changing Adobe and Flash have the same story in the PC network conditions and significant video start-up browser market. Neither Apple nor Adobe has lag which adaptive bitrate streaming such as Apple committed to supporting DASH on their platforms. HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Adobe’s DASH will bring all the players in the industry to a Flash-based Dynamic Streaming helped overcome. level playing field, which is not exactly in the best Superceding these is a groundbreaking attempt interests of these market leaders.” to replace proprietary technologies with a unified The demand for mobile TV is also being fed by standard in MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive the rollout of 4G networks. Cisco reported earlier Streaming over HTTP). DASH already has broad this year that, “although 4G connections represent support from major industry players, including Microsoft, Samsung, Ericsson, NetFlix, Adobe, Aka- only 0.2 percent of mobile connections today, they


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Greater compression efficiency means that broadband networks and mobiles that use them can deliver higher quality video before congestion problems set in. David Wood Chair of the ITU working party, Broadcasting Service Study Group

“Greater compression efficiency means that already account for 6 percent of mobile data trafbroadband networks and mobiles that use them fic.” It also claimed that by 2016 that number will can deliver higher quality video before congestion spike fairly significantly and “4G will be 6 percent of problems set in, or before measures like MPEGconnections, but 36 percent of total traffic.” DASH must be taken to stream at lower quality While a large number of consumers will choose because of congestion,” according to David Wood, to view mobile TV over 4G, there are factors that chair of the ITU working party in the Broadcasting may result in consumers choosing Wi-Fi. “As Wi-Fi Service Study Group. “Essentially ‘bits are bucks’ hotspots are fairly ubiquitous across Europe, a and the bit rate gain is what will make HEVC atcustomer’s willingness to view content on a 4G tractive.” connection may be determined by evaluating the If a plug-in can be developed for download cost and convenience of doing so versus Wi-Fi,” then the first applications of HEVC can be used Hyland believes. “However, with the higher efalmost immediately for carrying HD video over the ficiency provided by 4G there will most certainly be internet. Encoding specialist ATEME believes there opportunities for operators to lower prices either by could be early trials and commercial deployment including more data for the same monthly fee or by in 4K using MPEG4 compression using its EAVC4 lowering monthly fees.” encoder which it claims delivers 20 percent effiCurrently the bulk of video viewing on tablet ciencies over existing MPEG4 technologies. is by Wi-Fi - only recently have devices The main barrier to mobile TV rolloffered 4G support. If sales of tablets out may not in fact be technical, but continue to skew to Wi-Fi-only devices about complex content rights. “How this will, of course, skew video view4G network can you deliver a TV anywhere experiing to Wi-Fi. share of mobile ence if you are limited on the content Looking even further ahead, the data traffic you can deliver?” asks DeRenzo. “If the next-generation compression scheme content rights are changed so that there is to MPEG H.264 AVC is being specifically no distinction between the different platforms, built to boost carriage of video at 4K resolumobile TV will become ubiquitous,” predicts Felts. tions - or Ultra HDTV - over the internet to larger He thinks that in the US the deployment of multiscreen devices. A draft for the H.265 codec, aka screen services has not been fostered by 4G deployHigh Efficiency Video Coding or HEVC should be ments, but by the fact that cable operators have ratified by the ITU by early 2013. Tests to date have successfully argued that tablets and smartphones shown improvements in coding efficiency at least should be seen as secondary STBs. twice that of AVC.


Complex content rights are the main barrier to mobile TV currently.

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test and measurement in an ott world Many of the same problems that plagued television operators in the past remain in today’s operations. Adrian Pennington explores how to ensure the continuous quality of content – and how to resume service when something goes wrong.


hile RF transmission is still fragile and prone to interference, improvements in modulation schemes have squeezed more and more bits into the same amount of spectrum – making TV content even more sensitive to impairments. “Broadcasters still require the same confidence in measuring signals, however, there is a need to test the growing adoption of standards from SD-SDI through HD-SDI to 3G-SDI and of course ASI and IPTV compressed signals - all with less money to spend,” outlines Paul Nicholls, sales and marketing director at Phabrix. Many broadcasters need to do more with less and that includes their ratio of engineers. Consequently, today’s T&M equipment has to help as much as possible in the diagnosis of faults and routine checks by adding a certain amount of intelligence. These financial pressures are compounding the ability of broadcasters to cope with the increasing complexity of resolution, formats and audio and 022 JULY 2012

the rising volume of files. “Video monitors now often feature waveform and vectorscopes, but they don’t have logging and are vulnerable to a change of input,” says Russell Trafford Jones, solutions engineer at systems integrator TSL. “Multiviewers are usually the most accurate means of monitoring these faults, but they aren’t necessarily the most cost effective as video generally passes through a multiviewer for live monitoring, not purely for fault logging.” According to MC Patel, CEO of Emotion Systems, a key issue is to ensure legal compliance for audio loudness, especially when delivering an asset to multiple countries since each has a different standard. Emotion is the developer of File Finish, a software application that auto-analyzes, detects and normalises audio loudness violations in filebased media. “Media organisations and technology providers are looking to automate and deskill the processes in order to maintain image quality for all deliverable resolutions,” says Patel. “T&M is very


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important especially where it helps reduce costs by bringing in automatable processes. While fi rst generation products aped the traditional real time practices, second and third generation devices are designed to exploit automated and cost saving methodology.” Arguably the biggest change is being wrought by pressures to adapt traditional QC practices to fi le-based workflows. IP delivery adds an extra layer of fault finding onto what is already a twolayered problem. There are baseband errors, ASI/ coded errors and, with IP, there are now delivery errors. “It highlights the central dichotomy of the industry which is one of high quality expectations in the home and inevitable lower quality over IP on mobile devices out of the home - even though consumers expect HD quality everywhere, all the time,” says Steve Nunney, MD, Hamlet. “A low quality image on a small screen can however still look good, everything is relative to the screen size, resolution and capabilities of the network. The fundamentals of T&M don’t change which is an adherence to quality standards right from production to transmission.” Nunney calls this ‘the essence’, where Hamlet’s hardware products like the DigiScope and software tools like the VidScope, provide signal validation throughout the chain. For Danny Wilson, president and CEO at Pixelmetrix, the dramatic rise of over-the-top video is changing the rules for TV delivery. “Bluntly, TV operators do not yet fully know what the key metrics and parameters are for OTT. Common methods for performance measurement have not yet evolved, making consistent delivery of OTT

Video monitors now often feature waveform and vectorscopes, but they don’t have logging and are vulnerable to a change of input. Multiviewers are usually the most accurate means of monitoring these faults, but they aren’t necessarily the most cost effective as video generally passes through a multiviewer for live monitoring, not purely for fault logging. RUSSELL TRAFFORD JONES Solutions engineer, TSL.

still very much an ad hoc process.” Today’s multiple devices include a mix of traditional television devices (the big screen) plus a growing mixture of new devices (the small screen) receiving content using a variety of OTT protocols. “In principle, each device that the video is being streamed to will keep a log of the errors it encounters, but the quality of these logs varies with equipment manufacturer and can offer little insight beyond marking a time when the output was broken,” says Trafford Jones. “Obviously if the video is breaking up on just one device, this information can be used to target the broken device/circuit, rather than the source but, with IP delivery, an invasive test may be necessary to fully diagnose problems.” “Available technologies can tell us everything we need to know in order to diagnose problems and spot issues, but not at a price point which allows them to be as prevalent to present a broadcaster absolute coverage of all signals that need testing,” he says. “Development needs to continue on highly capable probes which can diagnose baseband, ASI and, to a certain extent, IP problems and then integrated into standard equipment like 2x1 switches or frame syncs.” Since OTT – based on HTTP/TCP - pulls content from a server, viewing quality depends more than ever not only on the server and network infrastructure, but also on the behaviour of the client itself. “Additionally because HTTP/TCP retransmits data in the event of errors, no data is ever lost,” says Wilson. “Th is changes everything. We must recognise that traditional metrics such as packet loss, jitter and data corruption are meaningless

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either to an originating server of a content progiven the error-free delivery of OTT. A new metric vider; to any suitable network point of the CDN; or must consider dynamic bandwidth behaviour and deployed in a lab environment to simulate the bewarn when the player gets starved of data – leadhaviour of thousands of clients (iPhone, iPad etc). ing to buffering errors or frozen pictures.” It emulates ‘good’ behaviour (for example, As fortune would have it, Pixelmetrix has clients consuming content to the end), and those devised just such a system consisting of seven that can randomly change speeds, drop conneckey metrics it calls VideoMargin to measure the tions, or ‘flap’ between adaptive bitrates. overall delivery quality of the network as seen by According to Nicholls there is a danger “of the client. a kind of ‘flat-line solution’ where automation The metrics ask: Is there enough data availsimply reduces both video response and audio to able? Is the client starving for data? Must the within acceptable standards but at the expense of client ‘change gears’ so often because of unstable viewer quality. network/server delivery? Is the server responding “There are some solutions which use comproperly? plex algorithms and make a good job of test and Pixelmetrix says it has developed this collecmeasurement as part of the distribution tion of metrics and measurements in process,” he admits. “The perfect soluconsultation with OTT operators in tion of course would be to diagnose North America, Asia and Europe and fix on-the-fly, however that and implemented it into its OTT requires a good understanding of Media Grinder (which, yes, has the Key metrics to the ‘quality’ source material which acronym OMG), the first shipments measure overall can be extremely variable.” of which begin this month. delivery quality Phabrix’s solution for this The OMG is described as an active complex conundrum is a module for its test probe which can be connected


There is a need to test the growing adoption of standards from HD-SDI to 3G-SDI and of course ASI and IPTV compressed signals - all with less money to spend. Paul Nicholls Sales and marketing director,Phabrix.

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and we have benefited from their need to test new new Rx T&M range which supports compressed broadcast infrastructures,” observes Nicholls. streaming data format Asynchronous Serial Inter“Compressed signals are important and certainly face (ASI). The technology was previewed at NAB the amalgamation between baseband video and to evaluate interest and promote the converging IT is underway with many of the large telecoms world of SDI and ASI in broadcast. companies seeing growth potential. “We are also working on an ASI module “We all work in an incredibly interesting decoded to SDI for quality analysis then industry that adapts change well,” he repurposed for true multi-signal source adds. “Broadcast engineering and handling,” says Nicholls. The technoltelecoms are a world apart at the ogy allows up to eight simultaneous moment with telecoms catching channel T&M with user-defined up with the nuances of video and presets for the instrumentation Pixelmetrix’s T&M will ultimately be their bridge required.” active test probe between both worlds. Broadcasters Over the next two to three years believe for the most part in quality and further increases in mobile delivery and so while there is a living breathing real enthe hunger of telecom operators for more gineer in the decision path, test and measurement spectrum will put further political pressure on will always be required.” terrestrial broadcasters to give up their spectrum. Trafford Jones believes the sector will be The latest mobile standards (4G LTE) can pushed by the corporate need to prove a faultalready deliver up to 100 Mb/s –more than enough free signal path through one’s facility. The more for live television – meaning OTT will emerge this pressure is felt, be it politically or through as one of the dominant delivery mechanisms for reducing exposure to penalty payments, the more television. investment there will be in large-scale test and For T&M vendors, this means the continuing decline on RF measurements for traditional televi- measurement. “In turn, this will drive manufacturers to desion technologies, and more and more on OTT. velop better and cheaper signal probes and drive That’s not to say that all the world’s broadcastthe cycle again,” he says. “Surely, a utopian future ers are proceeding at the same pace. Indeed T&M will be that video at any point in a facility can be for High Definition broadcasts will be dominant measured and problems flagged – but until T&M in many territories for some time yet. can be as easily integrated as frame syncs, we will “A lot of emergent nations are still catching up with the HD wave that has swept around the globe have to choose our monitoring points carefully.”


ott vs. pay tv

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With all the hype surrounding over-the-top (OTT) content delivery, it would seem that the days of pay TV the developed world. However, Ovum’s research suggests otherwise. Digital Broadcast Middle East takes

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friend or foe?

are numbered. Infonetics Research finds that cable TV is losing its status as the top pay TV technology in a closer look at the battle raging between traditional models and new technologies.

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espite their ever-increasing momenability of OTT devices in a country for the technoltum, OTT services are not yet an ogy to become popular. Services like Google TV, adequate alternative to traditional Apple TV, Boxee or the Roku player are not present pay-TV, according to global analysts at in many countries outside North America and Ovum. Their OTT TV Player Positioning research – Western Europe, making OTT a redundant techan assessment of key players within the Internet TV nology for many. The advent of Internet-connected space – reveals that although OTT TV services now smart TVs has made the technology more visible in more closely resemble those of their network-based developing countries, but those are only as good as competitors, they have a long way to go before they their broadband. can match the quality and breadth of content of Ovum’s research shows that half of the consumtraditional pay-TV offerings. ers with connectible video devices, such as PCs, According to Jonathan Doran, principal analyst tablets, consoles, smartphones and smart TVs, are at Ovum, OTT technology is still too young to using OTT services to catch up on TV or watch be considered a real threat to traditional pay TV movies. However, these services have yet to dismodels. Due to a lack of broadband penetration place traditional forms of consumption, with more in developing countries like India and China, and than half of these users still subscribing to pay-TV strict government laws against online streaming, services. Cable TV has a strong customer base, all many countries still rely on traditional cable the rights and relations in place for strong conTV systems. In the UAE, emirates like tent acquisition and is still much more Sharjah have expressly banned the reliable than OTT delivery. However, use of satellite dishes as well saying pay TV needs to add the flexibility that they ruin the aesthetics of a that OTT offers to its features to structure. In cases like these, cable keep customers satisfied. The Value of the North American pay TV TV really does rule the roost. sticking point, according to Doran, market – the highest “While we expect OTT to is about how much content can in the world become increasingly integral to customers acquire from outside the Source: Infonetics Research. the home video entertainment mix, traditional pay model. there’s little evidence yet of consumers “Cable video still makes up over half of dropping their pay-TV subscriptions in favor the global pay-TV market, but revenue growth of purely operator-independent solutions,” Doran is decelerating due to a slowdown in new subscribadded. “For the time being, OTT will remain a ers, especially in the lucrative North American marcomplement rather than an alternative to pay-TV.” ket, as competition from satellite and IPTV operaDoran also reiterates the importance of the availtors intensifies and as over-the-top (OTT) offerings


While we expect OTT to become increasingly integral to the home video entertainment mix, there’s little evidence yet of consumers dropping their payTV subscriptions in favor of purely operator-independent solutions. Jonathan Doran Principal analyst, Ovum.


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customers, in addition to its iPad app, while DISH from Netflix, Hulu, and others siphon away a small, Network offers the Blockbuster Movie Pass to cusbut growing number of households,” explained Jeff tomers for multiscren VOD. Verizon is partnering Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access with Redbox to launch a similar service later this and video at Infonetics Research. year. All of these services offer a wide assortment According to Infonetics, the pay TV market in of choice in first-run movies and library content, North America totalled $261 billion in 2011 and will hitting directly at Netflix’ main weakness, which is grow to $371 billion by 2016. According to research its lack of premium offerings. Also, these services from Parks Associates, in the same market, Netflix are managed services, making for a much better has higher customer satisfaction than traditional quality of experience. pay TV models. “Customers can pay for a month of All these pairings come in the wake of what exNetflix for about the same amount as for two payperts termed “cord cutting” – people cutting their TV VOD movies,” said Brett Sappington, director satellite and cable connections and relying of research with Parks Associates, in a solely on streaming content. Accordstatement. While the quality of the ing to Doran, cord-cutting is not a OTT service may not be comparable threat in the short or medium term. to pay-TV quality, “the cost-benefit U.S. broadband He says what TV operators really comparison is enough to affect consumers who have need to worry about is “cord shavpurchase decisions.” considered using an ing” where people pay for smaller Doran believes that OTT could online subscription packages and stream other content be a complementary service to traservice online. According to Doran, as long ditional cable TV. “For their mutual Source: Parks Associates. as traditional operators understand the benefit we believe it is paramount for benefit of OTT, it will not a pose a threat to operators and OTT players to collaborate, the traditional market and there is hope for growth yet we have seen little evidence of this to date, with when working together. the notable exceptions of Xbox Live and Samsung,” “As competition in the TV services market hots he added. The growing popularity of smartphones, up, there is a crucial need for clarity and guidance tablets and Internet-connected TV will lead to a for all those involved. While traditional service growth in OTT content delivery and traditional pay providers must understand how new entrants are TV companies need to recognize this and expand threatening their established revenue streams, their content to accommodate this. OTT players also need greater direction to leverage The presence of strong technology companies partnerships that will enable them to deliver qualin the OTT sphere is also cause for some concern, ity experiences, attract loyal consumers, and ultiaccording to Doran. Besides enjoying significant mately make money from TV services,” concludes brand equity, a handful of key OTT players, such as Doran. Amazon’s LOVEFiLM and Google’s YouTube, can also leverage the financial strength and assets of their parent companies to substantially improve their positioning. These companies can afford to play around with new technologies due to their strong financial bases. Apple TV, though not successful, has been around for a while and Google just unveiled its Nexus Q – a new streaming product for the home. Many TV providers understand the importance of incorporating OTT services such as on-demand and multiscreen options into their regular packages. TV providers are attempting to combat the threat of OTT with a range of TV Everywhere services for viewing content on mobile and PC devices. HBO GO is the poster child for a service that subscribers sign in to use and the offering has been Google’s Nexus Qs can access and play content highly successful to date. Comcast has launched purchased on a Google smartphone and tablet. an over-the-top service called Streampix for its


Cable video still makes up over half of the global payTV market, but revenue growth is decelerating due to a slowdown in new subscribers, especially in the lucrative North American market, as competition from satellite and IPTV operators intensifies and as over-thetop (OTT) offerings from Netflix, Hulu, and others siphon away a small, but growing number of households. Jeff Heynen Directing analyst for broadband access and video, Infonetics Research. 032 JULY 2012


The Future in Singapore

Touted as one of the biggest communications and broadcast events, Broadcast Asia 2012 took place from June 19 to June 22 in Suntec, Singapore. While many new products were unveiled, many experts and executives gave talks about how to steer the industry towards growth and sustainability. Digital Broadcast Middle East reviews the event.


ommunicAsia2012, EnterpriseIT2012 and BroadcastAsia2012, Asia’s focal industry venue for ICT, digital broadcasting and entertainment technology industry professionals saw more than 56 countries and regions in attendance over four days at the end of June. Close to 2,000 exhibitors presented the latest technologies in next generation fibre broadband, M2M technology, cloud security, DVBT2, Over-the-Top Technology (OTT) and more. Conference speakers addressed pertinent industry topics and presented insightful industry trends and views. About 49,000 attendees including exhibiting staff, visitors, conference speakers and delegates, and members of the media were present at this year’s event.

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Addressing the trends and issues facing Asia’s ICT market today, the Summit featured extended sessions on cloud computing and mobile value-added services. The Summit also covered the latest developments in next-generation broadband, security issues and the mobile marketing industry. New tracks introduced this year included, “M2M & The Internet of Things”, “Mobile Payment Strategies”, “Customer Experience Management & Augmented Reality”, “OTT Business Models”, and “Mobile Commerce”. “Once again, CommunicAsia2012 will present Asia’s largest contingent of satellite companies witnessed at any single event, up 7% from 2011,” Stephen Tan, chief executive of show organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services (SES), said at the beginning of the confer-


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Blackmagic engaging its customers at their booth.

ence. “More than 100 satellite and satellite-based Spacecom, AVer Information Inc, Calix Networks, communication companies are participating. Dowslake Microsystems, hybris software, NovelThese companies include Addvalue, ABS, Eutelsat, Sat and Softlayer Technologies. Some first-timers GE-Satellite, iDirect, MEASAT, NovelSat, Rockfrom 2011 also came back, including 3M, AsiaSat, well Collins, Siemens, SkyPerfect JSAT, Speedcast Conax, Tata Communications, ThinkCube and and ST Electronics.” FiberHome. For the first time the event introduced three Huawei, the largest exhibitor at CommuniTechnozones on the exhibition floor: Fiber cAsia2012, introduced its new range of for NextGen Services, Cloud Services consumer and enterprise products, in& Security and M2M. These were cluding the Android-powered Ascend designed to better connect buyers handsets and mobile Wi-Fi devices. Number of and sellers and direct participants ST Electronics debuted its Smart new exhibitors at to the areas of their interest. To betCities showcase of the latest in data BroadcastAsia 2012 ter foster business discussions, the management and resource utilisaover 2011 event also had an exclusive showcase tion for public utilities - a technology and networking space, the Discovery concept that is sparking interest. Lounge, for SMEs, start-ups, educational At the Discovery Lounge, robots seemed institutions and research centers to reach out to to be all the craze. MAVEN - a robot from Nanyang their target audience. Technological University’s Institute for Media Innovation – displayed its ability to recreate a 3D representation of its surroundings as it travelled Latest Technologies and the exhibition floor. On the other hand, Singapore Innovations Polytechnic’s Express Melody is a solution that Including veteran exhibitors, this year’s event leverages on cloud technology and helps businesses had over 200 debutants on the exhibition floor. to attach a unique sound to their brand. Some of the new participants included AMOS-


Once again, CommunicAsia2012 will present Asia’s largest contingent of satellite companies witnessed at any single event, up 7% from 2011. Stephen Tan Chief executive of show organiser, Singapore Exhibition Services (SES). 036 JULY 2012


makers revealed new phones at the conference, while others introduced tools to be used with the phones. While some of the bigger manufacturers did not participate in the conference, makers like Sony revealed six new handsets. Handset manufacturer TechFaith revealed new phones based on themes.

Visitors fill the exhibition walkway at BroadcastAsia2012.

Setting the Scene for Digital Broadcasting

Human IT Solutions in the Korea pavilion unveiled ‘Human Gate - Lite’, an indoor gateball system using infrared motion capture of the whole body so that the player does not need to wear any equipment or use a handheld device. The new system is set to hit the market in August this year. EnterpriseIT, held in conjunction with CommunicAsia, showcased exhibitors comprising international IT systems providers and companies offering enterprise solutions ranging from cloud computing, data centre services, security and M2M, to mobility solutions and video conferencing. “Cloud-based Wi-Fi offload solutions bring the power of virtualization to wireless networks,” Brian Efimetz, Adtran general manager for Asia Pacific, said about the importance of cloud-based systems. “The solution virtualizes network control and management onto software, which runs on a hypervisor or inexpensive appliances…cloudbased Wi-Fi solutions eliminates the need, cost and all of the operational constraints inherent to hardware controllers and results in significant cost savings.” One of the most talked-about sectors during the conference was smartphones. Many smartphone

Without doubt BroadcastAsia is quickly becoming a ‘must go’ event for any broadcasters, IPTV companies, and converged telcos across the whole region who are investing in new technologies and solutions, or indeed for organisations like ours who are providing those business changing solutions. Mark Wilson-Dunn Vice president global sales and marketing, BT Media and Broadcast United Kingdom.

The special OTT feature area, one of the star attractions at BroadcastAsia2012, saw a huge number of visitors catching a glimpse of the Euro2012 on various platforms including TV, laptop, tablet and mobile phone. A consortium of exhibitors facilitated this multi-platform delivery of content. The Cinematography/Film/Production zone attracted audiences keen to learn about the latest motion picture tools and software. The Media Village’s hourly demonstrations of post production and visual effects solutions were also very popular with the audience. Sony used a Mini Cooper photography subject to demonstrate the features and versatility of its cameras. Sony showcased its PMW-100 professional camera that is particularly popular in broadcasting stations and production houses for gathering news and producing documentaries. It also displayed its NEX-FS700 super-slow motion camcorder and NXL-IP55 Internet Protocol video network unit. The camcorder has a high-speed video-recording mode that reaches 960 framesper-second. It is also 4K-ready and can output raw 4K video via a 3G-Serial Digital Interface port pending a firmware update. The video network unit, it utilizes the latest IP technology and is able to replace numerous coaxial cables with a single Ethernet cable to transmit multiple HD video and audio streams. It is also designed to reduce latency to within a single frame, which is particularly important for live event broadcasts.

Generating Discussions and Knowledge Sharing Over 200 speakers participated in the event, from companies such as Amazon Web Services, Huawei, Pacnet, Paypal Asia Pacific, Tata Communications, Telstra and Vodafone. Notable debut speakers include executives from Unified Inbox, Frog, Experian MicroAnalytics, Compuware Asia, EPI Mobile Health Solutions, VeriFone Systems and Ruckus Wireless. JULY 2012 037

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It was a truly pleasant experience for me to join the Creative Content Production Conference as a speaker. I was able to meet and think more future possibilities of Asian co-production during the conference. This whole experience inspired me a lot. Nina Jung International Affairs Department, Seoul Film Commission

Hybrid systems and OTT technology on satellite Other prominent speakers were Simone and cable TV. Reuben Verghese, the Asia VP of AcBrunozzi of Amazon Web Services, Christian cedo, conducted a business study on whether Pay Geissendoerfer of YOOSE, Dan Scoffer of VeriFone, TV and OTT complement each other or are comElias Ghanem of PayPal, Asia and Pacific, Vivek petitors in the market. A panel with executives Jhamb of Vodafone Global Enterprise (India), from Neo Sports Broadcast, Ten Sports Dubai, BT Michael Koay of Telstra Singapore, and Rodrigo Media & Broadcast UK, among others discussed Donazzolo of BT Global Telecom Markets Asia how to come up with affordable packages for PayPacific. TV services. While there was extensive discussion An important portion of the conference was about introducing OTT services to new, underdetwo visionary speakers. Aliza Knox from Google veloped markets, significant attention was given and Ambassador David Gross from Wiley Rein to dealing with issues of mature markets LLP shared their experiences and views on as well. Operators discussed how they the business opportunities and chalshould address these markets where lenges in Asia in a rapidly transformconsumers have greater power as ing ICT industry. they have at least two triple-play The Creative Content Production Increase in number Conference featured speakers from of satellite companies service providers despite price and content remaining as the criteria for some of the media and broadcasting at the event the buying decision. industries’ most successful compaWith tons of new products, exhibitors nies including Fremantle Productions, were kept happy at BroadcastAsia 2012, Lucasfilm Animation, Pinewood Iskander including the Creative Content Production ConMalaysia and Pixelmetrix Corporation, sharing ference. The panel discussions covered some of their expertise and experiences working on worldthe most pressing topics in the world of broadcast famous projects. and communications. As most conferences like The speakers discussed a variety of topics. this, the event offered many industry players the Those of particular interest to the broadcast opportunity to meet and discuss new business opindustry were the future of broadcasting, busiportunities. Considering the increase over the last ness strategies for PayTV, IPTV and OTT, syncing couple of years, it could be said that BroadcastAwith cloud broadcasting, multi-screen delivery, sia was a success in launching some products and and digital radio broadcasting. One of the panels generating effective dialogue. looked specifically at the effect that HDTV, IPTV,


Big Screen Day panel discussion at the Creative Content and Production Conference (left) and Albert Canigueral from ADB addressing the crowd (right). 038 JULY 2012



















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While there were many important discussions at the just-concluded Broadcast Asia conference in Singapore, many people were much more entertained by the array of new products on offer in the market. We take a look at some of the exciting new offerings.


host of cool products and gadgets were launched at the Broadcast Asia conference in Singapore. Some of them were very functional – the new camera by Sony and Panasonic – while some were less so – the Swift phone for fashion lovers. Here is a collection of a few that will relate to those in the business:

SIGNIANT The company unveiled the Signiant Media Shuttle, which is touted as the industry’s fi rst fi le-movement solution expressly designed to meet the needs of media operations staff and end users. Media Shuttle is a public cloud-based fi le-sharing service without fi le size limits or security risks for a large group of users. Media Shuttle provides centralized visibility of transfers, including job status, bandwidth usage and user activity. It maintains content within the enterprise network. Further Signiant also revealed Signiant Media Managers + Agents, a system-to-system solution designed to handle the administration, control, management and execution of fi le movement— including workflow modeling — from a single platform. Another new service, Signiant Media Exchange, is a private cloud solution for fast, secure fi le transfer designed for the business needs of media content providers. 040 JULY 2012

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MAsolo migration solutions combine hardware and software to move archive-quality content from videotape to multiple fi le formats in a single pass. Also at BroadcastAsia, Front Porch Digital showcased its DIVArchive V7.0 content storage management system. With its support for complex DPX packages, DIVArchive V7.0 enables video-like operations on fi lmcarried content, making it desir-

The company’s SAMMAsolo HD video migration solution performs real-time, qualitycontrolled migration of content from HD videotape into a secure managed digital environment that supports preservation while facilitating access. With a fully internationalized user interface, SAMMAsolo can be customized for local languages. The SAMMAsolo HD migration solution meets a pressing need by enabling broadcasters, heritage institutions, and other enterprises to preserve and make use of their legacy assets. SAMFront Porch Digital SMMAsolo HD.

able for fi lm production and postproduction applications. DIVArchive V7.0 implements the new open Archive eXchange Format technology developed by Front Porch Digital to protect, preserve, and facilitate the exchange of content among storage systems. It is supported with secure VPN access Another new addition to the Front Porch family revealed at the show was DIVAdirector V5.0, a media asset management (MAM) system that enables operators to search, locate, and retrieve stored media assets directly from their desktops using their Web browsers. V5.0 has a HTTP-based adaptive streaming support, whereby client Internet browsers can seamlessly and dynamically switch between different video and audio bit rates depending on available network conditions and CPU power. In addition, DIVAdirector V5.0 offers portability across operating systems, browsers, proxy formats, and an increased number of concurrent users.


Evertz High Density MPEG-2 HD Decoder.

ACTUS DIGITAL The company revealed a range of new products at Broadcast Asia. The Actus Clip Factory for content repurposing at full HD quality can record from any input, support any format and any resolution, edit media, transcode to any format, and deliver the content to any destination. The VOD process can also be fully automated by creating profi les for the desired clips. Actus CF also automates content production for new media platforms. Actus QualiTV is designed for broadcasters and facilities that distribute content through DVB technology. QualiTV gives the operator a true and complete image as well as verification of the quality of the signal reception on the consumers’ TV sets, as the subscribers get it, across the entire distribution area. QualiTV provides information and statistics on the following three layers: 1) the DVB Signal layer, signal strength, SNR, MER, BER and others; 2) the transport Stream layer, PAT, MPT and more; and 3) the Baseband layer with actual image and sound. The information comes from as many destinations as the user requires. MobileLink is the new Actus Monitoring solution for mobile devices. Feature highlights include full and recorded media playback, rating analysis, and alert and monitoring using iPhone, Android and iPad or any

other smart phone. Other products featured significant updates as well. The new Actus View update offers enhanced support for multiple audio tracks and multiple subtitles. It also supports Transport Stream, allowing broadcasters and operators to record the transport stream as is from any input and in the same high resolution. AdWatch v5.2 automatically detects adverts aired on all relevant TV and radio channels, providing simple-to-use media monitoring tools to verify that advertising content is broadcasted according to plan over local and remote affi liate channels. AdWatch detects unknown advertisements within commercial blocks (inside advertising breaks) and presents them to the operator for approval. Once approved, the new com-

Actus Clip Factory.

mercial content is detected in both future feeds and within past recorded content stored in the archives. With Adwatch, users can create visual proofing reports, have visibility on the actual advertising income, benchmark if their ads got more airtime than their competitors’ ads, and more. A flexible report generator is included, allowing users to create and fi le any report they may need.

EVERTZ The company introduced the 3480STX, an adaptive bit rate transcoder for multi-screen delivery, at the show. The 3480STX is targeted for the over-the-top (OTT) market space for delivering content to mobile and webbased devices. The 3480STX is a real-time transcoder that accepts a MPEG-2/H.264 input and will

produce an ABR H.264 output (IDR-aligned, multiple profi les). The 3480STX also provides a streaming output for various platforms, including Apple HLS, Microsoft Live Smooth Streaming and Adobe Flash. The device supports MPEG-DASH streaming protocol and provides variable resolutions and frames that users can control using VistaLINK. The 3480 platform offers solid ROI with additional capabilities to encode/transcode for multi-screen delivery.

ATECOM The company expanded its “Merlin” series by adding a new 6 bi-directional ASI-port model “Merlin AR-6” to its compact network adapter family. The new product enables service providers to benefit from cost-effective contribution/distribution of MPEG-TSs over PDH, SDH or ATM networks. The 1U unit offers a space-saving approach and its streamlined integrated management solutions allow operators to reduce their CAPEX budgets. Up to 6 MPEG transport streams are carried over the bidirectional software-switchable ASI ports via a single network link using AAL1 or AAL5 encapsulation. Used across multiple networks, the transport of Ethernet packets and IP enables in-band management as well as LAN-LAN interconnections via Ethernet Bridging for video or audio stream applications. JULY 2012 041


INTERRA SYSTEMS The company unveiled a new product as well as upgrades to the Baton at Broadcast Asia 2012. The new real-time media content monitoring system, Orion, is a software-only solution. Orion monitors critical aspects of Transport stream, IP packets, audio video quality, and embedded data and enables consistent monitoring across lab, network operations and field support. Orion is integrated with Interra’s Vega Media Analyzers and Baton fi le-based QC. Highlights of the product include in-depth monitoring and analysis of transport streams; audio loudness compliance including CALM, EBU, ITU; quality checks, including freeze frames, black frames, blockiness, silence, audio levels; closed captions, subtitles, teletext; IP packet analysis; and data logging and reporting. Baton is an enterprise class, fi le-based QC solution used in production by hundreds of customers including major broadcasters, post production houses, IPTV, satellite and archiving companies. The new Baton solution extends beyond the basic QC capabilities to Enterprise QC. Baton QC includes most comprehensive quality checks and enterprise-wide scalability including efficient verification, deployment scalability, integration readiness and high availability. Updates also include major enhancements in formats support (DTS, 042 JULY 2012

Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ.

MKV etc), quality checks (fi lm grain noise, audio track layout and enhancements to existing quality checks), closed captioning, additional formats support in Baton Media Player, verification efficiency, audio loudness analysis & correction, verification reports management and high availability.

DIGITAL NIRVANA At Broadcast Asia2012, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s flagship broadcast monitoring software, Monitor IQ, and two other products were revealed. The two new products include the MediaPro IQ for repurposing content for multi-platform distribution and ManyView IQ, an enterprise-wide system for video distribution over IP. Monitor IQ is a monitoring, logging, compliance, and content republishing system for TV networks and stations. It combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal

monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance. The system has been divided into four packages so a wide range of broadcasters can take advantage of the company’s technology. The new MediaPro IQ solution is a content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution. It records video feeds in full HD and offers a quick, low-cost way to repurpose HD clips from broadcast. Th is new solution is designed for news and sports directors who frequently need to repurpose content. MediaPro IQ allows users to easily edit, clip and publish live or recorded content in real-time. Search is based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption, as-run logs, traffic logs, alarm and discrepancy logs and time/date or channel fi lters. MediaPro IQ is compatible with such web browsers as: FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. iPad, iPhone, and Android interface

are also available. Video can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and XDCAM and other formats for content repurposing. The new ManyView IQ system deploys a private, enterprisewide IPTV system for use by producers and staff who need to view real-time video signals at their desktop. The system eliminates the need for costly coaxial cabling, IP encapsulators, and IP output encoders. IP multicast delivers real-time video feeds to desktop and set-top boxes throughout an organization. ManyView IQ is DNLA-enabled, which provides VOD-like ability to store, distribute and publish offl ine video assets throughout the enterprise for any device on the network, such as: desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, connected TVs, and media players. ManyView IQ is compatible with current standards-compliant web browsers, enabling an on-the-go workflow through a web browser. It also has iPad, iPhone, and Android interfaces available.

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IKAN | MR7 HD Ikan launched the MR7 HD field monitor. With built-in H.264 recording abilities for instant playback, optional wireless transmitter and handheld rig, It frees the director and set-heads from the camera, eliminating those awkward over-theshoulder moments of checking the shot.

The monitor also allows to view 2K footage via 3G-SDI in HD with a 170 degree viewing angle. The user can analyze the camera’s image for color accuracy and intensity on the fly with waveform and vectorscope features. It also confirms the recorded audio for each take with an

SONY | XDCAM HD Sony launched a new XDCAM HD 4:2:2 PDW-680 ⅔” camera and HD recording deck PDWHD1200 at BroadcastAsia 2012 in Singapore. The device allows for a smooth migration between SD and HD formats owing to its high quality recording of up to HD 422 at 50 Mbps and ability to record in SD.

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internal headphone jack, and expands the MR7 to cover all territories, with ikan’s Dragonfly Support rig and Wireless transmitter, out this summer. The monitor supports up to 32GB SD card for expanded memory (not included) and 2K resolution input (2048 x 1080) 3G-SDI. It also has a 7in transflective LCD monitor with brightness of 400 NIT and 170-degree viewing angle, and a daytime button for improved outdoor use. It also has a rubberized texture for a firm grip.

ANTIK TECHNOLOGY | RenderBooster The PDW-680 is switchable between 50i/60i including DVCAM and XDCAM HD 35 Mbps 4:2:0 and 50Mbps 4:2:2. The PDW680 can also incorporate the CBK-WA01 Wi-Fi adapter, which enables XMPilot to organise and add metadata in the field directly to Professional Disc media. Professionals can significantly improve operational efficiency with capabilities such as thumbnail scene search and immediate viewing.

ANTIK Technology released an ultracompact HD transcoder for the MacroSystem Digital Video GmbH, a member of the LOEWE group. The new Hi-Density USB Transcoder named RenderBooster is based on the ultra-fast ViXS XC 4105 chipset and can be used in many transcoding and transrating scenarios throughout the video editing process. “The Render-Booster is the perfect answer for the previously time intensive transcoding process our customers had to perform every day when they delivered a project on disk or file,” said Jörg Sprave, CEO of MacroSystem Digital Video. “The small and very fast transcoder is far more effective than the previ-

ously used software encoding. A great product with cutting edge technology, very attractively priced.“ RenderBooster is directly supported by the new video editing software Bogart 5, running on the Casablanca generation 3 turnkey systems. Users of these products benefit greatly from the much faster speed and enhanced image quality when outputting projects to VideoDVD, AVCHD (Blu-ray) and mp4 (H.264 file export).


SONNET | Qio media reader Sonnet Technologies launched the new Qio CF4 professional CompactFlash media reader – an alternative to conventional card readers for videographers, studios and photographers. The CF4 is the first four-slot CompactFlash memory card reader with support for concurrent file ingest from all four slots and an integrated two-port 6 Gb/s eSATA interface for connecting external storage systems. With the Qio CF4, users can transfer data concurrently from

four CF memory cards used by professional HD camcorders from RED and Canon, as well as DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon, thereby reducing ingest times. The Qio CF4’s fast PCIe 2.0 interface enables users to copy files among cards, attached storage, and computers. Designed for both in-studio and on-location use, the CF4 features a compact, rugged aluminum case with the same 15-centimeter by 16-centimeter (5.9-inch by 6.2-inch) footprint as the original Qio, but with a thinner profile. The device is compatible with Mac OS X, Microsoft, Vista, and Server 2008.

The new L-Band switch-matrix system by RF-Design features a flexible system designed as a modular type 6RU/19“ master/ slave chassis concept. At the same time both the master- and slave chassis having a max. input/output capacity of 64:64 allowing flexible routing configurations and upgrades at any time. The new solution allows flex-

ible and interruption free switching and assignment of L-Band signals to or from interconnected devices while any input can be routed to any or all outputs. The system is especially designed for today’s signal management requirements and provides space-, cost- and energy efficient routing solutions. It is available with 50Ohm, 75Ohm or optical input.

tion, and as things occur in the show, the tablet updates. It’s really, really cool. SmartGlass will work with Windows and Windows Phone based devices, along with de-

vices running iOS and Android, and will connect using wi-fi. The app will allow users to explore extra features for a show while viewing it on TV or get more players involved in

a videogame. The Xbox device will begin shipping in 2013 and Microsoft will rely on its content partners to build the secondscreen functionality into all of their programming and services.

RF-DESIGN | FlexLink-K3

MICROSOFT | SmartGlass Microsoft has unveiled a new application to allow mobile devices to interact with Xbox and the television. The Xbox SmartGlass app will enable devices such as tablets and smartphones to interact with the games console in a variety of different ways, such as acting as an additional games controller or as a display for interactive TV content. “SmartGlass takes all of your devices and fi rst makes them all work together, and second works in concert with your Xbox to unleash a whole bunch of new scenarios,” Yusuf Mehdi, chief marketing officer for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business says. “Imagine being on the couch and watching a show or a game and having your tablet suddenly light up with

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KIT DIGITAL | Cosmos video management KIT digital is integrating Civolution’s Automatic Content Recognition technology, SyncNow, into its Cosmos video management software, to deliver second screen interactivity to consumers with non-connected TV sets. KIT digital’s Cosmos video management software supports live and on-demand video delivery and second screen interactive experiences across a variety of devices. Civolution’s digital watermarking and fingerprinting technologies enable accurate and real-time synchronization of a broadcast video stream with an interactive application on a companion device, even in the absence of an IP-connected TV, and whether the video content is being watched live or ondemand. KIT digital has integrated

OBS & SOPHOS | Anti-Virus

Civolution’s SyncNow ACR technology into its modular, broadcast-grade Cosmos video platform. This new integration achieves first-to-second screen synchronization without IPconnected playout points, based on the audio signal picked-up by the companion device microphone. “Our joint solution opens up a new market for media and entertainment companies, supporting higher ad and subscription revenues without the need for their viewers to invest in new infrastructure,” said Laura Kaatz, managing director of global commercial operations at KIT digital. “Both Civolution and KIT digital’s sales teams can sell the solution together, in a teaming model as in our Partner Ecosystem.”

Ocean Blue Software (OBS) and Sophos have developed the first anti-virus solution to protect smart TVs. The cloud-based security solution combines Sophos Labs anti-virus expertise and OBS set top box solutions to provide protection for internet connected televisions. It will be available

as middleware or stand-alone client. According to Futuresource Consulting, over 80% of new televisions and set-top boxes will be Internet-ready by 2015, and with a large proportion of these running Linux or Android, they will be capable of downloading and running remote applications.

for automation of external equipment, external communications management, intercom, etc. Due to its self-contained modular design and reduced footprint, Forum adapts perfectly to any environment: autocontrol, studio control, television production, sound production, mixed configurations, integration in large installations, etc. One of

the primary features which sets the FORUM apart is its internal routing capability: any combination of 64 inputs/outputs of analog, digital, or microphone, plus an additional 64 input / output signals via a MADI multichannel link. The control surface can be configured with a minimum of 4 faders, and easily expanded to 8 or even 12 channels for the standard AEQ FORUM compact digital console. Each of the Forum’s basic functions such as setup, level adjustment, and signal routing have their own specific control for each channel, while lesser used settings are grouped into contextual controls common to

all channels and are accessible by just one or two button pushes. This also makes for a system control with very little chance of system error. The Forum’s configuration allows any signal present within the system to be freely assigned to any control channel, and signal distribution configuration is done on the control surface itself. It has built-in memory where each signal’s settings are stored: signal distribution via the control surface, output bus routing, setup parameters, effects, etc. This allows the console to easily be adapted to different programming needs and unique technical requirements. Two Ethernet connectors enables external connectivity for the “AEQ FORUM Configuration” software application.

AEQ | Grand Forum The FORUM is a self-contained digital audio mixing console specifically designed to meet the demands of the radio and television broadcast industry. Its flexible design allows it to readily be adapted to any ON-AIR application. The Forum incorporates all of the features necessary for use in environments requiring: automatic monitor speaker cutoff, cough muting, fader start, control signalling, interface

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GRASS VALLEY | Edius Grass Valley started shipping the latest version of its Ediusmultiformat nonlinear editing software. The Edius Pro 6.5 now includes a comprehensive 3D editing workflow and crossplatform codec support. Grass Valley is making its intermediate codec technology freely available to other thirdparty applications. In addition to the PC-based HQ/HQX codecs, a QuickTime version of Grass Valley’s HQ and 10-bit HQX codec (for Windows and Mac platforms), is now available as a free download. “We were careful not to release this new version of EDIUS until all of the new features that our customers requested of us were included and reliable,” said Charlie Dunn, executive vice president of products for Grass Valley. “As

the market has demanded new features to accommodate new file-based formats and 3D production, we have kept pace and want to ensure our users that we are committed to the platform and will continue to add new improvements and the most critical features as they become available.” Edius Pro 6.5 has a comprehensive 3D workflow, complete with 3D stereoscopic editing tools and new 3D support across its editing peripherals. The full family of 3D-compatible Grass Valley editing peripherals are all supported from the EDIUS timeline. EDIUS software and hardware supports all of the most common stereoscopic modes— including the side-by-side, top & bottom, and line-by-line display methods.

COLORADO STUDIO | 31 HDX Denver-based Colorado Studio is building another new high-definition production truck for its Mobile Television Group, which will feature a full complement of live production technologies from Grass Valley. In designing the new 31HDX truck, the goal was to create a mobile production studio that could work equally well for a dual feed (home and visitor shows) or a single feed. The “suite mode” of the Kayenne switcher permits both the home and the visitor to have multiple M/Es working simultaneously on two separate control panels. “This new truck will get a real workout right from the time it hits the road with the ability to produce in both 720p and 1080i,” said Philip Garvin, president of Colorado Studio and owner/

Edius Pro 6.5 also incorporates 10-bit color correction, a new Flash exporter, several improvements to the Layouter tool, native image stabilization, a built-in loudness meter, and closed-caption pass-through support. A special systemized version, called Edius Elite, is also avail-

able that takes full advantage of the proxy files created and stored on the Grass Valley K2 Summit 3G server. The Elite also allows users tight integration with the Grass Valley Stratus media workflow application framework, and includes audio bit stream pass-through support.

MIRANDA TECHNOLOGIES | WNJU NEW YORK manager of Mobile Television Group. 31HDX is being outfitted with a Grass Valley Kayenne 4.5 M/E Video Production Center switcher, a Trinix NXT (256x512) router under the control of Grass Valley Jupiter software, 10 LDK 8000 Elite HD cameras (each with the new 3G Triax transmission solution), OCP 400 Camera Control panels, and a variety of signal processing modules from the Grass Valley GeckoFlex product line. This new video production switcher is the seventh Kayenne production switcher currently owned by Mobile Television Group. The 53-foot, 31HDX production truck will be primarily based in Arizona and used to produce live HD telecasts for MLB, NHL, and NBA games.

Miranda Technologies completed a facility-wide upgrade at WNJU “Telemundo 47” New York. The upgrade applies to a significant portion of the WNJU operation and includes Miranda infrastructure, routing, multiviewers and central monitoring and control solutions. The channel wanted full HD delivery and manage content for multiplatform delivery. Miranda’s solution includes an NVISION 8280 router frame populated with input/output cards that feed the entire facility, including a wide array of Miranda’s Kaleido-X and KaleidoX16 multiviewers. Multiple Densité 3 frames, which provide true multi-format operation, house cascaded Kaleido modular cards that feed the main control room monitor. By

cascading the modules, WNJU can increase the picture count per monitor if desired without affecting image quality or processing speed, both of which are significant advantages. The eight-display monitor wall provides a single reference point for full operational visibility, all of which can be conveniently controlled with a Miranda RCP200 control panel. Miranda’s iControl provides comprehensive facility monitoring and control, including all Densité modular products installed throughout the facility. The iControl configuration is also customized to handle tally management, which provides the benefit of being able to see program and preview tallies from WNJU’s switcher in all displays throughout the facility. JULY 2012 047

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TEST CARD Simen Frostad Chairman, Bridge Technologies How long have you worked in the industry and what first inspired you to pursue this line? As a young student I worked in Oslo University’s student radio club where we had an annual FM three-day carnival transmission, the only legal transmission outside the state broadcaster who had one FM and one TV channel. This developed into a regular broadcasting station called Radio Nova following the deregulation of the broadcast market. This quickly led to a more advanced music industry with live and studio recordings, and then even further to music creation for film/video and further into the film industry. I am trained as a lithographer, so my fundamental skills are in graphic design. I have strayed slightly from my original education. During the last 15 years, a lot of interest has been in digital media, particularly in the remote access of media. This brought me to the extraordinarily;y clever people I work with in developing useful products for understanding and facilitating digital media transportation. All of this proves the non-linearity of growing up and the slight randomness of career choice! Stereoscopic 3D - fad of future? I believe 3D has come to stay this time. Its application in theatres is unquestionably permanent and I believe we will see many more applications for stage use. Its usage in sporting events and live games is also starting to grow, however I am personally sceptical in the use of 3D for regular broadcasts and for general sports. Stereoscopic 3D as we know is flawed and I believe only true holographic 3D will be a complete game changer for people watching on their sets at home. 048 JULY 2012

What one piece of kit could you not live without today? I am sorry to say that the piece I must have is my phone. I really cannot fathom being out of touch with my friends within and outside the industry for many milliseconds. The ability to access email via my phone seals the deal!

The media industry is poised for great growth as media consumption becomes more personal and fragmented. This region is well suited to take full advantage. SIMEN FROSTAD Chairman, Bridge Technologies

What are your favourite films and TV shows, and why? The 80s classic I must have is Back to the Future (best entertainment screenplay ever!) Citizen Kane, all the episodes of West Wing, Roxanne with Steve Martin and Darryl Hannah and Blade Runner – Director’s Cut. Finally, C’eravamo tanto amati is an amazing film from the fantastic Italian director Ettore Scola who everyone should watch at least twice; the list could go on of all the wonderful pictures made.

What will happen in the regional industry in the next five years? Onward and upward! The media industry is poised for great growth as media consumption becomes more personal and fragmented. This region is well suited to take full advantage. Finally, customers should work with my company because? Bridge Technologies has some excellent solutions. To use an old adage from MIT: “Seeing is believing. Demo or Die”. Or, try our products out and find out for yourselves. We have more than 800 installations worldwide and I believe we provide a valuable service.

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