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IBC365 Webinar

IP transition has already started according to IBC365 webinar

In the IBC365 webinar on IP-based facilities, SMPTE gave an update on the ST 2110 standards suite, BBC Wales and BCE in Belgium detailed how they are already working with IP, and Rohde & Schwarz explained how companies can begin to manage the transition from SDI. In online polls, 57% of the audience said they had already started the transition, with speed and flexibility cited by 44% as the main reason for switching to IP.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 6th December 2017.

4K UHD sales are soaring

4K UHD devices and content grows but HDR message confuses consumers

4K UHD devices and content is growing strongly, representing 35% of global TV sales in 2017, but there is limited delivery of content to consumers. High Dynamic Range (HDR) messages are also confusing and making it harder for consumers to appreciate the benefits, according to research from Futuresource Consulting.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 29th November 2017.

Pay TV has to compete with SVoD

US bucks pay TV global trend with falling subscribers

Pay TV subscribers in the US has dropped by 2.4 million in a year and is predicted to fall dramatically over the next five years according to the latest research by Ampere Analysis. This fall contrasts with increases in pay TV globally. US pay TV is being hit by the rise of SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) services, such as Netflix.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 27th November 2017.

Master control room (MCR)

New virtual storage access technology prevents failures during playout or ingest

New Rohde & Schwarz virtual Storage access (VSA) technology prevents any interruption of running media transfers, file encoding and file decoding processes during playout or ingest.

Posted by Michael Hackl and Dirk Thometzek. 24th November 2017.

10 questions before you buy

Thinking of buying a new solid-state transmitter? Here are 10 questions you should ask before you do

Whether it is ensuring your transmitter remains compatible with future standards such as ATSC 3.0, meets FCC repack requirements, how you can calculate the true cost of ownership and who should handle the installation and provide on-going support, we have the must-read issues you need to consider.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 16th November 2017.

NHK to roll out 8K UHD for Olympics 2020 in Tokyo

First 8K UHD signal generator for satellite TV tuners at Inter BEE 2017

SiTune Corporation has successfully tested its tuners for 8K Ultra High Definition satellite TV in line with the ISDB-S3 standard being rolled out by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK in 2018, in preparation for the Olympics Games 2020 in Tokyo.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 15th November 2017.

Standards conversion in the digital world

Streamlining workflows in a multi-format media ecosystem

Standards convertors need to be able to handle different forms of 4K and Ultra HD (UHD), High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) pictures as these technologies proliferate, David Smith, technology manager at Rohde & Schwarz, told Asia Pacific Broadcasting.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 14th November 2017.

R&S PRISMON audio/video monitoring and multiviewer solution

R&S PRISMON adds approved Dolby codecs to monitoring solution

Successful Dolby certification of the R&S PRISMON audio/video monitoring and multiviewer solution from Rohde & Schwarz. Dolby is a leading manufacturer of audio codecs.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 6th November 2017.

MediaChoice contribution service

MediaChoice launches new broadcast contribution service

Internet-only contribution network for Dutch local broadcasters built with RelayCaster. The service is available at regionaalmediacenter.nl and it allows regional broadcasters to bring their live signal to a central data centre.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 30th October 2017.

WPBT South Florida PBS studio

WPBT South Florida PBS upgrades its TV transmitter

The PBS member station serving Miami-Ft. Lauderdale contracted Rohde & Schwarz to provide a turnkey solution for its FCC repack transition.

Posted by Chris Dickinson. 30th October 2017.

Featured videos

Dr Marco Lohse, Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz Broadcast and Media Product Solution Series: R&S RelayCaster

Dr Marco Lohse, Rohde & Schwarz Director R&D IP Gateways, introduces the R&S RelayCaster solution.

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Michael Hackl, Rohde & Schwarz

Venice playout solution bridges SDI and IP worlds

At IBC 2017, Michael Hackl, product manager for file based media solutions at Rohde & Schwarz explains how the Venice media server helps broadcasters future-proof SDI based architecture and new IP-based workflows.

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Nicolas Lodge, Lodgical Media

Future technologies come to at IBC

Nicolas Lodge of Lodgical Media and the producer of the IBC technical sessions at IBC 2017, offered an insight into the future technologies at the show and what is happening now in terms of VR, AI, IP, cyber security and more.

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David Wood, EBU

The hot topics at IBC 2017: cyber security, IP and AI

David Wood, deputy director of EBU Technology and Development, gives his insight into the hottest topics at IBC 2017, including cyber security, the IP transition and AI.

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John Ive, IABM

Managing more with less was a key trend at IBC 2017

John Ive, Director of Strategic Insight at the IABM, said the major change at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam was the way companies and customers are looking for solutions for managing more content with less costs.

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