Tuesday, August 19, 2014

List of Social TV to Television Broadcast System Equipment Providers

Social TV systems connect and process information between social networks and TV broadcast systems (the backchannel). Social TV can range from displaying summarized social media information (live poll results) to customizing advertising messages based on viewer social network connections and media engagement history.

Key Social TV System Capabilities:
- Live Polling - vote via Twitter
- TV Ad Customization using Social Profile
- Social Media Submission to TV Programs
- TV EPG and Social Media Integration - Social Program Guide - SPG

Social TV System Providers:
- Never.No
- VidGo
- Vizrt
- Excitem
- Vidmind

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Monday, August 18, 2014

TV Personalization with Social Media Creates Sticky Viewers and Promotion Evangelists

Photo of Vidmind Social TV Platform
TV service providers need to find new ways to keep customers and more effectively promote their programs. During my interview with Danny Peled, CEO of Vidmind, he explained that social TV personalization enables users to curate, share, like, check-in to and chat about video content. This makes viewer experiences more relative and engaging and provide TV service providers with more sticky customers who share and amplify their TV content promotion efforts. To enable social TV, Vidmind created Twister, a white label cloud based solution allowing TV broadcasters to customize it and offer unique viewing experiences. Twister currently connects with Twitter, Facebook and vkontakte.ru and can be easily integrated with other social networks. In addition to improving viewing experiences, the usage statistics can be fed into the Vidmind CloudSeed recommendation engine, allowing users to enjoy recommendations based on the collective preferences of their social network. To see more information on VidMinds Social TV platform, go to: Vidmind Cloud TV

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cloud Based Professional Television Quality Video Editing and Management

Television and professional video editors and producers need good tools with the latest features to produce better content in less time at reduced costs. Ron Yekutiel, CEO of Kaltura explained to me at the NAB Show Stoppers event that cloud based video content production can be a good solution for many types of professional video content.

TV and professional video production can be painful and costly to produce and hard to access and coordinate. A cloud based solution can simplify the management of media library (video, images, and audio) regardless of the content size. It can be accessed anywhere through the management console. Ron discussed that a good cloud based production system allows for advanced content metadata tagging allowing editors and producers to search by categories, cue points, and other key criteria.

Some other key requirements for professional video production include creating cue points and workflow collaboration. Cue points should allow chaptering, related file display, and timed advertisements. Collaborative workflows should permit content review before it is published to eliminate spam and abusive content in UGC portals for editorial team roles with different access authorizations.

For more information about Kaltura video editing and publishing system, go to: Katura Video Management

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Television Commerce (T-Commerce) Platform Enables eCommerce Shopping on TV

TV service providers can generate significant new revenues by shifting eCommerce to television commerce (T-Commerce). During my interview with Pedro Pinto from InnoWave Technologies at the IBC show, he explained that TV broadcasters are facing new competition and higher content costs. They need new ways to generate revenues and to provide value to customers or they can suffer significant customer churn and financial losses. To help solve this challenge, InnoWave has developed the yubuy® platform that enables existing broadcasters (cable, DTT, IPTV, and others) to provide eCommerce services on their existing TV broadcast systems (linear and switched video).

The yubuy platform allows consumers to directly buy products and services from their a TV store The yubuy system is integrated with television network to enable Immediate click-to-buy process.

InnoWave has developed a TV optimized user experience which is integrated with social networks (Facebook and Twitter). Advertising and products are selected and presented using Client profile information. It also allows for scheduling and delivery to preferred or alternate addresses. The profiling process enables effective cross-selling for other products.

The yubuy T-Commerce system is a revenue sharing business model with a flexible payment gateway that allows multiple payment types. It is setup as a cloud service allowing it to be compatible over any TV broadcaster's platform.

To see more information about the InnoWave YuBuy T-Commerce system, visit: InnoWave YuBuy Platform



Friday, May 16, 2014

Digital Cinema Web Based Key Management and Reporting

Screenshot Qube Cinema KeySmit Key ManagementDistributing and protecting digital movie content for theaters is required to get premium movie content. Eric Bergez from Qube Cinema explained to me at the NAB show that movie theater key management involves the dynamic assignment and use of keys which is a complicated and financially important process. Without a good key management system, cinema owners may not be able to get movies they want, know what movies are available to show, or the projection of movies may be blocked. To overcome this challenge, Qube Cinema has developed a web based key management system KeySmith.

The KeySmith system includes a Content Database, Sites and Screens Database, Server Database, Content Key (KDM) Generation and Reporting. The KeySmith system has detailed reporting capabilities, maintains all audit-trails and can enforce multi-point authorizations for all key requests. To manage the system, theaters owners & operators only need a simple web based system to manage movie content. To see more information about the KeySmith cinema key management system, go to: KeySmith System - http://qubecinema.com/products/KeySmith

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Video Surveillance for Public Safety


www.linkedin.com/in/alangatlinAlan Gatlin from Leverage Information Systems presented about "The Power (and Drawbacks) of Video at the International Wireless Communications Expo - IWCE 2014. He shared key opportunities and challenges for video surveillance in public safety industry.

Video Surveillance is a Public Safety Force Multiplier - it increases the effectiveness of enforcement organization (e.g. military or police).

Two Key Reduction Objectives for Video Surveillance:
1. Nuisance Crime
2. Violent Crime

Video Surveillance areas:
1. Prevention - inhibiting - criminals avoid cameras
2. Intervention - monitor and respond
3. Suppression - monitor and live communication
4. Apprehension - identification and tracking

Wireless Video Trends:
1. Video Offload from Vehicles - move - medium to high BW
2. Static Video Locations - fixed - medium to high BW
3. Portable Devices - mobile - low to medium BW

Video DUI Enforcement - having a visual record of a person driving a car with license plate verification and being tested for a driving under the influence (DUI) can be used in court. This overcomes the challenge of an officer not seeing the person driving who has tested as above the limits.

Video Monitoring Audio Deterrent - monitoring video in popular crime locations with an audio channel that can announce "police have been dispatched." People rapidly vacate the scene when hearing the announcement.

Video Audio Recording Restrictions - there are some laws that prohibit the recording and distribution of public audio. Regulations vary by state.

Public Video Recording Authorization - In general, video surveillance in public places is permitted. There are some regulations that may restrict the recording of video.

Video Surveillance Consumer Awareness - most people accept that public areas may have video surveillance.

Video Surveillance Revenue Generation - Parking tickets - one cities earns about $2M per year from parking tickets. Automatic license plate readers are located at fixed locations and on vehicles (e.g. police cars).

Facial Recognition with Video Surveillance - limited databases - need good view of face - needs camera with high enough resolution.

Analog Camera Systems - generally lower quality than new digital IP cameras. Can still use. Need to convert analog to digital to allow for video signal capture and distribution.

Digital IP Camera Systems - quality and features can dramatically vary. Recommend using a standard video compression such as H.264.

Video Surveillance Storage Requirements - typically ranges from 30 days to 5 years. Can have enormous storage requirements.

Proprietary Video Surveillance Systems - several video surveillance systems have custom interfaces that require the purchase of equipment from the same vendor. If the vendor does not have the features you need, this can limit or restrict your ability to implement that feature.

Video Latency - video compression can take time and video camera control delays can make video surveillance ineffective. Recommend less than 1 second maximum video latency time.

End to End Throughput - need to verify end to end throughput of wireless video systems and find choke points.

Private Wireless Video Links - better to use private licensed frequencies such as 4.9 GHz to ensure reliable communications.

Power Over Ethernet - POE - distance limitation for video cameras is a few hundred feet.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Android Developers Conference - AnDevCon in Boston, May 27-30 2014

The next AnDevCon Conference is in Boston, May 27-30, 2014. This conference for software developers building or selling Android apps for mobile, TV, and embedded devices. It features intensive tutorials on the first day followed by 3 days of technical sessions. 1,000+ software developers, engineers & entrepreneurs from over 30 countries will attend AnDevCon. There are over 70+ sessions to help Android open source development. Admission for exhibits is not cost - 40+ exhibitors! Receive a $200 discount by inserting the code ANDROID in the eRegistration page - http://www.andevcon.com

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ultra Broadband Access for IPTV from 4G Wireless - 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps Low Cost

The availability of ultra broadband (10 Mbps+) Internet access at low cost enables competition for over the top television (OTT) providers. 

While DSL and cable TV access providers may be feeling the pressure to increase access costs to reduce competition with OTT competitors such as NetFlix, competing broadband access services are offering faster data at lower costs. Emerging ultra broadband providers will likely offer increased data transmission rates at lower costs.

Ultra broadband access can be achieved using DSL, cable modem, fiber, powerline and wireless broadband. The transmission rates of each of these access networks are increasing through the use of more efficient transmission technologies.

Mobile telephone systems are evolving into new types of TV distribution systems. During an interview at the IBC Show, David Price from Ericsson explained that LTE mobile communications systems have evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service (eMBMS), allowing existing LTE mobile systems to provide broadcast television services.


4G LTE mobile telephone systems also have the capability of spatial division multiple access (SDMA), allowing a tower to direct a single 100 Mbps radio frequency channel to multiple locations. This allows LTE mobile systems to offer both TV broadcast services and efficient on-demand services. The fact that more than five key ultra broadband access systems are competing means more data at lower cost.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Effective Local TV Broadcaster Ad Sales Systems

Having an effective TV Advertising sales and billing system can mean the difference of profitability or losses for a local TV broadcasters. Dan Ryan and Ray Dowdle from Ad Gorilla explained to me at the TelcoVision trade show that local TV broadcasters can dramatically influence their TV advertising sales revenue by having an effective sales management system. Local TV broadcasters may want to do their own sales or outsource some or all of the sales process. Important parts of a TV Ad sales system should include ad sales training, communication management (CRM), cross channel marketing, spot management, and political and regulatory compliance. To solve this challenge, AdGorilla has created the AdGorilla FUEL TV Advertising sales system. It can be rapidly setup, has quick TV Ad sales management processes, and is compatible with multiple types of TV ad insertion equipment (including AdGorilla SSP(tm).

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dynamic Content Management for Adding Social Media to TV Broadcasting

Integrating live social media into television broadcasting can provide amazing increases in viewership and viewer engagement. Lars Lauritzsen from Never.no explained to me at the IBC show that the dynamic process of social media gathering and processing can be complicated. To solve this challenge, Never.no created the Dynamic Content Scheduler -DCS system The ) DCS system is located between a between a social media interactivity control platform and playout systems. It Coordinate dynamic content, media assets and control commands. The interactivity desk is responsible for content generation - CG, automation, video servers, ad insertion etc.. This can be used to create seamless real time workflows between for TV broadcast systems. The DCS system with several broadcast protocols including VDCP, GPIs and RS-422 and can work with graphic systems including Vizrt, Harris & Chyron.

Monday, October 28, 2013

How Telephone Companies Can Get to 100 Mbps per Customer

Telephone companies are facing extreme pressure to increase broadband data rates for customers while facing a cash flow crisis. Kevin Morgan and Kurt Raaflaub from Adtran explained to me at the TelcoVision trade show that telephone companies can gradually increase their broadband service capacity toward the 100 Mbps ultra broadband goal AND be able to extend the reach of high-speed services. By installing Optical Network Edge (ONE) devices to their optical plant as it gradually expands, telcos can provide a mixture of new ultra broaband 100 Mbps VDSL services along with other high-speed Ethernet services.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Broadcast TV Over LTE Mobile Systems

Customers are shifting their TV viewing habits from fixed TVs to laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. David Price from Ericsson explained to me at the IBC trade show that the LTE mobile phone systems have already been designed with evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service (eMBMS) that allows people to share TV broadcast channels. Ericsson demonstrated sending Broadcast television to mobile devices at the Mobile World Congress trade show. This means that mobile phone companies are able to become TV broadcasts. David explained that the systems already have these capabilities and 4G capable wireless devices may not need any hardware changes to view the TV broadcast services.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

TV Broadcaster Tape Video Archive Health Monitoring

TV broadcasters need to store large quantities of video programming on tape. Because of data compression, more video can be stored on a single tape which can increase risk for the broadcaster. Fernando Moreira from Quotium explained to me at the IBC 2013 show that the information stored on tapes declines over time. If it is allowed to decline far enough, the information file can be unrecoverable. With digital compression, each tape can hold over 100 hours of programming. Fernando explained that predicting and monitoring tape archives can be a simple way to almost eliminate the risk of lost content. To solve this challenge, Quotium created the Storesentry Risk Assessment risk software. It can analyze and identify tape media that needs to be refreshed before it becomes unusable.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Shared and Scalable Storage Solutions to Improve Video Production Workflows

Broadcasters always need more reliable and cost effective storage. Corbin Seeber from Small Tree explained to me at the NAB show about shared and scalable storage solutions for the broadcast industry. Key challenges for video producers include producing more programs in higher resolution formats which require a lot more storage space. Many video storage systems are not scalable and can be hard to access. Video producers need flexible and efficient storage for many types of workflow processes which allow for remote access. These systems need to be capable of working with production systems including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut, and others. To Solve this issue, Small Tree has created the GraniteSTOR system architecture that allows multiple types of devices and systems to share a scalable storage system from remote access points.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Internet TV Advertising Options


Internet TV service providers have several ways to add advertising to their streaming services. Chris Wagner from Neulion explained to me at the NAB show that Connected TV Advertising include pre-roll, mid-rolls, post roll video along with display graphics throughout your website. Ads insertions can be pre-scheduled or they can be dynamically inserted into live or on demand programs. A key advantage of Internet TV advertising is the ability to track videos and engagement (click through traffic). The combination of viewer targeting, dynamic ad insertion, and viewing metrics can provide a much higher return on ad spending for advertisers and high ad revenue for Internet TV service providers.