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 -

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 explained to me at the IBC show that the dynamic process of social media gathering and processing can be complicated. To solve this challenge, 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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

How to Create Reliable TV Broadcast System Design with Multi-Protocol Networks

Broadcasters are expanding their networks through new systems which use different types technology and processes. Brian Morris from Globecomm explained to me at the NAB show that interconnecting to other networks can be easy when compared to designing an integrated network that is reliable. A network that has reliability issues can be deadly during a sports game. If your network were to fail or have glitches in the middle of the World Cup or Superbowl, what would happen to your company (and possibly your job). Reliability issues can occur from not understanding the combined transmission and distribution distortions and delays that occur over multiple networks. What is needed is analyze multiple systems, select the correct protocols, and deploy management systems that can monitor and adjust networks as changes occur. GlobeComm systems as a team of network designers that have experience with multiple types of networks who can do a network assessment.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Simpler, Faster, and Lower Cost Transfer of TV and Video Program Files

TV and video file compression and transfer of media files tend to have a high cost for broadcasters and video production facilities. Jacob Bronson from Brevity explained to me at the NAB show that it is possible to simplify transcoding and media transfer workflows while reducing cost. Program file distribution commonly use separate tools which may requires manual setup processes. While automated workflows can simplify the setup, they may not reduce the conversion and transport costs. As the size of video files continues to dramatically increase with higher resolution HD, 2k, 4k, and other resolution formats, conversion and transport costs will continue to increase. What is needed is an accelerated transport process (reduces time and cost), frame rate conversion (multiple distribution formats), and a project tracking system that uses open web service APIs. To solve this issue, Brevity developed the Pipelined" packet-based multi-point transport and transcode protocol (MTT). Brevity's media asset management tools use the MTT protocol to provide single step transcoding 'on the wire transporting encrypted files over broadband networks with simultaneous delivery of video in multiple formats and wrappers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Network Based Audio System Simplifies TV and Film Sound Production Setup

Setting up audio recording, switching, and mixing equipment on a production set has required multiple types of equipment and many cables which can be complicated. Chris Hollebone from Merging Technologies described to me at the NAB show a better solution which uses a single type of digital audio network. A digital audio network interconnects the audio capturing, distribution, and production equipment using one type of digital network (Ethernet). Using an Ethernet network allows the system to continue to operate even if a cable is cut or unplugged (automatically reconfigures). Because all the audio inputs share a common network, they can be time synchronized. Networked Audio also allows for remote management using Internet web browsers. This means that production staff can control audio settings and connections from anywhere they can get an data network or Internet connection.

Merging Technologies has created a digital audio network Horus audio I/O device that converts multiple types of audio into standardized digital audio that can be distributed throughout the Revenna IP based network audio system. Using Ravenna technology means it can work with many other IP based audio processing and distribution systems.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TV and Film Production Using High-Quality Zoom Lens Instead of Multiple Fixed Focal Length Lenses

Quality TV and film production has required the use of multiple fixed length focal lenses. Thom Calabro from Fuji Film explained to me that it is now possible to get better film production quality using a single high quality zoom lens. Having a set of fixed length lenses for TV and film production it costly, bulky, and difficult to manage. While zoom lenses have been available for many years, their cost and quality level have not been adequate for standard production - until now. To solve this challenge, Fuji has made a single zoom lens that provides the same or better image quality than fixed lenses. This can dramatically simplify production while reducing cost and decrease the number of items for production crews need to bring to the set.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Absolute Camera Position Control System Enables Rapid Set Deployment and Reshooting

Absolute Position Control System for Automatic Camera ControlAutomating camera control for TV & film production (robotic camera systems) can be essential to production. Jake Dodson from Vitec Group explained to me at the NAB show that controlling the camera position on a set can be critical to ensuring reshoots. There is a difference between relative positioning (learning where it has been from its original position) and absolute positioning (knowing the exact location). If a camera pedestal has been moved (set changed), relative positioning systems can result in different camera angle reshoots resulting in unusable shoots. To solve this challenge, Vinten Radamec (a division of Vitec) has created a camera pedestal with an absolute positioning system (APS). APS uses laser based measurement systems with reflective targets to determine distances to fixed locations. Using fixed reference points provides positional accuracy regardless of set movement and can integrate with other robotic pedestals. This can dramatically reduce the amount of time used for targeting operations (robotic camera setup) and avoid unwanted changes in camera locations during reshoots.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Broadcast Production Intercom Console Provides Better Production & Talent Management

Coordinating production staff and other talent at film shoots can be difficult. Gordon Kapes, president of Studio Technologies explained to me at the NAB trade show that producers and directors need to give direction to specific people on the set. Without good talent communication, delays in production can occur increasing costs. Worst case scenarios can be inability to complete the shoot do to time delays or the inability of staff to coordinate the shoot. The communication process needs to be an interactive with multiple people requesting and responding to instructions. To solve this challenge, Studio Technologies created the m240 intercom, a 4 channel talent cueing intercom system. It is a simple to use audio communication system that combines a shared audio system (party line) with an audio connection priority assignment system (cueing).