Thursday, June 22, 2017

Internet TV Plus Podcast - How to Select, Setup, and Run Streaming TV Systems and Services

Internet TV Plus podcast covers emerging television tech and business solutions to help TV tech and business professionals to setup and run online TV production and distribution systems. In addition to learning cool stuff like interactive holograms that you can feel (yes, this is for real) you will also discover new things you can do to improve your company, product, or job.

TV and Movie Industry in Rapid Change Mode

We created this podcast because the TV and film industry is shift from Broadcast TV shifting from broadcast to to video streaming. 

Overwhelmed? - it seems each day there is a new TV technology, service, acronym, or other information that is dramatically changing your business or job.

Formats: - Apps, Video, Audio, Slides, and Other Formats

Many of our sessions are available in several types of media formats. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and in Video, Audio, Slide, and other Formats.

Audience: - Tech, Broadcasters, Producers, and Professionals

Podcast Topics:

- Internet TV Hosting - Streaming TV platforms and how to manage

- Equipment Options - Content Storage, Streaming Servers

- Online TV Marketplace Distribution - How to get on NetFlix, Roku, AppleTV, and others.

- Internet TV Distribution Services - get to online video marketplaces

- New breed of Internet TV service distribution providers
- Streaming Media Content Licensing
- Connected TV Advertising - Dynamic ad Insertion, 3rd Party Audience Data
- Television Commerce (T-Commerce) - direct sales, revenue sharing
- Social TV - 2nd screen, back channels, interactive media, content personalization
- Online TV Billing & Mediation - payment processing, customer care
- Cloud and IP Production Systems - no production equipment option!
- Collaborative Workflow - global teams who participate in the creative and production
- Automated Production - remote video switching to special effects
- Other “How-To” Focused Internet TV Topics

Guests: Experienced Experts with Solution Information

We invite guests who have real experience and useful information they are willing to share. 

If you or someone you know wants to be a guest, please email me at

Internet TV Plus Resources: - Dictionaries, Guides, and Directories

Internet TV Dictionary -

Internet TV Plus Host: - Lawrence Harte -

Lawrence Harte is a tech media evangelist who has a passion for discovering, learning, and explaining how to implement new TV technologies and services. Founder of 4 industry magazines, tech and business school, and over a dozen conferences. From 2005 to 2017, he interviewed over 3800 TV tech and business companies. He helps companies to design and setup TV systems, has been part of the production crew for movies and TV shows, and is an expert consultant for Google TV, Samsung, and other leading companies.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Smartphone Journalism App Combines Virtual Studio and Teleprompter

Anyone with a smartphone can now be a professional news anchor. BIGVU has created an app (iOS and Android) that combines virtual studio (backgrounds, graphics, and text) with a scrolling text telepompter to allow the simple and fast creation of video reports. 
Virtual News Studio - select or create an eye-catching backdrop. Turns any location or environment into a professional looking news studio.
Mobile Teleprompter - easy to create a simple text script that scrolls on the display allowing the reporter to simply read the lines. It automatically adjusts to the presenter’s reading speed. This allows almost anyone to create and record presentations as if they were in professional television newsroom. 

News Collaboration Platform - Multiple editors can simultaneously access the same stories through a shared, cloud-based virtual desk. Scripts are assigned to a specific reporter and automatically uploaded to their app. The anchor can capture several takes for the same story presentation in the BIGVU teleprompter app and select the best version to be uploaded to the cloud for distribution.

BigVu Smarphone Journalism Video Demo:


BIGVU Smartphone Journalism Free App is Available at:

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

How to Find TV Show Video Clips to Publish On and Off Air

Finding video clips in many hours of content can be time consuming and frustrating. During my interview with Rakesh Agrawal, CEO of Snapstream at the NAB show, he explained that quickly finding the right clips from shows and rapidly publishing them on air and/or on other media channels can have a significant influence on audience engagement and value.
Unfortunately, it is hard to find good clips using editors or media playing systems. To solve this challenge, Snapstream created a smart searchable DVR system that can record one or multiple broadcast channels, has tools for multi-user text, icon, and context searching, clip start/end, description, and tagging capability, and easy ways to process and publish the video clips to broadcast and/or other media channels. It can be integrated with existing broadcast systems. To get more information about video clip searching and publishing, go to:  Snapstream Broadcast Video Search System

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Automatic Video Switching Production System - MEVO

Automated video switching allows for lower cost production and higher quality production for novice producers (a growing trend) without costly switching systems or training. During my interview with Jesse Hertzberg, CEO of Livestream at the NAB show, he explained that producing good live video at events needs multiple shots which need to switch and pan. The event production team may not have or be able to provide skilled camera operators to make this happen.
To solve this challenge, Livestream developed the MEVO Automatic Production Switcher. MEVO is an automatic 4k switcher production system that uses one 4k wide screen camera is used to create shot views that are focused on faces or objects. The system uses facial and object identification to identify potential shot views. After a shot has been selected (manually by touch screen or automatically by facial/object recognition), the software tracks the object. As the person or object moves, the shot view pans with them.  
In automatic mode, the shot views will be directed to the person who is talking (like videoconferencing.) Long talking sessions result in automatic shot changes (narrow to wide view) to maintain high production value. To get more information on MEVO, go to Get MEVO

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Live OTT Broadcast Channel Synchronization

Streaming live broadcasts through the Internet that are not time synchronized can case significant viewer challenges.

During my interview with Stefan Gustafsson from Net Insight during the NAB show, he explained that synchronizing live streams for certain type of sports events can be critical for viewer satisfaction. Consider the case when viewers are watching a sports game in a pub with TVs and mobile devices tuned to the same channel without synchronization. Some of the devices may have delays of several seconds compared to other devices. When a goal is scored, some of the devices will play it first causing cheers for some and a spoiler alert for the delayed recipients.

To solve this challenge, Net Insight has created a frame accurate synchronization across multiple devices. The Net Insight streaming system provides a signal which has a predictable, fixed delay and synchronous playback across devices independent of device manufacturer. Net Insight also has created APIs allow other types of hardware that can harmonize devices with big screen TV for an extended experience. For more information about OTT stream synchronization, visit: Net Insight OTT Streaming or go to Net Insight OTT Synchronization White Paper to download the OTT Synchronization solution paper.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Internet TV Plus Conference 2016

Internet TV Plus Conference 2016
Internet TV Plus Conference - Raleigh 2016 is at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC June 18, 2016.

30+ Speakers, 21 sessions, 10+ Exhibitors, Internet TV Toolbox Access, and Multiple Networking Activities.

Special Features:

All attendees receive 1 year access to Internet TV Toolbox, breakfast, lunch, and evening networking activities with open bar, and meet the speaker dinners.
Internet TV Production Book - given to all conference attendees. This guide covers how to produce, distribute, and promote TV shows, movies, and videos online.
Internet TV Toolbox - This online portal provides access to sample contracts, presentations, "how-to" guides, sample project plans, templates, and other resources for the Internet TV industry.
Networking Activities - Buffet lunch and evening networking party with open bar is included. Attendees can meet speakers and network with other producers, developers, promoters, and TV talent.
Meet the Speaker Dinners - private dinners with speakers. Attendees register to attend private dinner with speakers at nearby local restaurants. Attendees only pay for their own dinner.

To see more information, to register, or to get access to other resources, go to

Hosted By: DiscoverNet, 2474 Walnut Street, Suite 105, Cary, NC 27518 USA +1.919.301.0109.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cloud Based TV Dynamic Ad Insertion - DAI System

TV broadcasters can have difficulty implementing dynamic TV ad insertion (DAI) on OTT platforms and legacy distribution systems. During my interview with Kunal Lagwanker, CEO of AdSparx, he explained that the broadcast network equipment systems may not have DAI capability or the ad insertion option may be high cost. Without advanced TV advertising options, the broadcasters are losing high value advertising money. To solve this, AdSparx has created a cloud based TV advertising system that enables DAI on existing systems with minimal changes.

OTT systems commonly provide television content from other geographic regions where the ads are irrelevant for local viewers and do not earn ad revenue. OTT broadcasters need an Ad Replacement system automatically detects TV commercials in Live/Linear TV and replaces them with targeted ads. The process needs seamless TV quality transitions between content and ads. The AdSparx system inserts the ad video directly into the viewers television stream resulting in a high-quality viewing experience.

Cloud based TV ad insertion can be processed on the server side (head end) or at the device. in-stream advertising on an internet connected device. TV ads can be inserted into TV broadcast streams or streamed to Internet devices such as mobiles, tablets, desktops and connected TV devices.

To get more information on AdSparx Cloud Video Ad Insertion System, go to

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NAB 2015 Key Hightlights/Trends

During my company interviews at NAB 2015, three words/products appear everywhere:
* Drones
* Cloud

The NAB show attendance grew over 5% as a result of the dramatic expansion into Internet TV produts and services. Perhaps NAB should now be called National Association of Broadbanders!

NAB 2015 Key Highlights/Trends:

1. Drones - every hall - simple stable location control - can do patterns - better cameras/gimbals.

2. Cloud - everything moving to the cloud - TV systems are becoming servers with specialized software

3. Over the Top (OTT) television - industry moving to Internet TV systems

4. Remote TV Production - reliable feeds using the public Internet to centralized control facilities

5. Cloud Video Switching - IP based switchers allowing multiple people to control camera, audio, feeds, etc.

6. Social TV - integration of contributed and live content from viewers into TV programs

7. Hyper Personalization - program guides that learn what you like and where you like to get it


Friday, November 14, 2014

Social TV Monetization - Amazing In TV App Purchase Profits

Social TV monetization options include content and service access fees, advertising revenue, and direct purchase sales. If social TV follows a similar model of mobile apps, a windfall profit will come from in TV app purchases.
Mobile app revenue in 2014 was over $34B [[i]] with 76% of mobile app revenue coming from in app purchases [[ii]]. In 2014, the average mobile app paid $0.74 to $1.11 for each download installation (cost per installation - CPI) [[iii]]. Mobile app companies pay to provide free apps (such as games) because they make money from selling premium features and upgrades. In 2014, the mobile app Candy Crush was already earning about $1 million per day from in app purchases. [[iv]]
One of the key drivers for mobile app gaming success if strong social sharing achievement and ranking. Some of the ways to motivate in app purchases is to share ranking  levels and sell status rank upgrades (e.g. become silver or gold) and premium features (faster ways to get status).
Large screen television is much better for certain types of interactive gaming than mobile devices because of the high-bandwidth rich media channel and a real time backchannel connection. With the number of connected TVs (Smart TVs) at over 42 million homes in USA (over 50%) [[v]] and strong in app purchase successes from mobile apps, social TV app revenues will be amazing!
[i]. Worldwide mobile app revenues from 2011 to 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars), Statista, Sep 2014.
[ii]. In-App Purchase Revenue Hits Record High: Accounts For 76% Of U.S. iPhone App Revenue, 90% In Asian Markets, TechCrunch, March 28, 2013.
[iii]. Mobile Games: What is the average CPA for mobile games? Quora, Sep 2014.
[iv]. Candy Crush Saga, Think Gaming, Sep 2014.
[v]. 42 Million U.S. Homes Are Connecting to the Internet through TVs or Attached Content Devices, NPD, May 15, 2014.

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

Who are we missing?

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 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 -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Video Surveillance for Public Safety 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.