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5 September 2019

OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Just as we were about to go to press, the enigma that is Velocix published a brief but poignant pre-IBC press release – highlighting developments in programmatic advertising, low latency streaming and hybrid cloud video architectures. The Nokia spin-off doesn’t appear to have rolled out any updates to its product portfolio, but these are three key trends to watch at the show next week nonetheless.

French middleware firm Wyplay has stepped up its collaboration with RDK Management, saying it will support service providers with turnkey and hybrid RDK deployment models. In what appears to be another step away from its flagship Frog roots, operators seeking to deploy RDK can benefit from Wyplay’s engineering experience, including working with an Open Source community such as RDK.

Accedo, the Swedish app store specialist, will provide a sneak preview of its next generation Accedo One cloud platform at IBC, ahead of market availability later this year. Teaser updates include being able to easily select not only the features and platforms customers want, but also the technology vendors to integrate through Accedo One Marketplace. Initial Marketplace partners include Brightcove, CastLabs, Cleeng, InPlayer, Iris.TV, Jump, Kochava, MPP Global, Mux, NPAW, SpotX, ThinkAnalytics, Toolbox, and Amdocs’ Vindicia.

Romania’s largest cable and satellite TV operator RCS & RDS has tapped Kudelski’s Nagra to supply cardless content protection in a conditional access module – the first cardless CAM deployment for the Swiss vendor. The technology is based on a new generation Nagra CAS back-end that accommodates co-existence of smartcard and cardless security clients. It replaces cardless CAMs deployed by RCS & RDS in 2013.

Recent OTT video denier SES has launched an OTT video product (we had to pinch ourselves too). The satellite fleet operator is calling the technology “Satellite and OTT in Sync” to represent the synchronization of OTT and satellite broadcasts by delivering IP signals to OTT video platforms in the same breath as satellite. It works by removing the source signal traveling to the satellite and distributes it via IP in tandem with satellite, then by applying low-latency encoding and tuning to the IP stream at the source, the system can deliver content to OTT platforms in sync with the satellite signal.

Amazon plans to bring over 15 new Fire TV Edition devices to North America and Europe, while the UK, Germany and Japan will receive the Fire TV Cube.

Viaccess-Orca is introducing a targeted TV advertising system in partnership with programmatic ad tech firm Smart Adserver. Specializing in linear multicast and on-demand TV, the two vendors say service providers can generate revenues through data and inventory monetization – notably the creation of granular audience segments using VO’s AI-driven TV data management capabilities. Segments can be activated on Smart Adserver’s platform, furthering the distribution of targeted ads through VO’s secure player with ad replacement and insertion.

 

Swedish live streaming specialist Net Insight has rolled out the Nimbra 400 series, the next generation of its flagship internet media transport product. The Nimbra 400 series updates and expands on Net Insight’s offering within premium internet transport and effectively replaces the existing Nimbra VA series of products.

Remote communications vendor Speedcast has enhanced its Media Network Global IP Transport service with Mobile LTE, featuring full H.265 4:2:2 encoding and decoding on all edge devices to ensure high video quality at lower bandwidths, along with both SRT and RIST interoperability.

Video analytics outfit Agama Technologies had added SDI (Serial Digital Interface) support to its portfolio to assure the quality of video streams earlier in the head-end production workflow, providing extra visibility into the pre-encoding stage. Supporting and monitoring uncompressed SDI content in its software-based Agama Analyzer product makes it possible to monitor and assure everything from the creation of uncompressed live feeds, through processing and delivery, to consumption in every set top, smart TV and mobile video app.

Ateme has entered the field of dynamic channel origination, which enables virtual programming and personalized TV through the extension of its flagship Titan product to include Titan Playout. The French encoding firm says Titan Playout brings content providers, broadcasters and TV stations a new breed of playout by delivering a high level of rendering and flexibility.

Automatic speech recognition expert Speechmatics has inked a partnership with video production workflow provider Limecraft to automatically produce same-language and translated subtitles for audio-visual content. The combined technologies allow producers to automatically transcribe content – leading to significant cost savings of 50% to 75%.

Sri Lanka-based operator Dialog Axiata has selected video technology provider Kaltura to power its new cross-screen cloud TV service ViU, featuring 100 live channels plus VoD content. The Kaltura TV Platform handles media preparation, subscription management and entitlements, content management, multi-DRM encryption, download-to-go, TV player multi-lingual support for both audio and captions, and analytics.

Video piracy in Malaysia has reached alarming heights, with 23% of consumers using an illegal set top to stream pirated content, according to a survey from YouGov, commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP). The hardware, described as Illicit Streaming Devices, often come pre-installed with hundreds of live and on-demand video apps, costing a minimal monthly fee. A silver lining however is that the previous survey from January found the ISD usage figure to be 2% higher.

Fox Sports has become the first channel in the Netherlands to launch dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities. Viewers of Fox Sports 1 via the Fox Sports app or website will now view personalized commercials, in contrast to the ads being shown on the pay TV channel.

Netflix has submitted an application to obtain a Turkish operating license, along with 600 other companies, according to Reuters, due to fears about censorship after regulator RTUK was given full control of online content.