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April 2012

TVBEurope 5 News Antena 3 innovates with Android and Intrasonics World-first for TV audio watermarking to trigger audience engagement

Second Screen By Jake Young

SPANISH BROADCASTER Antena 3 is launching a new app, ANT 3.0, for Android and iOS smartphones that combines second-screen interactivity with audio watermarking technology from Intrasonics, inserted into broadcast shows and adverts. The Antena 3 app, developed

by marketing agency La Moderna, will enable audiences to interact directly with television programmes in a range of different ways. It debuts

with the live talk show El Hormigeuro, one of Spain’s most popular programmes. ANT 3.0 uses Intrasonics’

patented technology to respond to hidden codes in audio broadcasts, triggering actions on consumers’ smartphones and tablets and providing the opportunity for audience engagement. Viewers will have the opportunity to engage with different types of programmes, commenting on live events, voting, linking to social media channels including Facebook and music sites,

playing along or accessing exclusive content. Francisco Sierra, content

director at Antena 3, said, “We’ve always been committed to innovation and giving our audiences a viewing experience like no other by providing compelling and exclusive content. With the rise of smartphones and tablets, there’s massive potential to get closer to our viewers, and we’re delighted to be the first broadcaster in the world to be using this approach. “Combining one of our top

programmes, El Hormiguero, with

The Antena 3 app will enable audiences to interact directly with TV programmes

audio watermarks will enable us to seize the opportunity to take audience engagement to the next

level. We truly believe that this is just the start of a TV revolution.”

Broadcast RF Links live to 3D dance off

News Antennas By David Fox

FOR THE final of Sky’s Got To Dance, shown live on Sky 3D last month, Steadicam operator Dominic Jackson used a P+S Technik Freestyle 3D rig with Sony P1 cameras, for which Broadcast RF supplied a dual-SDI video link as well as full Vislink Link L1500 RF rig and camera control.

This allowed the Steadicam to

work from anywhere inside Olympia’s Grand Hall with the vision and 3D engineers remotely controlling both the rig (convergence and interaxial) and cameras (full Sony RCP control) from the OB truck. The live show saw 10 acts

whittled down to three via viewer voting for a final dance off, with a £250,000 prize at stake, which was won by the Irish hip-hop dance group, Prodijig.

In other news, Vislink has launched a new Advent Mantis MSAT Man Portable Data Terminal, a tri-band satellite antenna system for rapid deployment in hostile environments. Weighing 12.5kg, the Advent MSAT is designed to be carried by one person and is suitable for such applications as first- on-scene broadcast, as it can be fully operational in less than five minutes.

CP330 T2 Bridge: regional adaption in DVB-T/T2 single frequency networks

The antenna’s 65cm reflector can be used in Ka, Ku and X bands, be powered from either mains or 12v DC, and has interchangeable modems. “The Advent MSAT represents the first major new in-house antenna design for the Vislink group and is our first foray into the rapid deployment, lightweight terminal market. This antenna gives us entries not only in the surveillance market but also has applications in the mining sector

Weighing 12.5kg, the Advent MSAT can be fully operational in less than five minutes

and first-on-scene news reporting,” said Vislink Project Leader Ali Zarkesh.

Simple semantic analytics from IPV

Fast Turnaround TV By Fergal Ringrose

T-VIPS builds Bridges for SFNs

SFN transmission By Jake Young

DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV company T-VIPS has announced that the CP330 T2 Bridge — which enables regional adaption in DVB-T/T2 single frequency networks (SFNs) — is ready to ship. The CP330 offers network

operators flexibility in how they design their distribution networks and how they insert regional and local content. The T2 Bridge enables the distribution of signals to digital terrestrial transmitters using satellite or hybrid

(satellite, fibre and microwave) infrastructures. With the T-VIPS CP330, it is

possible to reuse a Direct To Home (DTH) satellite signal to directly feed terrestrial transmitters. By utilising the DTH satellite and the advanced deterministic multiplexing processes of the CP330, terrestrial operators have a highly cost-effective distribution solution that is SFN compliant. “Up until now DVB-T2

operators have been unable to effectively utilise DTH satellite signals for primary distribution to SFN transmitter sites. That changes

with the launch of the T-VIPS CP330,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “With support for PLP

replacement and deterministic remultiplexing, T-VIPS solves the issues of localising a DTT offering while maximising efficiency through SFN operation. Most important of all the CP330 allows operators to do this at the same time as utilising the DTH satellite signal. We believe that this significant leap in flexibility and efficiency will make the CP330 an important part of the DTT operator’s toolkit.”

IPV, ANindependent supplier of media, metadata and low bitrate, frame-accurate video technology, is launching a new application for the IPV Teragator system, Metadata Central, at NAB. It uses the power of the semantic web to mine multiple disparate sources of data — including in-house databases, subscription feeds and social networks — and transform them into a unified source for use across the enterprise. “Our Process Engine has taken on a life of its own, allowing it to be configured independently of our production asset management solution to build new architectures for broadcast critical activities,” said Nigel Booth of IPV. “Metadata Central

is also a powerful tool which can be used independently or in conjunction with other IPV functionality to tailor workflows, achieve efficiencies and help create more imaginative topical content, resulting in greater audience retention. “IPV products employ web services standards including XML, REST and SOAP, meaning their Service Oriented Architecture interfaces are quickly and reliably connected,” Booth continued. “The advantages of SOA infrastructures, including the ability of processes to dynamically agree transactions for interoperability as well as interchange transparency between equipment from different vendors, are finally being realised by broadcast system architects.” N4017

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