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theibcdaily Tuesday 17.09.13 57 Foxtel chooses on-demand provider

Elemental Technologies By Ian McMurray

Foxtel has chosen video processing systems for its on- demand and catch-up television services from multiscreen content delivery company Elemental Technologies.

Foxtel is employing multiple Elemental systems to process and deliver more than 50 channels for the Foxtel Go over- the-top (OTT) and TV Everywhere services. Foxtel Go service enables subscribers to watch the network’s premium TV shows, series and sports on

the go and includes drama, entertainment, documentaries, movies, sport, news, lifestyle, music and kids as well as additional catch up content. “Foxtel Go is a game-

changing way for people to take their entertainment with them on the go. We are thrilled to offer our subscribers this fantastic way to enjoy our

premium content,” said Brett Paton, head of product solutions design for Foxtel. “Elemental’s performance, integration, support and rapid delivery times went a long way towards helping our continued channel expansion.” “We are proud to provide Foxtel with the regional presence, local engineering and

24/7 support vital to meeting the most exacting consumer demands. Our roadmap assures a multiscreen video processing infrastructure that efficiently and effectively meets today’s consumer requirements and those that lie ahead,” said David Godfrey, VP sales Asia Pacific for Elemental. 4.B75

ENG to benefit from Octopus

Sommer Cable By Will Strauss

Sommer Cable has launched a universal fibre power cable at IBC that is likely to be of interest to anyone doing ENG

or SNG over long distances. The Octopus Hybrid Pur 443

fibre-optical hybrid cable consists of four OM3 multi- mode fibre optics, three power supply wires with 2.5 mm², plus two signal pairs for control applications or for transmitting AES/EBU (or DMX) signals. The

whole construction is surrounded by a dense aramid mesh and fitted with a cold- flexible PUR jacket. Extra aramid yarns in the central elements witch are used as strain relief. The maximum tensile load of the cable is 600N. The 443 cable is

also available as a fully premade system. In this instance, HAN-ECO connectors from Harting are used.

Also new is the Octopus Hybrid Pur 244. Based on the SMPTE 311M standard, the construction houses two

single-mode fibre optics, two power supply pairs, each with AWG20, and two signal pairs. Other applications for these systems include single cable connections for digital FOH places or A/D converter racks in mobile recording. 9.B31

STB can be hub for home automation

Eff’Innov Technologies By Ian McMurray

Jointly showcasing smart convergent digital TV and home automation and surveillance solutions at IBC are MStar Semiconductor and Eff’Innov Technologies. Eff’Innov Technologies has developed ready-to-integrate home automation and surveillance technologies and associated services to produce smart-home functionalities in a TV-centric environment. As an MStar Expertise Center Europe, Eff’Innov Technologies says that it has brought its know-how to the MStar set-top box chipset. Eff’Innov says that these home automation and surveillance solutions give rise to exciting opportunities to

create differentiated new value- added services and resulting profit margin in the digital TV markets. The partnership between MStar and Eff’Innov Technologies is said to enable any STB/TV to be enhanced with home automation and surveillance capabilities. As such, according to

Eff’Innov, TV operators will be able to increase their average revenue per user with ready-to-use technologies by offering new services, like home monitoring for living assistance, with a simple software upgrade of their customers’ installed equipment. STB/TV ODMs and OEMs will be able to differentiate their products with innovative home automation accessories and features to penetrate new markets. 4.C59

Automatic for the people: Home automation brings ‘exciting opportunities’ to operators BT Sport signs up

Red Bee Media By Ian McMurray

An exclusive multi-year deal with BT has been signed by media services company Red

Bee Media (now owned by Ericsson).

The deal sees Red Bee Media provide playout, channel and media

management services for BT’s new live sports offering, BT Sport. The channels, which are

available 24 hours a day in HD and SD, launched this summer and are available across the UK via various platforms including satellite, fibre broadband and pubs/clubs. “We are delighted to have teamed up with Red Bee

Media for playout, channel and media management services,” said Grant Best, senior channel executive producer, BT Sport. “We chose Red Bee Media because of its impressive expertise in supporting

this type of live event broadcasting. We are happy to extend our relationship with Red Bee Media, having already chosen them to help us with the design the BT Sport logo.” 1.B28

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