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Nevion adds Trilogy intercom capabilities

to Flashlink platform Nevion has added the Trilogy Gemini intercom and Mentor XL sync and test signal generators to the available capabilities of its Flashlink transport system. Following what was described as a non- exclusive ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between the two companies the Trilogy technology will operate almost like an app, bringing intercom functionality and timing references to users of the Flashlink platform. Nevion will offer the capabilities to its customers as an add-on, extending its appeal but also providing Trilogy with access to potential new markets. 10.A29

Oratis Compact

intercom unveiled Germany’s Delec has launched two entry-level intercom products designed specifically for small broadcast installations. Aimed at broadcasters that haven’t adopted a networked system, Oratis Compact is both an intercom and an audio matrix and can provide an interface to the Dante system if required. The two products are the CS1212, which has 12 digital subscriber ports and 12 analogue four-wire ports, and the CS1624, which has 16 and 24 respectively. Features include 48kHz sample rate, 24-bit word length, support for SNMP and external sync and 2-channel subscriber unit ports.

The Oratis Compact will be made available worldwide through Delec’s parent company the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup. 10.D30

Broadcast fibre

tester launched Spanish cable specialist Percon is showing a new broadcast fibre tester at IBC2013 that features exchangeable heads. The Cygnus Pro allows the user to simultaneously check fibre and copper conductors in an OB truck, at a live or sporting event or within a fixed or mobile broadcast installation.

Featuring an OLED colour

display, keyboard and internal battery, the Cygnus Pro is compatible with SMPTE 304M and ARIB connectors. 10.E51

Sony eyes 8K Olympic broadcast Sony By Adrian Pennington

An 8K domestic broadcast in Japan of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 is on the cards after Sony revealed it was developing 8K production equipment. Sony is part of NexTV-F, a $31 million government-backed consortia comprising Japanese electronics manufacturers, broadcaster NHK and cable companies to promote 4K and 8K Ultra HD technologies and programming. “The Japanese government has accelerated 4K and 8K in order to be ready for the 2020 Olympic Games and we will prepare a team to develop 8K

solutions,” said Shoji Nemoto, corporate executive officer, and president of Sony’s Professional Services Group. “8K doesn’t yet make sense as a business model, but we are thinking about how to deploy 8K in 2016 and 2020, and where there are business models for 8K then we need to be ready with products.” Sony’s F65 Cine camera is

already capable of recording 4K, 6K or 8K images, exporting the data as DPX files. This week FIFA announced that, with Sony, it would record the World Cup Final 2014 in 4K. “The move by FIFA is a big first step for Ultra HD,” said Katsunori Yamanouchi, VP of Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “It will help broadcasters understand

Katsunori Yamanouchi: “The move by FIFA is a big first step for Ultra HD”

the product and, when audiences see it – perhaps at public venues – it will begin to generate demand.” He added: “We’ve been in touch with many broadcasters who have declared an interest in 4K, including BSkyB, Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland, and they are continuing to test it. There is no

TV capacity problem for telcos Conference Analysis

By Kate Bulkley Today the telcos may not look to be in the best position to deliver high-quality, linear TV, but the falling cost of IPTV delivery, coupled with growing consumer preference for purchasing bundles of TV and

telecommunications services, as well as their deep pockets, all work in their favour, according to research by Redshift.

“The cost of delivering a TV channel over IP is predicted to fall 80% over the next 10 years because of new compression

technologies and CDN processing improvements,” said Stephen Taylor, director at Redshift. However, he cautioned that telcos aren’t always sure if they are selling telecoms access services like broadband or TV, and that can prove crippling. “Not only are true quad play offers – phone, mobile, TV and broadband – still small but often the telcos fail to allocate investment in the TV offer,” he said. To be sure, not all telco TV

offers have been successful, but several of the biggest players, including Vodafone, KPN and BT are putting increasing emphasis on their TV offer. “For us, TV is much more than a marketing gimmick,”

said Alex Green, head of BT TV. “If it was only about marketing, we’d discount our broadband or invest in a sexier type of home hub. It’s really about the insight that consumers like to buy bundles and the more they buy from us the stickier they are and that is good for us.”

Jaap Postma, VP consumer

products at KPN, said that the Dutch telco already has a 24% market share for its TV service and believes that offering a “stable TV service with no glitches and no freezes” is more important than offering exclusive content or channels in 4K, for example. He also says that KPN plans to move its service into the cloud: “We are

doubt that the appetite for 4K as a live event has grown and now broadcasters are strategising business models to bring 4K to market. As always with new technology though, we have a chicken and egg situation where content is needed.” 12.A10

on IPTV today but we are advocates of moving into the cloud as soon as possible.” BT’s Green said that in the UK the market is so competitive that investing in exclusive sport and creating its own exclusive programmes out of its own studios is the only way to change the perception of the BT brand. “We don’t regard ourselves as a telco now. We’re a broadcaster,” he said. He admitted that there will be a capacity issue for 4K and other spectrum-hungry services but BT has a massive investment underway in rolling out fibre optic networks and it recently purchased 4G mobile spectrum. “In some ways our roll out of TV services is creating a capacity problem, but we think that is a good problem to have,” he said.

VMI in first for Amira BT signs up for RTM ARRI By David Fox

London-based hire company VMI has ordered six ARRI Amira cameras at IBC for delivery in early 2014. “We expect this is going to be very popular for UK production in many genres, notably documentaries, where ARRI has not been seen for some time,” said VMI’s managing director Barry Bassett.

“This new camera is a lower cost way to achieve very high production values and, most importantly, a choice of optics, including EOS, B4 and, of course, film lenses.” The Amira’s price has not been set yet, but “we know the ballpark price”, which will be less than the €39,000 Alexa HD. “We were the first company to order the original Alexa, which

Video Clarity By Heather McLean

Hounded: Bassett (with ARRI business development manager, David Green, right) was determined to get the first Amiras

has proved itself to be a fantastic success. We supplied it to productions like Poirot, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders,” he added. VMI has 12 Alexas and hopes to

order four more next year. “We supplied 12 drama series over the last year and we’re still making money on the first Alexas we bought.” 11.G30, 11.F21

BT has become the latest customer using Video Clarity’s Real Time Quality Manager (RTM) system. Video Clarity’s RTM is now fully automated, allowing broadcasters and programme originators to run their programming through the system to accurately monitor channels and assist operators in doing their jobs. BT signed up to deploy

RTM in late summer, with one RTM Manager and seven RTMs. Adam Schadle, VP at

Video Clarity, said: “Now for BT we can accurately monitor its channels. The system lies alongside a control room monitoring solution where people are watching programmes for errors, so BT knows if an issue is missed by an operator it will be picked up by the system. “Also, segments with significant issues are automatically recorded by the system, so operators can easily find the segment again and so they can continue to do their job without interruption,”

said Schadle. 2.C57

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