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8 Tuesday 17.09.13 theibcdaily In Brief

Easy access to fleet announced An extensive new Global Access Network has been announced by SES.

Consisting of SES-owned and third-party partner teleports, fibre-based network and points of presence, SES said that it will allow its customers to have easy access to the company’s global fleet and to its full range of value-added services. The fibre-based network, based on MPLS technology, is designed to transport any video or data signal from practically any city in the world to one of 19 SES- owned teleports or partner teleports via SES points of presence for transmission to SES satellites. 1.B51

Small screen

needs big sound Headphone:X, the surround sound headphone experience from DTS, is being ramped up in readiness for its commercial appearance early next year. DTS Headphone:X is an advanced new technology that enables content producers to capture the acoustics of a high- quality audio production studio for faithful reproduction of an 11.1 surround sound experience of consumer products. On 1 November Qualcomm will begin shipping chipsets with embedded Headphone:X to a broad range of mobile device manufacturers. 2.B50

Ultra HD initiative Blackmagic Design’s lineup of Ultra HD-supported technologies include three new models of Mini Converters designed to simplify and lower the cost of emerging 4K workflows. The new Mini Converter Optical Fiber 4K, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and the Mini Converter SDI Multiplex 4K ($495 each) are compatible with SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment and automatically switch between video formats. The company is also highlighting a software update for its UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme capture and playback products; and SmartScope Duo 4K, an updated model of its SmartScope Duo that now includes 6G-SDI for Ultra HD support, available for $995. 7.H20

Arabs call for TV regulation

Conference Analysis By Chris Forrester

The Middle East has some 1320 TV channels broadcasting to the Arab world, up dramatically from 1096 in 2011 and 733 in 2010. “In the past two years the number of channels has almost doubled,” said Dr Riyadh Najm (pictured second left), president of Saudi Arabia’s General Commission on Audio-Visual Media. Dr Najm was speaking on behalf of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and he used his IBC session to issue a call for more regulation within the region’s rapidly growing broadcasting community.

Dr Najm, a former deputy minister at the Culture & Information Ministry in the Kingdom, said the region’s High Committee – which included broadcasting ministers and senior figures from across the Arab world – in its latest report called

for more regulation in TV. Dr Najm admitted that the recent Arab Spring changes, as well as on- going political problems, have created “some difficulties” for broadcasters. He said there should be greater transparency for broadcasters

4K content over IP Conference Analysis

By Kate Bulkley There are big challenges around the delivery of 4K content over IP, but the CEO of Akamai, which built its business around speeding up content delivery over the internet, was encouraged by the dozens of IBC booths showcasing 4K and 8K solutions this week. Akamai is developing a new product to address this very problem. “We are working on the next generation delivery platform,” said Tom Leighton, Akamai’s CEO. “I hope we’ll be able to do a pretty compelling demonstration of that in the next several months.”

Tom Leighton: “We are working on the next generation platform”

Akamai hopes that the software will eventually be resident on client devices in the home, but Leighton admits that it will be a multi-year programme to achieve a sort of “Akamai inside”. One problem is that using home clients as part of the delivery chain sounds a lot like peer-to-peer technology, which has scary connotations for carriers and media companies concerned about security. But Leighton says that the adoption of software-as-a-service solutions by companies helps his prospects. “Businesses are going outside the firewall and that is good for us because that is where Akamai lives,” explained Leighton. 6.A15

Recording media gets CFast-er SanDisk

Liquid Broadband: A VSAT Broadband Hub and thousands of VSAT terminals are to be provided by Newtec to Liquid Telecom, a data, voice and IP provider in Africa. The agreement was signed at IBC. Newtec’s VSAT hub for Liquid Telecom will be installed in Johannesburg. According to Newtec, the

agreement demonstrates the company’s innovative approach to the enterprise market to which it offers a selection of terminals and applications that deliver reliable and fast IP connectivity. 1.A49

By David Fox SanDisk has released a new CompactFlash card format, developed with ARRI, that can cope with high-speed, higher resolution cameras. Called CFast 2.0, it is one of the reasons the new Amira (the first camera to use it) can record 200fps. “It has a write speed of 350MBps and reads at 450MBps and will also be usable on the Alexa XT and XR via a Codex adaptor” (CFast is also supported for post via Codex Vault), said Susan Park, director of retail product marketing, SanDisk. The Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards will initially be available in 60GB and 120GB capacities.

including a fair and balanced field for advertising. Dr Najm said ASBU wanted a mechanism for resolving disputes. “Viewers should be protected from harmful advertising,” he said, as well as clear regulation concerning sports rights over the region and a means of curbing the theft of ‘rights’ from properly authorised broadcasters. He also criticised those parties responsible for satellite jamming within the region. Dr Najm also said that ASBU was seeking protections for DTT spectrum internationally, but would like to see greater emphasis on digital terrestrial as a broadcast method because even though there was near-100% coverage in many nations, people were still using satellite dishes for reception.

Media Shuttle

ramps up Signiant By Anne Morris

File movement software specialist Signiant presented its new managing director for Europe and Asia-Pacific at IBC this week, as the company steps up its sales push for the Media Shuttle solution. Greg Hoskin took over the position at the beginning of September, and his remit will be to scale Signiant’s operations in the European and Asia-Pacific geographies to support the growth of Media Shuttle, the company’s hybrid SaaS solution that delivers desktop file sharing software from the cloud. “We are now stepping up the pace,” said Hoskin, who noted that a different type of sales approach is required to support the increased take-up momentum for Media Shuttle. 14.125

Susan Park slots a card into ARRI’s new Amira

The CFast 2.0 card also supports the same safety features as SxS PRO recording: files are closed continuously, so accidentally removing the card or suffering a power loss during recording results in a readable, uncorrupted file. 11.G30, 11.F21

Greg Hoskin, MD for Europe and Asia-Pacific, Signiant

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