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LiveU launches ultra-small newsgathering bonding device at IBC

BC Amsterdam, September 2014 – LiveU (www.liveu.tv), the leader in portable live video acquisition, contribution and management solutions, is unveiling its new ultra-small cellular bonding solution for global newsgathering compatible with any camera at IBC2014.

The LU200 offers a very attractive price, performance and form-factor for live video transmission, expanding LiveU’s product portfolio for the broadcast market. The LU200 opens new live coverage opportunities, enabling every field camera to be equipped with a bonding uplink unit.

Samuel Wasserman, LiveU’s CEO, said, “With innovation as a part of our DNA, we’re proud to introduce the pocket-sized LU200 device. Listening to our customers, we quickly understood the need for a mini unit based on our industry-leading bonding technology. Standing in a category of its own in the broadcast market, LiveU has raised the bar again with a new device that enriches our portfolio and provides even more options for any broadcaster field camera.”

Weighing just over 500 grams, (1 lb), the LU200 is available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, bringing two built-in modems with integrated powerful antennas in a bonded solution for any video professional. The flexible LU200 can also serve as a stand-alone video encoder with satellite integration functionality, or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for all IP applications in the field.

“As we saw during the World Cup, where hundreds of LiveU devices were in action, cellular bonding is now firmly established in the mainstream broadcasting workflow”, Wasserman continued.

The LU200 supports two 4G LTE/3G modems together with Wi-FI and LAN connections and includes LiveU’s proprietary antenna modules for extra resiliency. The LU200 will be demonstrated at IBC2014 and become commercially available after the show.

The LU200 is the latest offering within LiveU’s multi-layered live video ecosystem and can be locally or remotely managed via LiveU Central, the unified management system for LiveU’s field-units. As the hub for video ingestion, LiveU Central allows broadcasters to acquire both live and recorded content from the field, preview it centrally or remotely, broadcast it live or in scheduled programming and distribute it to any location.

LiveU owns the patent for cellular bonding for remote news gathering in the US and other countries. All LiveU products are based on this fourth-generation patented technology.

LiveU will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 3.B62. The company is hosting a press event on the stand on Saturday 13th September from 5:00pm to 5:30pm, which will see the unveiling of further LiveU innovations.

Lung Health Media Training Barcelona, Spain 2014

October 27 – November 1, 2014, Barcelona, Spain

This 6th annual program is a three-day intensive training followed by full access to the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. This year’s Conference focuses on “Community-Driven Solutions for the Next Generation.”  The training is designed to increase journalists’ knowledge and skills at developing stories on lung health and related issues, including tuberculosis; TB/HIV; asthma, COPD, diabetes and tobacco control.

lung-health-media-trainingJournalists hear presentations from world-class experts on these diseases, the extent and impact of the problems they present (including social, political and economic impacts) and new research, solutions and innovations in the pipeline. The sessions also include practical training in turning scientific information into effective web, print and broadcast stories.

This program is sponsored by The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Additional funding provided by Aeras and the TB Alliance.

Contact

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Smartphone journalism is a revolution too far for the BBC

The BBC says the rise of mobile news will transform the way it operates. But rivals are bound to bristle about over-reach again

Tony Hall wins friends and influences critics when he begins to scrap BBC production quotas, letting independent production companies have all the opportunities they crave. That’s one less chorus of licence fee disapproval come charter renewal time. But what about the BBC’s non-friends in the press? Leave director general Hall aside and see what James Harding, head of news, had to say a few days ago.

James Harding, head of news at BBC, says smartphone journalism will be the BBC's fourth revolution. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
James Harding, head of news at BBC, says smartphone journalism will be the BBC’s fourth revolution. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

“In just under a century, the BBC has transformed the world of news – and the world – with three revolutions: first in radio; then in television; and then online. Now mobile technology affords us the chance to lead a fourth revolution. In the age of the smartphone, we have entered the age of smart news, of handheld … news that is fully internet-enabled and responsive … in which everyone has a hand on the microphone, ie not just broadcast, transmitted or distributed, but shared, exchanged, investigated and explained as much by the audience as the author …. news that puts the world, with all this implies, in the palm of your hand.”

Now, take a deep breath. The transformation preamble is, of course, pretty fair rubbish. The BBC didn’t shape TV news. It learned new techniques from ITN. Pirate music stations jogged BBC local radio (and thus local news) into life. Sky started round-the-clock news in 1989 and the BBC followed suit eight years later. But concentrate on that fourth revolution.

BBC executives sometimes wonder why they get so much hostile press coverage. Harding was out and about in the north trying to build bridges to angry local editors only a couple of weeks ago. But look at the text of his future shock. BBC news is not “just” about broadcasting or providing a national agenda. Indeed, it may soon not be about conventional broadcasting at all; more the provision of interactive services and discussion that other news organisations – among them, naturally, newspapers seeking ways to grow and survive – are busy developing (via subscription or advertising). Yet with the BBC, supposedly, you will still pay your licence fee and get all this added activity thrown in. Facebook carries news clout: the BBC is using it in Thailand already. Lord Reith’s heirs and successors want a slice of the Zuckerberg revolution, too.

No wonder even generally supportive newspapers are suspicious. This looks increasingly like state-sanctioned anti-competition without boundaries – vision creep and mission creep in desperate need of proper discussion and demarcation treaties on both sides. Whenever the corporation glances along Downing Street, it knows it needs friends. But friendship also demands something in return.
Peter Preston, The Observer,

Canon 1200 D: A good camera to start with

Design

The 1200D has a very compact chassis, not much different from the other entry level cameras from Canon. The camera offers a good grip and stays balanced even when you are using zoom lenses. All the buttons and controls are to the right of the 3-inch LCD, which is fixed to the body and is not touch enabled. There is a simple mode dial on top with Manual and Preset controls. The control ring just above the trigger lets you change the values in any manual setting. A button next to the viewfinder lets you switch to the Live LCD mode, useful when you are shooting video.

Performance

I first used the camera extensively during a visit to the famous Shilin Night Market in Taipei. While the stuff on sale did not excite me much, it was a good night out for the 1200D. As I jostled my way through the thick crowd of tourists, I made occasional stops to pull out the camera with its stock 18-55 lens to click some pictures of the exotic foods on offer. I never use the flash, even at night and prefer to adjust the shutter speed to get what I want. The 1200D did not complain and played along. In fact, some of the pictures came out much better than what I expected, given that each staff had different light sources ranging from halogen to LED lights.

“Canon has once again produced a reliable camera capable of creating some beautiful images. If you’re in the market for your first DSLR and you’re fine with a no-frills purchase, then the 1200D is a great option.”

The auto-focus of the camera was particularly impressive. It is fast and lock on to the subject real fast, even in low light. At no point did I have to strain to get the focus right. When you have multiple subjects it is quite easy to shift from the one in the foreground to background. This should make the 1200D an easy camera to learn with for first timers.

Despite the low price points, the entry level of the DSLR market is very important for building customer loyalty.

The new Canon EOS 1200D replaces the 1100D, which is now three years old, and sits just below the ultra-small 100D as the first camera in the line-up.

  • Buy Canon EOS 1200D Body Only Digital SLR Cameras at eGlobal Digital Store for £229.99

Rather than a major overhaul of its predecessor, the 1200D is more of a gentle upgrade, which in conjunction with the new app being launched for iOS and Android, is designed to entice beginner users.

The app gives the user a walkthrough of the camera’s key functions, as well as dishing out tips and advice on how to use it. There are also tutorials and inspirational challenges to get new users motivated with different ideas to try out.

In terms of specifications, it seems like Canon has played it relatively safe with the 1200D.

Canon 1200D

Featuring an 18 million-pixel sensor, the camera has a Digic 4 image processor, which although not the most recent Canon imaging engine, has proven itself to be a decent performer in previous Canon models.

Aimed squarely at the entry-level user, it comes packed with several automatic modes, including Scene Recognition Auto and some Creative modes to give images a different look, something that may appeal to mobile phone and compact camera users. Unlike with the 100D, these filters can only be added post-shooting, rather than before the image is taken.

On the back of the camera is a 460k dot resolution, 3-inch, screen, which is neither touch sensitive nor articulating/tilting. It’s joined by an optical viewfinder that offers a 95% field of view.

Rear

Full HD video recording is included, which means that the whole Canon DSLR line-up now has the capacity to record high resolution movies. You can also take full manual control of video recording, which is nice to see on an entry level model.

The camera’s native sensitivity run starts at ISO 100, rising up to ISO 6400, but this is expandable up to 12800. As the camera doesn’t use the most recent image processor, it will be interesting to see how well it copes with noise in high sensitivity and low light situations.

There are nine autofocus points, with just the central point being cross-type for extra sensitivity. This is the same as the 1100D, and not quite as good as the 100D, which although also featuring a nine-point AF system, has a central point that is f/2.8 sensitive.

Lens

The camera can shoot at up to 3fps, which doesn’t compare particularly well with the Nikon D3300’s 5fps capability.

Canon hasn’t included built-in Wi-Fi or NFC connectivity for the 1200D. That may be slightly off-putting for those coming from a smartphone background, but it’s to be expected at this price point. The camera is compatible with Eye-Fi cards though, if you want to expand its capability.

As a DSLR, the 1200D uses Canon’s EF/EF-S lens mount, which is compatible with hundreds of different lenses. The size of the sensor (APS-C) makes for a 1.6x crop factor. As standard, the 1200D comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, which, in 35mm terms offers an equivalent of 28.8 – 88mm. This makes for a versatile first optic.

Battery life is claimed to be up to 500 shots, which is a reasonable offering. Again though, it doesn’t compete too well with the Nikon D3300, which claims over 700 shots per charge.

Side shot lens

As mentioned, the 1200D goes against the very successful Nikon D3XXX range, of which the Nikon D3300 is the latest model. Although both sit in the same position in each other’s respective line-ups, the Canon, for now at least, is much cheaper.

SatSleeve for Android

Transform your Android phone into a satellite smartphone

The perfect blend of mobility and simplicity, the Thuraya SatSleeve is the smartest, fastest and simplest way to transform your phone into a satellite smartphone. Thuraya SatSleeve provides access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and popular social media apps in satellite mode across 161 countries within Thuraya’s coverage network.

The SatSleeve for Android comes with an adaptor for Samsung Galaxy S4 inside the package. Adaptors for Samsung Galaxy S3 are available separately.

Features

SatSleeve_GALAXY-S4_1Calls and text messages in satellite mode
Expand the horizons of your smartphone and use it in satellite mode whenever there is no terrestrial network available.

Email on the go
Send and receive emails in satellite mode, no matter where you are.

Take your favorite Apps with you
Access your favorite apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and many more, via satellite mode so that you can surf, chat and update your profile in places that are beyond terrestrial network reach.

Compatibility with your smartphone
Add a reliable satellite connection to your Samsung Galaxy, wherever you go. The SatSleeve App is available as a free download from Google Play.

 

 

User-friendliness
Simply dock your smartphone into the SatSleeve to enjoy satellite connectivity. Available in 12 languages, the user-friendly SatSleeve App allows you to easily integrate your smartphone’s address book with the swipe of your fingertips.

SatSleeve_GALAXY-S4_3Enhanced safety features
Thuraya SatSleeve comes equipped with an Emergency Call button – you can make a phone call to one predefined number even without your smartphone docked.

Supported by the most robust and powerful satellite network
Thuraya’s satellite network is renowned for having the most reliable satellite coverage that covers approximately 161 countries or two-thirds of the globe. With the high penetration alerting capability (HPA), Thuraya SatSleeve enables you to receive a call notification even with the satellite antenna stowed, keeping you connected at all times.

Changeable smartphone adaptors
Thuraya has developed a series of adaptors for different Samsung Galaxy models which allows you to switch between smartphones. The SatSleeve for Android comes with an adaptor for Samsung Galaxy S4 inside the package. Adaptors for Samsung Galaxy S3 are available separately.

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Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

Super 16mm Sized Image Sensor-Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount-13 Stops of Dynamic Range-Records Full HD 1920×1080-CinemaDNG RAW-Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps-Portable Design (5″ Long and 12.5 oz)-3.5″ LCD Display with 800×480 Resolution-Uses SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards-EN-EL20 Compatible Rechargeable Battery-HDMI, LANC, 3.5mm Audio Input and Output

PKR:                 106,350
US Dollars:     1,081

Product Details

pocket_cinema_camera1The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design is a compact Super 16 format camera designed for digital film production. The Super 16 sized sensor has an effective resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is capable of capturing 13 stops of dynamic range. The Pocket Cinema Camera records Full HD video in either the lossless CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) format. The active Micro Four Thirds lens mount can accommodate a growing range of MFT format lenses as well as a host of excellent legacy lenses via optional adapters. Blackmagic Design has packed all of these impressive features into a remarkably compact (5 x 2.6 x 1.5″) and lightweight (12.5 oz) magnesium alloy chassis.

Active Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera lets you use an extensive range of lenses. With full electronic control of an MFT lens, you can simply point and set iris all on command. The Micro Four Thirds lens mount also gives you the flexibility to adapt to PL or other lens mounts as required. Moreover, the Super 16 size sensor is compatible with a wide range of adapters for film quality Super 16 lenses.

13 Stops of Dynamic Range

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera delivers a film-like look with a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops. This means you retain all sensor data for DaVinci Resolve color grading. Plus, you get two dynamic range settings, film Log or video REC709, so you can choose the right dynamic range for your project. Using DaVinci Resolve Lite you can color correct files natively or transcode them into a different file format to suit your post production workflow.

Record to SD Cards

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder that captures ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG files to fast SDXC cards. SD cards are commonly available and can be formatted for either HFS+ or exFAT, making them compatible with either Mac OS X or Windows.

CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera records into high quality ProRes 422 (HQ) and lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW files so you retain fine image detail with wide dynamic range for amazing images. This means that the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera supports true open file formats, so you’re not locked into a strange file format that your editing software can’t handle.

pocket-camPortable Design

Designed as an ultra compact, digital film camera the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a lightweight, elegant design that fits into your pocket. Produced from magnesium alloy, it includes a high resolution LCD for precise focusing and a built in SD card recorder, so you get a complete solution without the need to buy expensive accessories.

High Resolution Display

The3.5″, 800 x 480 resolution LCD allows you to monitor while shooting and review files recorded on the SD card. The high resolution screen makes it easy to focus accurately and lets you zoom in to 1:1 size so you focus precisely every time. Camera status displayed at the bottom of the screen shows record status, shutter angle, time lapse interval, aperture setting, ISO, battery level and record time. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera even includes built-in metadata entry.

SDXC and SDHC Memory Cards

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a built-in SD card recorder. With the fast read/write capabilities of SDXC and SDHC cards you can record digital film quality images to a memory card that is smaller than a postage stamp. The camera creates 12-bit lossless compressed CinemaDNG and 10-bit ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are way beyond broadcast standards. When using ProRes you can record for more than 50 minutes on a 64GB SD card at 24 frames per second.

Removable EL-EN20 Compatible Battery

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes a removable and rechargeable lithium ion battery, which provides up to an hour of continuous recording time. The Nikon EL-EN20 battery type is commonly available, so you can purchase multiple batteries if you need to shoot for longer periods. The battery charge time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with the camera off. Plus, with a wide 12-20V power input range the camera can easily be powered and charged from larger professional camera batteries and other power sources.

Professional Connections

The connections on the side of the camera include a micro HDMI output with optional overlays for easy on set monitoring. You also get a standard mini jack microphone input that is compatible with common AV style microphones, plus a mini jack headphone socket for audio monitoring using headphones. A LANC control input is also included for remote operation, and you can power the camera and recharge the removable battery with the 12V DC input.

Metadata Support

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can record metadata such as automatic camera data and user data like shot numbers, custom filenames and keywords. A four-way directional control pad allows users to navigate the menus and enter metadata.

Mounting Options

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a 1/4″-20 UNC threaded mounting point on the top and bottom of the camera. This enables any number of support configurations, from mounting the camera on a tripod and attaching accessories to car mounts, pole mounts and practically any type of set-up you can imagine.

Other Features

The camera’s FOCUS button turns on and off the peaking focus assist feature, and the IRIS button automatically adjusts the iris setting when used with a compatible lens. Other features include focus peaking display and 1:1 scale display.

BBC Radio Explorer, New way to listen to radio

The service is the result of “10% time”, a loose concept that allows the BBC’s software engineers time to develop and play about with things. Unusually, this one is visible to the public, if you know where to look. But, with a quiet announcement on Twitter and no press release, you’ll be forgiven to not know it exists. That’s by design: since it’s not finished: every page tells us it’s “work-in-progress”.

BBC Radio Explorer is a relatively simple idea. Type something that you’re interested in, and the service plays you clips and programmes that it thinks you’ll like: one after the other. It’s a different way to listen to the BBC’s speech radio output, and it should unearth a lot of interesting programming from the BBC.

bbc-explorerTechnically, it’s nicely done: type a topic, and it instantly starts playing some audio. The BBC’s invested some time in clipping some of their programmes into small chunks, and typically you’ll get a little bit of the Today programme, or BBC Radio 5 live’s breakfast show, as well as longer-form programmes. You can skip forward and back to different clips, and a quite clever progress bar shows you images of what’s coming up, while the current programme slowly disappears. It’s a responsive site, and apparently works well on iOS devices too, though Android support is lacking.

“The BBC has quietly released a prototype service called BBC Radio Explorer

The BBC Radio Explorer should be more powerful than these two, since you can dive deep into the BBC’s archive of programming based on a topic you enter. This is both a benefit and a drawback, since you quickly suffer from ‘search blindness’: not quite knowing what to type in order to find programmes you might be interested in.

Perhaps most importantly, it highlights a few fundemental problems in the BBC’s systems.

First, there’s of a lack of context in the BBC’s /programmes billing data. A search for audio about “Android”, the mobile phone operating system, starts with a piece from the Today programme about Marvin the Paranoid Android, the character from Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. An on-topic piece from 5 live follows, then a 45-minute programme about the arts, which – according to the programme billing – has a short piece in it about an Ayckbourn play which features an android. It’s clear that the underlying data isn’t able to differentiate between Android and an android.

A few more tests highlight this issue: “Australia” gives me a Test Match commentary from July last year; then a World Cup guide to the Spanish football team (who play Australia in Group B); DJ Carl Cox, who’s moved to Australia but discusses his love for vinyl records; the hunt for MH370 (a piece recorded before Australia started their search effort – this is merely someone who lives in Australia being interviewed); and then finally a interesting story about euthanasia in Australia.

This is, of course, fixable: but not easily. Programme billings are not done by the BBC but by Red Bee Media (or whatever they’re called these days); and one would assume that the addition of proper, semantic, topic metadata is not an easy change for anyone to get through any contract. Alternatively, /programmes might allow users to submit tags for approval – using the same kind of topic interface as a search on Freebase does. Very few people will: but that’s the point.

Second, as this experience shows, the BBC’s output is still too long-form for this to work properly. Unlike NPR’s Infinite Player, it’s hard to find much short content in the Explorer – it seems that only a few programmes, like Today and 5 Live Breakfast, have been ‘clipped’, and the rest of the output is only available in long-form content. For magazine programmes like You & Yours, Front Row, and others, this appears a wasted opportunity.

And third, the automated way that iPlayer records programmes from radio means we frequently dive into programmes in the middle of the trail that preceded it, or even the news. This could be a slick-sounding service, but unfortunately isn’t. (It’s simple to fix, but requires a human being – just one – to do the boring work of topping/tailing programmes). There is also an issue of differing sound levels in some of the selections.

So, this is a great experiment, and a great prototype. Full marks to the BBC for allowing this to be developed and for letting us have a play with it – it’s a brave and clever move to let something relatively unfinished to be available to fiddle with.

News Coverage and Stream Events with 4G in Pakistan

4G Service will boost Low cost  News Gathering for News Channels and News Agencies.
The technology behind news gathering has changed out of all recognition in the past few years giving journalists the freedom to roam in ways that – not long ago – were unimaginable.
Now There are so many solutions like The  solution bonds up to 14 cellular (3G/4G – LTE/WiMAX) modems over 4g-tech-news-gatheringmultiple carriers, as well as multiple LAN and even BGAN satellite connections. This creates a reliable, broadband video uplink pipe over multiple narrow-band pipes. Using any camera, the fully-integrated self-powered compact unit provides video resolution ranging from CIF through D1 (SD) and up to 1080i HD. The bonded 3G/4G solution aggregates all data connections simultaneously to achieve high bandwidth and smooth transmission, even as bandwidth and signal levels change across the different connections.

Live HD television coverage over a LTE/4G network was successfully used to cover the Match Race Germany in Langenargen. The popular yacht race, part of the Alpari World Matching Racing Tour’s 2013 international sailing world championship series, was watched by millions of viewers over the Vodafone network.
Here is the example of a Leading Company’s Mobile News Gathering Equipment

Telmaco, works closely with business partner Aviwest, who use cutting-edge technology on wireless network transmission technologies and has created a full range of Live High-Quality Video Transmission Systems products.

 

IBIS DMNG (Digital Mobile News Gathering) is the world’s first pocket-size high quality news gathering wireless camera system based on the use of simple and cost effective bonded 3G or 4G networks.

Deployed worldwide by international, national or local TV channels, video service operators or news agencies, this system is the perfect tool to produce professional live video content from remote places in an easier and more flexible way, whether it’s to cover breaking news, conduct interviews or produce any kind of live show.

Designed to be used by journalists that need to be able to concentrate on the video contents and not their equipment , the unit is very simple to use through its friendly touch screen. After only few seconds, the unit is on-air and automatically configured according to the network capacity.

The IBIS DMNG can be easily installed on the tripod or on top or side of the camera using a small magic arm. It can also be carried on the belt or in a small backpack.

The IBIS DMNG is a portable picture and sound transmission unit via cellular network or 3G/4G network Wi-Fi/Wi-Max.

The lightweight (740 gr.) system supports HD / SD / Analogue and H.264 compression with the capability of live connection with minimum delay of only 2.5 seconds.

It is also the only unit in its class that supports intercom and tally, necessary for use in a live television environment.

Bonded Cellular Newsgathering Systems Being Deployed for Major Sporting Events

With high-profile sporting events just around the corner, the makers of bonded cellular newsgathering systems are gearing up to showcase their technology to huge global audiences.

LiveU’s (www.liveu.tv) will get heavy use at the Super Bowl. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will use LiveU technology to capture events leading up to the game, including Media Day, as well as produce daily online shows from their hotels. The teams will use LiveU’s LU500, a 2.2 pound uplink, and the LU-Smart application and Smart Grips for mobile phones.LiveU

Fox will use LiveU technology to capture events leading up to the game, and TV crews from stations in Denver and Seattle will be traveling to New Jersey with their LiveU gear to cover the games.

In addition to use at the Super Bowl and regular-season games, several bonded cellular companies are targeting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, beginning Feb. 6. These include LiveU, Dejero (www.dejero.com) and TVU Networks (www.tvunetworks.com). All are aggressively promoting their work at the Games.

TVU Networks even hired a major sports figure to market its technology. Ronnie Lott, an NFL Hall of Fame member, joined TVU Networks last year to spearhead the company’s involvement in the sports market.

Under Lott’s guidance, TVU said it has tailored the features of its TVUPack to specifically fit the sports market. With one-button operation, dual encoders can simultaneously record and transmit HD footage. The system offers the ability to use 3G/4G/LTE networks with Ka-band satellite links to simultaneously transmit video.

TVU is offering TVUPack rental packages for broadcasters that want to cover the Games. “Live video content is in high demand, and as such, sporting organizations and sports media outlets are moving fast to adopt mobile streaming technology to meet that demand,” said Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks.

Dejero will offer a range of on-location services at the Games. It will offer its technical services Feb. 5-24, which includes two days prior to the opening ceremony and one day after the closing ceremony.

Dejero is providing customers that signed up for Sochi support services access to two private licensed Wi-Fi hotspots. The first, overlooking the Sochi Games Park, offers a backdrop for live shots and other video coverage from the heart of the Games’ facilities for ice events. The other hotspot provides a panoramic view of the central square in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, the base location for alpine events.

The private Wi-Fi links at both locations will assure strong and reliable uplink connectivity for broadcasters to transmit high-quality, low-latency HD and SD video, even as local cell networks become crowded with traffic. Dejero will also provide 24/7 on-site technical support personnel to ensure that each transmission is a success.

In addition to the mentioned companies, bonded cellular services are also provided by Integrated Microwave Technologies (Nucomm), Streambox, Teradek, DSI RF Systems and Vislink.
What if you were able to effortlessly broadcast a live event from anywhere to millions of people online and on mobile devices? In the past, accomplishing this involved complicated wires, cables, laptops and wired Internet access at the event’s location.

But now, live video streaming is as easy as attaching the Livestream HD Broadcaster to a camera and pressing the Go Live button, says Livestream CEO Max Haot.

According to Haot, one of the biggest challenges in live video streaming is getting a reliable Internet connection at events with which to send the video signal. Building Verizon 4G LTE access into the Livestream device allows users to tap into the nation’s most reliable network, so sending those video signals is swift and efficient.

With help from the Verizon Innovation Center, Haot was able to get the Livestream HD Broadcaster working the way they wanted before launch and bring it to market quickly.

“We really believe there will be a time where, you know, there is never an event that you cannot watch,” Haot says

FIFA World Cup – Testing of broadcast wireless Equipment

Brazil, May 2014: Anatel – the Brazilian telecoms regulator – has issued new advice about the testing and tagging of broadcast equipment used by companies covering the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Anatel informed TVZ that “all users of radio frequency emitting equipment must present them for preliminary tests. It is highly recommended that users check the timetable and anticipate the testing and tagging procedures.
There is now a timetable presenting the stadiums, the dates and times when the testing and tagging procedures will be performed.”

The preliminary tests and tagging will be held at Anatel’s checkpoints, located at the Information Technology areas of each stadium: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo.

 

 

Google's office in Switzerland

Google tools for journalists

Speaking at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Nick Whitaker, media outreach lead at Google, led two sessions showcasing some of the best ways journalists can take advantage of what Google has to offer

Google offers many tools that can be used in journalism for anything from researching and news gathering to engagement and sharing data.

Speaking on the first day of the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Google’s Nick Whitaker showcased some of the tools and platforms that journalists might find most useful.

Google's office in Switzerland
Google’s office in Switzerland

Search tips

There are 570 million people, places and things around the world indexed for search, Whitaker told a packed room at the Hotel Brufani, “but it’s the connections between them that gives the meaning”.

Many people already understand the use of quotation marks in search to find results for a particular phrase – such as the “surgeon’s scalpel”, he said – but fewer people know how to remove search results using certain words.

Searching for “Malaysia” in recent weeks is likely to return many stories around the disappearance of flight MH370, but such terms can be removed by adding a minus to the term, as in -MH370, -flight, -jet.

There are many other ways to use Google to search for more specific terms, he said. A lot of them, including image searches, are covered in this guide previously published by Journalism.co.uk. Whitaker also pointed delegates to Google’s Inside Search page.

Google trends

“Google trends shows ‘hot searches’,” Whitaker said, taking advantage of the millions – if not billions – of searches conducted through the engine every day.

Popular topics and keywords can be searched by region, and users can see how interest in topics has changed over time.

Not only could such does such information provide a story in itself, or the visualisation to a story, but it can help newsrooms to understand the keywords around breaking news stories or trending topics.

Understanding what readers search for is central to search engine optimisation (SEO), not only in including those words in tags and in the story itself, but as a source of ideas for future potential stories around a subject, Whitaker said.

Google public data

As part of its far-reaching search functionality, Google also sources and stores a large amount of public data from international organisations that could prove vital for journalists.

“It’s basically a library of data sources,” said Whitaker. Using the example of internet reach, he pulled up statistics from the World Bank for internet usage as percentage of population.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is generally known as a conference calling service for users of Google+, Whitaker said, but it can go further than that.

“People think Google+ is just another social network,” he said, “but there are ways journalists can use some features and products to more effectively reach an audience.”

Although Hangouts can be used as a private conference calling platform, many news organisations have been taking to Hangouts on Air as a broadcasting service.

The main video screen automatically displays the person who is talking, and the conference call can be livestreamed on YouTube, from Google Hangouts itself, or be embedded into a web page.

There are some additional functions to build engagement as well, he said.

The ‘Q&A app’ creates a “special type of hangout”, said Whitaker, in which viewers on Google+ or YouTube can leave comments and questions in a sidebar of the live video.

The sidebar uses YouTube’s comment voting system to let viewers pick which comments or questions they like, than the person in control of the Hangout can bring those questions back into the conversation that is being broadcasted.

Another feature is the Control Room app.

“It gives you the ability, as the host, to mute other people’s microphones or cameras,” Whitaker said, comparing the process to the control room of a broadcast studio. “You can eject people out of the hangout if you want to.”

Journalists could treat the process “like a radio phone-in”, he said, inviting viewers (who have a Google+ account) to take in the conversation and ejecting any potential “trolls”. The Control Room feature also gives control over bandwidth for the different speakers, to present a smooth viewing experience.

A third feature for Hangouts is the Toolbox app, in which users can create graphics to add to the video, again bringing the output closer to broadcast quality.

Article by: Alastair Reid

 

Complete internet access solution to SNG operators

Ontario, Canada April 2014: C-COM Satellite Systems has developed proprietary mobile self-pointing, auto-deploy antennas that (while stationary) allow the delivery of broadband satellite internet services into mobile environments virtually anywhere you can drive.

The vehicle-mounted antennas, which come in eight different sizes and interface with a large number of readily available satellite modems, mount easily on top of (or inside) vehicles creating a transportable VSAT platform.

The satellite antenna systems are powered by a standard 12-Volt DC car battery or from the local electrical grid. The auto-deploy antenna can be activated with the push of a button or click of the mouse. Once activated, it extends automatically in a few minutes, locks onto the selected satellite and delivers broadband mobile Internet access, VoIP and Video services anywhere in the world.

More details: www.c-comsat.com

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AsiaSat 8 in CATR

Major Milestones Achieved for AsiaSat 8 Launch in Q2 2014

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AsiaSat 8 in CATR

AsiaSat took a major step towards the launch of AsiaSat 8 in Q2 2014 with the successful completion of Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) tests earlier this month.  The integrated spacecraft’s antenna and payload performance measured through these tests demonstrated compliance with all specifications.

Prior to the CATR tests, AsiaSat 8’s dynamic test was also successfully conducted.

AsiaSat 8, a Ku/Ka-band satellite to be co-located with AsiaSat 3S at 105.5°E, will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.  It will offer new high-powered Ku-band beams covering multiple regions, including China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia for DTH and broadband services.

“AsiaSat’s satellites are monitored and controlled around-the-clock by the state-of-the-art satellite control facilities in Hong Kong including the Stanley Earth Station and the AsiaSat Tai Po Earth Station. This twin system not only houses equipments that facilitate the provision of world-class satellite services, but also enables us to provide the unmatched level of reliability to customers.”

 

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BOL media is establishing a new rating agency of international standard

BOL media is establishing a new rating agency.
BOL media is establishing a new rating agency of international standard that would provide the ratings of the TV channels in Pakistan.
This rating agency would be a blow for the existing rating agencies of TV channels that are being controlled by a few media groups.
Sources said BOL media is taking a number of measures to pre-empt the monopoly of some media groups in Pakistan.
BOL media is coming in a big way to effectively compete the leading media groups in the country.

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BOL media is establishing a new rating agency of international standard

Pakistani news company, ETN, migrates to tapeless cameras

Islamabad, March 2014: ETN has announced that it has invested in tapeless cameras to service the fast-paced news environment. The company says it has opted for Sony’s EX3 and fs700 cameras which will improve the workflow and include faster ingest of footage to edit bays.

ETN is now also promoting use of IP broadcasts through a variety of new technological developments that use IP links for low cost and high quality transmissions.

With bureaus in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and seasoned multi-lingual reporters, ETN says it is the largest satellite broadcast service provider in Pakistan and has associations with leading global broadcast facilitators

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