IBC 2015 News Briefs: Round I

Harmonic, Intelsat, Ericsson, CSG, Envivo, ThinkAnalytics
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Here’s a snapshot of news and announcements being made at this week’s IBC conference in Amsterdam, which is set to get underway on Thursday (Sept. 10)

-Harmonic and satellite services firm Intelsat have struck a partnership to launch HVN Intelsat UHD, a linear Ultra HD demo channel for the North American TV market. The channel will be broadcast via Intelsat's Galaxy 13 satellite located at 127°W, and will provide multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) with an opportunity to prepare and test their UHD transmissions from the moment that they start downlinking content from Intelsat's Galaxy 13 satellite through their own networks and into the subscribers' homes. This platform will also be available to U.S. cable programmers to conduct their own testing of UHD content, they said.

-Ericsson said it has won a multiyear deal to provide a managed over-the-top live and on-demand TV platform for SBS/Sanoma of the Netherlands. SBS/Sanoma’s multiplatform service is expected to launch in October. Under the deal, Ericsson is providing a soup-to-nuts online video service, spanning content management and preparation, digital rights management and advertising insertion for multiple devices and platforms. Ericsson already provides a range of broadcast and media services to SBS/Sanoma, including playout and captioning.

-CSG International said its Ascendon digital services platform is powering JUKE, a new entertainment portal run by European electronics retailing giant Media-Saturn Germany. The new JUKE digital service features more than 30 million songs, 15,000 movies and TV series, 1.5 million e-books, as well as 2,400 PC games and PC software applications. CSG said Ascendon, a platform introduced in March, is integrated across a variety of consumer devices, including PCs and Macs, iOS and Android devices,  Samsung and LG TVs, Humax set-tops and the Google Chromecast. JUKE is available now in Germany, and free JUKE apps became available this month in the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store, as well as for smart TVs and via the  Google Chromecast.

- ThinkAnalytics issued the results of a study finding that viewing increased 50% after six months after partners go live with its multiscreen video search and recommendations engine. Additionally, the number of channels the average subscriber watched rose by 25% to 35%, while VOD uptake jumped by 30% to 100%, the company claimed. ThinkAnalytics’s customers include Cox Communications, Liberty Global, Sky, Swisscom, Viaplay, Unitymedia and Zon.

-Digital video processing and deliver company Envivio and Dolby Laboratories will show off the wonders of Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) at this week’s show. The demo will pair the Envivio’s Muse Live Ultra HD video processing software with Dolby’s Dolby Vision. At IBC, a feed will be encoded in HEVC along with the HDR information by Envivio Muse Live UHD in real-time and played back on a 65” Dolby Vision compatible 4K television.

-Net Insight and FileCatalyst have launched a file-acceleration-as-a-Service platform called Nimbra FileTeleport. The platform, targeted to broadcasters and content owners, was developed using FileCatalyst, an accelerated file transfer solution created by Unlimi-Tech Software.

More to come…