IBC 2015 News Briefs: Round II

Kaltura, Ericsson, Imagine, Alcatel-Lucent, Nagra, QuickPlay
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Here’s another sampling of news and announcements being made at this week’s IBC conference in Amsterdam, which is set to get underway on Thursday (Sept. 10).

Our IBC news roundup from Tuesday (Sept. 8) can be found here.

-Kaltura has launched OTT Now, an integrated over-the-top platform that it will pitch to content owners, broadcasters and service providers. Kaltura will demo OTT now at IBC, noting that it’s made to support a variety of business models, including subscription-based offerings, transaction-based (including in-app purchasing) options, ad-based and “freemium” services. The company said the service spans mobile, Web and connected devices, and covers live and on-demand preparation.

-Imagine Communications is showing off its 4K/Ultra HD portfolio, including products that support High Dynamic Range, expanded color gamut and high frame rate. Among the demos will be Imagine’s flagship Platinum IP3 router operating on Imagine’s Magellan SDN Orchestrator software control layer, and Nexio AMP server, which supports UHD playback.

Separately, Imagine announced that it has won a deal to supply sports production and playout systems for Ten Sports India, which operates five sports channels across 169 countries. Ten Sports has built a new broadcast facility after relocating it from UAE to India. Imagine said the platform will feature its D-Series content management and distribution system controlling Nexio playout servers running Nexio Motion and Insight software.

-Ericsson said Swisscom has tapped the company’s video storage and processing platform for a cloud DVR and VOD services. Though just revealing more details about its role today, Ericsson said the new platform has been live with Swisscom since April 2014. Swisscom’s cloud-based approach includes a seven-day TV replay service alongside “unlimited” recording capabilities. 

-Alcatel-Lucent has launched an enhanced, more data-efficient Cloud DVR platform equipped with the Intel Intelligent Storage Acceleration Library, alongside the introduction of an Elastic Content Delivery Network that allows partners to expand and curtail capacity based on demand. Alcatel-Lucent said UK-based TV, broadband and mobile provider TalkTalk has already tested components of the spruced up Cloud DVR in a live network environment. The company said the new Elastic CDN will be commercially available next year.

-Minerva said it has integrated ContentWise’s search, discovery and recommendations platform to its Minerva 10 delivery platform. The integration will support personalization for live and on-demand content, they said.

-Nagra has introduced anyMARK, a framework for implementing, controlling and updating watermarking technologies from Nagra as well as from third-party suppliers. Nagra anyMARK embeds a secure watermarking client in the set-top box while also implementing a server-side watermarking for content delivered to mobile devices. Nagra, a unit of the Kudelski Group, noted that watermarking is poised to become a key technology to secure high-value content such as UHD and to keep tabs on illegal distribution of exclusive linear content, such as live sports.

-QuickPlay said it is using IBC to introduce enhancements to its managed video platform for pay TV and OTT video service providers, including new cross-platform operating model, a content merchandising service, an OpenVideo Virtual Headend Gateway that features a set of open APIs, and a next-gen user experience/user interface design pack.

-Adobe said it will add several new features to Adobe Creative Cloud, including support for UHD.  In addition, Adobe Primetime, one of eight solutions of Adobe Marketing Cloud, is extending capabilities for HTML5 video, providing new tools for pay TV providers that offer authenticated TV Everywhere products.