IBC 2015 News Briefs: Round III

Telus's New Video Play, Virtual Reality Hookups Head This Roundup
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Here’s another look at what else is happening at this week’s IBC conference in Amsterdam. Our earlier roundups can be found here and here.

-Telus has completed a trial of Ericsson MediaFirst, the vendor’s new cloud-based “software-defined” product for traditional pay TV providers and new OTT players. Telus, which has been delivering IPTV services on the Ericsson Mediaroom platform (acquired by Ericsson in 2013, has more than 950,000 TV subs in Canada. Ericsson, which introduced MediaFirst at last year’s IBC, said the product is in trials and is now ready for commercial release. MediaFirst supports IPTV, adaptive bit rate streaming, and cloud DVR services.

-Arris said it has scored a deal to supply its VIP1113 set-top to Telefonica to deliver next-gen IPTV services, including HDTV, TV Everywhere and OTT offerings, to the company’s Movistar+ TV subs. Arris said the VIP1113 features 50% more processing capacity than Movistar+ TV’s current boxes, and packs in 1GB of memory.

-SeaChange International and Imagine Communications have struck a reseller agreement that will culminate in a joint offering that features a cloud DVR based on SeaChange's Adrenalin multiscreen platform and Imagine Communications' CloudXtream video distribution platform, an advanced ad system pairing SeaChange Infusion and Imagine’s Selenio encoding and transcoding system and its Telurio AIM dynamic ad insertion product.

-Separately, Imagine Communications expanded its advertising management portfolio with Landmark xG Open, an API-based platform that allows media companies to participate in sales via programmatic exchanges.

-Viaccess-Orca, Harmonic and VideoStich are showing off a preintegrated 360-degree virtual reality video platform featuring Harmonic's Electra X3 advanced media processor, ProMedia X Origin multiscreen media server, ProMedia Xpress high-performance transcoder, and WFSworkflow system for video compression, encryption, and streaming. Those wares are being tied to VideoStitch's Studio V2 post-production 360-degree video stitching software.

-Quickplay and Alcatel-Lucent have teamed up on a pay TV-focused tech platform featuring Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud DVR and Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Quickplay’s virtual head-end and managed service platform.

-NeuLion said it’s streaming US Open Tennis to China in tandem with CNTV 5+ VIP, a premium digital subscription service that offers live and on-demand sports events. The US Open offering, which runs on NeuLion’s Digital Platform, also features live stats, multiple camera views and  integrated chat.

-Harmonic has inked a contract with Deutsche Telekom's affiliates in eastern and southern Europe to support the delivery of new, advanced TV services for the operator that will involve the delivery of hundreds of IPTV and OTT video channels.

-Ericsson and Intelsat are showing an HD contribution feed in HDR (high dynamic range) to the RAI Center in Amsterdam, offering a glance at a new platform that delivers brighter pixels with a wider color gamut. The feed is coming from the Intelsat 905 satellite located at 24.5○W, using the DVB-SX2 standard

-Quantenna Communications launched what it claims to be the industry’s first 10G Wave 3 WiFi product family, noting that it will support speeds up to 10 Gbps. Its entry is built on Quantenna’s True 8x8 QSR10G WiFi platform with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology for home wireless access points and residential gateways.

-Ericsson has struck a multi-year broadcast and media services deal with Viacom-owned, UK broadcaster Channel 5. The deal spans playout, media management, metadata, access services (captioning, audio description and sign language interpretation) and business continuity services. Ericsson will provide these services for Channel 5’s entire portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels (Channel 5, 5*, Spike and 5USA), as well as for its catch up offerings, including Channel 5+1 and Channel 5+24.

-Nagra has won a deal to provide 4K Ultra HD content protection to KT Skylife, a Korean satellite broadcaster. The offering will rely on Nagra’s anyCAST Security services Platform and Nagra’s hardware security certification process. KT Skylife, which serves 4.2 million subs, has launched three 4K channels.