IBC News Briefs: Round I

Ericsson, Telestream, ContentWise, Harmonic, Discovery, Massive Interactive among those featured in this batch
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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. 8).

-Ericsson has signed a multi-year contract with Major League Baseball for PIERO, the vendor’s real-time sports graphics software. The software is being deployed across MLB Network’s programming schedule, including MLB Tonight and other original programming, along with live regular season and post-season game telecasts.  Ericsson said PIERO is used by more than 50 broadcasters and for tent-pole events such as the Olympic Games and  Formula 1 racing.

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-Telestream, a maker of digital media tools and workflow products, has inked a deal to acquire Vidcheck, a U.K.-based video quality control technology company.  Founded in 2009, Vidcheck develops automated QC platforms within file-based production workflows. Its announced customers include ITV, BBC, CBS, Yangaroo, The Florida Channel, Buckeye Broadband (formerly known as Buckeye CableSystem), USA Studios, Ericsson, BET, DirecTV, NBC and Fox Sports.

-Multimedia Polska, a provider of telecom and digital TV services in Poland, has picked ContentWise to personalize its live TV, VOD, “catch-up,” and OTT offerings. Under the deal, ContentWise’s platform, which provides predictive analytics and algorithmic and social recommendations, will be integrated with Multimedia Polksa’s existing infrastructure from vendor partners ADB, Atende and Cubiware, the middleware vendor acquired by TiVo in 2015.

-On the personnel front heading into the show, Discovery Communications has appointed Ralph Rivera to the newly created position of managing director, Eurosport Digital. Rivera will begin the role on September 26, be based in London, and will report to Michael Lang, EVP of international development & digital for Discovery Communications, and work closely with Peter Hutton, CEO of Eurosport. Rivera is joining Eurosport from BBC, where he spent six years as director, BBC Digital, and was also responsible for all of the BBC’s digital media services, heading up the implementation and operation of popular BBC iPlayer.

-Massive Interactive will use the show to demo Massive AXIS, its video application user interface server, and as the public debut of Massive HALO, a product that enables partners, such as online video providers and system integrators (it’s powering Ooyala’s AppStudio), to add multiscreen video app management to their offerings. Its AXIS customers include OTT and SVOD services such as Comic-Con HQ, DAZN, CraveTV and My5 (from Viacom/Channel 5), as well as Sony Animax, a service from Sony Pictures Television that provides anime-based content to 60 million households across 17 countries and in 24 languages.

-Viaccess-Orca and Harmonic are teaming up to show a new video software-as-a-service for OTT apps that lean on Viaaccess-Orca’s “Voyage” platform and Harmonic’s VOS cloud media processing services, as well as a multi-view app for virtual reality  (VR) environments. The VR demo will show space-related 360-degree Ultra HD content from Harmonic on a Samsung Gear VR headset linked to Viaccess-Orca's Connected Sentinel Player.