IBC News Briefs: Round II

News from Ericsson, Adobe, Vubiquity, Intelsat, Nagra, and Imagine Communications
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Here’s another batch of briefs and announcements being made at this week’s IBC conference in Amsterdam, set to get underway on Thursday (Sept. 8).

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-T-Mobile Netherlands has selected Ericsson to underpin a new OTT-TV service called KNIPPR. Per the multi-year deal, Ericsson will provide content management and preparation services, supply digital rights management and content delivery networks for the offering, and provide metadata services for KNIPPR’s service’s guide. Launched last month, KNIPPR is compatible with Apple TV boxes and the Google Chromecast adapter, Web browsers, and apps for tablets and smartphones, Ericsson said.

-Adobe this week introduced a new video analytics release that, it says, provides improved, streamlined measurement for content and ads on connected devices. Among the changes, its video analytics model measures engagement (time spent) with “heartbeats” pinged every ten seconds during a video playback and/or during a live event. The initial start server call is sent directly into Adobe Analytics, though all heartbeats are sent to a new processing layer that aggregates that data until the viewer ends the session. When the viewing session is complete, a second and final server call is sent to the Adobe Analytics platform to complete the playback data set, the company said, noting that this ten-second measurement “eliminates the blind spot” and provides a more thorough view of how content is being consumed.

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-Vubiquity said it is powering Cable & Wireless Seychelles' new video-on-demand platform (VOD), SinémaX, which launched June 29.  Under the deal, Vubiquity is handling elements such as licensing, preparing and delivering content tied to the service, including new movie releases, library titles and TV series. The subscription service, SinémaX Play, is bundled with top-tier pay-TV packages from Cable & Wireless, and available on an a la carte basis starting at SR420 (US$32.00), Vubiquity said.

-Satellite giant Intelsat S.A. said Encompass Digital Media has expanded its use of Intelsat’s Galaxy fleet to deliver HD and 4K/Ultra HD content to 64 million households across North America. Under the new, multi-year agreement, Encompass will tap into Galaxy 13, located at 127˚W, to host four of NASA TV’s HD channels as well as its 4K UHD distribution channel.  Intelsat said Galaxy 13 is already hosting approximately 80 HD channels, and is now “building up a 4K UHD community.”

-Nagra has extended its partnership with Korean satellite broadcaster KT Skylife to include the video security company’s anyCAST Connect platform to secure a new 4K service and to provide content protection solution across multiple networks. KT Skylife launched its 4K offering in June, and currently offers five 4K channels.

-Imagine Communications has launched IOX Storage, a multipurpose, shared storage approach optimized for its Versio playout and automation system and Telurio OTT and cloud DVR product lines. Those systems, it said, are entering play as the industry moves toward software-based environments built on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms.