IBC 2016 – A peek inside techie heaven
At this year’s not-to-be-missed event for broadcasters, our partners were showcasing one innovation after another.
We have to admit, here at Garland, we get pretty excited when IBC comes around each year. It’s more than just the chance to see the sights and sounds of Amsterdam. It’s knowing we’re going to see all the results of the pioneering and innovative work our partners have been up to in the past year. And even better than that is watching the faces of those in the broadcast industry when they see solutions for their technical problems or see new opportunities unfold before their eyes.
Take LiveU…the excitement around their exhibition stand was so intense you could almost taste it. People were clamouring to see the new LU Solo in action, which allows you to stream content simply and seamlessly to popular OVPs and content-delivery networks, such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Wowza Streaming Cloud.
But LiveU’s big unveil this year was for a product many anticipate will take live IP video to a new level — the LU600. It offers 20Mbps live transmission, the fastest file transfer (also up to 20Mbps) and lowest delay of <1 second, plus a 100Mbps high-speed bonded internet connection.
This year, Teracue went big … and small. Attendees were riveted by their ICUE-GRID — a multi-room IP video wall. Imagine a wall of monitors of different sizes and orientations displaying synchronised video output of your choosing. But on the same stand, they were also proving that small can be mighty; you can’t help but be spellbound by the new HD HEVC HDMI input ENC500 encoder. As small as most business cards, this encoder is designed for IPTV and live streaming and joins the expanding family of Teracue small form factor encoders.
As we advance to the point where broadcasters can provide content almost instantly on any device, maintaining video quality becomes essential. Over at the Media Excel stand, people were fascinated by the the HERO multi-format, scalable transcoding platform, which uniquely combines the ability to do live and file-based workflows in the same platform. Add this to 4K UHD and HEVC capability with versatile 5x9s management system and it truly is a HERO!
Garnering a huge amount of shoptalk was NTT Electronics’ 4K UHD HEVC encoders, both full and half rack for vehicles and portable uses, with an incredible 120msec latency at <50Mbps. And for those of you readying yourselves for 8K, NTT Advanced Technologies was showing its prototype of the first 8K scalable H.265/HEVC encoder for the first time at IBC. It archives real-time encoding of SHD 8K contents with better image quality.
And our friends at Keepixo keep enhancing their software-based and cloud-ready IPTV and OTT solutions. Their Genova product suite allows live and file encoding in H.264 and HEVC, including 4K UHD and HDR, with feature-rich multi-format OTT packaging for linear OTT TV, VOD and catch-up TV, including integration with DRMs and CDNs.
We’ve just given you a peek at what it was like inside techie heaven this year. Now we’re set to show you how you can apply these solutions and more to your efforts to build and retain viewers, find new ways to monetise content and stay ahead of your competition.
We go to IBC with great anticipation, but we come away even more excited when we see the innovations we get to put to work over the coming months.