Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/04/14 11:04:07 AM

Verizon Research: Millennials Want It Now!

A comprehensive survey of the viewing habits of so-called “millennials,” that is, those born from the 1980s to the early 2000s, conducted by Verizon Digital Media Services shows that as a group they are “extremely sensitive to quality and performance” and they “expect to choose how, what and when they watch.”

The survey, the first part of which was conducted late last year, attempted to find out what members of Generation Y want when it comes to online viewing, and what broadcasters should know to improve their chances in this market.

It was also promotional in nature, to show that the scale and performance of Verizon’s global backbone network—combined with a video-optimized platform—position Verizon Digital Media Services to meet the expectations of this privileged consumer demographic for high-quality online linear and live viewing experiences.

04/04/14 11:04:07 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 05:04:39 PM

Broadcasters Now Comfortable with Cellular Transmission for ENG

There was a time when you couldn’t convince a local news station to use the public cellular networks to transmit live video back to the station. Although the prospect of eliminating an expensive microwave truck was attractive, the technology was too unreliable due to the emergence of smartphones that tended to suck up available bandwidth.

Indeed, as anyone with a cell phone could have told you, sometimes you had reception, sometimes you didn’t. The inherent advantage, however, was bringing camera operators closer to a news event than the live truck could.

04/03/14 05:04:39 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 04:04:03 PM

Short Attention Span News

The BBC in the U.K. is quietly testing 15-second video “newscasts” designed for users of tablets and smartphones. In the U.S., New York-based NowThis News offers six-second news videos, which it has been producing since last year. Has our attention span really gotten that short?

Both explorations into short-form video news are initially aimed at social media platforms, especially those with the ability to deliver video, like Instagram and Vine. Steve Herrmann, head of BBC News Online, acknowledges that the initial month-long trial, which started in mid-January, reflects the changing audience patterns. December 2013 marked the first time that mobile and tablet viewing of BBC content was greater than desktop use, Herrmann told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

04/03/14 04:04:03 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 02:04:57 PM

TVU Networks Builds Ecosystem With Grid Open API

Last year in Mountain View, Calif.-based TVU Networks, a provider of live bonded cellular newsgathering solutions, introduced its TVU Grid IP-based video switching, routing and distribution solution to wide acclaim from broadcasters looking for the freedom to get closer to the news or sports action. At NAB this year, the company is expanding the capabilities of the platform with a new open API initiative that it hopes will stimulate third-party broadcast equipment manufacturers and solution providers to integrate new or existing applications and devices with the TVU Grid. With the recently released API, developers can take full advantage of TVU Grid's Web-based central control system and seamless switching capabilities. 

04/03/14 02:04:57 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 02:04:14 PM

Customized Solutions for In-House Distribution Introduced by Blonder Tongue

At the NAB Show (booth SU10202), Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. will show two new customized solutions for in-house broadcast distribution applications. The AQT8 Series transcoder, which provides channel processing in a high density, 1-RU chassis reduces the equipment, space, and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution. In addition, the company said it would provide a sneak peek of its new HDE-4S-PRO encoder, which offers motion optimization for professional sports applications. 

"Within the in-house broadcast distribution environment, operators need high-quality, cost-effective encoding and transcoding equipment," said Jeff Smith, vice president of sales at Blonder Tongue.

04/03/14 02:04:14 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 02:04:25 PM

TSL Products To Develop Video/Audio-Over-IP Solutions for Broadcasters

TSL Products, a manufacturer of audio monitoring, surround sound microphones and processing, broadcast control systems and power management solutions, has formed a strategic alliance to facilitate the development of next-generation Audio/Video-over-IP technology that could revolutionize the way in which signals are transported within a broadcast infrastructure.

04/03/14 02:04:25 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 01:04:54 PM

Research Predicts Business Use of Live Online Video to Double by 2016

While the widespread use of social media and video on smartphones and tablets has dominated perceptions of how Americans are using IT services, a rapidly growing number of executives and their companies are connecting with employees and others via live online video viewed at their desktop computers and laptops. That's according to a new research report by Wainhouse Research.

04/03/14 01:04:17 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 01:04:49 PM

Microsoft and Ooyala Join Forces for Multiscreen Digital TV Services

Ooyala has formed a strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. to help develop, promote and accelerate the deployment of next-generation IP video services utilizing Microsoft Azure Media Services (Media Services) in conjunction with Ooyala's SaaS-based video distribution, analytics and monetization technology. Through this partnership, Ooyala becomes a preferred online video provider for Microsoft and Microsoft becomes Ooyala's preferred public cloud provider.

04/03/14 01:04:49 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 01:04:51 PM

Ball State Sports Link Produces Live Streams of NCAA March Madness

Ball State University's Sports Link, an immersive learning experience for digital sports production, once again played a role in bringing the madness that is the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship to viewers on the most common digital platforms as part of Turner Sports' "NCAA March Madness Live" online coverage.

Working with Turner Sports to feverishly edit and produce real-time video highlights from all 67 games of the tournament for the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena, the students were under the direction of Chris Taylor, a telecommunications instructor and director of digital sports production, and Alex Kartman, telecommunications instructor and assistant director of digital sports production at the school.

04/03/14 01:04:51 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,04/03/14 01:04:25 PM

Disney's Future Will Be Dominated By IP Delivery

While she is leaving the company to pursue other interests, Anne Sweeney unveiled Disney's plans for an IP-dominated, digital delivery future at the recent Financial Times Digital Media Conference in London. Sweeney said the company would continue to evolve its range of apps in an effort to make them "the single destination" for customers to view TV.

04/03/14 01:04:25 PM