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IBC, Amsterdam, 21st August 2017Open Broadcast Systems, the leader in software-based broadcast technology, will be demonstrating its latest solutions for IP contribution at IBC 2017, at stand 7.J38u.

This includes its high density Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) which allows for 16 channels to be simultaneously decoded on a 1U chassis - potentially replacing half a rack of equipment with a single server. It is the highest density IRD currently on the market and is completely software based, running as apps on standard IT hardware. In addition to traditional SDI, the decoder now supports decoding to uncompressed IP outputs using a new 25GbE interface. This is the only encoder/decoder pair to support 25GbE, allowing for ultra-high density deployments to handle the content explosion.

Additionally, the company will be demonstrating its new Remote Production solution.  This will allow broadcasters to reduce the complexity of off site production by sending multiple video paths back to base over a variety of networks, managed or unmanaged.

The company is also showing ultra-low latency VC-2 compression, further demonstrating that software solutions can deliver latency comparable with legacy broadcast hardware.

‘We are pioneering the evolution of broadcast. We are developing IP solutions which mean anyone can deploy content quickly and in a cost efficient manner. Open Broadcast Systems is passionate about being the driving force of innovation in the industry, and we look forward to demonstrating this at IBC.’ Commented Kieran Kunhya, Managing Director, Open Broadcast Systems.

Open Broadcast Systems will be exhibiting on booth 7.J38u at IBC, from the 15th to 19th September.

Open Broadcast Systems has also been shortlisted in the CSI Awards in the Best Cable or Satellite IP Solution. The Awards are being presented on the 15th September.

 

About Open Broadcast Systems

Open Broadcast Systems is revolutionising the provision of advanced broadcast technology, moving the industry towards a flexible, cost efficient, software-driven future. Its cutting-edge and end-to-end encoding and decoding software is accelerating the delivery of premium content over IP, improving quality at the same time as reducing costs. High quality solutions developed by Open Broadcast Systems deliver services to millions of people every day, including many major sporting and breaking news events.

Its products adapt to the pressures and challenges of the modern broadcast environment, agile solutions can be developed and installed in extremely short timeframes, without compromising on quality.

For more information, please visit http://www.obe.tv.  

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London, 8th June 2017 – Open Broadcast Systems, an advanced broadcast technology visionary, has won the Rising Star Award at the TVB Awards 2017. The awards were held at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, London on the 7th June.

The Rising Star accolade is awarded to any organisation or individual making a tangible difference within the industry and displaying standout values worthy of recognition. Recipients of the award must embody at least one of the following descriptions: A game-changer, disruptive force for good, problem solver, a bright young thing or an excellent idea/welcome addition to the broadcast fold. 

Open Broadcast Systems’ encoders and decoders have enabled the successful contribution and production of a number of broadcasters over IP. Recent projects include the delivery of live television broadcasts over the public internet for BBC Scotland and also other broadcasters. All products from Open Broadcast Systems run on standard ‘off-the-shelf’ IT hardware, something which is almost unheard of within the broadcast industry, yet drastically reduces costs and time-to-market, without reducing quality.

“It’s a huge honour to have been presented with the Rising Star award and acknowledged as a disruptive force within the industry, enabling our customers to deliver broadcast quality using IT, commented Kieran Kunhya, Founder and Managing Director, Open Broadcast Systems. “The biggest barrier for our kind of solutions is the industry mindset and we look forward to continuing to change that.”

London, 2017 – Open Broadcast Systems today announced that its solutions have delivered more than fifty horse races over IP.

Globecast works with a major horse racing operator to directly transmit race feeds to Globecast’s MCR in Paris, after which it is then distributed to consumers.

Due to an increase in demand from racecourses situated outside of France, Globecast worked to identify a solution which did not involve the need to manually install dedicated broadcast infrastructure.

Open Broadcast Systems’ French Partner Ekla Ingenierie was chosen by Globecast to provide over the internet solutions to transmit and distribute race feeds from numerous locations, both cost-effectively and swiftly. A real-time web monitoring platform was also by developed Ekla Ingenierie for advanced IP network MPEG TS monitoring.

“Since November of last year, three racecourses in Spain, the Netherlands and Austria have transmitted more than fifty races over IP completely error free, solidifying our belief that IP was the perfect solution to our problem”, commented Patrick Lorent, Ad hoc project manager, Globecast. “

Open Broadcast Systems’ French Partner Ekla Ingenierie’s cost-effective solutions are enabling Globecast to continue to grow and provide good quality feeds to its customers through new contribution broadcast technology

“These races attract over 3.3 million television viewers every month, so we’re thrilled to be proving that IP is a workable solution even for premium broadcasts”, explained Kieran Kunhya, Founder, Open Broadcast Systems.  

 

About Open Broadcast Systems
Open Broadcast Systems is revolutionising the provision of advanced broadcast technology, moving the industry towards a flexible, cost efficient, software-driven future. Its cutting-edge and end-to-end encoding and decoding software is accelerating the delivery of premium content over IP, improving quality at the same time as reducing costs. High quality solutions developed by Open Broadcast Systems deliver services to millions of people every day, including many major sporting and breaking news events.

Its products adapt to the pressures and challenges of the modern broadcast environment, agile solutions can be developed and installed in extremely short timeframes, without compromising on quality.

For more information, please visit http://www.obe.tv 

Media Contact:
Helen Weedon
Radical Moves PR
Tel: +44 1570 434632
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About Globecast

Part of the Orange Group, Globecast provides agile and seamless content acquisition, management and distribution services globally. The company constantly innovates in an evolving IP-centric environment to provide reliable and secure customer solutions.  Globecast has created the number one global hybrid fiber and satellite network for video contribution and distribution. This network enables multiplatform delivery including TV Everywhere OTT, Satellite, cable, Video on demand, CDN delivery as well as cloud-enabled media services. The company remains the trusted partner for coverage and international delivery of news, sports, and special events around the globe. Customers enjoy a seamless global experience on the ground from 12 interconnected Globecast owned facilities, including Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Paris, Rome, and Johannesburg. www.globecast.com 

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The advent of low-cost, long-range wireless links such as those from Ubiquiti Networks have revolutionalised internet connectivity for many, especially in remote areas. This case study will look at a 37 kilometre (23 mile) high data rate wireless link using the OBE C-100 Encoder and Decoder platform to deliver broadcast quality bidirectional video over IP.

London and Trezzano, Italy, 28 February 2017 – Open Broadcast Systems today announced it has appointed Video Signal to distribute its software-based encoding and decoding solutions across Italy.

Founded in 1994, Video Signal is a specialist distributor and integrator for production and video post-production technology. It is able to offer customisation to its customers across the region, delivering a bespoke system depending on unique requirements. It has managed large audio and video system deployments and multiple analogue to digital transitions.

Video Signal will manage deployments of Open Broadcast Systems’ advanced broadcast software, which enables reliable and uncompressed contribution over IP. The products, running as apps on standard IT hardware enable broadcasters and services providers to easily transition to IP. It also enables simple monitoring of all types of IP feed in one place,

“Our customers are increasingly looking to make the most of IP technology and the cost and resource efficiencies that brings,” commented Alessandro Trezzi, Founder, Video Signal. “Open Broadcast Systems’ technology enables video content providers to do more and quicker, thanks to those savings.”

“We are pleased to be working with Video Signal. It has unrivalled expertise and knowledge in the Italian market, meaning we can trust our solutions in the team’s capable hands,” added Kieran Kunhya, Founder, Open Broadcast Systems.

 

About Open Broadcast Systems

Open Broadcast Systems is revolutionising the provision of advanced broadcast technology, moving the industry towards a flexible, cost efficient, software-driven future. Its cutting-edge and end-to-end encoding and decoding software is accelerating the delivery of premium content over IP, improving quality at the same time as reducing costs. High quality solutions developed by Open Broadcast Systems deliver services to millions of people every day, including many major sporting and breaking news events.

Its products adapt to the pressures and challenges of the modern broadcast environment, agile solutions can be developed and installed in extremely short timeframes, without compromising on quality.

For more information, please visit http://www.obe.tv

 

Media Contact:

Helen Weedon

Radical Moves PR

Tel: +44 1570 434632

Mob: +44 7733 231922

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Scotland, October 2016- BBC Scotland used Open Broadcast Systems’ software-defined encoders to deliver HD over IP content direct from the BBC Festival Fringe. The content was delivered live from George Herriot’s School during the Edinburgh International Festival.

Two OBE C-100 encoders were used to deliver high bitrate live feeds to both Pacific Quay in Glasgow and New Broadcasting House in London. The OBE C-100 is an IP-based encoder and decoder for the contribution of news, sport, and channels.

The encoders were also used to deliver contributions live to BBC Breakfast in Salford, as well as being used for delivery to the BBC1 HD transmission systems in London of three The One Show programmes.

 

Amsterdam, 31 August 2016 – Open Broadcast Systems, an advanced broadcast technology visionary, is launching a suite of products to deliver software-defined live broadcast at IBC.

The products, running as “apps” on standard IT hardware, will enable broadcasters and services providers to easily transition to uncompressed IP by converting video both from legacy formats such as ASI and SDI to next generation formats and vice-versa. It also enables simple monitoring of all types of IP feed in one place, making it possible to move to future technologies today.

Open Broadcast Systems is also launching a 4K uncompressed-over-IP multiviewer, using a 40Gbps network. This demonstrates a technical-first, showing uncompressed-over-IP being processed on off-the-shelf hardware, and will enable broadcasters to monitor existing and next-generation IP feeds at a much lower-cost than before.

Open Broadcast Systems OBE C-100 encoders and decoders running as software apps on commodity IT hardware delivered a number of important broadcasts over IP during the EU Referendum for Sky News.

A low-depth, low-power IT server located in street-furniture outside 10 Downing Street encoded a number of referendum events including the Prime Minister’s final speech before the referendum, coverage from Sky’s Political Editor throughout results night and the Prime Minister’s historic resignation. Sky provided the Prime Minister’s final speech and subsequent resignation as the UK pool feed, meaning the country saw these historic events delivered end-to-end using IT infrastructure. Feeds were decoded at the Sky News centre using IT hardware running the OBE C-100 decoder app.

Ten Gigabit PCIe card

(Stand H16, BVE, London) Open Broadcast Systems is pleased to announce it is making an uncompressed-over-IP software update available for all its existing decoder (IRD) products, which adds a missing piece in the puzzle for customers to move to IP-based production. This will be the first IRD in the market to have a native uncompressed output, without the use of a converter SFP. Visitors to Stand H16 at BVE will be able to see it in action - an "IRD" that consists of entirely of standard server components. 

Initially this will be using the SMPTE 2022-6 standard but as a software product is easily upgradable to support whatever flavour of Uncompressed-over-IP a customer decides to use. Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is also supported as standard, using the capabilities of the Linux® kernel. Coupled with newly added ASI support in the OBE range of products, customers can now have equipment capable of handling existing ASI all the way to future uncompressed-over-IP.

“This is usually the part where a hardware manufacturer has a picture of their custom-built circuit board and chassis”, said Kieran Kunhya, Managing Director of Open Broadcast Systems. “We’re not like that - we use off the shelf components that you can buy on Amazon to transport uncompressed video over IP. Our customers will tell you that using off-the-shelf components provides amazing levels of flexibility, letting them roll out deployments in record time and have pieces of kit capable of doing more than one thing. It doesn't matter whether you're a small operation or delivering the highest profile content in the world, IP will revolutionise the way you do things.”

 

FFmpeg

(Stand H16, BVE, London)  Open Broadcast Systems is pleased to announce its development and open-sourcing of a VC-2 HQ encoder and decoder. VC-2, formerly known as Dirac Pro, is ideally suited for mezzanine compression of video allowing HD to be transported using Gigabit Ethernet or 4K down Ten-Gigabit Ethernet at an ultra-low latency. As a core component in all of our products, FFmpeg 3.0 is the destination for this code, allowing any manufacturer to use and improve VC-2 encoding and decoding.

At the Broadcast Video Expo in London, we will be showing a low-latency encoder and decoder running on a wide range of hardware, from a software encoder you can fit in the palm of your hand, to high density blades, ideal for remote production.

Apart from being patent-free VC-2 has another trick up it’s sleeve compared to codecs not designed for video like JPEG2000. It doesn’t just have low generation loss, it has zero generation loss (thanks to its symmetric quantisation). Provided the downstream encoders are configured correctly (same bitrate, same slice-size etc.), there will be only a single encode generation, a unique feature in the industry.

VC-2 is also much more lightweight allowing reduced power consumption and encoding of higher resolutions without tiling and only requiring a modest bitrate penalty. However, in our implementation we’re going much further than many hardware manufacturers who are implementing only the simplest variant of VC-2.

Credit must go to BBC R&D for implementing high-quality, freely available, reference implementations and writing a clear specification.

Our implementation can be found in FFmpeg 3.0 which is available at http://www.ffmpeg.org