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Sky News

(IBC, Amsterdam - 4.A61g) Sky News has selected the OBE-C100 encoder platform for a number of encoder upgrades. This includes encoders in street-furniture and bureaus as well as expansion of their internal IPTV network for the election.

Sky News were able to achieve a low latency, crucial for interviews with guests and quickly reporting election results. The OBE C-100 platform allows customers to choose from pre-defined hardware or use their own hardware allowing Sky News to customise the chassis of the C-100, choosing suitable off-the-shelf components (e.g low power, high density) for their needs, reducing space and energy consumption. The encoders for the expansion of their internal IPTV network had an exceptional density of 40 channels in 5U.

“Using an Open Broadcast Encoder on commodity hardware has enabled Sky News to design and implement cost effective, flexible solutions, ranging from low latency contribution video to internal IPTV channels.”  said Chris Smith, Technology Development Executive at Sky News.

“The C-100 has let Sky News push the boundaries with encoding - they have adapted it for many new use-cases.” said Kieran Kunhya, Managing Director of Open Broadcast Systems. “

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Pelmorex

(IBC, Amsterdam - 4.A61g) Pelmorex Media Inc., the parent company of The Weather Network and MeteoMedia, TV networks in Canada, has selected Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE) for its HD localisation upgrade. This upgrade allows Pelmorex to deliver an HD feed with local weather graphics to viewers across Canada. 

Running entirely on off-the-shelf Intel hardware, OBE allows for significant cost savings and flexibility over traditional hardware encoders. At its end, the deployment will be one of the largest uses in North America of software-encoders for broadcast contribution.

Six OBE C-100 encoders were used at the Glastonbury Festival to transport high quality HD broadcast feeds over IP from six stages to London, marking the first on-site IP delivery at Glastonbury. These feeds were then used on the web and Connected Red Button services. Using BBC Newsgathering’s expertise in using IP and commodity equipment in the field, the C-100 encoders ran as software on existing Intel-based hardware with the feeds transported over an on-site IP connection.

Dishes

London, UK: Open Broadcast Systems is pleased to announce that it is opening a new headquarters in Vauxhall, London. With easy access from Central London and the rest of Europe, the new HQ will allow Open Broadcast Systems to be closer to its customers. Based in a purpose-built teleport, the new HQ provides space for corporate expansion as well as providing a showcase for software video transport over IP in an actual broadcast environment.

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Recent broadcasts during the Scottish Referendum from the Shetland Islands are excellent example of how IP can be used to deliver broadcast-quality live or recorded material.

IBC 2014 (4.A61h) – Saeta TV Channel 10 Uruguay has selected Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE) for its national ISDB-T platform. OBE is used to encode HD MPEG-4/AVC services compliant with the ISDB-T standard as used in Latin America. A further 15 channels throughout Uruguay will also be using OBE as part of systems integration work by the local team who delivered the encoding platform for Saeta TV.


IBC, Amsterdam (4.A61h): “Low bitrate, low latency, high quality – pick two” sums up the current state of audio codecs for broadcast contribution. A demo of Opus at IBC aims to show that you can now have all three. Opus is a low-delay, royalty-free audio codec designed for a wide range of audio applications and is used in Skype, WebRTC and on the Playstation 4. A specification for using Opus in a standard MPEG Transport Stream was recently written meaning it could be used in broadcast contribution for the first time.

The IBC demo will show a live 1080i feed from a camera going into a 1/2U OBE C-100 encoder, encoded as high bitrate H.264 video and low bitrate Opus audio in an MPEG Transport Stream and into a 1U OBE C-100 decoder with an end to end latency of around 300ms.

The Opus in MPEG-TS standard is published freely online and is available for all manufacturers to implement without royalties.

More detailed technical information can be found on our blog: http://obe.tv/about-us/obe-blog/item/14-using-opus-audio-in-broadcasting

 

IBC 2014 (4.A61h) – B1 TV, a privately held news and current affairs channel airing across Romania has selected Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE) for its upgrade from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4/AVC. Having run OBE as a backup encoder from January 2014, B1 decided in March 2014 to reverse the roles and use OBE for its main encoding solution.

“There were two important reasons for our decision,” said Dan Lita, technical consultant for B1. “The first was the picture quality which was better than our previous encoder and secondly OBE resolved compatibility issues with set-top-boxes of a DTH provider. Prior to our main deployment, we had been using OBE for various contribution feeds since 2012.”

IBC 2013 (4.A61g) – Audio Visual Global J.S.C (AVG) which owns An Vien Television has selected Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE) to upgrade their DTH and DTT services. AVG uses OBE to encode its MPEG-4/AVC Direct to Home (DTH) satellite and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services as well as for head-end contribution encoding.

AVG Television’s deployment of OBE is one of the largest deployments of software DVB encoders for DTH and DTT encoding. OBE gives AVG a cost-effective platform with unrivalled flexibility and stability whilst at the same time future-proof. AVG were also able to customise OBE to meet market-specific needs, something not possible with proprietary competitors. OBE allowed AVG to increase its channel portfolio, allowing greater choice for customers.

IBC 2013 (4.A61g) – Icelandic Broadcasters have deployed Open Broadcast Encoder (OBE), a professional DVB encoder, usable on commodity hardware and open source, in a variety of contribution and distribution roles.