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Discovery selects Synamedia’s virtualized DCM for Asia Pacific cloud migration

By Julian Clover

Independent video software provider Synamedia says Discovery has chosen its virtualised Digital Content Manager (DCM) as it looks to increase operational efficiencies for its Asia Pacific distribution.

Discovery, already a long-time PowerVu customer, is centralising its Asia Pacific uplink compression systems to its Sterling, Virginia broadcast centre.

“Uninterrupted service is non-negotiable for us as we strive to provide the best viewing experiences for our audience,” said Jim Rossiter, Vice President of Distribution, Americas and Asia, for Discovery. “We needed a partner we could trust that can help us transition without impacting service delivery, and to continue to deliver high quality content to our clients.”

The platform, which complements traditional satellite distribution, enables Discovery to transition its distribution architecture to an IP-based virtualized video processing environment while protecting its revenue.

“The virtualized DCM is a key component of our video network portfolio, and our partners and customers around the globe are taking advantage of this solution to transition their businesses as they implement cloud and hybrid architectures that are flexible and future-proof,” said Dave Longaker, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas, Synamedia.

Synamedia technology has been adopted by 200 top satellite DTH, cable, telco and OTT operators, broadcasters and media companies.

The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

By Henry Fountain and Jamie McGregor Smith

As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer.  But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.

The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

By Henry Fountain and Jamie McGregor Smith

As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer.  But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.

The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?

By Henry Fountain and Jamie McGregor Smith

As more places face a scarcity of fresh water, desalination is seen as a possible answer.  But energy and financial requirements limit how widely it can be used.

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Media Broadcast: 5G Broadcast still β€œyears away”

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German technical services provider Media Broadcast is following the development of 5G Broadcast, but sees a regular deployment in the distant future.

“As a leading service provider, we are taking a very close look at the potential of 5G for the broadcast industry,” Media Broadcast managing director Arnold Stender said at the occasion of upcoming German media conference Medientage München 2019. “5G Broadcast is an exciting topic for the future, but due to technical and regulatory hurdles and a lack of business models, it will probably take many years before the technology can be considered for terrestrial broadcasting of linear TV.”

“On the other hand, we already see a market potential for 5G campus solutions for TV broadcasters and for distributing larger and also temporary events in the medium term. We have therefore decided to add 5G campus solutions to our existing fibre-optic and satellite-based event broadcasting portfolio. We can support our customers from frequency application, frequency and network planning to operation, maintenance and servicing,” explained Stender.

In a live showcase at Medientage München on October 23 and 24, 2019, Media Broadcast will demonstrate 5G-capable solutions for TV production. The company has set up its own mobile communications test network at the trade fair grounds to simulate a future 5G campus network for TV producers. Up to four different cameras, from a professional TV camera to a smartphone, and an outside broadcasting van will be used. The TV signals wil be transmitted to the control room via a commercial 4G/5G base station.

Media Broadcast’s partner for the showcase, Smart Mobile Labs from Munich, will supplement the test run with live metadata with its own sensors and a smartphone app with real-time statistics. Since no local 5G frequencies in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz range are currently available for test purposes, a 20 MHz carrier at a test frequency of 2.3 GHz in LTE Advanced mode will be used for the demo.

Media Broadcast: 5G Broadcast still β€œyears away”

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German technical services provider Media Broadcast is following the development of 5G Broadcast, but sees a regular deployment in the distant future.

“As a leading service provider, we are taking a very close look at the potential of 5G for the broadcast industry,” Media Broadcast managing director Arnold Stender said at the occasion of upcoming German media conference Medientage München 2019. “5G Broadcast is an exciting topic for the future, but due to technical and regulatory hurdles and a lack of business models, it will probably take many years before the technology can be considered for terrestrial broadcasting of linear TV.”

“On the other hand, we already see a market potential for 5G campus solutions for TV broadcasters and for distributing larger and also temporary events in the medium term. We have therefore decided to add 5G campus solutions to our existing fibre-optic and satellite-based event broadcasting portfolio. We can support our customers from frequency application, frequency and network planning to operation, maintenance and servicing,” explained Stender.

In a live showcase at Medientage München on October 23 and 24, 2019, Media Broadcast will demonstrate 5G-capable solutions for TV production. The company has set up its own mobile communications test network at the trade fair grounds to simulate a future 5G campus network for TV producers. Up to four different cameras, from a professional TV camera to a smartphone, and an outside broadcasting van will be used. The TV signals wil be transmitted to the control room via a commercial 4G/5G base station.

Media Broadcast’s partner for the showcase, Smart Mobile Labs from Munich, will supplement the test run with live metadata with its own sensors and a smartphone app with real-time statistics. Since no local 5G frequencies in the 3.7 to 3.8 GHz range are currently available for test purposes, a 20 MHz carrier at a test frequency of 2.3 GHz in LTE Advanced mode will be used for the demo.

Tweets of the Week: European Council Brexit Special

By Jennifer Baker, Malte Ketelsen, Marlene Stocker

Brexit negotiations drive everyone mad, there was not a wink of sleep to be had and in the end is ANYONE glad? It’s a Brexit special this week.

AT&T, Elliott in talks after activist campaign launched: sources

AT&T and Elliott Management are talking about issues the activist hedge fund raised last month when it pushed for change at the U.S. telecommunications and media conglomerate, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Martin Luther King's daughter tells Facebook disinformation helped kill civil rights leader

Disinformation campaigns helped lead to the assassination of Martin Luther King, the daughter of the U.S. civil rights champion said on Thursday after the head of Facebook said social media should not factcheck political advertisements.

Zuckerberg defends Facebook's approach to free speech, draws line on China

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media company's light regulation of speech and lack of fact checking on political advertising, while citing China's censorship as a roadblock to operating in the country.

Thousands protest across Lebanon over dire economy, proposed WhatsApp fee withdrawn

Thousands of people demonstrated in Beirut on Thursday against the Lebanese government's management of an economic crisis in one of the biggest protests in years, leading the Cabinet to pull a proposed new levy on WhatsApp calls.

Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency faces new hurdle from G7 nations

Facebook's plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency faced a new hurdle on Thursday when the Group of Seven wealthy nations said such "stablecoins" should not be allowed to launch until the profound international risks they pose are addressed.

NTSB to determine probable cause of fatal Uber self-driving crash

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a Nov. 19 hearing to determine the probable cause of a March 2018 Uber Technologies Inc self-driving vehicle crash that killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

Facebook's Zuckerberg criticizes TikTok for censoring protesters

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday attacked the rapidly growing Chinese short-video app, saying it censored political protest, including in the United States.

Netflix and Amazon face censorship threat in India: source

India is deliberating potential censorship on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, a senior government source told Reuters.

Accel leads $77 million funding round for fintech firm Galileo

Galileo Financial Technologies, a company whose technology handles back-office functions for payment industry startups, said on Thursday it raised $77 million in a series A funding round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel, one of the early investors in Facebook.

Startup headed by ex-Apple engineer aims to eliminate smartphone buttons

Sentons, a startup led by chip industry veterans, on Thursday began marketing technology that aims to do away with gadget buttons and said it is working with two smartphone makers in addition to an existing contract with Asus Computer Inc .

Tesla gets approval to start manufacturing in China

Tesla Inc was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China's industry ministry said on Thursday, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate it needs to start production in the country.

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