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May 14th, 2011

Encompass Digital Media | Softel | TV One | Wowza (SatBroadcasting ™)

[SatNews] Encompass Digital Media brings on new EVP... TV One brings 2-channel, bi-directional conversions... Softel @ TV of Tomorrow... Wowza + EZDRM to protect and serve...
  • Encompass Digital Media, Inc. has appointed Chris Myers as the Company's new Executive Vice President of Worldwide Occasional Services. In his new position, Myers is responsible for Encompass’ occasional-use content distribution business across its global Teleports as well as the company’s U.S.-based fleet of satellite uplink trucks. Myers’ achievements throughout his television career, which spans more than two decades, includes high-profile satellite and transmission operations for major broadcasters such as ABC and CBS. This experience distinguishes him as a talented leader who will continue to develop Encompass’ end-to-end OU transmission solutions for breaking news, sports and government clients on a global scale. Before joining Encompass, Myers was Executive Director of Newsgathering Operations for ABC News where he managed technical operations for all of ABC’s U.S. and international bureaus. In addition, he also served as Director of Operations working closely with ABC’s 200 affiliates and clients. Prior to this, he held operations roles at CBS NewsPath, Skyways Communications and several local affiliates. Throughout his career, Myers was instrumental in the successful launch and maintenance of numerous technology-driven projects for newsgathering, including the efficient transport of HD video and cutting-edge IP-based tools.

  • TV One's C2-8000 Universal Input Seamless Switcher is based on the Company's exclusive CORIO®2 technology, which provides high quality video switching with two-channel bi-directional conversion between a variety of analog and digital video formats. The standard system features multiple DVI-U input modules (allowing any of HDMI, DVI, Composite Video, YC, YUV, YPbPr or RGB) that can be scaled and switched between, along with two independent processing channels. The system can also have 3G-SDI input/output modules fitted, as well as audio I/O. The high resolution DVI-U (HDMI, DVI, CV, YC, YUV, YPbPr or RGB) outputs are selectable as virtually any PC or HDTV resolution (or SDI with the 3G-SDI I/O module). Our exclusive AutoSet feature takes the hassle out of setup by automatically sizing and positioning the computer image to fit exactly on the video screen. NTSC, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM standards are supported. In Switcher mode, transitions include Cross-fade, Push, Wipe and Cut. Independent mode gives two channels of video conversion. Dual PIP mode allows two windows to appear together on the same output. All modes allow Background sources to be used along with Keying and Logo insertion. Signal parameters of the incoming video may be adjusted. All settings are stored in non-volatile memory and are retained even when power is switched off. User defined presets are also available to customize settings for various applications. All the functions can be controlled via the front panel Push Buttons, an RS-232/422/485 or IP connection. Windows Control Panel software is provided and most third party control systems interface directly with the entire C2 range of products. A front panel LCD makes setup easy. The unit is housed in a standard 1U rack mount case and features an optional redundant internal PSU and power inlet.

  • Softel announced that its CEO, Sam Pemberton, will deliver the opening address at the 2011 TV of Tomorrow (TVOT) conference on May 17th and 18th in San Francisco. In addition, Pemberton and Ed Humphrey, Softel's president of the Americas, will contribute as panelists in two sessions during the conference. Humphrey will be a panelist for the session titled Meeting the Challenges of Multiplatform Distribution, which takes place at 1:00 p.m. on May 17th. This session offers networks and broadcasters strategies for success in the multiplatform media world. It will also discuss the challenges involved in delivering interactive TV apps to multiple pay-TV platforms, including connected TVs. Pemberton will be a panelist for the Galvanizing a Developer Community session taking place on May 18th at 9:45 a.m. This session will explore the challenges entailed in building, educating and inspiring third-party developer communities to provide suitable content for iTV platforms. Panelists will also discuss the future of developer programs, as cable embraces the iPad® as well as connected TV and the possible opening up of the cable API.

  • Wowza Media Systems® and EZDRM have integrated Wowza Media Server® 3 with the EZDRM hosted Digital Rights Management (DRM) system to provide a complete, powerful, and secure media platform. The alliance integrates synchronization with EZDRM licensing services and the Wowza DRM™ AddOn for Wowza Media Server 3. Live and on-demand video is segmented and encrypted on the fly by Wowza Media Server 3 for Smooth Streaming delivery to all Microsoft® PlayReady®-enabled devices, including PCs, Mac® systems, mobile phones (Android™, Nokia, Windows® Phone), set-top boxes, connected TVs, and tablets. This collaboration gives content owners a simple way to use Wowza's proven media platform with EZDRM's powerful media protection services while utilizing any business model. A preview release of Wowza Media Server 3 will be available prior to the planned commercial release in the third quarter of 2011. All Wowza Media Server 2 licensees are eligible for a free upgrade to Wowza Media Server 3 when it is released. Registration for the preview release is available at http://www.wowzamedia.com/wowza-server-3.php. EZDRM will offer Proof of Concept accounts to Wowza Media Server 3 preview release users, enabling complimentary exploration of its services' full feature set. The joint solution will also be demo'd live at the Streaming Media East Show in Wowza's booth (500), May 10-11 at the New York Hilton hotel.