Satnews Daily
February 10th, 2010

digiGO! — The Digital (R)evolution™ —Broadcasting + Mobility


  • AXEL TECHNOLOGIESAxel Technologies, a pioneer in mobile TV software technologies, announced its Fuugo™ product with a goal to redefine television by greatly simplifying the way people find video and TV content. Axel indicated that Fuugo is optimized for a range of mobile and portable devices, such as on the Intel Atom processor based netbooks and smartphones and will make it possible for consumers to enjoy personalized TV content on-the-go. Fuugo™ is the first TV application for personalizing a content stream by blending content choices from broadcast, mobile, and Internet TV. Fuugo™ utilizes social media, recommendations, user metrics and various content sources for presentation of TV and video programs that match your favourites, your interests, and what your social network likes. Fuugo™ is the first product of this new converged TV and entertainment phenomenon called Telefusion — Fuugo™ will help navigate and find what you want to see.

  • BLUESTREAK TECHNOLOGYBluestreak Technology Inc. and SafeNet, Inc. have announced a partnership to deliver an integrated solution for secure distribution of premium content that includes music and video content over 3G and wireless networks.  These new protected content delivery solutions combine the graphically rich, interactive video experiences that are synonymous with Bluestreak Technology with the increased content protection that SafeNet’s DRM Fusion Client provides. With the explosion of downloads of digital content on 3G and wireless networks, Android is quickly becoming one of the platforms of choice for open source mobile applications. Users are looking for complete interoperability and functionality in smart phones and Android has become the technology of choice for mobile applications. Android is fully adaptable to changing standards ad requirements since it can incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. The secure premium movie solution supports multiple DRM technologies for protection of premium content including full-track music and video content over broadband, mobile, and online networks. This joint solution is available today and runs on a wide variety of devices including Android-enabled phones, next generation tablets, and consumer electronic devices.

  • ENENSYS — In December 2009, the UK launched the first HDTV service in the world to use the new DVB-T2 transmission format. After extensive testing in the laboratory and over air, Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, selected ENENSYS DVB-T2 modulators for one of the launch transmitters, and a number of subsequent installations.

  • COMPIX — The Company will highlight its CynerG2 at NAB this year with a new version of GenCG software. Winner of the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit award at the 2009 NAB Show, the Compix CynerG2 HD broadcast-quality, dual-channel HD CG is the company's flagship character generator, providing unrivaled price/performance with dedicated solutions for the broadcast, sports, professional, educational, and government markets. Capable of simultaneously outputting graphics in either SD-SDI or HD-SDI, the CynerG2 packs a powerful punch into a conveniently sized 4-RU chassis.

  • HARMONICHarmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) announced the Electra8000 universal encoder was selected by Boston’s NBC affiliate WHDH-TV for the recent HD broadcast of the 7 News pre-game and post-game shows at hockey's premiere regular-season event, the 2010 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, as well as the local broadcast of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, February 12-28. WHDH-TV selected the Electra 8000 for these highly-viewed sports events due to its MPEG-2 1080i video encoding quality, compact design and improved bandwidth efficiency. For the 7 News pre-game and post-game shows at the outdoor match-up between long-time rivals the Philadelphia Flyers® and Boston Bruins® at Fenway Park, WHDH-TV used the Electra 8000 to simplify the transmission of multiple camera feeds from Fenway Park to their studio by delivering the highest quality MPEG-2 HD encoding at the lowest bit-rates in a compact 1-RU design. Electra’s multi-channel HD encoding capability at the venue eliminated the need for WHDH-TV to transfer costlier baseband HD video back to the studio.

  • STREAMBOX — At NAB, the Company will introduce the SBT3-9550, their first hardware-based encoder to offer SD or HD in a fully portable form factor for live or file-based video acquisition. Ideal for field newsgathering and other mobile applications, the SBT3-9550 offers the ability to transport full-resolution HD video at speeds up to 20 Mbps. The compact, lightweight, and rugged chassis can be easily transported in a backpack, and can be deployed in minutes with a range of power options including AC and DC connectors as well as a Li-Poly battery system. With the system's intuitive touch-screen interface, non-technical users can connect quickly and easily via dual Ethernet as well as Wi-Fi platforms such as 3G/4G mobile broadband devices including browser-capable smartphones. Additionally, the new SBT3-5300 is ideal for live news broadcasts, distribution of video to cable headends, SNG/ENG vehicles, and other video delivery applications that require high reliability and performance with minimal power consumption. The 1RU solution packages all of the advanced networking capabilities of Streambox's ACT-L3™ codec in a smaller, lighter-weight chassis — delivering unrivaled SD video quality and compression at data rates ranging from 64 Kbps to 15 Mbps. The system's advanced forward error correction and burst error protection helps to mitigate packet loss and network jitter, and its low end-to-end latency makes the SBT3-5300 ideal for video conferencing as well as broadcasting. An easy-to-use Web interface enables seamless local or remote system management.

  • STREAMBOX — At the 2010 NAB Show, Streambox will also demo a new version of its Streambox® Live™ broadband video contribution service that enables iPhone® users to upload high-quality video using the AT&T 3G network. Streambox® Live™ enables broadcasters to enhance breaking news stories with ad hoc content supplied by a variety of contributors including video journalists, stringers, and citizen reporters. The Streambox® Live™ encoder is made available at no cost. The encoder may be easily downloaded to the contributor's laptop or mobile phone to enable transmission of live video with minimal latency. At the back end, broadcasters subscribing to the Streambox® Live™ service are able to manage, track, archive, and view unlimited amounts of video uploads from contributors.

  • UTAH SCIENTIFIC — At NAB 2010, Utah Scientific will introduce a new family of I/O boards for the UTAH-400 router. These new I/O boards will allow users to choose MADI audio and IP video input and output options in addition to the existing analog and digital video (up to 3G) and analog and digital audio options. Utah Scientific routing switchers include the full range of analog, digital, and HDTV systems with integrated high-density frame sizes from 8x8 to 1056x1056 (including the 144 frame in 9 RU, 288 frame in 16 RU, and 528 frame in 20 RU — all with 3G HD capability).