Date posted: March 5, 2015

Specialist in cloud-based monitoring and analysis to introduce solutions for the local broadcaster on up to the largest enterprise networks

At the 2015 NAB Show, Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level media monitoring and analysis, will demonstrate how linear TV services can generate deeper insight into signal performance across the air chain—down to the last mile—while transitioning to simpler software-defined platforms. On its NAB booth (N3621, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13-16), Qligent will exhibit new multichannel visualization capabilities for its infinitely scalable Vision platform, and introduce a local solution for deep on-site monitoring.

“Linear TV systems remain the bread and butter of our industry, and require a more effective way to extend signal monitoring, determine the root cause of performance issues, and accelerate response time and problem resolution,” said Ted Korte, COO, Qligent. “These are the tenets that help broadcasters and multi-video program distributors minimize financial loss and improve viewer satisfaction. Qligent is working hard to automate these tasks to help our customers free up their resources to work on more creative activities.”

The Qligent Vision monitoring platform collects data from multiple measurement points from multiple delivery platforms, and centralizes it onto a single screen for analysis and troubleshooting.

Vision is Qligent’s enterprise-level platform, offering previously unforeseen clarity of signal performance in multiplatform delivery. Through a customizable, single-screen dashboard, Vision enables user-generated intelligible KPIs, graphics and trend lines to produce a true picture of media quality through the last mile. The result is a complete understanding of the TV viewing experience across over-the-air, cable, satellite and IPTV systems, without the costs or complexity associated with bandwidth-heavy backhaul or component-driven monitoring strategies.

New capabilities in Vision amplify its value for multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs). Through its new multichannel visualization feature, Vision users can now procure and analyze multi-channel data from many sites on a single screen. This effectively allows a single operator to monitor a high density of signals network-wide from one spot, instead of working across many screens; and quickly articulate performance issues to management and engineering for troubleshooting. Since Vision is software-defined, Qligent can also offer end-to-end monitoring as an outsourced managed service for customers that want to completely free up and allocate staff to more creative, production-oriented tasks.

While Vision scales to any size, many local broadcasters and TV services only need local performance monitoring and analysis limited to a few points at most. At NAB, Qligent will introduce Point, a standalone version of Vision for monitoring many co-located signals. Point delivers the same depth as Vision, with a focus on deep on-site monitoring, baseline performance and troubleshooting of intermittent issues through extensive trending and recording capabilities. Point serves as an ideal solution to tame transitional challenges, including analog to digital TV; and baseband to IP conversions. Additionally, Point is ideal for terrestrial broadcasters facing transitions connected to advanced standards (like ATSC 3.0, ISDB-T rollouts, or DVB-T2 conversions) or government-driven initiatives, like the impending Spectrum Repack in North America and international countries.

Vision and Point both excel at improving quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) through comprehensive media analysis, with insight into signal integrity and performance up to the point where signals reach consumers. Qligent brings additional power to each system through its unique microprobes, called uProbes, which allow users to economically test, measure and troubleshoot performance issues in close proximity to the consumer. Qligent’s uProbes feed the central dashboard in Vision and Point systems, collecting data from every connection point and saving customers a lot of money and headaches tied to service issues over the last mile.

“The effort to collect, aggregate and analyze data across the multiplatform delivery chain increases exponentially as you inch closer to the last mile, where connection points escalate,” said Korte. “Qligent’s exacting software architecture can effectively gather data from any number of points and report that information back to the central dashboard, all while minimizing costs through a lightweight and intelligent infrastructure. Used as part of a Vision or Point solution, centralized monitoring of current performance naturally extends to predictive analytics and performance trends over time, helping our customers recognize potential issues that could affect signal integrity and the consumer experience before they happen.”

Ultimately, Qligent’s network-enabled uProbes further reduce the total cost of ownership of a Vision or Point solution. In addition to eliminating the cost of traditional expensive legacy components—and ensuring no intrusion on the end consumer—uProbes can be deployed anywhere across a network or delivery architecture of any scope or size without geographical limitations.

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Date posted: March 4, 2015

Cablecast servers and automation system helps PEG channel cost-efficiently broadcast and stream more than 250 annual government and public affairs meetings

As the public, education and government access (PEG) provider serving the North Dakota cities of Bismarck and Mandan, Dakota Media Access began broadcasting its government access and community media channels in HDTV on February 24, 2015. The transition to HD, which also included new multiplatform delivery for online streaming, was supported through an upgrade to its Tightrope Media Systems Cablecast infrastructure.

The upgrade swapped the existing Tightrope Cablecast SD gear for a fully integrated Cablecast HD infrastructure including broadcast playout servers, Cablecast VOD for video on demand content and Cablecast Live for streaming its content to the web. The Cablecast upgrade additionally includes HD/SD up and down conversion, ensuring that existing SD content can still be incorporated into the program schedule.

The Dakota Media Access team upgraded its Cablecast server and automation platform from Tightrope to enable live and on-demand streaming of its Community TV channels – as well as an HDTV upgrade for traditional broadcasts.

Overall, the upgrade is built on a multiplatform delivery strategy with higher quality content and flexible viewing options to drive audience numbers.

“This HD upgrade is more than a beauty makeover,” said Mary Van Sickle, executive director, Dakota Media Access. “It conveys that our programming is valuable, timely and relevant. In this competitive media marketplace, going HD and offering live and on-demand web content is essential to attracting and retaining viewers. We chose to stay with Tightrope because they offer great technology at an affordable price backed by excellent customer service. Over the years, Tightrope has demonstrated a true understanding of the unique needs of community media and a long-standing dedication to the PEG market.”

The government access channel—which is carried in HD on Channel 602 (and channel 2 for SD) on the Midcontinent Communications cable system—presents 250 live municipal and public affairs meetings that take place in Bismarck and Mandan, and Burleigh and Morton counties, annually. The community access channel programs—produced by Bismarck and Mandan citizens using Dakota Media’s studios—are broadcast in HD on Channel 612 (SD channel 12). The Tightrope Cablecast upgrade includes a dedicated server to automate the delivery of promos, messaging, weather and announcements.

Dakota Media Access has additionally made further upgrades across its acquisition and production systems to attract more community members to its facility. Like many PEG channels nationwide, the facility provides community access to its HD production studios, along with systems training.

“The reality is that the high cost of upgrading to HD is cost-prohibitive for many community media operations nationwide, but we were determined to make it work for the benefit of our local community,” Van Sickle said. “Our successful HD migration—which puts us at the vanguard of PEG operations—is owing to upgrading our infrastructure to an affordable, reliable and user-friendly Cablecast HD workflow from Tightrope Media Systems.”

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Date posted: August 20, 2014

New software solution broadens scope for innovative Super Ticker solutions, covering all operations from call letter stations to large multichannel networks

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, August 20, 2014BL Super Ticker, the robust content management and playout solution from Bannister Lake, has long been a leading choice for lightning-fast delivery of on-air graphics and data in Canada.  Bannister Lake is now bringing the workflow experience of Super Ticker to a wider North American audience with BL Super Ticker Solo, a full version of the tried-and-true software in a single-channel only configuration.  BL Super Ticker Solo reduces the hardware but retains its predecessor’s powerful feature set.

An example of data output across on-air graphics via Bannister Lake’s Super Ticker Solo

The streamlined Super Ticker Solo boils down the multichannel approach for call letter stations and other single-channel TV operations.  While the original Super Ticker architecture networks a master server with multiple, and sometimes geographically distributed players, Super Ticker Solo localizes the creative power and data-flow flexibility within a compact, single-box solution—lowering the cost of entry for local TV stations, cable access channels and small broadcast networks.  Super Ticker Solo also keeps the clean, intuitive interface to maintain ease of use, as well as limitless output and independent content zones for a high-quality, engaging and professional on-air look that plays out across many consumer devices.

“Super Ticker Solo eliminates the server overhead of Super Ticker that, while very affordable for multichannel applications, is impractical for smaller broadcast and cable stations that don’t require more than one channel,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake.  “Super Ticker Solo reduces the footprint to a 3RU chassis that is simple to integrate.  Yet, it leverages the same powerful software to creatively and reliably produce, manage and playout anything from simple news tickers and lower-third data crawls; to active, dynamic graphics and animations across multiple screen zones.”

Call letter stations can still benefit from the multi-user capability that differentiates Super Ticker from competitive systems, allowing many operators to use Super Ticker Solo across the workflow for separate graphics creation and content management functions.  Production teams benefit from a similar blend of creativity and management through an ability to combine original editorial content with automated data retrieval.  This operational freedom enables users to reliably automate playout of up-to-date news feeds, stock tickers, sports scores, weather conditions and more, while mixing in unique branded content customized for specific viewing audiences—such as revenue-generating sponsor messages.

Collectively, Super Ticker and Super Ticker Solo cover the gamut from the most modest broadcast operations to the largest networks, with both versions able to dynamically scale output using a time-based, automated rundown; or enable users to manually shift gears to very specifically address quickly changing program needs.

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Date posted: July 21, 2014

Versatile, software-defined Q’ligent Vision solution provides centralized media quality analysis from acquisition to consumption across multiple delivery platforms

At the IBC show in September, Q’ligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level monitoring, will demonstrate how its software-defined Vision solution extends the reach of media quality analysis for linear TV — all while minimizing costs and infrastructure due to its lightweight, intelligent architecture.

Using the broad reach of Q’ligent Vision, broadcasters and network operators can improve quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for consumers through comprehensive media analysis, with insight into signal integrity and performance up to the point where signals reach consumers.  The result is a full understanding of the TV viewing experience for over-the-air, cable, satellite, and IPTV delivery, without the costs or complexity associated with bandwidth-heavy backhaul and platform-specific monitoring.

Q’ligent Vision offers a software-defined architecture for QC monitoring of video and audio across the air chain, with low-cost probes that enable deep-dive analysis at very specific points.

“Broadcasters and network operators are spread increasingly thin as they manage an exponentially growing number of headends and delivery platforms,” said Ted Korte COO, Q’ligent.  “They simply do not have enough resources to allocate across divergent systems, and need to get to the root of system issues faster.  We’re giving our customers an intuitive and limitless service that centralizes all critical media quality analysis of their channel distribution, across multiple delivery platforms, onto a single user interface.”

Q’ligent Vision is one of four components that comprise the company’s complete monitoring portfolio.  Infinitely scalable, Vision is specifically used to capture, collect and analyze quality parameters for linear TV delivery, including over-the-air, cable, satellite, IPTV and OTT platforms.

Q’ligent Vision’s cloud-based software allows users to centrally visualize information collected over IP from a series of low-cost, compact, software-defined probes.  The Q’ligent Vision probes, which replace traditional, expensive components and point-based solutions, can be deployed anywhere across a network or delivery architecture of any scope or size, without geographical limitations.  Users can monitor and collect information from multiple transport streams and signal paths to intelligently test, measure, troubleshoot and verify signal integrity.

Q’ligent Vision’s intelligent architecture extends beyond centralized monitoring of current performance to predictive analytics and performance trends over time, helping users to recognize potential issues that could affect signal integrity and the consumer experience before they happen.  This capability, along with quicker response times and problem resolution, helps broadcasters and network operators minimize financial losses and increase viewer satisfaction.

Customers can gradually transition to Q’ligent Vision’s cloud-based monitoring approach.  Q’ligent’s global footprint enables users to quickly tap into the general monitoring service for a network or region, and strategically add probes to fill in additional data points as needs change, networks grow and new challenges arise.

Q’ligent will demonstrate Vision alongside its complete range of enterprise monitoring and visualization solutions at its IBC stand in Hall 8 (Stand 8.D03).  IBC takes place at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam from September 12-16.

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Date posted: July 10, 2014

New master control center, production truck benefit from multichannel scheduling and playout, slo-mo instant sports replay

Many Community TV broadcasters across the United States rely on Tightrope Media Systems to simplify multichannel scheduling and playout, but one Minneapolis-area broadcaster is leveraging the full Tightrope portfolio to establish meaningful community connections beyond master control.

Suburban Community Channels has been the Community TV and media resource connection for the northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs for more than 30 years, delivering 17 physical channels from its facility.  As the local cable franchise authority for Comcast, the PEG broadcaster delivers eight channels of programming across 12 municipalities, including discrete government channels for each community.  Suburban Community Channels populates its remaining channels with a variety of imported and locally produced content, the latter of which includes live broadcasts of high school sports.

Tightrope Cablecast servers and automation systems support scheduling and playout of 17 physical channels and on-demand content from Suburban Community Channels’ master control facility

Suburban Community Channels relies on solutions across Tightrope’s portfolio to manage all content.  In master control, Tightrope Cablecast server and automation solutions cost-efficiently deliver high-quality programming to Comcast viewers, simultaneously serving on-demand content to online viewers.  Cablecast has played a significant role for the core master control operation, cost-efficiently transitioning Suburban Community Channels from analog to SDI digital while establishing an HD-ready future.  On July 16, “On Location TV19” will become the first channel in the cluster to transition to HD.

“It was clear we needed to rebuild master control from the day I was hired,” said Michael Simonds, technical lead for Suburban Community Channels.  “We had a 25-year old system based on old analog composite video equipment and relay machine control, along with a massively sized router and automation system.  Cablecast quickly and cleanly transitioned us to a digital environment while introducing a large number of operational efficiencies—not to mention returning real estate to our master control center.  Tightrope clearly has the community media market in mind for product development, and understands the challenges we face.”

The broadcaster’s Tightrope Carousel digital signage solution supports two applications: transitional “bulletin board” broadcasts on its cable channels, and in-lobby signage for hospitality and promotional purposes

Many of the new operational efficiencies are tied to centralized workflows.  Operators can connect to the central Cablecast server from any location with web access, and schedule programming weeks in advance; or make scheduling changes on the fly.  Cablecast also allows Suburban Community Channels to quickly add new channels and applications, the most recent of which was a video-on-demand service that offers city council meetings on the website of its member municipalities.

Additionally, Tightrope Carousel digital signage solutions support transitional broadcast feeds, including bulletin boards between programs.  The Carousel systems also deliver a bright and lively mix of rotating informational programming for visitors and employees inside its lobby areas, providing an additional public-facing benefit for establishing community connections.

On board its production truck, the broadcaster uses a Tightrope ZEPLAY solution for slo-mo instant replay of highlights from varsity football and other local high school sporting events. ZEPLAY allows production personnel to quickly trigger exciting replays and build highlight packages for viewers who follow local high school sports at home.  Adding ZEPLAY to the infrastructure allows the production staff to operate across the workflow with more freedom by eliminating the more labor-intensive replay processes of the past.

“Tightrope makes their equipment very accessible, with no special software or training required to learn their products.  The user experience is really much better than competitive products, and that is especially true of ZEPLAY,” said Simonds.  “For live sports production, having four inputs and four outputs means that our operators don’t need to do any more intensive switching.  We’re no longer doing the old school method of following the puck or the ball and switching angles in real-time.  The ZEPLAY records every angle, and we can assemble what we need to enhance our sports programming.  It has simplified our live productions dramatically—just as Cablecast has simplified our master control operations.”

Date posted: May 20, 2014

New appointments fast-track product and feature development, bolster customer support in North and Latin America

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV), a provider of complete media ecosystems and software services for broadcasters, enterprises and the entertainment industry, has strengthened its research and development team to accelerate the design of innovative new managed video and OTT solutions for cable, satellite and mobile TV markets.  The company has also appointed two new seasoned client solutions managers to ensure its customer support is as strong as its technology roadmap.

The new R&D appointments will spearhead growth initiatives across the cable, satellite and mobile TV markets as well as with Telcos and ISPs enabling UNIV to focus on integrating new value-added features that appeal to these customers.  One particular focus will be continued development of its uVOD white-label solution, the first OTT-based managed video solution to support both video-on-demand and linear TV delivery.

The three new R&D team members bring proven creativity and extensive experience to UNIV. Tal Malek, an experienced video network system engineer, has more than 15 years of hands-on experience in designing, delivering and deploying high performance hardware- and software-based video systems, most recently at VITEC.

Sebastian Acevedo Diaz, technical lead, has extensive expertise in designing and developing sophisticated web applications and online media. He previously served as lead analyst for projects for global enterprises in the telecommunications field at Globant and GlobalLogic. Rounding out the new members of UNIV’s R&D team is Alejandro Miller, senior PHP web developer, who has developed interactive marketing initiatives for some of the world’s leading manufacturers, retailers and consumer product marketers, including Globallogic and Coca-Cola.

On the customer support side, Thomas Myers joins UNIV as new client solutions advisor for the US.  Over a 25-year career, his strong technical background has helped him build and manage industry-leading engineering and sales teams at Grass Valley Group, Tektronix, IP Video Systems (now Barco) and other companies. A highly respected member of the US broadcast community, Thomas is a co-founder of and holds patents for video and communications technology hardware and software.

Ulises Aristides, client solutions advisor for LATAM, is responsible for key UNIV accounts in Mexico, Central America, Chile and Brazil. He has more than two decades of experience in TV production and distribution, including international television formats and large-scale events. Mr. Aristides has provided professional services for major US, Central American and South American entertainment companies including Disney, Televisa, SBT, Red Guarani Television, and Bakus International.

“UNIV focuses on technology innovation and to customer service in equal measure, and the latest additions to our team reflect our ongoing commitment in both of these key areas. We are pleased to add outstanding professionals to our team who excel at developing valuable products and who have the expertise and commitment to tailor solutions optimally for each customer’s needs,” said Pablo Goldstein, CEO of UNIV. “We welcome the outstanding group of new members to UNIV R&D and client solutions teams and anticipate working with them to serve our customers even better going forward.”

About UNIV: Challenging the Future of TV

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) develops and implements powerful video software-as-a-service and managed service solutions for OTT delivery, digital workflows, second-screen applications and media archives. Based on advanced networking and digital video technology, UNIV video solutions are agile, accessible and affordable for broadcasters, content providers and media companies. Through close consultation and collaboration with its customers, UNIV empowers enterprises and broadcasters to leverage media to advance their business goals. Visit the company’s website at

Date posted: April 29, 2014

EDINA 16 is Comcast’s first HD PEG channel in Minnesota

Edina Community Channel 16 in Minnesota recently became the state’s first Public Access-Educational-Government (PEG) channel to broadcast in HD on Comcast cable systems, with technology from Tightrope Media Systems supporting the transition and new production workflow.

Run by City of Edina’s Communications and Technology Services Department, the Emmy-Award winning station, known as EDINA 16, produces multiple HD/SD PEG channels.  Content is stored on four Tightrope Cablecast SX server and automation systems, with programs like the biweekly Agenda: Edina news program and Beyond the Badge, a monthly show about public safety in Edina, playing to air according to the station’s schedule.

EDINA 16’s mission is ambitious, featuring live coverage of the City of Edina’s City Council and Planning Commission meetings mixed with news and public affairs programs.  Local residents can access programming on Comcast Channel 813 (HD) and Channel 16 (SD).

“Our Cablecast SX systems are the lynchpin of our operation,” said Scott Denfeld, video production coordinator for Edina Channel 16.  “They enable us to schedule and deliver professional broadcast quality channels with a very lean staff and limited budget.  It allows us to keep our citizens informed and engaged in their local government and community.”

The staff gets a lot of mileage out of their Cablecast systems.  The City of Edina bought two HD and two SD Cablecast SX systems last summer when Comcast decided to entrust them with the public access and educational channels of this franchise’s PEG initiative — known as Southwest Community TV.  Responsibility for government channels within that initiative was assumed by each of the respective municipalities.  However, the nearby community of Eden Prairie asked Edina to produce its local government channel.

The EDINA 16 operation has grown bigger as a result.  In addition to Eden Prairie’s HD government access channel, the staff also produces Public Access Channel 15 and Educational Channel 14 serving five Minneapolis suburban communities — viewable live on their local Comcast cable systems.  Government content produced for EDINA 16 is also available on-demand at The City of Edina’s website and YouTube channel.

Denfeld stresses that all of this expansion would not have been possible without the flexibility and reliability of Cablecast.

“Cablecast’s ease of use and operation includes automation software to schedule live and repeat shows with drag and drop ease, and its Front Door user interface gives us Web-browser based remote monitoring and control of all four Cablecast servers,” Denfeld added.  “With 4 TB of storage and support for popular formats like H.264, MPEG 2/4, QuickTime, AVI, and WMV, we’re able to schedule and playout shows to our broadcast and web outlets in a reliable, streamlined workflow.”

According to Denfeld, Edina’s City Manager Scott Neal and Communications and Technology Services Director Jennifer Bennerotte have “a big creative vision” for this local Public Access/Education/Government initiative.  As Chair of the Southwest Cable Commission, which oversees the franchise area’s PEG programs such as EDINA 16, Neal also played a key role in the selection of the Tightrope Cablecast system and supporting gear.

The four Cablecast systems reside in two seven-foot tall equipment racks in a refurbished storage room in Edina City Hall.  The modest facility includes multiple cameras and a portable video production system with green-screen backdrop that can be set up in the Council Chambers.

“Tightrope’s Cablecast has helped us turn a City Hall storage room into a fully functioning, multi-channel HD/SD broadcast television facility complete with automated scheduling and web-based remote access,” Denfeld said.

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Date posted: April 2, 2014

New Cablecast Reflect service, integration with Open Media Project emphasizes quality of experience for live, on-demand viewers   

Tightrope Media Systems is increasing the quality of experience for local cable access station viewers with new multiplatform streaming solutions to support live and on-demand content, including TV programs and local government meetings.  At the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth, Tightrope Booth C6508), Tightrope will introduce new cloud-streaming solutions and legislative software integration within its Cablecast server and automation products, extending capabilities without increasing workload for station operators.

The new Cablecast Live Reflect and VOD Reflect services automatically populate on-air content to both the central Cablecast server and its associated cloud environment.  Files and streams are automatically stored and subsequently delivered to targeted platforms, including the web and mobile devices.

New cloud streaming features for Cablecast improve bandwidth management for PEG stations and community broadcasters delivering live and on-demand content online

Importantly, Tightrope’s new Cablecast Reflect services help PEG channels and community broadcasters preserve network resources by freeing up bandwidth traditionally used by on-site storage and playout applications.

“By leveraging the cloud, our customers can reallocate bandwidth to other important network needs,” said Steve Israelsky, Broadcast Solutions Lead, Tightrope Media Systems.  “Similarly, our larger broadcast audiences can leverage the Reflect services to free bandwidth for streaming popular live events, where large online viewing audiences are expected.”

Both Reflect services deliver multi-bitrate streams to ensure high-quality playout across every consumer platform.  Broadcasters can additionally set stream quality levels for VOD programs to provide the best possible balance between on-screen content and required network bandwidth resources.

Open Media Project – For Governments

Tightrope has also announced an integration with the Open Media Foundation’s cloud-based, open-standards government webcasting solution. Called Open Media Project for Government (OMP), the software seamlessly integrates with Tightrope’s Cablecast Live, Cablecast VOD, and Cablecast Reflect streaming services.  The integrated solution already has a successful launch at the state and local government levels in Colorado.

The OMP software service includes searchable, integrated session libraries and agendas; and time-stamped, indexed video to quickly access specific bills, issues and other content of interest. Integration with Cablecast servers provides Tightrope’s government and educational customers with a feature rich and affordable solution for covering live public meetings and offering them on demand.

“Tightrope’s customer-friendly approach to content scheduling and playout aligns well with our open-source approach of empowering governments and nonprofits with affordable video-on-demand solutions,” said Tony Shawcross, executive director, Open Media Foundation. “Together, our integrated solution provides easier access to richer content so viewers can more effectively see their governments at work.  Following the successful Colorado project, we’re excited to launch the service nation-wide in partnership with Tightrope.”

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Date posted: April 1, 2014

Software-defined, multi-platform approach minimizes broadcaster losses and improves the viewer experience, spanning thousands of parameters and hundreds of locations

Signal monitoring in the multiplatform delivery universe has yet to fully mature, with many broadcasters applying a traditional component-based approach across an expanding media distribution ecosystem.  The recent formation of Q’ligent, which will exhibit at next week’s 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10, Booth N907), addresses these limitations with unique enterprise-level monitoring and visualization solutions, helping broadcasters unveil a true picture of the media experience for consumers across every delivery platform.

Q’ligent’s early 2014 formation fills a critical industry need by aligning the key properties of an enterprise network management system with the evolving media distribution ecosystem, covering satellite, cable, terrestrial, IPTV, OTT and mobile platforms.  The new company was formerly part of the Melbourne-based Tecom Group, which for 20 years has provided custom workflows and engineering services to the broadcast and telecom markets.

Q’ligent’s software-defined approach can monitor thousands of parameters across hundreds of locations.  Its intelligent architecture extends beyond centralized monitoring of current performance to predictive analytics, recognizing potential issues that could affect signal integrity and the consumer experience before they happen.  This capability further sets Q’ligent apart from competitive solutions, allowing customers to drill down to any signal parameter in the network and compare performance trends over time.

The elimination of various hardware-centric point solutions traditionally used to identify signal and network issues further simplifies the end-to-end monitoring and visualization chain, reducing costs, infrastructure and complexity – while accelerating response times and problem resolution.  The result is an enterprise-level solution to real-time problem identification and data collection that minimizes financial losses and increases viewer satisfaction.

“We believe there is a substantial void in enterprise-level solutions for media stream and content verification across the full distribution chain to the end consumer,” said Ted Korte, COO, Q’ligent.  “Our uniqueness is in the enterprise approach to collecting all pertinent information related to content delivery, from local advertising insertions and content rights violations; to network outages and general troubleshooting tasks.  Collectively, our solutions emphasize media quality of service to reduce overall labor and cost of ownership for broadcasters, while ensuring a consistent consumer quality of experience wherever viewers are enjoying TV content.”

Q’ligent will demonstrate its complete range of enterprise monitoring and visualization solutions at its NAB booth, including distribution, contribution, distribution and local splicing applications.

Date posted: March 20, 2014

White-label uVOD solution improves on leading video-on-demand streaming services with support for live TV channel delivery

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV), a provider of complete media ecosystems and software services for broadcasters, enterprises and the entertainment industry, will debut a new front-end interface for its white-label uVOD video-on-demand (VOD) solution at the 2014 NAB Show. In an innovative, value-added twist on the Netflix-like user experience it offers, the portal enables subscribers to view real-time linear TV as well as on-demand programming.

The uVOD Web Portal combines intuitive user navigation and account management with well-organized content libraries for live and on-demand streaming of over-the-top (OTT) content.   Unlike competing services, the uVOD Web Portal also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming.  Easy-to-use navigation tools allow consumers to smoothly browse through selections, clicking or highlighting dynamic thumbnails to retrieve trailers, program description and other information.  Easy-to-understand account management steps also allow consumers to choose subscription or transactional models from the service provider for both linear and on-demand programming – an industry first.

UNIV has integrated adaptive bit streaming into the uVOD platform, with automatic recognition of bandwidth conditions to deliver streams at the most appropriate speed.  This ensures the best possible consumer experience on any user device, including smartphones, tablets and OTT media players.

“We’re convinced that no other vendor offers a similar service of uVOD’s depth,” said Pablo Goldstein, CEO, UNIV.  “Only a few companies offer OTT models in software-as-a-service structures at an operator grade to give both the consumer and the service provider a unique experience.  We are advancing it several steps further through the uVOD portal.”

The service provider benefits beyond being able to offer a dynamic and user-friendly VOD service to its customers.  Everything about uVOD ties to the CMS (content management system), which is essential to uVOD’s design as a white-label service.  uVOD automatically loads the look and feel of the operator, from logos to color schemes, along with the programs and movies that the operator has the rights to deliver.  This is essential as it accelerates time to market while increasing profitability.

Additionally, a flexible back office structure integrates the service provider’s billing systems with uVOD’s managed services platform to automate billing and subscriptions.  That integration can be easily disabled if the service provider wishes to handle these business processes in house.

At its NAB booth (N8023), UNIV will demonstrate the multiplatform capability of its white-label uVOD video-on-demand (VOD) solution, playing out content to iOS and Android tablets.  The demonstration will explore the new uVOD Web Portal, including its personalized front-end interface and navigation of content libraries.  The demonstration will also show the back-office capabilities that automate billing, subscriptions and other transactions.

Interested parties can contact to schedule in advance of the show, which takes place April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, to schedule an appointment.

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