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Teradek Debuting Prism 4K HEVC Encoder/Decoder At IBC 2019

Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:28:15 -0400

Teradek will showcase its new Prism 4K HEVC encoder/decoder during IBC 2019, Sept. 13-17, at the RAI Amsterdam. The rack-mountable solution for broadcast, live production and Pro AV applications is the first in a new line of codecs, the company said.
Prism’s 2RU chassis can house up to nine blades, each of which supports up to eight channels of audio and is capable of four simultaneous 1080p60 video feeds. The unit can encode and decode up to 4Kp60 video with 10-bit 4:2:2 image sampling.
Offering redundant power and network connections, Prism’s genlock input provides frame sync on decoder outputs. The unit supports a wide variety of streaming protocols, including MPEG-TS, RTP and RTMPS, in addition to SRT and Zixi, Teradek said.
Prism can be connected to Teradek’s IP video management and production platform Core. Doing so, enables users to configure, route, transcode and record IP video streams in the cloud.
The company is planning a near-term release of software to enable support for REMI remote production workflows.
Teradek plans to make Prism available in the fall, and the company is pricing the unit at $2,990 for the 2RU chassis, $1,990 for the 1RU chassis and $2,990 each for the encoder and decoder cards.
“When we began development of Prism, we spent a lot of time working with our customers to produce a solution that would help them transition to a 4K workflow in a cost-conscious manner,” said Nicol Verheem, CEO of Teradek. “To achieve this, we built our platform from the ground up, using a completely new encoding technology stack and a new design philosophy that is better aligned with what our customers are looking for from a next-gen encoder.”
See Teradek at IBC 2019 stand 12.E65.

Clear-Com Rolling Out FreeSpeak Edge For IBC 2019

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:55:33 -0400

Building on its family of FreeSpeak digital wireless intercom products, Clear-Com has announced that the new FreeSpeak Edge system will be on hand at IBC 2019, taking place from Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam.
Developed based on feedback from FreeSpeak II users, FreeSpeak Edge features a new 5GHz chipset that features an exclusive radio stack development optimized for intercom. It also is implementing state-of-the-art audio over IP developments in its architecture, using AES67 connections between the transceivers and the host intercom frame for flexible deployment.
With FreeSpeak Edge operating in the 5GHz band, it can be managed with frequency coordination for reduced interference while offering a range of RF channels. The higher frequencies provide more bandwidth for data that allows for finer control, additional audio channels, more robustness, lower latency and better audio quality.
FreeSpeak Edge can deliver 12kHz audio quality with ultra low latency and is able to support 100 beltpacks and 64 transceivers during productions. Users can combine the platform with the FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz systems to provide three bandwidths across a single unified communications system.
The uniquely designed transceivers and beltpacks for FreeSpeak Edge are meant to offer more customization and control to accommodate complex communication needs. The beltpack features asymmetrical concave/convex top buttons; eight programmable buttons; rotary controls on both sides; a master volume control and flashlight on the bottom; and a mic and speaker for headset-free or desktop operation. The transceiver can support up to 10 beltpacks and includes attenuation and external antennas for custom RF zones, as well as wall and mic stand mounting options.
Clear-Com will display the FreeSpeak Edge at its stand, 10.D29, throughout IBC 2019.

FCC Proposes $272,000 Fine of CBS for Misuse of Emergency Alert Tone

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:40:18 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a $272,000 fine against CBS Broadcasting for allegedly broadcasting a simulated Emergency Alert System (EAS) tone during a nationally televised episode of the sitcom “Young Sheldon.”
As the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau made clear in an Enforcement Advisory last month, broadcasting actual or simulated alert tones during non-emergencies and outside of proper testing or authorized public service announcements is a violation of the Commission’s rules and a serious public safety concern. The FCC recently reached settlements with ABC, AMC, Discovery, and Meruelo Radio regarding the unlawful broadcast of actual or simulated alert tones.
On April 12, 2018, CBS transmitted an episode of “Young Sheldon” via at least 227 television stations, including 15 of CBS’s owned-and-operated television stations. The episode included a sound effect accompanying a tornado warning, which the producers modified, but still audibly resembled actual EAS tones.
FCC rules prohibit broadcasting of EAS tones – including simulations of them – aside from actual emergencies or authorized tests or public service announcements. These rules aim to protect the integrity of the alert system by helping to avoid confusion in the event of a public threat or emergency, alert fatigue among listeners, and false activation of the EAS by the operative data elements contained in the alert tones.
As explained in the item, the FCC found that CBS’s modifications to the EAS tones did not make broadcasting such tones permissible because the audio elements used in the episode were substantially similar to the actual EAS tones.
The proposed action, formally called a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, or NAL, contains only allegations that advise a party on how it has apparently violated the law, and may set forth a proposed monetary penalty. The FCC may not impose a greater monetary penalty in this case than the amount proposed in the NAL. Neither the allegations nor the proposed sanctions in the NAL are final FCC actions. CBS will be given an opportunity to respond and the FCC will consider their submission of evidence and legal arguments before acting further to resolve the matter.

Matrox Co-Founder Lorne Trottier Acquires 100% of Matrox Group Companies

Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:18:22 -0400

Matrox logoLorne Trottier, co-founder, Matrox, has acquired 100% ownership of the Matrox group of companies, including its three divisions: Matrox Imaging, Matrox Graphics, and Matrox Video.
“This next phase represents a renewed commitment to our valued customers, suppliers, and business partners, as well as to our 700 dedicated employees worldwide,” says Trottier. “At Matrox, our culture is defined by our passion for technological innovation and product development. We maintain the highest degree of corporate responsibility vis-à-vis production quality and industry standards. I am extremely proud of our accomplishments over our 40-plus–year history and would like to thank my co-founder for his contributions.”
Since 1976, Matrox has pioneered a number of innovative hardware and software solutions for an array of high-tech industries. Matrox will continue to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology and will work closely with its global stakeholders to solve specific real-world issues.
“I look forward to championing a corporate culture defined by forward-thinking business practices, transparency, and teamwork. I am excited to lead this great organization as we implement growth initiatives,” he adds. “Matrox is a great Canadian success story. We owe this success and our bright prospects to the talented and dedicated people at all levels of this organization.”
Matrox remains committed to customers, suppliers, and partners, diligently focused on delivering excellent products and customer service, while fostering high-quality relationships.

Rosenworcel Releases Podcast with NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:14:15 -0400

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has released a new episode of her podcast, Broadband Conversations, the podcast dedicated to amplifying the voices of women from across the technology, innovation, and media sectors. Today’s episode features NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins. In 2016, Kate spent 115 days in space aboard the International Space Station. She completed two space walks—for a total of almost 13 hours of spacewalk time. She has a doctorate in cancer biology from Stanford University Medical School and was the first person to sequence DNA in space. Listeners will get to hear Kate describe how she became an astronaut, how being “off planet” gave her a new perspective on the world, and what its like working in zero gravity.
“This is one of my favorite episodes. In it, Kate describes how she went from a little girl with a love of stargazing to becoming an astronaut and working on the International Space Station. Listeners will hear Kate talk about her life “off planet,” the new perspective she gained while in space, and what she missed most from Earth. I hope everyone who listens feels inspired to reach for the skies because you may land, like Kate did, among the stars.”
The episode can be found at the FCC, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and GooglePlay.

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