Broadcasters Tout IP Progress At TV2020

While the move from SDI to IP continues to pick up speed, more development — and better cooperation among key stakeholders — is still needed to improve advertising technology and deliver better measurement in order to complete with digital competitors like Google and Facebook.

TVNewsCheck, October 18, 2018 11:27 EDT by Glen Dickson 

Major broadcasters and programmers are well on their way to transitioning to Internet Protocol (IP)-based technology for their everyday operations, and several are already taking advantage of cloud services to receive and distribute programming. But more development — and better cooperation among key stakeholders — is still needed to improve advertising technology and deliver better measurement in order to complete with digital competitors like Google and Facebook.

Those were the big takeaways Wednesday at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020 conference, where top engineers gathered for the panel discussion “Technology Shaping Business Models” and described where they are focusing their investment dollars.

“We’re all in, and to be honest, I don’t think there’s any other way to be today,” said Discovery CTO John Honeycutt of his company’s move to IP.

As Honeycutt explained, Discovery has “taken the bold step” of moving all content aggregation and linear distribution for its non-sports channels on a worldwide basis to the public cloud, using Amazon Web Services. So far, 300 linear TV channels have been moved, representing its U.S. and European footprints for network such as Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet, and the company is currently in the process of moving the recently acquired Scripps cable networks to the cloud.

“We’ll complete the Scripps integration in the spring, and then move to our Asia and Latin America portfolios in 2019, and essentially our entire footprint will be there,” Honeycutt said.

Using the cloud for Eurosport, the European sports giant that Discovery acquired in 2015, is a “different conversation,” said Honeycut, since latency is still an issue for live sports programming.

“That said, the utilization of IP for remote production, for aggregation of signals, is fully available, fully capable and in progress,” he said. “We’re big believers. It serves not only the linear business but also our OTT business and our direct-to-consumer platforms. It’s really the foundation of the future, and frankly, the transition to me is inevitable.”

Another early adopter of cloud technology is Disney-ABC Television Group, which moved all of its cable networks to a private cloud architecture several years ago using technology from Imagine Communications. Disney-ABC has also connected its stations to the cloud, through an LTN Global Communications IP network, to help them serve content to the bevy of digital MPVDs that have popped up in the last three years.

“The way I look at IP is it’s allowed us to do things that we would have had to say no to a year and a half, two and a half years ago,” said Brad Wall, SVP of broadcast operations for the Disney/ABC Television Group. “We can now say as an industry, and as technology and operations executives, ‘Yes’ to new programming decisions, to new things that come our way.

“Where it would have cost us millions of dollars, it would have cost us a year or a year-and-a-half of engineering and development, we can now spin those up and spin them down very quickly. IP, at a minimum as a distribution mechanism, has allowed us to do that.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group has been distributing its digital subchannels for years via LTN’ s IP terrestrial network. Last year Sinclair went to the cloud, using Imagine software and LTN connectivity in conjunction with the Microsoft Azure cloud, to launch a three-hour block of children’s programming across its stations. After proposing the service in March 2017, it launched “KidsClick” in July 2017.

There were some early technical problems, said Sinclair SVP-CTO Del Parks, such as getting audio normalization software to work properly on a service that spun up from a different server each day. But those were smoothed out by September 2017 and the service has run reliably since then.

“It’s pretty flawless, it just works,” Parks said.

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Smart City Networks and LTN to provide fully managed broadcast services from Convention Centers across the US

SAVAGE, Md., April 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meeting planners and event attendees can expect a new service at conventions and conferences; an easy and reliable way to broadcast video. LTN Global Communications, Inc. (“LTN”), the global leader in broadcast quality IP video transport solutions, has partnered with Smart City Networks, the nation’s leading provider of telecommunications services for the meetings and conventions industry to provide LTN services within Smart City managed convention facilities.

Smart City provides a wide range of technology services at 39 event facilities across the continental US and Hawaii.

“Smart City continues to look at ways to enhance the client experience at our partner facilities by partnering with LTN to provide a cost-effective and simplified process for broadcast/multicast video transport as opposed to traditional satellite truck solutions,” said Terry Funk, Director of Business Development at Smart City Networks.
LTN is outfitting a limited number of Smart City facilities with LEAF appliances during an initial rollout phase, prior to full deployment.  These units will provide low latency MPEG 4 HD encoding and decoding along with access to their fully managed multicast network.

“We are truly excited to be opening up Smart City’s highly popular facilities to event producers and coordinators who want to connect to traditional broadcasters as well as digital and social media platforms,” said Chris Myers, EVP, Business Development at LTN. “LTN’s partnership with Smart City will provide seamless video transport services along with the other telecommunications services, with simple one-stop booking and coordination.”

According to Myers, “Until recently, it has been expensive and time consuming to bring in legacy satellite and optical fiber transmission to facilities like these.  Smart City is simplifying the process to get your message OUT or bring your speakers and remote guests IN to these conferences.”

To learn more about LTN and the LTN LEAF appliance, visit them at The National Association of Broadcasters 2018 convention (NAB), at Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Suite #1430. Meeting and demonstration sessions are being offered from Monday, April 9th through Thursday morning, April 12th. Contact Reece Apmadoc at rapmadoc@ltnglobal.com to schedule an appointment.

About LTN

LTN Global Communications has revolutionized the video transport industry with an innovative, IP-based live video delivery service that meets or exceeds broadcast quality standards. LTN’s service has been widely adopted by major broadcasters, media companies, content creators and owners and is connected to over 2000 sites globally.

LTN’s unique, patented technology was designed to combine the reach and flexibility of the Internet with the quality and reliability of a private network. The network enables live video delivery with consistent low delay and high quality, with 99.999% reliability, on a global scale. For more information, please visit www.LTNGlobal.com.

About Smart City Networks
Founded over 30 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry and the 19th largest employer in central Florida. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 39 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, call 702-943-6000 or visit www.SmartCityNetworks.com.

Rich Rozycki, LTN Global Communications
Telephone: (646) 832-1952

LTN on Pace to Deliver over 4000 Sports Events in 2018

SAVAGE, Md., April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LTN Global Communications, Inc. (“LTN”), the global leader in broadcast quality IP video transport solutions, continues to see remarkable revenue growth of 85% per year in the sports market. From collegiate to professional sports, more and more customers trust their content to LTN.

LTN’s unparalleled growth in high value sports events has been driven by the Network’s expanded reach and footprint.  LTN has completed several direct high bandwidth connectivity projects to sports destinations including ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, BAMTech, and others. LTN’s footprint into athletic venues now exceeds 400 stadiums and arenas nationwide.

Starting with Spring Training, LTN delivered over 100 baseball games from Cactus League and Grapefruit League ballparks to regional sports networks and MLB Network. MLB delivery continues into the regular season as LTN has been selected as an International Distribution partner. Every game of the 2018 season will be available via easy portal access from the LTN Network to those with international MLB licensing agreements.

Most recently, LTN provided transmission for hundreds of regular and post season men’s and women’s NCAA basketball for a variety of networks including ESPN, CBSSN, Fox Sports Regionals, Stadium Network, beIN Sports, Spectrum Sports, NBCSN and NBC Sports Regionals.  This included post-season games for multiple conference tournaments and the NIT, CIT and CBI. In addition, LTN provided live broadcast services of NCAA Final Four coverage from San Antonio for CBS Sports Network. 

Delivery of events is not limited to TV stations, national networks and regional sports networks. In 2017, LTN provided hundreds of hours of digital streaming and distribution of sporting events to the most popular social and online platforms, including Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, Mixer and YouTube. These events included hockey, e-gaming, poker, lacrosse, soccer, and other sports. This growth is expected to more than triple in 2018.

“The strength of LTN’s 24/7 fully managed sports network is the ability to provide high quality game feeds from hundreds of venues in a simple, cost-effective, and reliable manner to both linear and digital receive sites. LTN powers delivery to all major national and regional sports networks, hundreds of local TV stations, and direct to consumer digital destinations anywhere in the world,” said Tom Buffolano, VP, Business Development, Sports.  “Our continued exponential growth is a testament to the increasing adoption of LTN as a primary video transmission solution in the sports industry.”

To learn more about LTN, visit them at The National Association of Broadcasters 2018 convention (NAB), at Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Suite #1430. Meeting and demonstration sessions are being offered from Monday, April 9th through Thursday morning, April 12th. Contact sales@ltnglobal.com to schedule an appointment.

About LTN

LTN Global Communications has revolutionized the video transport industry with an innovative, IP-based live video delivery service that meets or exceeds broadcast quality standards. LTN’s service has been widely adopted by major broadcasters, media companies, content creators and owners and is connected to over 2000 sites globally. 

LTN’s unique, patented technology was designed to combine the reach and flexibility of the Internet with the quality and reliability of a private network. The network enables live video delivery with consistent low delay and high quality, with 99.999% reliability, on a global scale. For more information, please visit www.LTNGlobal.com.

Rich Rozycki, LTN Global Communications
Telephone: (646) 832-1952

LTN Cloud Access Goes ‘All-Access’ with Industry First, Occasional Use Service

SAVAGE, Md., April 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – LTN Global Communications, Inc. (“LTN”), the global leader in broadcast quality IP video transport solutions, has expanded LTN Cloud Access for video transport to Occasional Use services. Booking broadcast quality video transport for games and events into public and private cloud platforms is now only a click away.

LTN Cloud Access was announced in 2017 and quickly moved into production use for a number of full time channels. Now the familiar LTN web booking portal can be used to book Occasional Use transport in and out of public cloud environments like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. By streamlining the process and pricing models, organizations will be billed for only the exact time used into or out of the Cloud on a simple hourly model. 

“LTN Cloud Access was critical in extending the network effect of LTN into the Cloud,” said Michal Miskin-Amir, Chief Technology Officer, LTN. “Customers are looking at moving playout or transcoding or other workflows into the Cloud, especially on an occasional use basis, because of the economic advantages of not having to invest in their own infrastructure. With this new service, LTN is now providing a video transport service that supports these customers cost-effectively, while maintaining the high quality and reliability of service that customers expect from us.” 

The flexible and hands-off model powers a uniquely simple way to enable countless cloud-based services and workflows.  Video transport in and out of the Cloud is possible through LTN managed peering sessions into customer-provided accounts.  Customers only have to manage their own video processing or playout system instances and LTN takes care of the transmission.  

“Everyday our customers are finding new cost-effective tools inside of these public cloud platforms,” said Michal. “These tools have previously been difficult to access on an ad/hoc basis. Now LTN is making it possible for broadcasters and digital providers to take advantage of everything the cloud platforms enable.”

To learn more about LTN and LTN Cloud Access, visit them at The National Association of Broadcasters 2018 convention (NAB), at Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel Suite #1430. Meeting and demonstration sessions are being offered from Monday, April 9th through Thursday morning, April 12th. Contact sales@ltnglobal.com to schedule an appointment.

About LTN

LTN Global Communications has revolutionized the video transport industry with an innovative, IP-based live video delivery service that meets or exceeds broadcast quality standards. LTN’s service has been widely adopted by major broadcasters, media companies, content creators and owners and is connected to over 2000 sites globally. 

LTN’s unique, patented technology was designed to combine the reach and flexibility of the Internet with the quality and reliability of a private network. The network enables live video delivery with consistent low delay and high quality, with 99.999% reliability, on a global scale. For more information, please visit www.LTNGlobal.com.

Rich Rozycki, LTN Global Communications
Telephone: (646) 832-1952

Technology Chiefs Eye Future Efficiencies

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Newstechforum 2017
By Glen Dickson 
TVNewsCheck, December 13, 2017 1:12 PM EST 

While the pace of technology change in television news has been dizzying over the past decade, broadcasters’ shift to Internet-based tools is still in its early days, according to top engineers speaking at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum in New York on Tuesday.

During the panel discussion “Tech Leaders on the Future of Newsroom Technology”, moderated by G.A.P. Media Group CEO and former Fox technology exec Andrea Berry, representatives from the broadcast and vendor communities described how IP delivery, cloud-based workflows and powerful media asset management systems will make it easier for broadcasters to capture, share and distribute news content.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be in this business than today, ever,” said Del Parks, SVP-CTO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Sinclair has embarked on two major initiatives based on cloud technology. One is an enterprise-wide deal with Avid Technology for cloud-based editing and content management systems across its 65 news-producing stations. In addition to eventually standardizing editing platforms across Sinclair, which has been on an acquisition spree in recent years, the long-term Avid deal will also implement a content management system that will store proxy versions of each station’s stories in the cloud to facilitate easy sharing amongst the group.

Sinclair is about two-thirds of the way to completion in converting to the Avid software systems, which run in a virtualized environment at each station on common off-the-shelf IT hardware. Parks said the next step is to develop a media asset management (MAM) system that will better help Sinclair share content among stations. The group shares about 500 stories per week, through a mix of FTP (file transfer protocol), Avid systems and a Masstech product.

Sinclair also chose a fully cloud-based system to launch its “KidsClick” daily children’s programming block last July, eschewing traditional playout gear for Imagine Communications software running in the Microsoft Azure cloud, with LTN Global Communications providing IP delivery to stations. Sinclair had already been using LTN’s network to deliver its digital subchannels Charge!, TBD and Comet.

“KidsClick is all IP,” said Parks. “The only time it goes to HD-SDI is at the TV station, because the encoders take HD/SDI in.”

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