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APB : APB APRIL 2016 VOL33 ISS3
April 2016 pril 2016 www.apb-news.com NEWS & VIEWS 6 W O pb-news.com www.apb-news.com NEWS & VIEWS 6 W O R L D I N B R I E F 4K broadcast passes test in South Korea SEOUL – A broadcast technology consortium led by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has successfully tested and demonstrated the world’s first end-to-end 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast using the ATSC 3.0 standard. The test broadcast also featured a live camera feed with real-time IP transmission. India’s DSO on track NEW DELHI – More than 90% of homes in India have completed the Phase III cable TV analogueto-digital conversion process, said India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The ministry added that cable MSOs and local distributors have already supplied more than 20 million addressable set-top boxes to the population. Australians prefer to view video on TV CANBERRA – About 84% of viewing of video content in Australia is on TV sets, says report by Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen. The report states 87.4% of Australians watch broadcast TV on in-home TV sets weekly, while 91.4% of broadcast TV watched on TV sets was live-to-air. Computers, tablets and smartphones comprise 15.5% of the time Australians spend watching video of any kind. | APRIL 2016 CREATION 26 MANAGEMENT 30 DISTRIBUTION 34 ‘Go digital first’ to benefit from new technologies by shawn liew KUALA LUMPUR – Before Asian broadcasters can fully derive the benefits offered by today’s emerging technologies, their foremost priority must be to complete the full transition to digital terrestrial TV (DTT), said Dr Amal Punchihewa, director, technology and innovation, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Speaking with APB after the successful conclusion of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) 2016, he related: “For instance, Integrated Broadcast Broadband (IBB) technologies and services have a prerequisite — if countries have not gone digital, they cannot fully derive the benefits of IBB.” Perhaps, appropriately, ABU DBS 2016 featured the theme of Innovating Digital Connections, with delegates discussing and debating on IBB technologies, 4K/ ❝Broadcasters need to capitalise on emerging technologies but, first, they need to go digital.❞ — Dr Amal Punchihewa, Director, Technology and Innovation, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union at ABU DBS 2016 (above) Ultra HD (UHD), 8K, high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate (HFR), among others, even as Asia continues to shut down analogue TV transmission. “A lot of stakeholders may not understand that analogue to digital is but one technology transition … Broadcasters need to capitalise on emerging technologies but, first, they need to go digital,” said Dr Amal. The ABU, however, is heartened 88 BRUSSELS – With its promise of increased flexibility, more agile networks and workflow possibilities, as well as potential cost savings, IP can be an appealing proposition for broadcasters. Key hurdles, however, remain to be crossed, attendees to a presentation of the Sandbox Live IP Production studio project were told. Facilitated by a collaboration between the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the IABM, more than 50 members of the combined broadcaster and supplier community came together to learn about and experience the “first fully IP studio” built in Europe by Belgian public broadcaster VRT. Hosting the event, John Ive, director of technology and strategic insight, IABM, asked: “Most broadcasters are facing a dilemma when it comes to re-equipping new buildings to take | VOLUME 33 | ISSUE 3 X-PLATFORM 40 Lifestyle Network offers high-quality shows in English. ABS-CBN strikes content deal for int’l audience MANILA – Philippines TV network ABS-CBN has sealed a major package deal with Prime Entertainment Group for shows for its Worldwide on Lifestyle Network. Lifestyle Network offers highquality shows in English, airing round-the-clock across the world through satellite, cable and videoon-demand (VoD) platforms. It is owned by ABS-CBN, one of the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company, which controls 71 TV stations and is today available to more than three million paying households worldwide. One of the new shows to be offered on Lifestyle Network is The Secret Album of Clint Eastwood, a documentary on the Hollywood star. Collaboration: The key driver for full IP broadcasting their businesses forward for the next five to 10 years … how much do you commit to future, unproven IT/IP technology-based technology, compared to known legacy systems based on SDI?” At the two-day event, VRT showcased the Sandbox Live IP Production studio project, a multi-camera studio system based entirely 88 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 April 201 ČĈApril 2016 www.apb-news.com NEWS & VIEWS 6 W O R L D I N B R I E F 4K UL – A broadcast technol- ogy consortium led by Seoul Broadca CA T PURE T NS T RA MI DIT B E SRIUT
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