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APB : APB MARCH 2014 VOL31 ISS3
NEWS & VIEWS March 2014 5 Preserve spectrum for future TV services www.apb-news.com | MARCH 2014 | VOLUME 31 | ISSUE 3 Sochi Games a precursor to 4K broadcast format 88 88 NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 16 MANAGEMENT 22 DISTRIBUTION 26 India’s satcom boom NEW DELHI – Demand for regu- lar C- and Ku-band satellite capacity in India is expected to grow at 6% yearly between 2013 and 2023. According to a recent Euroconsult repor t, the “significant” growth over the past five years has been driven by “explosive demand” from DTH pay-TV platforms and growing telecom needs in India. MediaCorp’s 4K plan SINGAPORE – Singapore broad- caster MediaCorp will consider deploying 4K technology after its digital roll-out is completed in 2016, Joe Igoe, CTO of Media- Corp, told APB. For the time being, MediaCorp will devote its resources to ensure quality digital and HD transmission, said Igoe. EBU-TT-D launched GENEVA – The European Broad- casting Union (EBU) has published the EBU-TT -D specification, an XML-based format that allows implementers to provide users with a subtitle experience “at least as good” as that on current TVs. WORLD IN BRIEF 30 X-PLATFORM by shawn liew SOCHI – While major sporting events have long held the power to galvanise the passions of sports fans around the world, they have also become the test-beds for new broadcast and transmission technologies. The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico was the first Olympics to be broadcast live in colour; the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was the first to be aired in 1080p HD; the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa saw the first 3D broadcast of football’s biggest event. And the tradition continued at last month’s Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, as 4K, or Ultra HD, acted as a precursor of the new production format that will prevail in the not- too-distant future. In the US, Comcast, through its KUALA LUMPUR – The time has come for broadcasters in Asia to lobby their national regulators and governments to protect and pre- serve the broadcasting frequency spectrum, urged the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). As analogue transmissions continue to be switched off, more spectrum frequency will be made available for the provision of new services by both telecom and broadcast operators, noted Dr Amal Punchihewa, director of technology, ABU. However, the tussle for spec- trum is beginning to create a serious strain on broadcasters. Dr Amal explained to APB: “Today, broadcasters all over the world subsidiary NBCUniversal, captured part of the 2014 Winter Olympics, including the opening ceremonies, in 4K, while Russian pay-TV opera- tor NTV+ reportedly transmitted 4K content to selected public areas around Russia. With another major sporting Local Contact www.tslproducts.com See P20 TSL Products’ Head of Audio; Martin Dyster talks about MADI making a comeback. Studio Audio Monitoring E: email@example.com T: +86 135 011 89864 MADI Infrastructure is Alive and Well Increase revenues through the adoption of compressed domain video workflows. Learn more on Page 25 www.mediaware.com.au are under pressure to give up some of the spectrum allocated to broadcasting services for the use of telecom services. “This is also the case in almost all countries in the Asia-Pacific, where broadcasters are being asked to vacate and relocate their event — the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this June — on the horizon, will 2014 be the year that heralds the arrival of 4K broadcasts? “4K remains an experiment from a broadcast perspective and is an early look at a future technol- ogy, in spite of the accessibility of [4K] displays to consumers,” An- drew Anderson, general manager, Group Broadcast Services, Seven Network, told APB. “However, from a production perspective, 4K is the future acqui- sition and production format for short- and long-form production. Already, producers and produc- tion companies are producing and mastering in 4K.” In the interim, 4K transmis- sion is likely to be limited, as Chris McCloskey, vice-president Sochi Games offers a glimpse of 4K in action: Will 2014 be the year that heralds the arrival of 4K broadcasts? p01-11_nv.vl.0314.indd 5 19/2/14 11:34 AM GenghisKhan @ Contactusforatrialorademo So wareSolutionsforBroadcast TheNextGreatForceFrom Asia www.softcast-technology.com CostEffective MediaAssetManagement FlexibleAutomation TraditionalDeviceDriver, ChannelinaBoxorHybrid EdgePlayout AdInsertion AdInsertion ContentCensorship Traffic&Scheduling News–NRCS OptimisedforDell