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APB : APB APRIL 2014 VOL31 ISS4
NEWS & VIEWS March 2014 7 Cloud takes centre stage at NAB Show www.apb-news.com | APRIL 2014 | VOLUME 31 | ISSUE 4 Act now to protect spectrum @WRC-15 88 88 NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 24 MANAGEMENT 32 DISTRIBUTION 38 Satellite industry calls for C-band retention WASHINGTON – Eutelsat, Intel- sat, Telesat and SES have called for C-band in the satellite spectrum to be retained leading up to WRC- 15. Speaking at A plenary session at last month’s Satellite 2014 show in Washington, USA, the satellite operators stressed that C-band remains the backbone of satellite broadcasting around the world. DVB-S2X specification approved GENEVA – The DVB Steering Board has approved DVB-S2X, which provides new extensions to the DVB-S2 specification. The enhanced specification is said to offer spectral efficiency gains by up to 20%-30%, and for some scenarios, gains of up to 50% can be achieved, according to DVB. Digitisation provides tangible benefits in India NEW DELHI – The digital transi- tion in India is having a positive impact, delegates at last month’s CASBAA India Forum 2014 were told. This included more band- widths available for more chan- nels and greater incentive to provide better content and to invest in infrastructure. WORLD IN BRIEF 44 X-PLATFORM by shawn liew KUALA LUMPUR – Time is running out, and broadcasters are facing the very real prospect of losing even more spectrum to mobile service providers as WRC-15 looms near. Act now by lobbying govern- ments and national regulators to preserve spectrum for broadcast services, was the urgent call to broadcasters at Asia-Pacific Broad- casting Union’s Digital Broadcast- ing Symposium held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last month. “What broadcasters need to keep in mind, is the fact that it is governments who will head to Ge- neva next year for the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) WRC-15 conference,” reminded Philip Laven, chairman of The DVB Project. Laven told APB: “At the ITU, it is governments that will make the de- LAS VEGAS – In recognition of the increasing role cloud technol- ogy is beginning to play in the broadcast industry, the spotlight falls on cloud-based workflows at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, which takes place from April 5-10. Chris Brown, NAB’s executive vice-president of Conventions and Business Operations, explained: “ Today’s content creation work- flows require both the flexibility and security to allow crews to shoot in remote locations while colla- borating with editing and visual- effects departments that may be housed halfway around the world. cision. If your government doesn’t understand the issue [of spectrum allocation], they will make the wrong decisions at WRC-15.” “Cloud-based production and distribution workflows are critical to this new reality, and NAB Show tackles head on the challenges of such complex work environments, and how to successfully implement them.” At WRC-15, one of the key agendas will be the consideration of additional spectrum allocations C M J CM MJ CJ CMJ N APB_2014.ai 1 13/03/2014 12:13:37 Now is the time to lobby governments and regulators to make a strong case to preser ve broadcast spectrum at WRC-15, delegates were told at last month’s ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium. SINGAPORE – Singapore ter- restrial broadcaster MediaCorp and Malaysian integrated media investment group Media Prima will be co-producing a 13-episode drama series entitled Kasih Berbisik (Whispers of the Heart). To be produced by the two companies’ content creation arms, Primeworks Studios of Media Prima and MediaCorp Eaglevision of MediaCorp, the series will be filmed in HD and aired on TV3, Media Prima’s free-to-air channel in Malaysia, and on MediaCorp Suria, Singapore’s Malay-language TV channel later this year. Kasih Berbisik’s cast includes Keith Foo, Nora Danish and Tasha Shilla from Malaysia, as well as Hi- syam Hamid and Nurul Aini from Singapore, and Isti Ayu Pratiwi from Indonesia. The drama series will also fea- ture an international backdrop as filming will be done in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. TV3, Media Prima’s free-to-air channel, will air Kasih Berbisik, a co-production between Media Prima and MediaCorp, in the second half of this year. MediaCorp, Media Prima to co-produce drama series p01-10_nv.vl.0414.indd 7 17/3/14 3:04 PM ProductionMAM News Automation Playout 1System forSDto4K www.softcast-technology.com GetThe Picture BIG SD
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