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APB : APB JULY 2014 VOL31 ISS7
NEWS & VIEWS July 2014 5 New technologies pushing 4K closer to reality www.apb-news.com | JULY 2014 | VOLUME 31 | ISSUE 7 S’pore aims to be a ‘Smart Nation’ 88 88 BEIJING – Chinese VoD (video-on- demand) service Sohu, Singapore terrestrial broadcaster MediaCorp and Thailand’s Bangkok Enter- tainment Company (BEC) have obtained the broadcasting rights to Rising Star, a reality TV singing competition. The series is a joint venture between KI, the global distribu- tion and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of Dick Clark Pro- ductions. The show was first aired on US TV network ABC, and is said to have been picked up by more than 27 broadcasters worldwide. Rising Star uses an interactive talent format that the distributor said, “hails a new era in home en- tertainment, its launch marking the first real-time voting by viewers via an innovative free app which is fully integrated into the show”. The programme will be avail- able on Sohu immediately after its US broadcast. MediaCorp will air the show on its Channel 5 in prime- time on Monday nights following the Sunday night US broadcast. BEC has not yet confirmed a slot. NEWS & VIEWS 6 CREATION 16 MANAGEMENT 20 DISTRIBUTION 24 Android TV gains partners CALIFORNIA – The Android TV interface, which Google officially unveiled last month, will be built into TV sets, set-top boxes and game consoles, after Google announced partnerships with Philips, Sharp, Sony, Razer and Asus. Interfacing with both live and streaming TV, viewers can use Android TV to access an EPG or scroll through channels and broadcast content to their TV. Broadcasters urged to adopt 4K SINGAPORE – Satellite executives, speaking at the CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum held in Singapore last month, have urged broadcast- ers to start transmitting in 4K Ultra HD (UHD). UHD would likely be a mass-market proposition by 2019-20, said Thomas Wrede, VP of broadcast systems at SES. EBU delivers World Cup in 4K GENEVA – The European Broad- casting Union (EBU) is delivering highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil in 4K UHD. Highlights of the UHD feed have included all of the knockout stages of the tournament, with RRsat providing the EBU with the uplink facilities to carry the 4K feeds to the Asian footprint of EBU’s EUROVISION network. WORLD IN BRIEF 28 X-PLATFORM by shirish nadkarni SINGAPORE – Singapore will make optimal use of the latest technol- ogical advancements to realise its vision of becoming a “Smart Nation”, similar to European “smart Rising Star, which first aired on US TV network ABC, is making its way onto screens in Asia. SINGAPORE – With the emer- gence of new technologies that support 4K transmission, Asia-Pacific could be closer to a 4K reality than some might believe. DVB-S2X is as close as it gets to approaching the Shan- non limit, said John Loke, vice- president, Network Engineer- ing and Operations, Measat. The DVB-S2X standard is an extension of the DVB-S2 specification, which offers improved performance and features for the core applica- tions of DVB-S2. Loke added: “We are A rising star in Asia Dr Yaacob Ibrahim (with the lapel pin), Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, checking out what’s hot, what’s cool at BroadcastAsia2014. Measat’s John Loke explaining at last month’s CommunicAsia2014 how the satellite transmission of 4K UHDTV video, distributed via the new DVB- S2X standard, was carried out. cities” like Barcelona, Santander and Amsterdam. This was revealed by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communi- cations and Information, at the opening ceremony of imbX 2014, which encompasses BroadcastAsia, CommunicAsia and EnterpriseIT, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Conventon Centre last month in Singapore. The minister said that a key component in Singapore’s Smart p01-09–nv.0714.indd 5 3/7/14 9:39 AM 1/7/14 12:07 PM SoftCastIntegratedSolutionforBasebandandIPChannels SingleAutoma onSystemforIPandSDIChannels AdversingSales TrafficScheduling MAM Baseband Ingest&QC Now integratedwith SAPPHIRE ForASI–IPAdInsertion Baseband ChannelInaBox ASI–IPIngest TurnaroundandAdInseron www.so cast-technology.com So wareforBroadcast
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