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APB : APB JULY 2015 VOL32 ISS5
July 2015 July 2015 uly 2015 www.apbnews.com NEWS & VIEWS 6 W O R bnews.com www.apbnews.com NEWS & VIEWS 6 W O R L D I N B R I E F ITU marks landmark in digital transition GENEVA – The ITU has reached its 17 June 2015 deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial TV (DTT). According to the ITU, the landmark heralds the development of ‘alldigital’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and TV for 119 countries belonging to ITU Region1. IABM sets up regional councils SINGAPORE – The IABM has launched its regional councils initiative to provide local and regional support for its members. The first phase of the project will see regional councils established in AsiaPacific, North America and Europe, and an aim of the councils is to bring the issues of the broadcast and media technology industries to a wider audience. ACMA under review MELBOURNE – The Australian government CREATION | JULY 2015 18 MANAGEMENT 22 DISTRIBUTION 26 ‘IP end-to-end’ the next step forward? by shawn liew As the convergence of ICT and broadcast technologies continue to gain pace, is the broadcast industry ready to embrace the transition from traditional broadcast infrastructures to IPbased platforms? The IP domain provides the flexibility and freedom you may not necessarily find in traditional broadcast infrastructures, declared Lindsay Cornell, principal systems architect at BBC Worldwide. Cornell, speaking from firstis reviewing the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to ensure that the regulator is able to effectively deal with challenges arising from the rapidly changing communications landscape. The review will consider the current communications sector and the evolving shape of the digital media and communications environment, and how the regulator’s role should adapt to these over time. BBC Worldwide’s Lindsay Cornell: “IP is really an ongoing process; there are areas of the broadcast business that are predominately IP and there are some areas where we still have a long way to go.” hand experience in that the BBC conducted what has been described as the “world’s first” live 4K Ultra HD (UHD) production and transmission based on an entirely IPbased broadcast system at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, said: “We are continuing to work on this new project, which is a new broadcasting system — and the idea is IP endtoend!” While describing the trial as a success, Cornell is quick to add that IP in broadcast is an evolving process. Drawing on the BBC’s expe- rience, Cornell said: “One key aspect is metadata attaching. This allows you to know where material came from, who it came from, and the ability to record all the information along the way so that you don’t frantically struggle later on to identify the source.” Another big area to take note of, Cornell added, is learning how to construct very reliable, highcapacity, lowlatency networks. “The essential element for making all this happen is the IP network — it has to have a lot of connectivity and it has to be very well managed. 88 Going over-the-top not a pertinent issue ICT has an increasingly important role to play in broadcast today as more broadcasters are looking at how they can offer overthetop (OTT) services to complement their traditional linear offerings. However, while the convergence of the ICT and broadcast technologies continues to accelerate, there is a more pertinent issue facing broadcasters in the AsiaPacific region today, cautioned Dr Amal Punchihewa, technical director of the AsiaPacific Broadcast- ing Union (ABU). “The rate of DTV (digital TV) adoption in Asia- Pacific is far from satisfactory,” Dr Amal lamented. “Out of about 50 ABU members, only four have fully completed the digital transition.” Other freetoair broadcasters (FTAs) continue to simulcast in both SD and HD, which Dr Amal discourages as a longterm practice. “The ideal simulcast 88 The History channel has launched ALONE, a 10-episode series that places 10 hardcore survivalists alone in the Vancouver Island wilderness. (Image courtesy of the History channel) Making history ALONE SINGAPORE – Describing it as the “boldest and longest survival experiment ever captured for television”, the History channel has launched ALONE, a 10episode series that places 10 hardcore survivalists alone in the Vancouver Island wilderness. According to the History chan- nel, there will be no camera crew, no teams and no producers. The participants’ sole mission? To stay alive — the participant who can last the longest will be awarded US$500,000. Michele Schofield, SVP, Programming & Production, A+E Networks Asia, said: “We have seen survival shows before but never this extreme … It’s an enthralling experience to witness the challenges of survival in the wild and see the very real psychological challenges of being truly alone for an extended period.” | VOLUME 32 | ISSUE 5 X-PLATFORM 28 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015 July 2015
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