The Buying Guide to File Transfer Technologies: What You Need to Know to Handle Successful File Transfer in a New Media World

OTT , SVOD, AR, 4K, EST, HDR, VR, 8K and a host of other new formats, platforms and business models are transforming today’s media and entertainment industry. Can your file transfer system keep up with the lightning pace of innovation?

This buying guide and checklist, written by George Winslow in collaboration with Signiant, will put you on the right path when choosing a hands-on file transfer system.


A look at data privacy practices for video service providers

In a new white paper from Verimatrix, TechPolis and Castlebridge surveyed senior data-policy staff at video service providers across the globe to identify how they measure up to the five core elements of data policy best practices.

What they found is an industry playing catch-up with the perspectives and concerns of their customers. Furthermore, the findings reveal a low level of maturity in the governance of personal data among video service providers.

Download the executive summary of these results to find out how you can improve your own data privacy policies and increase value for your customers.

The power of logical broadcast control

Consumers expect seamless high quality from broadcasters. They are also increasingly demanding in production values: where once a single camera would suffice, now there is an expectation of multiple cameras, graphics and effects. And this is happening in an environment of increasing budgetary pressure. Things are getting complicated.

This TVBEurope e-book by TSL Products looks at broadcast automation and the simplicity and flexibility it can offer.

The impact of IP on broadcast service delivery and the vendor opportunity

IP is now recognised as a viable content distribution platform for the broadcast industry, thanks to its ubiquity and maturity as a technology standard. IP represents a flexible and inexpensive solution to the changing demands and habits of consumers globally, but it also brings with it a requirement for broadcast service providers to re-engineer their systems and processes. Naturally, there is some resistance to this change, given the years of investment in existing systems, the upheaval in transitioning to a new platform, and re-architecting the many hundreds of supporting functions required to get content from studio to screen.

This white paper will examine the impact of IP on broadcast service delivery and explore the opportunities for vendors in adopting IP solutions.

5G technology for live production beyond the Arctic Circle

In April 2017, the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK transmitted a live 150 hour documentary following reindeer along their 100km trek to the coast of Norway. With no infrastructure in the Arctic areas of Norway and no feasible satellite contribution service, an emerging 5G technology with phased array antennas was used for the contribution.

Learn how the spectacular spring migration was delivered live to Norwegian homes with new 5G technology.

Next generation IP routing for live production

While a large part of broadcast has already converged to IP for all non-live infrastructure, the live domain remains the last bastion of SDI and other point-to-point signal flows. This challenge is not unique to the broadcast world. Many other industries have experienced the same transition, ultimately to the benefit of those industries and to the customers they serve.

This webinar by EVS addresses the problem of managing and monitoring live flows in an all-IP broadcast infrastructure.

Broadcaster cyber security requirements for suppliers

The Digital Production Partnership has issued requirements for cyber security for broadcasters. These were initially developed by the NABA (North American Broadcasters Association) Cyber Security group and supplemented by the DPP to reflect the needs of both organisations broadcast members. The requirements are intended to create an open dialogue with media suppliers towards more consistent and effective compliance with cyber security best practices.

Building your own CDN for video delivery: Why, when and how

TV services are in the midst of immense disruption enabled by online services. OTT capable consumer device sales will grow from 2.9 billion units in 2016 to 3.5 billion units by 2021.

As OTT video consumption grows, regional density is emerging as one of the most important factors in the decision to use a private or a commercial CDN. This white paper will take you through build vs. buy considerations for CDNs, looking at industry use cases, research by Frost & Sullivan, and industry best practices.

Analytics in content QC

Analyse! Measure! Optimise! A core management principle is anything that can be measured can be improved further. Conversely, if you can’t measure something, you can’t improve it. This white paper from Interra Systems offers an overview of file-based quality control in a world of increasingly complex workflows.

Five things you need to know about implementing a multi-CDN strategy

A CDN is a system of geographically dispersed servers that facilitates the delivery of digital content with high performance and high availability. The idea behind a CDN is to move content much closer to end users. Instead of centralising digital content on a relatively small number of servers, the content is cached across many servers distributed around the globe.

Learn how to build and optimise your CDN with this white paper from Limelight Networks.

Experience event technology by Adam Hall

The Adam Hall Group is dedicated to designing, developing and providing innovative products and solutions for professionals in the field of event technology. Founded more than 40 years ago, the company has become a trusted manufacturer as well as a distribution partner offering a full-scale portfolio of pro audio, lighting, stage equipment and hardware – never losing sight of our core philosophy to deliver trusted quality at competitive pricing.

Watch this video to learn more about Adam Hall’s history, products and vision for the future.

Broadcasting reboot – a new golden age of media

Appointment TV was the norm in the Golden Age of Television, a period that lasted from 1949 to about 1960. Viewing habits didn’t change much until 1977, when the VCR was introduced in the US, offering viewers a hint of what on-demand and user-controlled programming could look like. Then, in 1999, ReplayTV and TiVo changed viewing habits forever when they launched the first digital video recorder (DVR). Now we live in an anytime, anywhere paradigm with web-connected and mobile viewing.

This white paper, the third in a series by Dell EMC, focuses on four aspects related to OTT content delivery: programming distribution methods, the basics of OTT, delivery components and the storage requirements for delivering OTT video to a variety of viewing devices.

The next generation media facility

The second in EMC’s M&E Technology Agenda ebook series, “The next generation media facility”, lays out the benefits, trajectories, and hurdles for media workflows based on the fundamentals of new converged compute, networking and storage infrastructure. The report focuses particularly on the use of converged infrastructure (CI) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and on their impact across a broad range of workflows for post, live event, and broadcast.

Ebook: More than technology

Technological innovation has never been more exciting, but it’s just an enabler for business transformation, This TVBEurope ebook from Sony looks at the new ways technologies, including IP and HDR, are helping brands do better work and attract bigger audiences, but ultimately it’s the talent, not the tech.

The IP transformation: What it means for M&E storage strategies

The trifecta of Ethernet/IP networking, more powerful servers, and clustered storage is radically changing new video facility design and dramatically opening up new business opportunities for media companies.

This ebook is the first in a series by EMC on trends in storage strategies and reviews the current state of the art for media system design, describes what is on the drawing board for the future, and discusses how it will affect the M&E storage planning horizon

Webinar: IP and the broadcast industry

This webinar presents the findings from SAM’s Global IP Barometer. Over 1,000 media professionals, primarily in Europe and North America, replied to a series of questions related to the broadcast industry’s transition to IP. Phil Myers, SAM IP Product Manager shares key learnings from the study including the timeline for the IP transition, the internal skills gaps affecting broadcast professionals as well as industry and technology concerns.

The presentation is followed by a discussion regarding open IP standards and what these mean to the industry and of the initiatives that AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) is driving.

(running time: 55mins)

Report: Digital data storage outlook 2017

This second annual report from Spectra Logic makes predictions on the future of digital storage. Among other predictions, Spectra Logic believes solid-state disk (SSD) storage will become the norm in the mobile and personal computer sector, two-and-a-half-inch 15,000 RPM magnetic disk will be displaced by enterprise flash and three-and-a-half magnetic disk will continue to store the majority of cloud data.

For more, download the full report.

Report: The future of mobile video

Cartesian’s mobile video report, in collaboration with Mobile World Live, provides an in-depth analysis into current and future trends of smartphone video consumption, currently the biggest traffic driver on today’s mobile and Wi-Fi networks.

The study is split into five key topic areas: device preferences for video, smartphone video content trends inside and outside the home, barriers to using smartphones for video, mobile video access, and the role of industry stakeholders.

Through the survey, this study has garnered opinion from operators, vendors, MVNOs and mobile video service providers, providing an insight into future consumer and business trends expected to be shaped by the mobile video phenomena.

Hogarth Worldwide uses StorNext to keep up with expansion

Global marketing agency Hogarth Worldwide needed a storage solution that could provide collaborative workflow across multiple sites and platforms, and easily scale to support future needs. The company has used Quantum’s StorNext to collaborate on projects no matter what platform they are using.

Download the case study to learn more.

Developing HEVC-based codecs with good analysis tools

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is an emerging standard designed for encoding and decoding video streams. It can be stored and delivered more efficiently and economically than such predecessors as H.264 or MPEG-2 and delivers an average bit rate reduction of 50% over H.264 with higher quality at the same bit rate. Demand for high quality video for consumer-driven applications has driven this standard into prominence.

This white paper from Interra details the technical issues around developing HEVC-based video codecs, including complexity, compression, quality and buffer analysis.

Agile field-to-audience news infrastructure

In this e-book from Sony the company delves into the perpetual upheaval that is TV news. In the following pages, the company analyses the difficulty in pinning down today’s news audience, lays out five reasons for considering its journalist-friendly Media Backbone Hive and takes a look at the latest news studio renovations at Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Webinar: Demystifying live and on-demand OTT workflows

The world of OTT video delivery is increasingly competitive. Akamai Technologies’ Peter Chave delivers a webinar on improving your workflows and quality of experience. Topics include defining and measuring quality, live and VOD workflows, avoiding transcoding errors and streamlining advertising.

Take 15 minutes out of your day and watch it now!

Webinar: The Broadcast Operations Control Center (BOCC) – increasing visibility and understanding

Akamai created its Broadcast Operations Control Center to support OTT video providers in the new online ecosystem. Located at the company’s US headquarters, the facility was designed to help ensure the reliability of OTT services through a combination of highly trained technical staff and a host of monitoring, analytics, reporting, quality and availability measurement tools.

Learn more about the Akamai BOCC and how it can help your OTT business in this Akamai webinar.

Quality control and monitoring in OTT workflows

OTT and video streaming are here to stay, and broadcasters need to brace up for the new viewing habits by embracing OTT workflows. Ensuring right delivery of technically sound content is critical. The right set of quality control tools are a must to ensure that you stay ahead in the OTT race. This white paper offers some solutions for maintaining high quality OTT output.