Liberty Global chief technology officer Balan Nair

first_imgLiberty Global chief technology officer Balan Nair has been named as programme committee chairman for the next US SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, due to take place from October 13-16 next year in New Orleans. Nair will be responsible for driving the creation of the Cable-Tec Expo 2015 programme, including the development of educational content that will accelerate global deployment of next-generation products and services, as well as the subject matter for an October 13 pre-conference symposium. He succeeds Tony Werner, executive vice-president and CTO of Comcast Cable, as programme committee chair.“Balan Nair and Liberty Global have been unparalleled in spearheading the internationalization of cable technology,” said Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE.  “His experiences in the global marketplace will bring a unique perspective that will help us to grow the value of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo for the cable industry in the United States and abroad.”last_img read more

Content security specialist Verimatrix has introdu

first_imgContent security specialist Verimatrix has introduced an expanded range of VideoMark content tracking and watermarking solutions. The company said that , using different components of an extended VideoMark toolbox and the integrated hardware subsystems of system-on-chips (SoCs), it now offers a comprehensive spectrum of forensic anti-piracy capabilities within its Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) Ultra architecture.The latest VideoMark live profile is designed to protect linear content against real-time re-broadcasting threats and subscription fraud and offers a more secure approach to existing watermarking methods for live broadcasts, according to Verimatrix.The VideoMark live profile enables a flashing mark that is unobtrusive, yet quick to read and analyse. The mark is embedded at the pixel level and can be secured using the Verimatrix proprietary algorithm, which is embedded in the video pipeline of the SoC hardware, which Verimatrix contrasts with the use of more susceptible on screen display (OSD) methods. With VCAS Ultra, Verimatrix is able to offer an integrated system to generate, deliver and display the mark, creating a secure workflow straight to the device.As part of this workflow, Verimatrix is offering VideoMark/Reveal, a set of tools to extract and interpret the embedded payload. For live events, it provides a way to identify the mark to block leaks as they appear with results and interpretation direct from a mobile device.The VideoMark live profile and VideoMark/Reveal live tools are the newest components of the VideoMark toolbox, which offers watermarking solutions. The flagship VideoMark forensic profile protects early release content movies and HD and UHD content from attacks.According to the company, a growing ecosystem of SoC suppliers have integrated VideoMark with their advanced chipsets to support 4K/UHD content, including Broadcom, Marvell, MStar, and HiSilicon. Verimatrix is also collaborating with major TV and TV SoC suppliers to provide this same level of VideoMark integration.“Watermarking is an important component of Verimatrix’s layered content and revenue security strategy. With the flexibility of the VideoMark toolbox, we are building on our watermarking heritage, broad SoC partner ecosystem and content owner relationships to bring a comprehensive and integrated set of solutions for operators,” said Verimatrix CTO Petr Peterka. “It is well known that re-broadcasting piracy is a growing threat to operator revenues, particularly with sports. The VideoMark live profile was developed as a better alternative to effectively identify marks and block leaks of live content in real time.”Verimatrix will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 4.A59last_img read more

Moroccan mobile operator Orange Maroc is to launch

first_imgMoroccan mobile operator Orange Maroc is to launch an Orange Films et Séries video-on-demand service after securing approval from the country’s regulator, the Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA).Régis DeliereOrange Maroc will make the VOD service available to pre- and post-paid mobile subscribers, according to local reports. The service will make films and series available in Arabic, French and English. According to Régis Deliere, head of consumer at Orange Maroc, the company could commission its own content in the future.Orange has not yet revealed its content line-up or the price of subscriptions.Deliere was quoted as saying that Orange Films et Séries would be available on multiple screens via the operator’s Orange et Moi app and that the aim was to make it a prominent part of the gateway to all Orange services.The HACA authorised Orange Maroc’s holding company Medi Telecom to commercialise Orange Films et Séries in December for an initial period of three years.Rival operator Maroc Telecom offers VOD services from Starz Play and Icflix, while the country’s number three player Inwi offers MBC’s Shahid Plus streaming service. Icflix has meanwhile taken the plunge into local production with Moroccan film Burn Out, directed by Noureddine Lakhmari, which was released theatrically last October.Orange Maroc has about 13 million mobile subscribers in Morocco, making it the number two operators after Maroc Telecom. The company is 49% owned by Orange, with government investment group Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion and industrial group Finance Com holding 25.5% each.last_img read more

brands into new territories and reach millions of

first_imgbrands into new territories and reach millions of new people throughout EMEA,” said Kasia Kieli, president and managing director, Discovery EMEA.“Discovery’s strategy is to connect with passionate audiences across the globe and the HGTV brand creates a very powerful opportunity to provide a dedicated home brand that fuels people’s passions, builds a community spirit and works across multiple platforms for audiences and commercial partners.”HGTV’s content is split across six pillars: buying and selling; home renovation; flipping; home improvement; and dream homes. Discovery said that HGTV viewers in Germany will be able to access more than 500 hours of premier program content per year.Discovery completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive in March 2018. The combined group comprises channels such as Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, TLC, HGTV and Animal Planet among others, and owns over 8,000 hours of programming. Discovery is due to launch home and lifestyle network HGTV in Germany, marking the channel’s first European rollout since Discovery completed its takeover of Scripps Networks Interactive last year.HGTV will go live in Germany as a free-to-air channel in June and Discovery said that further launches will follow. The channel launched in Poland two years ago, prior to the Scripps deal.“We are incredibly excited to be announcing the launch of HGTV in Germany and start using our scale and expertise across EMEA to expand HGTV and other key real-life entertainmentlast_img read more