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Ennes Workshop Abstracts at the NAB Show

Streaming Media Tutorial

This seminar starts with an introduction to the streaming environment and ecosystem, discussing current and near term player markets in computer, mobile and OTT markets, including Flash, HTML5 and iOS and Android devices. Then it will take a deep dive into producing H.264, currently the only codec the can reach all relevant target markets. It will conclude with a look at how to encode for single file and adaptive delivery to desktop, mobile and OTT devices and an overview of distribution options like Online Video Platforms, Content Delivery Networks and the Cloud.

"Talkin' 'bout my generation” – Media Consumption Patterns – Myths and Realities

In this short talk, John Footen will present data on how media is consumed today. Many have said that consumption patterns have shifted across generations; but is it true? Do Millennials, Gen X/Y, and Boomers really consume media differently, simply because of when they were born and what was available to them in their formative years? Or is there something else that explains the differences in the data? This presentation will graphically present the latest in consumption data and trends across television, internet, mobile, social media and more and explore what this means for the future of broadcasting.

Audio Video Bridging

Since Ethernet went into use in 1973, many have struggled to make it work for audio and video applications. While most are proprietary, resulting in incompatibility between equipment, IEEE (which governs the Ethernet standard) has produced Generation 1 AVB; an extension of the Ethernet standard designated 802.1BA or AVB (audio and video bridging). Given that AVB includes such subtleties as synchronization and creates a low latency, deterministic environment; the standard may herald an alternate design for and change fundamentally the installation and operation of audio and video facilities. The presentation will outline how Ethernet is extended to become AVB, and how this relates to many proprietary Ethernet applications.

Mobile Devices Location and Authentication Technologies; What they are, and how they could benefit Broadcasting

Beyond GPS which had some large public exposure for the last ten years or so, multiple other solutions have been put in the market, or will be put in a near future, primarily in the handset and mobile device markets. Among them, high sensitivity GNSS (GPS plus other satellite constellations) solutions, that have some success indoors, have been introduced for the last few years. Another emphasis, and about to be on the market within one to two years, is on indoor solutions that are fusing multiple sensors, such as inertial, WiFi or other local Signal Of Opportunity, and Wireless Wide Area Network. For indoor navigation or accurate positioning (1 to 10 meters) the solutions are still in the making, but a lower accuracy such as the mile level, multiple solutions are already available with limited to no extra power requirement.

This presentation will discuss the various methods available for geo-location in the wired and wireless Internet, with high level technical description on the principles involved. There will be some further discussion, as to how these technologies may be applied for geo-fencing applications, such as enforcement of license restrictions, or the viewer usage reporting. Another associated issue is about spoofing or tampering with the position and the ways to mitigate them by authenticating the position from a third party point of view.

Lunch Break

Barbra Lange, SMPTE introduces noon session

Making Integrated Production Systems (IPS) Work

Social media and alternative screens are transforming how, when and where viewers are consuming broadcast content. This presentation will cover the challenges of multi-platform content delivery, addressing the technology, workflow and delivery options that make it realistic, and affordable to meet viewer demands. The discussion will focus on what works and why, and how to overcome the technical challenges that extending programming across multiple screens.

Cable… Moving to IP

Analog cable has all but vanished, and live TV distribution has become largely QAM based, but for a variety of reasons, Cable is moving to IP… a place that Telcos ,mostly already are, and some argue Broadcast will most certainly become as we see ATSC and others line up for the eventual alignment of Broadcasting with the IP world. This presentation speaks to the why and how Cable is transitioning, and how that affects Broadcasting. The power of IP distribution enables interesting, powerful, and undoubtedly beneficial opportunities for Broadcasters, as well as MVPDs (multi-channel video program distributors).

latakoo; Case Study of an Internet Video Delivery Solution

Uploading to the Internet is a problem. Bandwidth is constrained, and becoming more expensive. The problem is compounded when trying to send large video files. This presentation reviews some of the ways latakoo is confronting this through a combination of compression, bandwidth optimization, and a sharing platform that simplifies the video file transfer.

Meet Granville Klink

Granville Klink, Jr. is not exactly a well-know name in broadcast engineering circles, even though he worked in this field for nearly 70-years. What distinguishes him from his contemporaries was his proclivity for saving paper. In doing so, Klink unknowingly created one of the best private collections of radio and television history, including equipment and personality photographs, station documentation, and just about anything else that crossed his desk or workbench. Even though Klink went to his reward in 1997, his vast store of memorabilia remains intact and accessible. The author’s presentation provides a glimpse at some of the more interesting artifacts in the Klink collection as well as to Klink himself.

Fragmentation -- the Challenge New Media Faces Reaching Consumers

Jake Sigal loves his SmartPhone, apps, music, driving and being available for contact at all times through all mediums. What he doesn't love is that every single app, phone, and car is reaching him in really complicated way making it tough to access and be accessed. Join Sigal as he points out the macro issue at hand: fragmentation. He will be able to discuss the state of the connected industry, areas that need improvement and brands that are on their way to getting it right.

AES X192

We clearly have a networked future. The ability to deliver a diversity of media over a common infrastructure is compelling. What's more compelling is the ability to do this in non-vendor-specific way. Media networking systems are built from a common palette of network technologies and standards. Media network and IT experts have, over the past 15 years, established best practices for implementing these systems. Work done over the past two years in the AES-X192 task group in cooperation with SMPTE and EBU have codified these practices into a proposed interoperability standard. This presentation will explain the scope and motivation of the work and discuss the future of high-performance media networking in broadcasting.

Multicasting in a Unicast World

Octoshape has taken a unique approach to both over-the-top video delivery and video delivery to multiple screens in an effort to enable and offer the large scale, high quality and reasonable pricing of traditional broadcast TV to broadband and mobile networks. Using native and AMT Multicast (Automatic Multicast Tunneling), this delivery method overcomes the traditional obstacles inherent in deploying multicast over best effort / unmanaged networks, which include network segments that do not support native multicast. This new video delivery technology provides a sustainable ecosystem for scaling linear broadcast over-the-top efficiently in the last mile over existing deployed capital infrastructure, as well as allowing for predictable cost models for linear broadcasters. The design objective is to reduce costs, improve quality and increase audience size capabilities, even above the quality levels achievable by current Adaptive Bit Rate technologies. The presentation speaks to the design decisions and tools selected to accomplish this.

Providing an OTT Service – How Skitter Works

Understanding the market for OTT content and who are the consumers of this new product, defines how to design the next generation delivery platform for live TV. Usage trends for OTT show that the TV market is fragmenting into groups based upon age and economic status. To address these industry changes, Skitter has created both the technology and delivery partnerships focused on providing live TV to OTT enabled devices.

The foundation for delivery of live TV is the encoding platform. Skitter has locations, in partnership with telephone companies, around the USA where complete Skitter IPTV headends are installed. The video output is delivered as MPEG4-AVC using ABR and delivered to the clients using HLS. Skitter developed a Subscriber Management System that limits delivery of live TV channels based upon, DMA’s, type of playback device (set top box, IPad, etc.) and a way to limit the number of streams to an authorized subscriber.

DMA limitation is supported by restricting how a subscriber signs up for a service, by tracking payment type to physical address along with GEO-Blocking by IP how signals are delivered.


MPEG-DASH is the first adaptive bit-rate HTTP-based streaming solution that is an international standard. We will take an in-depth look at how MPEG-DASH can be used to bring high-value content to multiple screens. The presentation covers using MPEG-DASH for adaptive streaming to different devices, content protection with MPEG-DASH, and building advertising workflows with MPEG-DASH.


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