How to Repurpose Encrypted Cable Feeds Quickly in Full HD

Cable operators and broadcasters frequently repurpose video content from cable for rebroadcast or to post on their websites. The programming helps to further their reach into multiple markets and different types of programming.  Sports and news departments, in particular, need a fast and easy way to record encrypted cable feeds in full HD for multi-platform broadcasting.  For example, call letter stations often repurpose content from a major cable network for their news or sports programming.

Repurposing content involves creating multiple versions of a piece of content to distribute and monetize over different distribution technologies to multiple target audiences.  Video content may be produced in high quality, but encoded into different formats (e.g., MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, VC1, Apple ProRes), different standards and frame rates (DVD, PAL, NTSC) , and for different delivery methods (DVD, broadcast or cable TV, satellite, IPTV or streaming). Broadcasters and cable operators increasingly need multi-format, multi-screen encoding and decoding solutions that can handle the transcoding and simulcasting needed for a streamlined workflow and an efficient operation. Major service providers such as ad agencies, content distribution companies and post-production houses need well-integrated equipment that can help them quickly create many versions of a piece of content to effectively target different segments.  The video must be formatted for different audiences at different times and delivered to various viewing devices like TVs, iPads, computers and smart phones.

To accomplish this today, most broadcasters use multiple set-top boxes to record the desired incoming cable feeds.  The cable feeds are recorded in SD and up-converted to HD prior to repurposing or rebroadcasting.  These set-top boxes take up valuable rack space. Additionally, the two-step process of recording and then up-converting wastes valuable time.

Digital Nirvana’s MediaPro IQ  system uses advanced cable card technology to record encrypted cable feeds in full HD for rebroadcast and repurposing. This content repurposing solution enables news and sports departments to repurpose HD content from cable and broadcast channels quickly using fewer systems.  It eliminates the need to maintain multiple set top boxes that take up valuable rack space and removes the cost of buying multiple DVRs.  MediaPro IQ records from ASI, ASI/IP, SD/HD-SDI, ATSC, QAM, NTSC, PAL or DVB-T/C/S2 and can record from one to hundreds of channels.

With a MediaPro IQ system, users can easily edit, clip and publish live or recorded content in real-time.  Searches are performed based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption, as-run logs, traffic logs, alarm and discrepancy logs and time/date or channel filters.

MediaPro IQ is compatible with several web browsers, including: FireFox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome.  iPad, iPhone, and Android interfaces are also available. Video can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and XDCAM and other formats for content repurposing.

Learn more by registering for Digital Nirvana’s webinar, “Fast, Easy Content Repurposing from Cable” on Tuesday, February 12th from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST at www.digital-nirvana.com.   Or visit us at NAB 2013 at booth N3434.

Stations Monitor Compliance Issues Independently, but Group Management can also Perform Remote Checks

Newark, CA, January 16, 2012 – Fisher Communications, Inc. [NASDAQ:FSCI], a Seattle-based broadcast communications and media company, announced that Digital Nirvana’s MonitorIQ Essentials 3.0 is the station group’s chosen platform for regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring.

MonitorIQ provides Web-based, HD/SD channel monitoring, logging, compliance, and diagnostics/QC, as well as archiving of content recordings for up to 90 days. MonitorIQ Essentials is one of four versions designed to tailor MonitorIQ to the varying requirements of broadcasters.

“So far, we’ve installed MonitorIQ at three of our stations, including KOMO-TV4 in Seattle and KATU in Portland, OR in 2011, and KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, CA this year. Our plan is to eventually deploy it across the entire station group,” said Lee Wood, regional director of engineering for Fisher Communications, in Seattle, WA, which operates 13 full power and seven low power television stations across the U.S.

To verify regulatory compliance or diagnose technical issues on the recorded air-checks, MonitorIQ lets station engineers and operators watch HD video and listen to individual audio channels to check the quality their viewers experienced during the live broadcast.

They can also double-check the presence of vital metadata, such as closed captions, the Nielsen NAVE II Watermark, and picture identifier data (PID) embedded in the transport stream, as well as loudness levels now regulated by the U.S. CALM Act.

“All of our stations will use MonitorIQ primarily for regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring of our off-air HD and SD DTV channels,” Wood added. “Also, should a question ever arise as to whether a commercial spot ran as scheduled, MonitorIQ lets us to create a Windows Media video clip of the ad in the context of the programming to prove it ran as planned. Having this capability protects and preserves strong customer relations, revenues, and our credibility.”

While each Fisher station will manage and maintain its own compliance air-checks independently, station group management can check anything in any of their stations’ MonitorIQ databases remotely.

With its Web-based access and intuitive search tools, MonitorIQ ensures that any desired video segment will be readily accessible, easy to find, and viewable from any browser. Searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can be easily edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

“With mandates related to loudness levels, closed captioning, and other regulations, broadcasters need capable, scalable solutions designed to monitor their off-air signals for compliance,” said Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Nirvana. “MonitorIQ also serves as a quality control solution that automatically logs technical issues, such as dropped audio or missing closed captions, and provides links to the video for easier access and review. We’re extremely pleased that Fisher Communications has entrusted their regulatory compliance and loudness monitoring to MonitorIQ.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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For more information, contact:

Robin Hoffman
Pipeline Communications
277 Valley Way
Montclair, NJ 07042
Cell: (917) 763-8069
robinhoffman@pipecomm.com
www.pipecomm.com

Ned Chini
Digital Nirvana
39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 200
Newark, CA 94560
510-226-9000 x707
nedchini@digital-nirvana.com 
www.digital-nirvana.com.

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