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Digital Nirvana Gears up for AMEC Summit

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Global Summit takes place this week from May 16-18 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event focuses on media evaluation and communication research. Digital Nirvana is a show sponsor, where a bold theme to reflect the disruption and innovation taking place in communications has been chosen for the 2017 show.

At the AMEC Summit, we’ll demonstrate our services for media monitoring and measurement, including support for media analysis, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, clipping and indexing, and managed services.

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Introducing Our New Automated Sports Clipping Service

NAB is a little over a week away, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our new products and services at the show. Come visit us in Booth #SU13113!

One new Digital Nirvana offering that we just announced this week is our automated sports clipping service. Designed to enable broadcasters to easily capture and share every fast-paced moment in a game, the sports clipping service is coupled with automated caption synchronization, empowering users to publish sports media content online and via social media without time lag while complying with new FCC regulations.

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Visit Digital Nirvana at NAB 2017

The NAB Show is taking place in Las Vegas next month, and we’re gearing up for the big event! The Digital Nirvana booth highlights will include the newest version of our flagship MonitorIQ platform, the CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) transport stream recorder, as well as closed captioning solutions. Visit us at the show in Booth #SU13113 to see all of our latest media management solutions.

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MonitorIQ offers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, repurposing, logging, compliance and archiving functions. Our latest version features cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring functions with a user-friendly interface. It also includes HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, and incorporates the ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance. Our stand-alone cloud-based OTT monitoring solution, AnyStreamIQ, and content repurposing solution, MediaPro, will also be on display.

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Closed Captions and New FCC Mandate For Online Video

The following article was written by our CEO, Hiren Hindocha, and originally appeared on The Broadcast Bridge here.

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This year’s FCC mandate on closed captioning need not be seen as yet another weight on broadcasters’ backs. Implemented as part of an automated system or outsourced to a qualified provider, adding accurate and immediate closed captions is another way for viewers to search and find your content.

TV broadcasters in the U.S. looking to re-run live programming online must implement the same closed captioning on their online video. Effective January 1st, 2017, the FCC regulation mandates closed captioning for all video montage clips that are published over the web if that same programming was captioned when shown live on TV in the U.S.

And effective July 1st, all live and near-live programming that runs online must be captioned if that same program included closed captions when broadcasted. A 12-hour delay is permitted for online clips after the live programming first ran on TV and the same has been set at 8 hours for near-live programs.

To provide the best possible viewer experience and comply with FCC guidelines, captions must be in perfect sync with the video. Imagine a sports highlight clip where captions lag behind the video by 10-15 seconds, as is the norm with manually produced broadcast captions for live news, sports, etc.

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HLS Video Streaming Provides a Superior Viewing Experience

With the rapid increase of internet and video content delivery, efficient streaming has gained significant importance in recent years. There are numerous challenges in this continuously evolving field of video delivery, and technologies are competing to find a place in this fast growing area. An immediate challenge in video delivery is to combine metadata with multiple audio languages to enable a high-quality viewing experience. Content generation for adaptive streaming and support for multiple streaming technologies is critical for acceptable Quality of Experience (QoE). Moreover, the extinction of Flash and the advent of HTML5 has opened up new avenues for video – including advanced native support for multimedia playback.

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Additionally, increased growth in portable devices has accelerated demand for a richer mobile viewing experience. Content delivery systems have been battling hard to deliver a television-like viewing experience to multiple platforms. The demand for multi-screen delivery with minimal latency is the latest challenge in the broadcast industry. A recent dominant content delivery network report found that video contributes to more than half of today’s internet traffic and is predicted to grow in the coming years. As people migrate to streamed media, there is a need to guarantee QoE that is similar to a standard TV.

Television broadcast in general carries auxiliary information in addition to program content starting with closed-captions in multiple languages, multiple language audio streams, ratings information and emergency information. Some popular streaming technologies, such as Flash/RTMP, are not well equipped to provide QoE with all the auxiliary data – and not all mobile devices support Flash. Considering the above, one of the best ways to generate next generation content delivery is HTTP Live Streaming, known in short as HLS.

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HLS is an HTTP-based media streaming communications protocol implemented by Apple software. One of the reasons why HLS is a superior standard is its support for metadata, including SCTE-128 closed captions and multiple audio streams. Specifically, SCTE-128 is a closed-captioning standard for MPEG2/H264 compressed video, where the caption data is stored as user-data in MPEG2 and supplemental enhancement information (SEI) in H264 video. Similarly, multiple audio streams can be added to MPEG-TS natively.

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Year-End Recap: Celebrating a Successful 2016

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on all that was accomplished throughout the past 12 months. We want to take this time today to recap the big happenings here at Digital Nirvana in 2016.

Throughout the year, we introduced several new technologies to the market, including the latest version of our MonitorIQ media management platform. Version 5.0 allows cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring, and includes a VOD Server to view content on any connected Smart TV device. Available as a SaaS model that can record and monitor IP-based streams in a virtual machine, MonitorIQ 5.0 supports HTML5 and HLS streaming and includes a new, easy-to-use interface for faster content search and retrieval. The MonitorIQ platform delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving functions, along with competitive analysis and content repurposing capabilities.

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Another area of advancement for Digital Nirvana in 2016 was our closed captioning offerings, as we unveiled new automated closed captioning and caption synchronization services. Integrating cloud-based technologies and an expert captioning team, Digital Nirvana provides closed captioning, near-live caption synchronization of clips for IP delivery, automated captioning and much more – helping broadcasters to save time and money and comply with FCC guidelines.

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MonitorIQ 5.0’s New Multi-View Monitoring Function

The latest MonitorIQ media management platform, version 5.0, incorporates many features that were created in response to user feedback, including its multi-view monitoring capability.

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Broadcasters monitor several channels simultaneously in the course of their daily operations. Of course, scrolling back and forth between channels is cumbersome. So, we’ve incorporated multi-view functionality for easy viewing of multiple channels at once. There are a few ways that users can take advantage of MonitorIQ’s multi-view option:

The first way to access the multi-view capability is through the user’s ‘Monitor’ page – which displays thumbnail screens of HD or SD channels. A customer can use this feature to view all channels at once. MonitorIQ Version 5 enables a consolidated view of all services currently being monitored by the media management platform. This screen will show alerts of any broadcasting errors that the platform finds, enabling quick and easy problem identification. The ‘Monitor’ page is bandwidth and processing efficient, providing thumbnails to give the operator visual confidence that the platform is monitoring all channels efficiently.

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Visit Us at NAB Show New York

Next month at NAB Show New York, Digital Nirvana will showcase its newest solutions in Booth #732. The show takes places November 9-10 at the Javits Convention Center, and we’d love to see you there! Here’s a peek at what we’ll be displaying in our booth:

We’ll showcase Version 5.0 of our MonitorIQ media management platform, which features cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring functions, as well as HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support. It also incorporates the ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance and includes a new, user-friendly interface. MonitorIQ delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving functions.

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Why a Disaster Recovery Solution is a Wise Investment for Broadcasters

It’s important to have a back-up plan for when the unexpected occurs. As a broadcaster, having a Plan B could make all of the difference to your operations if disaster strikes. Introduced earlier this year, our transport stream recording solution, CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay Transport Stream), includes a disaster recovery feature for keeping a broadcaster’s signal on-air with recorded content.

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With it, every call letter TV station or network can have a disaster contingency solution at a low cost. CAR/TS users are protected from ever being off-air in any type of event that could disrupt the broadcast chain – including a failure within the broadcast workflow or a natural disaster in the area that jeopardizes the broadcast facility.

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Digital Nirvana’s New Partnership with L.S. Enroth

We’re proud to announce that Digital Nirvana has formed a new partnership with L.S. Enroth & Associates. The California-based firm is now acting as a manufacturer representative for our company in the Southwestern region of the U.S., including Southern California, Southern Nevada and the entire state of Arizona.

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Larry Enroth

Larry Enroth, founder of L.S. Enroth, said, “Technical innovation and outstanding service are the attributes that attracted me to forming a partnership with Digital Nirvana. As broadcasters, media companies, and content providers look to better manage and repurpose media content, there are requirements to provide content analysis and meet FCC guidelines. Digital Nirvana offers effective tools to handle these challenges, and I’m looking forward to offering their products in the region and expanding their customer opportunities.”

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