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NAB Day 1: Embracing IP, OTT & 4K

LAS VEGAS -- NAB Show -- The annual NAB Show opened its doors in Las Vegas Monday, bigger, showier and noisier than ever. Amidst all the demos of 4K/UHD equipment, high dynamic range (HDR) resolution, OTT video services, virtual reality apps, and sneaky, swooping drones, here are some of the developments making news in the hot Nevada desert this week:

  • Imagine Communications has introduced a new gateway product designed to enable service providers to bridge next-generation and legacy video delivery infrastructures. Imagine says the new gateway, a software-based product deployed on generic computing platforms in the network, will act as a stepping-stone toward fully virtualized environments and accelerate other infrastructure upgrades to boost efficiency and revenue potential.

  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, announced that Cisco will provide Internet Protocol (IP) video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions, for the production of the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil this summer. Cisco will help with on-site production by streamlining the management and publishing of video content to consumer devices, using solutions from the Cisco Media Blueprint along with premium network protection. Cisco and NBC have partnered in every Olympics since the Sydney games in 2000.

  • Cisco also unveiled its Media Blueprint -- a set of infrastructure and software solutions that power cloud scale media experiences, accelerating the creation, delivery, and monetization of immersive content. Cisco said its Media Blueprint solutions enable content providers and broadcasters to produce, store, distribute and secure premium video. The product is based on open standards and is supported by many of the media industry's key software providers. Besides NBC, Cisco counts CBS News Digital and other big media companies as Media Blueprint customers.

  • Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) has opened a Broadcast Operations Control Center (BOCC) in its Cambridge, Mass. office, making a multi-million-dollar investment in delivering over the top video at a quality level better than broadcast and cable TV. Matt Azzarto, Akamai's director of media operations, who oversaw the BOCC's construction over the past six months, will run it going forward. Azzarto came to Akamai from NBCU where he was a long-time broadcast systems engineer.

  • ViXS Systems Inc. unveiled GRD3, a third-generation golden reference decoder. The product is aimed to help broadcasters preparing to deploy UHD 4K, HEVC encoding & HDR.

  • IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) announced that Comic-Con HQ, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, AOL, and Broadway Video are all tapping the company's new Cloud Video unit - comprised of Clearleap, Ustream, Aspera, and Cleversafe - to launch new channels for millions of consumers and improve video management. Making its biggest showing ever at NAB, IBM also unveiled new products spanning the spectrum from production to distribution to meet increasing customer demands for robust and flexible video services.

  • — The Staff, Light Reading
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