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Germany Considers Banning Sale of Certain Analog-Only Radios

Federal Council and the federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure want to require all radios sold after Jan. 1 2019 to be capable of receiving digital radio

October 18, 2016

MUNICH — About 13% of German households are using digital radio. The majority of consumers still listen to FM VHF channels.

However, the Federal Council and the federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure (BMVI) want to change that by making all radios sold in Germany after the first of January of 2019 capable of receiving digital radio transmissions. “Each radio offered for sale, rent, or otherwise, that can display the program name and program-related supplementary services, must be suitable for receiving digital signals that match a norm of a recognized European standards organization.”

“A complete end for purely analog FM radios as initially planned means those rules (eventually) but not now. Receivers without FM RDS function (such) as bath or travel radios, (or) which only have a rotary dial or the mere frequency display, can remain on the market. Thus, even low-income households can continue to afford a radio. It's just not clear how long they can still be used, because the ultimate goal is still to disable the analog FM band sometime,” according to teltarif.de. “It is still unclear whether smartphones and tablets are considered "radio receivers" if you have (a) built-in FM radio. Models (that) have an RDS function...according to the draft actually from 2019 (onward) can no longer (be) sold commercially — unless they have also a digital radio chip installed.”

The amendment of the "Third Act amending the Telecommunications Act" is not subject to approval, therefore the Bundestag (the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) can evaluate this decision as a recommendation only.


 

DPAN.TV Utilizing Telestream MacCaption for CC Services

Provider of programs for the deaf and hard of hearing

October 18, 2016





NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—The Deaf Professional Artists Network has gone with Telestream’s MacCaption closed captioning software to provide the in-house closed captioning and subtitling services to DPAN.TV. The network, which is aimed at the deaf and hard of hearing community, produces original video series covering a wide range of topics that are available with either American Sign Language or caption services.

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With the MacCaption, the DPAN.TV staff can import a transcript of a video from a plain text file or teleprompter copy. Editing and correcting captions can be made in a similar way to a word processor. Captions are then automatically synchronized with the video and can be encoded into TV and internet video formats like MP4, MOV and MXF.

DPAN.TV was founded by Sean Forbes and Joel Martin 10 years ago.


 

Triveni Readies StreamScope, GuideBuilder for NAB NY

Both products support ATSC 3.0

October 18, 2016

NEW YORK—Triveni Digital is planning to showcase its metadata generation and transport stream analysis platforms, which offer full ATSC 3.0 support, at NAB Show New York. These include the StreamScope XM monitoring and analysis system and the GuideBuilder XM signaling and announcement generator.

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GuideBuilder XM

The StreamScope XM supports ATSC 3.0 candidate standards and is capable of detailed analysis of ATSC 3.0 streams and data structures. Broadcasters can configure analysis rules, select performance parameters, customize dashboards, and resize charts and graphs to create a personalized analysis tool with on-site and internet access. It also features a web-based interface to view current and historical reports.

Triveni’s GuideBuilder XM signaling and announcement generator offers unified functionality per the ATSC 3.0 candidate standard, as well as providing support for ATSC 1.0 PSIP and DVB-SI legacy standards. GuideBuilder supports third-party interfaces and deployment architectures, allowing for automatic ingest schedule updates, applying them to different services, and outputting program and service guide data to third-party multiplexers. ROUTE and MMTP encoding options are also supported within GuideBuilder.

Triveni will have both products on display at booth 644 during NAB Show New York, which takes place from Nov. 9-10.


Inter BEE Schedules IP Live Transmission Panel

AIMS, ASPEN, NMI, IP-VRS and NDI reps all to participate


October 18, 2016


TOKYO—IP is considered the next generation method of live transmission, and so the Inter BEE conference is giving it a special platform. The conference has announced that it will host a special session that will feature representatives from all proposed IP transmission methods, including AIMS, ASPEN, NMI, IP-VRS and NDI.

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The session will be split into two parts. Part one will provide an explanation of each represented method, and part two will serve as a panel discussion on the compatibility of each method, cost for IP transmission and its prospects. Method reps participating include Michael Cronk, chairman of the board at AIMS and vice president of core technology at Grass Valley; Mo Goyal, director of product marketing at Evertz, for ASPEN; Sony’s Deputy General Manager Teruo Kajiura for NMI; Kazunori Nakamura, senior manager of marketing and business development at Media Global Links, for IP-VRS; and Will Waters, NewTek’s director of product marketing and sales enablement, for NDI.

All of these reps will also take part in the panel discussion, along with For-A Engineering Department General Manager Masanori Wada as the moderator, and Tetsuya Miyazawa, general manager of Imaging network division for Panasonic/AVC, as another panelist.

The session will take place on Nov. 18 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. local time.

Inter BEE is scheduled to run from Nov. 16-18 at Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo. For more information, click here.