Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) May/June 2017 Volume 34, Issue 4

NEW! ZEISS Compact Prime & VIEWS CP.3 and NEWS CP.3 XD lenses May-June 2017 7 >>Page 32 NEWS & VIEWS W O R L D I N B R I E F Nepal nearing full digital TV switchover KATHMANDU – Nepal has switched off analogue TV ser- vices in the cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Birgunj, Biratnagar and Pokhar. According to Nepal’s Ministry of Communications, analogue services have become “outdated and the quality of the service is deteriorating over time”. All analogue TV services are expected to cease in Nepal by April next year. Myanmar welcomes new digital TV channels NAYPYIDAW – Myanmarese media company Mizzima Media has been chosen as one of five new free-to-air (FTA) digital TV channels to operate in Myanmar. The new channels will be offering a mix of news, entertainment and infotainment content. Native vs Downloadable DRM: The Long-Term Implications of Short-Term Choices Find out more on page 38 6 CREATION 30 MANAGEMENT 36 Broadcasting industry at IP crossroads BY SHAWN LIEW SINGAPORE – Transitioning to IP can be a journey with hidden challenges … and it appears that the broadcast industry is now at the crossroads. As Dr Amal Punchihewa, direc- tor, technology and innovation, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), pointed out to APB, many broadcasters globally are “already in various stages of the IP trans- formation”. Conversely, one can say that many are simply unde- cided on whether broadcast IP is the correct long-term approach. APB, in The general attitude among collaboration broadcasters in Asia appears to with systems be one of caution, conceded integrator Ideal Systems and show organiser UBM SES, Dr Amal. is setting up Broadcast IP Inter-Op Lab However, he believes that at Broadcast-Asia2017 at booth 6A3-01. the long-term prognosis remains optimistic. “The broadcast TV industry’s call for interoperability across the next-generation production supply chain has been answered by vendors worldwide. Because of this, broadcasters can confidently pursue their transitions to IP with minimal disruption.” And by the end of this year, nearly 75% of members of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) are likely to begin offering products that are compliant with the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, noted Dr Amal, citing a recent AIMS survey. 8 8 DISTRIBUTION | MAY - JUNE 2017 | 42 VOLUME 34 | ISSUE 4 X-PLATFORM 48 Now TV, PCCW Global and Ideal Systems delivered a live 360° VR 4K/UHD broadcast of the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in April this year. VR heightens immersive experience of live sports HONG KONG – Since 1976, the Hong Kong Sevens has captivated rugby fans around the world. This year’s tournament, however, surpassed what viewers have trad- itionally been used to. Working with systems integra- tor Ideal Systems and Now TV, the official broadcaster of the event, PCCW Global delivered a live 360° virtual reality (VR), 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast of the 2017 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The collaboration involved Ideal Systems delivering the con- tent acquisition using a number of pitch-side Nokia OZO 360° cam- eras. These cameras provided a 4K/ UHD IP signal, which was delivered over HKT fibre to Nokia servers in the control room, to facilitate live stitching from each of the cameras’ eight 2K lenses to create multiple stitched 3D 4K/UHD streams. These 360° audio and video streams were switched and passed through to the Harmonic Electra VS encoders for delivery to the PCCW 8 8 Why broadcasters need to think content-centric? Discover more on page 50