Mediaproxy, a provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, will show the latest updates to its LogServer compliance, monitoring, and analysis package at BroadcastAsia this year.
The introduction and growth of OTT services has made broadcasting more complicated, particularly in terms of checking and analysing delivery streams. A major challenge is that playout is no longer the final point for quality control (QC). Modern distribution ecosystems call for a greater degree of management because of more logging and compliance checks needed to cope with CDN edge points, targeted ad-insertion, multi-language support, and event-based channels at different places along the chain.
At this year's BroadcastAsia, Mediaproxy will demonstrate the concept of exception-based monitoring, which uses IP penalty boxes that allow broadcasters and MSOs (multiple system operators) working at scale to deal with QC and compliance more efficiently. Another important new outlet alongside OTT, is social media. More broadcasters are now exploiting Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to extend their reach. These platforms have different, specific requirements for how material is prepared and Mediaproxy has incorporated dedicated tools for this into LogServer. These include features for cropping the image and altering the aspect ratio to make it better suited to mobile devices, in addition to the capability for inserting ad bumpers.
Among other new features for LogServer that address the needs of network operators running multiple stations and playout streams is a live source comparison tool. This identifies mismatched content in real-time and is able to compare one or more live sources using video material. An alert is sent to operators immediately if irregularities are detected.
LogServer also supports SMPTE ST 2110 media-over-IP formats and Newtek's NDI (Network Device Interface) technology. By working with both these sources, the software's compliance recording and monitoring options are enhanced, ensuring complete adherence to standards at all points along the IP chain.
Commenting on the latest version of LogServer, Erik Otto, CEO, Mediaproxy, said, "Controlling a large number of OTT streams can be daunting, which is why having a unified system for monitoring compliance and identifying issues across all traditional and OTT playouts is critical. To ensure that the right content is at the right place at the right time, Mediaproxy LogServer enables operators to log and monitor outgoing ABR streams as well as Transport Stream and OTT stream metadata including SCTE triggers, closed captions, and audio information, all from one place. It is the key to surviving the multiformat game of the future and we are delighted to demonstrate our latest advances in this area at BroadcastAsia 2019."