Mediaproxy, a provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, will showcase updates to its LogServer compliance, monitoring and analysis package at the Media+Entertainment Tech Expo 2019, in Sydney.
All over the globe, broadcasters, service providers, and platform operators are facing the realities of OTT services, which have made broadcast operations 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.
During this year's MET, 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.
Along with OTT, broadcasters now have to address social media as an increasingly important platform for video distribution. More broadcasters are now exploiting Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to extend their reach. These outlets have different, specific requirements for how material is pcdn,repared 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 for 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. Erik Otto, chief executive, 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."