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Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – SMPTE and Open Services Alliance (OSA) merge

The Humber College B²C Lab Open House is approaching, May 11-12, which will include a series of presentations and demonstrations of ATSC 3.0 broadcast and datacast topics and applications from industry experts and global research teams. Learn more here.

Ross Video, a founding member of the Open Services Alliance (OSA) and a long-time supporter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), has announced that Catena, a new OSA interoperability project, will now reside under SMPTE’s Rapid Industry Solution (RIS) program, with the merger of the OSA and SMPTE. The resulting entity will be known as OSA: A SMPTE Rapid Industry Solution. Catena is intended to provide a simple way to enable control, status reporting and configuration across a wide array of vendors, with devices, complex products, services, or small microservices. Catena builds upon Ross Video’s openGear platform, which has enabled interoperability of on-premises equipment across vendors for over 16 years. Those who wish to join the newly merged SMPTE and OSA can visit the SMPTE Member Portal

Nautel has unveiled its new GV2 Series transmitters, the first in the industry to integrate all HD Radio components inside the transmitter. The update to Nautel’s flagship FM transmitter series provides the full hardware platform to support HD Radio with Xperi Gen4 Importer, Exporter, and Exgine implementations for HD radio encoding, station logo and artist experience. Omnia for Nautel covers all FM and HD Radio audio processing needs and provides Livewire AoIP inputs for all audio streams. Nautel will begin accepting orders for the GV2 hardware platform in Q2 2023. Early adopters are expected to be able to test drive the software components by Q4.

Witbe, a leader in test automation and proactive monitoring for video service providers, has moved its Montreal branch to a larger facility to better support its Canadian customers. The company opened its initial Montreal office in 2013. The new Montreal office is one of 12 Witbe locations across the globe, with corporate headquarters split between Paris, New York, and San Francisco. 

Cignal TV, the Philippines’ premier Pay TV provider, is expanding its use of Toronto-headquartered Quickplay’s cloud-native OTT platform to provide more content and access options for Filipino viewers in the Philippines and overseas. Cignal TV is working with Quickplay to create two market differentiators that will be launched in the coming months, running on Google Cloud, including an extension of its Cignal Play video streaming service that will bring content directly to living rooms in the Philippines via smart devices; and the Philippines’ first and only sports app for Filipino fans worldwide. The Cignal Play expansion will allow subscribers in the Philippines to access an all-in-one entertainment platform with multiple tiers of live and on demand content from Cignal TV, in addition to third-party apps and streaming services, regardless of their broadband provider.

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