Broadcast Tech News – Samasource establishing new Montréal office

Samasource, the San Francisco-based hybrid for-profit/social enterprise that delivers secure, high-quality training data for AI algorithms, is establishing a new office in Montréal. The company plans to employ 20 experts in AI, deep learning and engineering by the end of 2020, with a view to more than double that number over three years. From self-driving cars to smart hardware, Samasource mainly serves the automotive, AR/VR, biotech, agriculture, manufacturing and e-commerce sectors, and counts among its clients 25% of Fortune 50 companies, including Google and Microsoft. Samasource says its expansion into Canada is indicative of the increasing demand for high-quality training data software and services. Part of the company’s mission is to connect marginalized people around the globe to digital work and enable them to permanently move out of poverty. 

Sony Electronics is launching its RX100 III Video Creator Kit, aimed at vloggers and video creators. Based around compact camera, the Cyber-shot RX100 III, the Video Creator Kit features a 180º tiltable LCD screen, 1” Exmor R sensor, BIONZ X processor and 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Lens. The bundle also includes a remote grip that doubles as a mini tripod, a 64GB SD Memory Card and an extra NP-BX1 battery. The DSC-RX100 III records HD movies in the XAVC S[1] format and saves files as MP4, allowing for extensive record times. It begins shipping this month.

DVB, an industry-led consortium of broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulators, and others, will demonstrate its open standards-based approach to OTT and broadband television through its new DVB-I suite of specifications at ICB2019. The event marks the first showcase of the new suite of specifications designed to improve OTT delivery, increased scalability and cost savings. DVB-I enhances the viewer experience for hybrid and broadband television through advanced features like integrated channel lists, interactive content guides, and simple lean-back channel selection. DVB-I will be showcased alongside Low Latency DASH (LL-DASH) and Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate (mABR), forthcoming standards from DVB. LL-DASH, for which the technical specification has been approved, will ensure that the overall delay for live OTT channels is the equivalent to broadcast, while mABR — still in development — will allow broadcasters and network operators to work together to optimize IP-based delivery to a large number of receivers simultaneously.


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