Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – SpaceX launches newest SiriusXM satellite

SiriusXM’s newest satellite was launched into space Sunday, June 6 via the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The SXM-8 satellite, built by Maxar Technologies for SiriusXM, is the second of two radio satellites launched by SpaceX for the satellite radio provider to replace outdated counterparts currently in orbit. SXM-8 will carry 8,000 watts of content to radio subscribers across North America and the Caribbean.

Ross Video has acquired Miami-based Primestream. Known for its Media Asset workflow solutions that enable the capture, production, management and distribution of media assets, Primestream counts Microsoft Studios, Verizon Media, USC Annenberg School of Journalism, Nordic Entertainment Group, RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera), and the NFL Network among its customers. Primestream supports a range of workflows for live-feeds and file-based content – from HD to 4K and VR/360 – enabling users to streamline editing, newsroom metadata logging, control room playout, and seamlessly share, edit, review and approve content prior to either broadcasting live, automate on-demand play-out, or publish to a range of OTT platforms. The acquisition – Ross Video’s seventeenth since 2009 – takes the Ross employee headcount over the 1,000 threshold with the Primestream portfolio and teams led by President/CEO Claudio Lisman and EVP Namdev Lisman, along with the company’s R&D and technical support teams, to all transition over to Ross. Ross will look to blend its Streamline media asset management solution with Primestream products over time, to create a fully converged graphics and production asset management platform. 

Seervision, a developer of AI-assisted camera automation software for creative storytelling, has named Applied Electronics as its lead Systems Integrator in Canada. The Seervision Suite enables storytellers to capture broadcast quality shots where camera coverage is limited and enhances live video production capabilities, offering features like adaptive tracking that can be used to autonomously follow the action on stage and keep the talent in the right frame. Based in Zurich, Seervision is a growing ETH startup with 28 employees.

Vizrt, a provider of software-defined visual storytelling solutions (SDVS) for media content creators, has released the next version of Vizrt Live Production, offering a complete cloud-based production solution for everything from traditional programming to live event streaming. The solution combines Viz Vectar Plus, Viz Engine, Viz Trio, and Viz Mosart into a single cloud-deployable solution, encompassing switching, real-time graphics, video, and production automation. Vizrt Live Production is the first production system in the world to fully exploit all the latest NDI® (Network Device Interface) capabilities, including connectivity across both WAN and LAN networks, running onsite and in the cloud on the same sync, audio-over-IP integration with digital audio systems, and the ability to bring in any camera with a browser as a source, from anywhere in the world.