Mediaproxy, a software-based IP broadcast solutions provider, will showcase an upgraded version of its LogServer compliance, monitoring and analysis package at BroadcastAsia, Singapore.
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.
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 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 social media tools 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.
Live source comparison tool is a new feature of LogServer that addresses the needs of network operators running multiple stations and playout stream. This identifies mismatched content in real-time and can compare one or more live sources using video material. An alert is sent to operators immediately if irregularities are detected.
LogServer 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 of Mediaproxy, said: “Controlling many 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.”