Webinars and Podcasts

Video Quality & QoE Assessment of High - Quality & Immersive Video - Tests, Models & Standardization- Register Now

Date: September 28, 2020
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm ET
Presenter: Alexander Raake, Audiovisual Technology Group, Institute for Media Technology, Ilmenau University of Technology (TU Ilmenau), Germany

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The talk summarizes work conducted by the author's group over the past five years and its context within the international standardization in ITU-T Study Group 12 and the Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG). First, the talk discusses subjective test methods for high-quality and immersive video, including sensory evaluation for analytic video-quality assessment, especially addressing high-quality content production, the assessment of the suitability of content for coding- and transmission-related quality assessment, subjective test methods for video-quality and a more holistic QoE evaluation including presence and simulator sickness, as well as considerations on user-behavior tracking. Further, the talk presents modelling approaches for the automatic prediction of different aspects of quality and QoE, primarily focusing on so-called parametric models suitable for a light-weight service quality monitoring. The talk concludes with an outlook on ongoing activities also within the standardization groups the author is involved with.


5G Opportunities for Content Production - Register Now

Date: December 9, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Presenter: Dr. Ing, Maria Dolores Perez Guirao, Spectrum & Innovation Manager, Research & Innovation, Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG


In the talk, Dr. Pérez Guirao summarizes the work conducted over the past two and a half years within 3GPP, EBU, and 5G-MAG working groups, for the development of 5G technology for content production.
First, Dr. Pérez Guirao discusses content production use cases and their potential requirements to 5G. Although most of the use cases discussed are already possible with existing technologies, they may see a successive migration to 5G as far as it is able to provide an added value (e.g. cost reduction, simplification of workflows, interoperability) to involved stakeholders. Further use cases, that may be first enabled by 5G, will also be discussed. Further, Dr. Pérez Guirao will resume the standardization activities initiated by the content production community in 3GPP Rel-17 as well as the 5G-MAG activities to accelerate standards development and adoption. To conclude the talk, Dr. Gómez Vaquero, as the project coordinator, will introduce the recently started 5G-RECORDS (https://5g-ppp.eu/5g-records/) project, an EU funded project which for the very first time brings together at a large scale the content production (PMSE) sector with the telecom sector.


Past Webinars & Podcasts-  



Activity of Disseminating Japanese EWBS Technology

Presenter: Yasuji Sakaguchi   Co-Authors: Yasuo Takahashi & Seiji Sakuma

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The Japanese digital terrestrial broadcasting system (ISDB-T) is adopted by 14 countries in Latin America. DiBEG extends technical support and cooperation to help the implementation of ISDB-T in those countries. EWBS (Emergency Warning Broadcast System) is one of the particular features of ISDB-T and expected to be introduced as a national communication system in case of emergency. The “EWBS Superimpose Dissemination System”, improved from the Japanese original version by adapting to local requirements in Latin America, has successfully been developed in Japan. Taking advantage of the robustness of the ISDB-T “One-seg” technology, making maximum use of the existing broadcasting network, this system realizes simple utilization and wide coverage with outstanding reliability. This system has already been introduced to some Latin American countries and highly evaluated. Japan continues technical cooperation so that EWBS can contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation in these ISDB-T adopting countries.


5G Opportunities For Media Distribution

Presenter: Dr. Jordi J. Gimenez, Project Manager, 5G-MAG


3GPP technologies are being shaped to accommodate features and functionalities demanded by the media industry. Originally driven by the needs of mobile networks to accommodate the increasing consumption of multimedia content, the scope has broadened to offer solutions to different stakeholders - including media service providers, CDN providers, network operators - for the distribution of services to the end users. Enhancements to 5G include features to improve its ability to distribute media content and services, not only using unicast but also relying on multicast or broadcast, edge caching, virtualized media functions, network slicing or even the potential of using both terrestrial and satellite networks. A wide set of options that may create the framework for enhancing IP-based distribution of media content to users.


Network Resource Allocation System for QoE-Aware Delivery of Media Services in 5G Networks

Presenter: Roberto Viola, Research Associate at Digita Media Department, Vicomtech Foundation, Basque Research and Technology alliance (BRTA)

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The explosion in the variety and volume of video services makes bandwidth and latency performance of networks more critical to the user experience.  To cope with the traffic demand and content provider's service level agreement (SLA), 5G telecommunication networks are expected to outperform current networks in terms of keyperformance indicators (KPIs).  Machine Learning (ML), Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are key technologies to enable dynamic network setup in 5G networks.  The webinar will overview these technologies and show results of a Network Resource Allocation System which exploits real time captured metrics to manage the network topology through the SDN Controller. 


Cybersecurity in the Broadcast Plant Environment: Beginners Guide to Becoming a "Gray Hat Hacker"

Presenter: Wayne Pecena, Associate Director of Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University- Director of Engineering for Texas A&M Public Broadcasting Stations KAMU TV & FM

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Beginners Guide to Becoming a “Gray Hat Hacker”  

The IP network has become an integral part of the broadcast technical plant and as a result, cybersecurity can’t be ignored. Cybersecurity is now an ongoing essential task for the broadcast engineer in the IT centric broadcast technical plant. This presentation will review popular cyber threats, best practice mitigation, and introduce penetration testing utilizing common “hacker” tools and techniques as a means to verify cybersecurity protections thought to be in place.


Technology for Reliable Transport Over Unreliable Networks- IP Audio in Broadcast Applications

Presenter: Derek Badala, Industry Veteran with 26 years of Pro Audio, Broadcast & MI experience


IP Audio Codec technology for reliable transport over unreliable networks is a class designed to educate attendees about the world of IP Audio Codecs for Broadcast Applications. This class will give attendees the foundations of IP Audio, IP Audio Transport over a LAN / WAN, as well as the keys to reliable audio transport for Broadcast-Critical applications.


The Apollo System for ATSC 3.0

Presenter: Gary Blievernicht, Director of Engineering for WKAR Television at Michigan State University 


Apollo PublicTV Platform, a NextGen TV accelerator platform for Public Broadcasters, launches a 3-in-1 solution that enables broadcasters to begin NextGen TV broadcasts today, on a pay-as-you-use model, requiring minimal investment.

NextGen Broadcasting (NGB) as a Service is a patent pending 3-in-1 solution from Apollo PublicTV Platform that leverages a station's existing ATSC 1.0 broadcast spectrum to launch ATSC 3.0 services.


Viable Deterministic 5G System Model

Presenter: Ling Ling Sun, Assistant General Manager Technology/Chief Technology Officer of NET (Nebraska's PBS & NPR Stations)

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Recently, there are increasing studies in deterministic 5G, in both academia and industry. It is stated that “5G deterministic network is based on Cloud-Native and distributed architecture, leveraging key technologies such as heterogeneous MEC and dynamic intelligent Network Slicing, to meet differentiated network requirements and deterministic SLA commitments through a single cloud, enabling thousands of industries” (Jacqueline Shi, MWC, Shanghai, June, 2019).  However, a viable system model is lacking to conceptually summarize key features of deterministic 5G network. Viable system model (VSM) for organization has been utilized to manage networking complexity (Ling Ling Sun, Jun 17, 2019, TVTechnology). 


5G Broadcast Status and Overview: From LTE-Based Terrestrial Broadcast (FEMBMS) to Native Multicast Broadcast Support in the 5G New Radio and the 5G Core

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The Next Three Innovations for Networked Radio

Presenter: Kirk Hamack, Telos Alliance, Partner & VP-Engineering South Seas Broadcasting Inc., Partner & Director of Engineering Delta Radio LLC.

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Over half of all US radio facilities are using Audio over IP.  More are converting every day as AoIP technology offers undeniable advantages to all stakeholders. Broadcast engineers are consistently experiencing the serendipity associated with networked IP audio.  They're uncovering new capabilities and applications that were never available - or never convenient - with baseband analog or AES3 audio connections. This presentation exposes the ever-spiraling discovery and development cycle that drives these new capabilities and applications.  


ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer and Data Link Layer Overview
Presenter: Luke Fay, Chairman, ATSC Technology Group 3

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This webinar will review the ATSC 3.0 protocol at the physical layer and link layer as described in ATSC standards A/321, A/322, and A/330 for R&D engineers in digital communications. It will provide an in-depth look at how the physical layer is constructed, possible areas of improvement, and where things are revolutionary. ATSC 3.0 has an IP backbone protocol stack and the interface between that backbone and the physical layer is called "ATSC Link Layer Protocol (ALP)," which will be described in the same aspect, revolutionary tactics, and possible areas of improvement. The ATSC 3.0 physical layer is one of the most efficient and highly configurable interfaces of today and allows for technology to evolve over time.


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This webinar will review the ATSC 3.0 protocols on service signaling, service delivery, and security as described in ATSC standards A/331 and A/360. It will provide an overview of the service signaling and delivery protocols, as well as an overview of the security protocols including broadcast and application authentication, content encryption/DRM mechanisms, and broadband (internet-connected) security.


Cybersecurity Concerns & Mitigations for Broadcast & Multimedia Facilities

Presenter: Wayne M. Pecena, Associate Director of Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University- Director of Engineering for Texas A&M Public Broadcasting Stations KAMU TV & FM

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As the broadcast station has adopted an IT based infrastructure, the IP network has become an integral part of the broadcast technical plant. With this adoption, cybersecurity threats have become a concern that can't be ignored. Cybersecurity is now an ongoing essential task for the broadcast engineer in the IT centric environment. This webinarwill seek to provide an understanding of cybersecurity concerns, principals, and proactive implementation techniques in the broadcast station environment.


An Overview of the ATSC 3.0 Interactive Environment
Presenter: Mark Corl, Chair, S38 Specialist Group on Interactive Environment, co-chair of TG3-9 AHG on Interlayer Communications in the ATSC 3.0 Ecosystem


This webinar will provide an overview of the NextGen TV Interactivity Standard with a focus on practical aspects of deploying interactive broadcaster applications to receivers implementing the standard. Specific examples of key revenue-enhancing aspects of the standard will be highlighted including Dynamic Ad Insertion and personalization. Attendees will learn the features that the interactive content standard provides and how various platforms are simplifying these interfaces by providing software development kits.


From eMBMS Towards 5G Multicast Transmission to IoT Devices
Presenter:  Giuseppe Araniti, Ph.D. Degree in Electronic Engineering and 2000 Laurea recipient from the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria


4K HDR Workflow: From Capture to Display

Presented by Toshi Ogura (Chief Distinguished Engineer, Sony Visual Product) and Pablo Espinosa (Senior Staff Engineer, Sony Visual Products America)

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This webcast will cover the fundamental beginnings of HDR with a brief history and will describe the key benefits of HDR as it relates to the fundamentals of video. It will also discuss more details into the two different HDR transfer functions available today PQ and HLG and their benefits and applications to different markets. The 4K HDR workflow from camera capture to distribution will also be discussed and the different standards available today both open and proprietary will be described.  From the display side the process of Display Mapping will be explained. Proper Display Mapping manages to maintain creative intent even if the color gamut and luminance range of the content is wider than the display’s capabilities.


5G New Radio for Terrestrial Broadcast A Forward-Looking Approach for NR-MBMS

Presented by Dr. Jordi J. Gimenez, Research Engineer, Funksysteme/Radio Systems 3GPP

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The configuration of 5G-NR (New Radio) carriers in order to convey terrestrial broadcast services that can be delivered by the 5G system according to requirements defined by broadcasters and received free-to-air (in a receive-only mode) by users. The discussion goes beyond the recent developments in 3GPP around LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast (also known as FeMBMS) as it considers the possibility of implanting a 5G Broadcast system fully integrated with 5G-NR and 5GS, avoiding the inefficient legacy from LTE at the RAN. This leads to a less complex architecture fully embedded with the recent developments around 5G but also with drawbacks such as limited SFN support to avoid deviating from unicast numerologies. The solution is applicable to cellular networks and also traditional broadcast infrastructure.