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Newsletter Issue 14 - June 2020

It definitely hasn't been a field of roses in the last three months. Far from it, we've all had to contend with lockdowns, changing the way we work, and trying to stay healthy. Despite the general easing of lockdown restrictions in most countries, our troubles are far from over. It will be a while before we get a COVID-19 vaccine, there is a resurgence in Coronavirus cases in some parts of the world, and a global protest is on. Despite all that, we are resilient. We, as humans, as family members, and business professionals continue to persevere. Even at the height of lockdowns, our development team did not buckle down. They released major updates to our Arkki EVO DAM system.

Now, more than ever, the Broadcast and Media industry has been instrumental in keeping us sane. From remote productions to more streaming platforms to new normals and the use of AI, we've got you covered. In our Q2 newsletter, we feature some recent news and trends on how the world adapts with the help of technology and how the Media & Entertainment industry is helping keep us informed and entertained.

Stay safe, and keep fighting.

A Guide to Videotapes Digitization, Logging, and Archive

Original Publish Date: June 19, 2020
Author: Paolo Birra, MediaPower CTO

A Guide to Videotapes Digitization, Logging, and Archive

Our CTO Paolo Birra discusses a commercial and technological strategy in digitizing, logging, and archiving videotapes for the purpose of Digital Preservation. This guide covers an overview of digitization and digital obsolescence, considerations for data selection, digitization strategy, migration through robotic automation and Arkki EVO DAM.

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Has Media & Entertainment Cracked the AI Code?

Original Publish Date: June 12, 2020
Author: Ramki Sankaranarayanan, TV Technology

Has Media & Entertainment Cracked the AI Code?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are technologies that enterprises across industries have been keenly experimenting with to explore the utility they can bring. Is there AI adoption within the M&E industry? Can AI be the solution for enterprises seeking automation? Have we cracked the AI code or do we have miles to go?

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Roadmaps for Restarting Production

Original Publish Date: June 08, 2020
Author: Tim Dams, IBC 365

Roadmaps for Restarting Production

Media companies have used intelligent network solutions and the cloud to respond to production challenges at the height of lockdowns. A TV Technology article covered some of these strategies. As countries start to ease down on restrictions, a blizzard of Covid-19 shooting protocols are published around the world, with each set of guidelines pored over by the industry to see when and how production might be able to restart.

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COVID-19: The Greatest Sporting Comeback

Original Publish Date: June 05, 2020
Author: Adrian Pennington, IBC 365

COVID-19: The Greatest Sporting Comeback

Elite sports have been given the nod to go live. Project restart is a major exercise in social distancing and leaner on-site workflows that has got every broadcaster and sports producer scrambling to adjust. IBC 365 looks at how elite sports plan to social distance and get fans closer to the action after the coronavirus lockdown.

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Flattening the OTT curve with CDN throttling

Original Publish Date: June 04, 2020
Author: CSI Magazine

Flattening the OTT curve with CDN throttling

As part of its Virtual Media Summit, CDN provider Akamai outlined how the volume and peaks of internet traffic can be controlled, effectively flattening the streaming curve just like lockdowns were designed to tackle the spread of the virus itself in the wider world.

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What Will It Take to Reopen the World to Travel?

Original Publish Date: June 03, 2020
Author: Damien Cave, The New York Times

What Will It Take to Reopen the World to Travel?

After months of locked-down borders, countries that have stifled the coronavirus are trying to choreograph a risky dance: how to bring back visitors without importing another burst of uncontrolled contagion. Above all, it’s trust. Countries are rebuilding relationships under enormous economic pressure, while keeping a wary eye on a virus that’s not going away soon.

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“Content-Aware” Encoding Could Be Key To Cost-Effective 8K Delivery

Original Publish Date: May 29, 2020
Author: Michael Grotticelli, The Broadcast Bridge

“Content-Aware” Encoding Could Be Key To Cost-Effective 8K Delivery

If an 8K content service from OTT providers like Amazon, Netflix and YouTube is ever going to be successful, and that’s still a hot topic of debate, new types of compression will have to be part of the solution. Terrestrial broadcasters don’t have the infrastructure to handle it, regardless of the compression used.

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As States Reopen, Tensions Flare Between the Rule Followers and Rule Breakers

Original Publish Date: May 28, 2020
Author: Michele Gelfand, Homeland Security Newswire

As States Reopen, Tensions Flare Between the Rule Followers and Rule Breakers

As countries reopen their economies, tensions escalate between those who believe it is safe now to resume normal business activity – and even ignore social distancing and the need to wear face masks – and those who prefer a more cautious, slower path toward something resembling pre-coronavirus life. These differences aren’t just random personality types; they reflect our primal social mindsets.

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The future of media and entertainment: Tackling digital transformation through experimentation

Original Publish Date: May 27, 2020
Author: Natasha Wahid, Widerfunnel

The future of media and entertainment: Tackling digital transformation through experimentation

To avoid going the way of the proverbial radio star, lean into the digital transformation that’s sweeping the media and entertainment industry. You don’t necessarily need an expensive tech stack or sophisticated data warehouse to get started. Laying a strong foundation starts with a shift in thinking and a customer-centric strategy.

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Are OTT TV services running out of fresh content?

Original Publish Date: May 19, 2020
Author: Colin Dixon, nScreenMedia

Are OTT TV services running out of fresh content?

New data shows that the big spike in viewers of OTT TV services is dissipating. Could the production halt be the culprit? The growth in smartphone video use is not slowing down, and video download viewing is not slowing either. So, is a lack of new content impacting OTT views?

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New Collaborative Workflow, Productivity, and Security Features in Arkki EVO DAM

Original Publish Date: May 14, 2020
Author: MediaPower News

New Collaborative Workflow, Productivity, and Security Features in Arkki EVO DAM

Fire up your workflows. Boost your productivity. Integrate with other applications. From new asset sharing and transfer features, application integration capabilities, to faster searches, we're delivering new features to MediaPower's Arkki EVO DAM that improve collaborative workflows, productivity, integration, security, and more!

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How Sky Italia has adapted its content and operations through the coronavirus lockdown

Original Publish Date: April 27, 2020
Author: Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent for SVG Europe

How Sky Italia has adapted its content and operations through the coronavirus lockdown

Sky Italia senior director of Production Broadcast and Creative Hub Riccardo Botta tells SVG Europe how the broadcaster moved to remote working well before the lockdown in Italy and has now mixed various professional, prosumer and consumer technologies together to enable work to continue and shows to remain on air during the crisis.

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Switching your Video Team to Remote Video Production

Original Publish Date: April 21, 2020
Author: ProMAX Blog

Switching your Video Team to Remote Video Production

In series of blog posts and videos, our colleagues from ProMAX put together some practical references and tips on remote video production:

After coronavirus, AI could be central to our new normal

Original Publish Date: April 08, 2020
Author: Gary Grossman, Edelman

After coronavirus, AI could be central to our new normal

When we came out of the financial crisis of 2008, cloud computing kicked into high gear. The current crisis could do the same for AI. The Coronavirus pandemic could be a catalyst for AI to be standard and essential technology in a post-COVID world.

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