TECHNOLOGIES, MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
disguise | January 19, 2023
On January 18, 2023, disguise released Porta 2.1, an exceptional update to its integrated software solution that easily enables the management of Unreal Engine graphics directly within their existing workflows with their News Room Computer System (NRCS) integration through MOS protocol.
Porta 2.1 users can intuitively control real-time graphics through enhanced data sharing with its new NRCS integration. Using Pixel Streaming and macros, in-house and remote teams can automate manual tasks with macros, preview Unreal Engine live, and more.
Grigory Mindlin, Broadcast General Manager at disguise said, “This latest Porta release ticks NRCS integration off the wishlists of many of our users, including NBC, TUDN and TV Globo. He added, “With it, broadcasters can now easily control all show graphics and live content, as well as LEDs, tracking systems, tickers and scorebugs – all from a single interface that can be used by multiple operators simultaneously.”
With Porta 2.1, broadcasters can take advantage of future tools for augmented reality or virtual production. As part of disguise's Emmy-Award-winning xR solutions, Porta 2.1 can display realistic 8K content on an LED set the size of a football field. Porta users worldwide can design fully integrated, comprehensive reality workflows with disguise's Meptik and disguise Lab's creative services teams.
A few additional benefits of this update include the following:
Stress-free teamwork- In their newsroom rundowns, graphics can be created by journalists, producers and directors. This can then be approved for graphics operators to play out from Porta.
Easier workflows for operators – This update enables operators to easily customize workflow and automate a show with the new visual macros and scheduling widgets. Porta UI can be customized even further by color-coding playlists and workspaces. Through macros, they can even generate playlists from data and reduce manual entry.
Faster deliveries- To reduce repetitive tasks and speed delivery, broadcasters can search for specific graphics and assign them to the right story.
Porta 2.1 will be a SaaS subscription, providing simple access and unlimited scalability.
disguise is the platform to create, imagine, and deliver stunning visual experiences. Its award-winning extended reality (xR) solution has been used to power over 600 live, real-time, immersive productions for music artists. The company is making the next generation of collaborative tools to help technologists and artists bring their ideas to life. The company, a Financial Times 2022 Tech Hero, announced new majority backing from Carlyle Group and a minority stake from Epic Games. Through its training, clients and partners may master disguise technology, develop new skills, swiftly solve challenges, and maximize their potential.
Comcast | November 17, 2022
Comcast launched the industry’s first Large Button Voice Remote, a groundbreaking innovation designed for users with mobility, dexterity, or vision impairments. This powerful device, which is available to X1 and Flex customers at no additional cost, combines Comcast’s award-winning voice control technology with industry-first advancements in accessible hardware design, inclusive packaging, and customer experience. The result is a hardware breakthrough that allows all viewers to easily navigate and enjoy all the entertainment, news, and information Xfinity has to offer
"For more than 60 years, Comcast has pioneered advancements in entertainment and connectivity and delivered industry-shaping experiences to customers, Our long-standing commitment to accessibility has unlocked profound innovation across our portfolio time and time again - shaping everything we do from the way we design our products, to the content we create, to the experiences we deliver. Inclusive design, for us, is just better design.”
-Fraser Stirling, Global Chief Product Officer at Comcast
The Most Accessible Remote to Date
Innovation is powered by a deep understanding of consumer preferences and needs. That’s why Comcast’s design team worked side-by-side with the disability community to test and refine the creation of its new Large Button Voice Remote. Accessibility features and functionality were the top priorities throughout the remote’s development. The result of a rigorous research and design process is a one-of-a-kind remote unlike anything available on the market today—one that combines high functionality with elegant design to offer something for everyone to love.
New Horizon’s, Inc., an organization that provides housing and support services for people with physical disabilities participated in the research and testing. Carol Fitzgerald, CEO of New Horizon’s says, “Technology can help level the playing field for people with disabilities. When companies like Comcast design products and experiences with accessibility at the forefront, they not only create better products for everyone, but they also help to unlock more independence for millions of people with disabilities. We’re very proud to have been part of the creation of the Large Button Voice Remote which is truly a game-changing innovation.”
Features and Functionality That Enhance Accessibility
The collaboration behind Comcast’s new Large Button Voice Remote helped create a world-class experience, from end to end, for people with vision, mobility, and dexterity impairments.
At the heart of the remote is Comcast’s award-winning voice control technology. Users can find what they want—and find it faster—using voice commands to change channels, search for shows, get recommendations, and more. The remote also includes a prominent accessibility shortcut button that offers quick, easy connection to personalized X1 and Flex accessibility settings. With this button, users can enable popular accessibility features like Comcast’s Talking Guide, closed captions, large text capabilities, audio description, and more, to suit their needs.
Locating and navigating the Large Button Voice Remote is easier than ever, thanks to its large backlit buttons and high contrast colors. Plus, the increased font size on all the remote’s buttons improves readability.
In addition to its enhanced functionality, the Large Button Voice Remote’s physical design provides remarkable ease of use. A removable wrist strap allows for more precise handling and control. An innovative battery compartment features a rubber pull tab design and “press to slide” battery cover making it easier to change batteries. An elevated, flat-back design allows for increased stability when the remote is used on a flat surface like a wheelchair tray or with other assistive devices.
The inclusive packaging for the Large Button Voice Remote uses large typography and tactile features, including braille and an embossed arrow near the package’s opening, to orient users who are visually impaired. The remote comes with an audio guide that automatically begins playing step-by-step instructions upon opening—an industry-first that allows users to pair the remote to their television in less than a minute. The remote also uses haptic vibrations to create a multi-sensory experience that alerts users when pairing is complete.
Leveraging Comcast’s Global Technology Platform to Improve Accessibility
The new Large Button Voice Remote leverages voice search technology within Comcast’s global technology platform, enabling customers to easily navigate the interface and discover programming across hundreds of networks and streaming services with just the sound of their voice. Processing more than 40 million commands a day in 5 different languages, Comcast’s global technology platform powers one of the largest and best voice engines for content discovery available anywhere. Combined with the work Comcast announced earlier this year to integrate accessibility features into its next-generation platform architecture, the remote further embeds inclusive design into the ethos of the company, empowering its global teams and the broader development community to create better, more innovative experiences for everyone.
Available at No Additional Cost
X1 and Flex customers can request a remote, at no additional charge, through Comcast’s Accessibility Support Center, which was one of the nation’s first call centers specifically created to support customers with disabilities. Comcast’s Accessibility Support Center is now home to more than 140 agents specially trained on Comcast products and services, support for third-party assistive devices, and information related to Braille or large print bills. Comcast also offers support in American Sign Language—the fourth most-used language in the United States—through a partnership with Connect Direct, a subsidiary of Communication Service for the Deaf.
The Xfinity Large Button Voice Remote is another example of Comcast’s longstanding commitment to accessibility. From unveiling the nation’s first Talking Guide back in 2013, to the recent expansion of the Xfinity Web Adaptive Remote, which was named a “Best Inventions of 2019” by Time Magazine, these groundbreaking technological innovations continue to unlock more equitable access to entertainment, news, and information for people with disabilities. Comcast is proud to have been recently recognized as a “Leading Disability Employer” by the National Organization on Disability for the 7th year in a row and a Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” by Disability:IN and AAPD for an 8th consecutive year in 2022.
Gcore | February 02, 2023
On February 1, 2023, Gcore, a global cloud and edge solutions provider, revealed a new billing plan for its Streaming Platform. With the introduction of the simplified pricing plan starting at $0.001 every minute, startups and small businesses across a variety of industries, including online education, entertainment, e-commerce, fintech, events, and video gaming, can provide streaming services to end users with more predictable costs and exceptional performance.
Globally streaming online content requires overcoming several technical challenges, such as ensuring sufficient scalability to handle heavy traffic volumes, offering smooth streaming, and preserving the quality of video and audio streaming across all types of devices and connections. As a renowned provider of streaming infrastructure services and Content Delivery Network, the platform's customers benefit from the company's vast experience addressing these challenges.
The streamlined billing facilitates video streaming for as many as 100 million viewers, with Gcore's Streaming Platform handling all technical stages, such as uploading, recording, storing, delivering via CDN, and playing.
The solution enables low-latency streaming and live global broadcasting of both vertical and horizontal videos. The adaptive bitrate function allows viewers with unstable internet connections to view live streams. Prospective clients can try the Streaming Platform for free, and Gcore provides a user-friendly pricing calculator so they can compare the fees of competing services.
Head of Gcore's Streaming Platform, Alexey Petrovskih, shared, "The Gcore Streaming Platform offers free transcoding and a video streaming price as low as $0.001 per minute. This is possible thanks to several Gcore capabilities: first, we have our own infrastructure, including storage for video hosting and a CDN with over 150 points of presence; second, Gcore has its own transcoding technology, which means that, unlike competitors, we don't have to pay for third-party services."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Founded in 2011 and based in Luxembourg, Gcore delivers powerful cloud and edge solutions for the entertainment and media industry. It provides infrastructure for global leaders across sectors, including TEDx, the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Agence eSanté), Wargaming, and Avast. In addition, the company administers its own global IT infrastructure spanning six continents. Its network comprises more than 150 points of presence located in Tier IV and Tier III data centers. It aims to develop global, innovative, secure, and user-friendly edge computing solutions.