MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

Zype Releases New Feature-Rich Apps Creator for OTT

Zype | May 25, 2022

Zype Releases New Feature Rich
Zype, the leading video API and infrastructure platform,  announced that it has released the second generation of its Apps Creator platform for building high-quality OTT streaming applications. Apps Creator is Zype’s turnkey solution for media companies looking to build and launch beautiful and performant enterprise-grade OTT apps across digital platforms, including web, mobile, connected/smart TVs, connected devices, gaming consoles and more.Zype’s Apps Creator equips media companies with the tools and infrastructure to build and launch streaming applications that meet the needs of modern consumers.

"With Zype Apps Creator we were able to move quickly and accelerate our time to market with a premium app offering that provided the right viewing experience and economic model for our business requirements, an early adopter of the new Apps Creator which used the technology to launch apps for web and mobile to provide on-demand concerts and exclusive live event streaming performances using hybrid SVOD and TVOD monetization models.  We're thrilled to be able to offer so many music fans access to premium concert live streams and on-demand entertainment across almost any device they've chosen as their preferred viewing method."

-Jean-René Grimard, director, Whitebox Entertainment

Apps Creator addresses the needs of content publishers and distributors who want to create streaming apps to engage and extend their content across all OTT platforms including their owned and operated channels. This second generation is rich with features and functionality that will deliver a premium app experience, including:
  • App layouts that are easy to design with a responsive and intuitive new dashboard
  • A new content cataloging system that allows for seamless grouping based on video metadata, tagging and more
  • Flexible monetization models like TVOD, SVOD, AVOD and hybrid approaches, and the ability to offer multi-tier subscriptions mean applications can be designed to maximize revenue
  • Multi-region configuration and multilingual support that allows apps to look, feel and behave differently in different regions to provide streamers with uniquely engaging experiences
  • New sophisticated security and analytics features including Digital Rights Management capabilities and support for Google Analytics 4 ensure that content is protected and analyzed to safeguard ROI
  • Third-party integrations with subscriber management and payment processing platforms like Cleeng and Stripe that can help reduce churn and provide a seamless transaction experience for users

Apps Creator’s no-code app building platform allows users to focus on content creation and programming, making it easy to build beautiful apps without engineering expertise. Apps Creator productizes the app building process, easing the lift for in-house development teams who are able to rapidly replicate their designed applications across a variety of OTT platforms. Once an app design is configured in Apps Creator, adding additional platforms for distribution is a small incremental lift with just a few clicks, saving time for content managers while offering a single platform for governance.

Apps Creator’s deep integration with Zype’s Streaming Platform, including its CMS and CRM, mean that videos in the Zype library are easily synced in Apps Creator via an API integration, making it possible for customers to leverage a single-vendor solution for the management, distribution, and monetization of OTT video across TV and digital platforms. Users also have access to Zype’s robust 1st party data and analytics platform which provides cross-device streaming analytics offering a holistic picture of streaming metrics to help owners create smarter content and distribution workflows.

Alternative app building solutions typically may require customers to perform coding or wait on lengthy custom development cycles and offer limited platform support. Apps Creator offers broad platform support and a wide range of Enterprise-grade features and integrations with no customization required. Using Zype Apps Creator, customers can be in-market in days, not months, and launch OTT apps at scale with no development needed, lowering operational costs. Zype’s technical team can manage app publishing workflows, covering app store submissions and OS updates, which alleviates the many burdens of the publishing process on internal teams.

About Zype
Zype provides infrastructure for digital video, with a cloud-based platform to manage and distribute enterprise-grade video across web, mobile, TV, and social media. Offering both developer-friendly tools such as customizable APIs as well as turnkey solutions for automated app publishing and playout, Zype's SaaS enables video creators, publishers or distributors to quickly build, launch and manage superior video products at scale. With a wide ecosystem of video connectors and technology partners and an award-winning support team, Zype's customers confidently increase reach, engagement and monetization by delivering premium entertainment experiences. Acquired by Backlight in 2021, Zype is a privately held company with more than 300 customers worldwide. www.zype.com.

Spotlight

Before the heroics of Super Mario and Lara Croft captured our imaginations, video games were primarily used on an academic basis.In the 1950s, scientists built the first video games as instructional tools or to demonstrate the capabilities of new technologies. Academics tested out rudimentary forms of artificial intelligence on games like tic-tac-toe or chess, while showcasing their findings to the public at events like the Canadian National Exhibition or the Festival of Britain. It wasn’t until the incorporation of newly-invented technologies like transistors or random access memory (RAM) that the cost and size of these computers went down.

Spotlight

Before the heroics of Super Mario and Lara Croft captured our imaginations, video games were primarily used on an academic basis.In the 1950s, scientists built the first video games as instructional tools or to demonstrate the capabilities of new technologies. Academics tested out rudimentary forms of artificial intelligence on games like tic-tac-toe or chess, while showcasing their findings to the public at events like the Canadian National Exhibition or the Festival of Britain. It wasn’t until the incorporation of newly-invented technologies like transistors or random access memory (RAM) that the cost and size of these computers went down.

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pixitmedia, a Kalray Subsidiary, Joins AWS ISV Accelerate Program, Strengthening Its Position within the Media & Entertainment Industry

pixitmedia | July 11, 2022

pixitmedia, a Kalray company, has announced today that it has been accepted into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for AWS Partners who provide software solutions that run on or integrate with AWS. The program helps partners drive new business and accelerate sales cycles by connecting the participating ISVs with the AWS Sales organization. pixitmedia’s acceptance into the AWS ISV Accelerate program enables the company to meet customer needs through collaboration with the AWS Sales organization. Close collaboration with the AWS Sales team enables pixitmedia to provide better outcomes to AWS customers, as AWS ISV Accelerate Partners and the AWS team work together. pixitmedia is a trusted solution provider in the Media & Entertainment industry specializing in storage and data management allowing customers to accelerate their journey into the Cloud. The software defined solutions of pixstor and ngenea allow customers to collaborate on a global scale, integrating seamlessly for productions in the cloud. Pixitmedia is a Kalray company (Euronext Growth Paris: ALKAL), a global leader in DPU processors and high-performance computing technologies for data-intensive applications. The acceptance into the program cements pixitmedia’s position as a valued global AWS partner and industry enabler of cloud-enabled production workflows. pixstor offers AWS customers an agile storage environment that guarantees adaptability and performance, coupled with the power of pixitmedia’s ngenea, that quickly and securely transports data to and from globally distributed cloud, object storage, and traditional NAS files. Together pixitmedia and AWS are a formidable force when servicing creative processes in the cloud. “Being selected by Amazon Web Services as a member of the ISV Accelerate Program is a strong recognition of our current momentum within the Media & Entertainment Industry. As our products are selected more and more by leading media companies worldwide, we are committed to providing our joint AWS customers ease of use, greater collaboration and seamless workflows. Together we allow customers to realize their creative vision.” -Eric Baissus, President and CEO of Kalray ‘We are delighted to be part of the ISV Accelerate Program with AWS, to be validated by AWS and recognized as a top partner is testament to the dedication of our teams. We are looking forward to driving more growth and new business whilst delivering the best value and choice for our customers.’’ Paul Cameron, Senior Vice President of Sales, Kalray. pixitmedia has been working closely with AWS teams across the business. Since joining the APN marketplace in 2021 the company has deployed multiple solutions for joint customers, such as Taylor James, a tag company, Brown Bag Films and Passion Pictures, alongside global Media production and distribution companies. pixitmedia offers solutions for various media workflow challenges such as Efficient Burst Render, Hybrid Workflows, Automated Back-Up and Archive, Cloud Migration, Cloud Studio, On-Demand, Disaster Recovery, True Global Collaboration and Bottomless Storage. In the past six months, not only has pixitmedia been nominated for the ISV Accelerate Program, but it also qualified for AWS ISV Workload Migration Program (WMP), which helps customers to migrate Independent Storage Vendor (ISV) workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to achieve their business goals and accelerate their cloud journey. Work Migration Program helps pixitmedia to simplify cloud data migration, access, and collaborate processes, thus delivering more efficient and profitable ways of working for its customers. All migrations are delivered through pixitmedia’s trusted partner network and services consultants. “Cloud workflows are woven into the DNA of organizations and have become an engine for productivity, and a driver of digital transformation, particularly in Media & Entertainment Production. The AWS ISV Workload Migration Program allows us to offer organizations the opportunity to extend and lean further into cloud productivity and capitalize on those benefits to remain agile and stay competitive.” -Ben Leaver, EVP Business Development and Co-Founder of pixitmedia A POWERFULLY SUCCESSFUL FUTURE This news also follows pixitmedia’s recent certification as an AWS Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network, the global community of consulting and technology partners who leverage AWS to build trusted solutions and services for customers. This further cements the company’s position as a valued global AWS partner and industry enabler of cloud-enabled production workflows. To learn more about pixitmedia and AWS solutions and the requirements and benefits of the AWS ISV Accelerate Program contact marketing@pixitmedia.com. ABOUT PIXITMEDIA pixitmedia is a Kalray company (Euronext, ALKAL), a leading provider in the new generation of processors and acceleration cards specialized in Intelligent Data Processing from cloud to Edge. pixitmedia and Kalray share a common vision and a complementary value proposition in both software and hardware to address today’s and tomorrow data-intensive world with solutions for a more intelligent, effective, energy-wise and user-friendly data-driven world. pixitmedia facilitates seamless collaboration to enable the power of ideas. Our award winning purpose-built, software-defined storage and data solutions simplify the flow of data to connect an increasingly complex world. Our aim is to deliver beyond expectations throughout all areas of our operation. We devise optimized solutions that give customers both choice and freedom, our restless innovation constantly pushes boundaries and the unrivalled care and knowledge of our team ensure optimum performance and value. Customer success is at the heart of our business, we have technical specialists and a unique, dedicated lab facility to guarantee the effectiveness of our solutions. For more information, please visit https://pixitmedia.com or contact us: marketing@pixitmedia.com ABOUT KALRAY Kalray (Euronext Growth Paris - FR0010722819 - ALKAL) is a fabless semiconductor company, a leading provider of a new class of processors, specialized in Intelligent Data Processing from Cloud to Edge. Kalray’s team have created and developed its leading-edge technology and products to help its clients maximize the market possibilities presented by a world dominated by massive, disparate and pervasive data. Thanks to Kalray’s patented manycore architecture, Kalray’s MPPA® Intelligent Data Processors are natively capable of managing multiple workloads with no bottlenecks to enable smarter, more efficient and energy-wise data-intensive applications. Kalray's offering includes processors, acceleration cards with associated software environment and appliances, allowing its customers to design the best solutions in fast growing sectors such as modern data centers, 5G, AI and Edge Computing, autonomous vehicles and others. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off of CEA French lab, with investors such as Alliance Venture (Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi), Safran, NXP Semiconductors, CEA and Bpifrance, Kalray is dedicated through technology, expertise and passion to offer more: More for a smart world, more for the planet, more for customers and developers. www.kalrayinc.com

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Confluent Releases HashiCorp Terraform Provider to Simplify and Accelerate Multi-Cloud Data Streaming

Confluent, Inc. | July 20, 2022

Confluent, Inc. (NASDAQ: CFLT), the data streaming platform to set data in motion, announced the Confluent Terraform Provider as part of its Q3 ‘22 Launch. Developed in partnership with HashiCorp, a leading provider of multi-cloud infrastructure automation software, the Terraform provider exposes Confluent Cloud APIs for simple, consistent, and automated management of mission-critical data streaming resources, including cloud environments, Apache Kafka® clusters, networks, topics, connectors, and more. Now, engineering teams can easily integrate data streaming within CI/CD workflows and GitOps processes on AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, enabling them to launch real-time applications faster and avoid the high operational costs and risks tied to manual resource provisioning. The need to stay ahead of customer demands is fueling the shift to technology stacks powered by data streams and cloud technologies,said Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief Product Officer, Confluent. With our HashiCorp Terraform integration, organizations get the power of data streaming across all major cloud providers with the simplicity of infrastructure as code and automation. This means developers have safe, reliable access to the infrastructure resources they need, so they can focus on building applications that truly move the needle for their businesses. Data streaming is increasingly essential to deliver the real-time experiences today’s customers demand and data-driven operations businesses need. But developers building and launching data streaming applications with open-source Apache Kafka are often blocked, waiting for access to infrastructure resources. Those requests are usually handled by a small team of experts who support the entire business and a highly complex tech stack. These teams can easily get bogged down in time-consuming, manual processes for managing infrastructure, which quickly puts new developments behind schedule. Manual provisioning also introduces high levels of risk, which is unacceptable when data streaming is powering a business’s most sensitive, mission-critical use cases. Integration with a proven tool like Terraform can save time, speed up new releases and add even more security. “Helping our customers save time and money with smart, real-time inventory management solutions is dependent upon widespread use of real-time data streaming throughout our entire business, With Confluent’s Terraform Provider, we’re able to completely automate our infrastructure deployments as code with no sacrifice on quality or security. With consistent, version-controlled deployments managed through a tool our teams already know, we’re able to move quickly and maintain focus on new, value-add projects.” -Rolando Berrios, Director of Engineering, Okedo The Confluent Terraform Provider gives engineering teams easy access to the full set of data streaming resources they need, ranging from Kafka clusters and private networks to service accounts and ACLs. With provisioning and management of data streaming infrastructure automated throughout all clouds, the benefits of real-time data can scale across the entire business to fuel faster innovation from a wider set of teams. With the new Terraform provider, teams can: Reduce complexity and risk with infrastructure deployments managed as code and deployed through automated GitOps integration. Increase developer autonomy and productivity with consistent, version-controlled access to data streaming environments, Kafka clusters, Kafka topics, and more. Integrate Confluent deployments within existing cloud workflows on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud using standardized resource management tooling, pipelines, and processes. "The new, verified Terraform provider for Confluent makes provisioning critical data streaming resources simple and reliable, It automates deployments within existing CI/CD workflows across all major cloud services so organizations can easily access the real-time data they need for innovation with far less time focused on infrastructure management.” -Burzin Patel, VP, Global Partner Alliances, HashiCorp Confluent’s quarterly launches provide a single resource to learn about new capabilities available on the leading data streaming platform. Other highlights include Independent Network Lifecycle Management: One of the biggest challenges faced when scaling data streaming workloads is the ability to provision networking resources efficiently without adding operational burdens. Confluent’s new REST APIs and Terraform support for network lifecycle management promote networks to be a first-class resource, enabling organizations to scale data streaming workloads independent of network connectivity. This lets engineering teams reuse existing network connections for multiple clusters and gain granular access control of network resources through the new RBAC role for network admins, which significantly reduces manual toil. User Login Monitoring: As a data streaming deployment grows, it becomes increasingly important to keep a close eye on who is accessing a platform and what those visitors are attempting to do with data. Confluent added user login monitoring to its extensive library of auditable events, making potential data breaches easier to spot. Now, security groups can see a full list of all users who successfully log into a Confluent Cloud account. This way, organizations can quickly find the bad actors who would otherwise be hidden within the noise of expected activity. This helps ensure no breaches occur that would expose sensitive data, cause downtime, or tarnish brand reputation. About Confluent Confluent is the data streaming platform that is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure that sets data in motion. Confluent’s cloud-native offering is the foundational platform for data in motion—designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can meet the new business imperative of delivering rich, digital front-end customer experiences and transitioning to sophisticated, real-time, software-driven backend operations. To learn more, please visit www.confluent.io. The preceding outlines our general product direction and is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality. The development, release, timing, and pricing of any features or functionality described may change. Customers should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features, and functions that are currently available. Confluent and associated marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Confluent, Inc. Apache® and Apache Kafka® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by the Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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iQIYI Showcases Technology-Enabled Green Production Techniques on World Environment Day

iQIYI | June 06, 2022

iQIYI, an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, shared its commitment to a sustainable future on World Environment Day, a day where businesses, communities, and governments around the world come together to raise awareness of the importance of the environment. iQIYI utilizes technology throughout its production processes to reduce its carbon footprint and drive a green transition. In the production of Luoyang, iQIYI used innovative laser 3D technology to digitize and permanently preserve a physical production set that took 120 people 65 days to build, enabling the set to be reused digitally for a variety of future productions. Since its digitization, the set has been used for different projects—such as the music videos for Wind Blows from Buliangjing and Xinnian—allowing for a zero-emission production. iQIYI developed a film production management system that enables the full digitization of production crew operations. With the new system, crew members can divide scripts, make plans, send notices, and read reports all through one integrated digital system. In the production of Tiger Crane alone, utilizing the digital system in the shooting process allows the show to save approximately 1,500 sheets of A4 paper per episode from sending daily notices digitally. In total, the digital system saves the shooting of the 30-episode show close to 12,000 sheets of A4 paper, the equivalent of 1.2 trees, from sending other notices. During the post-production process, the Digital Imaging Technicians (DIT) utilize Ysera, a one-stop process management system, to reduce the transcoding time. For a typical variety show episode, leveraging Ysera reduces the transcoding time by an average of two days, saving 10 kilowatts of electricity. For a full season of variety show of 12 episodes, Ysera can save the equivalent of three months of power consumption by an energy-saving refrigerator. Production teams often find traditional video review processes cumbersome as they are enormously time-consuming and can be costly, especially for teams that collaborate across regions or even countries. Co-Viewer, an iQIYI-developed video review and collaboration platform, enables multi-team real-time collaboration, improves video reviewing efficiency, and reduces carbon emissions. For example, using Co-Viewer, the video review process for Glory is Back reduces carbon emissions by 1.53 tons, tantamount to the carbon emissions by a car in one year. iQIYI installed programs to automatically shut off the lights and air conditioning in office areas where there was no occupant. The energy saved is equivalent to that generated by an electric bike traveling for five million kilometers or circling the earth 125 times. iQIYI sees sustainability as a core element of its organizational and operational strategy and is committed to optimizing the production process to reduce power consumption in all areas of operations. By continuing to implement innovative sustainability solutions, iQIYI drives the industrialization of film and television while making an active contribution to a sustainable planet.

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