IBC2023: Zixi leading several Accelerator Media Innovation use cases

Zixi is participating in two IBC Accelerator projects to be featured at the forthcoming IBC2023 show.

IBC created the Accelerator programme in 2019 to support the media & entertainment industry with a framework for agile, collaborative and fast-track innovation with a unique multi-company project-based approach to solving complex media and entertainment business and technology challenges. It focuses on hands-on experimentation and learning about new technologies and possibilities through their application in tangible use case and workflow deployment.

This year Zixi will be participating in two cutting-edge 2023 Accelerator Media Innovation projects. The first is the ‘Gallery Agnostic Live Media Production’ that will run a live event on location, a fully automated studio switching between on-premises and cloud, while applying this workflow to both professional Tier 1 equipped broadcast facilities, as well lower end podcast/social media set-ups. A standardised and structured approach to how API can ensure interoperability and connectivity of software devices will be explored.

ITN, YLE, BBC, TV2 and Transmixr will be champions for the effort, where Zixi Enabled Network partners Grass Valley and Singular.Live will join Zixi as the On-Air application will deliver streams from a roaming reporter in the field back to their cloud environment, representing a breaking news story with on the scene without additional OB truck support.

The Zixi On-Air app allows flexibility without the need for a backpack solution, options for multiple contribution methods (5G/4G/LEO) with built-in bonding and allows remote operators to easily configure to send to cloud or on-prem receiving locations.

Once in the cloud the compressed IP-to-NDI conversion is output into a VPC and throughout a production workflow meaning customers can switch in and out of best of breed solutions depending on the production requirements. Once the production TX feed is finished it is then sent back to Zixi Broadcaster software and transcoded for distribution at ultra-low latency with Zen Master monitoring and orchestration from any location.

The second project is ‘Connect & Produce Anywhere’, championed by DAZN, Sky Sports, BT Media & Broadcast, Vodafone Group, BBC, TV2. Participants are Open Broadcast Systems, Singular.live, Google, Microsoft, AMD, Grass Valley and Verizon Business. Zixi is being used for distribution across multiple cloud infrastructure providers to build a distributed edge and cloud computing system to produce live sporting events and create the ability to geographically move media processing without the user knowing. Interoperability between software providers with common approaches will also be emphasised.

“The IBC Accelerator Media Innovation programme is a fantastic platform for the industry to come together to solve media and entertainment business and technology challenges,” said Chris Fellows, senior solutions engineering manager, Zixi. “Again this year with our partners Zixi is delivering innovative software solutions across multiple complex workflows, and we look forward to presenting them at IBC2023.”

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