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Significant Upgrades to the HyperCaster/ProVue

October 2, 2015, 15:14 by dliu

TelVue is proud to announce another significant milestone in the evolution of both HyperCaster and ProVue products, with the simultaneous release this week of HyperCaster v5.2 and ProVue 2.6.

In a nutshell: the latest versions bring a host of new features to content management and graphic overlay design, as well as upgrades to underlying systems such as the Ubuntu Operating System, SNMP traps for monitoring health status, and synchronization with the TelVue Connect cloud. Some of the changes are immediately apparent on the main Content page, which has been redesigned with a cleaner, simpler interface.


On the content management side, the HyperCaster’s User Interface has been streamlined to make more options available from a single click. For example:

  • You can access content file actions (Edit, Schedule, Delete, Archive, etc…) by right-clicking on the thumbnail(s) on the main content page.
  • Just mouse over a thumbnail for basic video information.
  • Search is more intuitive.
  • Additional Connect metadata fields now sync down to Broadcast Servers as an Extended Metadata tab in the Content Edit view

On the design side, customers with ProVue graphics enabled can add drop shadows to ticker and snipe texts. You can also add a foreground image that stays on top as your ticker text crawls off screen. The graphic interface is also more user-friendly, with additional drag-and-drop functionality for positioning tickers and snipes, and transparency settings for “bug” graphics.

Users of the TelVue InfoVue Digital Signagesystem will find an RSS feed-generating tool that lets you define the parameters of a program guide, to more easily display programming information in an InfoVue screen.

The complete list of new features for HyperCaster v5.2 and ProVue v2.6 is available in the Product Documentation section of the TelVue website. It’s a long list, and it adds up to an ever more efficient and fully-featured playout experience.

Government Video Magazine Features TelVue Broadcaster

August 7, 2015, 13:58 by dliu

LongmeadowTraceyGovernment Video‘s latest issue features the Longmeadow TV (Massachusetts) HD upgrade, using the TelVue HyperCaster system:

Go Longmeadow TV!

TelVue® CloudCastTM is Roku® Broadcaster for Triple Crown Bid

June 5, 2015, 15:06 by dliu

May 28, 2015 (Mt. Laurel, NJ) – On Saturday June 6th, the thoroughbred horse racing phenom American Pharoah makes his historic bid for a Triple Crown title. And for the second year, TelVue® Corporation (OTC: TEVE) will be Internet broadcasting the spectacle in crystal clear 1080p HD.   This live HD Over-The-Top (OTT) broadcast of horse racing’s third jewel in the crown, the Belmont Stakes, is available exclusively to the New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) Rewards members.

“TelVue’s video streaming technology opens up our racing events to a much larger potential audience,” explains Tom Thill, NYRA’s VP and Chief Information Officer. “NYRA Rewards members who can’t make it to the track are thrilled to be able to watch and wager on the races – live over the Internet.”

The NYRA Rewards’ Roku® TV channel gives members daily access to 1080p HD live and replay video streams of important races from more than 150 race tracks. The first weekend in June all eyes will be on Belmont Park again, where the odds-on favorite American Pharoah tries to become the first thoroughbred since 1978 to win the sport’s most elusive and prestigious title.

“TelVue is pleased to support NYRA in bringing this important race to the living rooms of NYRA Rewards members,” says TelVue Senior Vice President Paul Andrews. “Our low latency, secure, and encrypted Roku OTT video streaming solutions are ideal for broadcasting high value live sports action to fans wherever they are.”

TelVue provides the live and better-than-broadcast TV, 1080p HD streaming solution for all NYRA members with a NYRA Rewards account and a Roku Internet Streaming account.

2015 – the Year of IP Broadcast

April 22, 2015, 15:24 by dliu

It seems like the headlines out of NAB this year were dominated by the inevitability of IP broadcast. Of course TelVue has been providing IP broadcast solutions for years, so it’s nice to know its time has come! Some takeaways from a series of recent headlines (links where available, if you want to read more):

“It’s about changing the workflow environment from being hardware based to software; that is where the operational flexibility comes in.”  – TV Technology:  IP for Broadcast: The Time is Now

“A number of top technologists highlighted the potential of IP technologies to revolutionize the TV industry” – Broadcasting & Cable: NAB: Tech Leaders Say IP Transition Is ‘A Big Deal’Faster innovation, flexibility and lower costs are among the advantages

“IP is reshaping how live video is acquired and transported; switched and routed; and ultimately distributed and consumed.” – TVNewsCheck:  IP Expanding into Live, Remote Productions

“To remain efficient and satisfy demand, broadcasters will need to choose the technology that has already demonstrated its ability to support the bandwidth that broadcasters require. In the long term, the current SDI standards simply do not provide an affordable and sustainable solution.” – TV Technology:  IP Studio Infrastructure

“The big shift from baseband video to IT files and IP infrastructure now underway will make other upcoming innovations possible for broadcasters.” – TVNewsCheck:  There’s No Stopping the Move to IT/IP.

“Survey by TV Technology and Broadcast Engineering shows support for IP workflows to support 4K and beyond.” – A whitepaper by TV Technology and Broadcast Engineering.

“The delivery of IP video to consumers–that ship has sailed. There are lots of things going on in terms of how we are going to do that. A lot of viewers already have migrated to IP-based viewing, and a lot more will soon do so.” – SMPTE Hot Button Discussion:  What’s the Best IP Video Path Forward?

Broadcasting & Cable is presenting a free webinar tomorrow (Apr 23) on The Media Industry Transition to IP:  Defining the Business Case.  You can register here.


Global Connections in the Media Exchange

April 22, 2015, 08:44 by dliu
Global Connections interviews anthropologist Jane Goodall

Global Connections interviews anthropologist Jane Goodall

A unique program that airs on United Nations TV , New York City and global media outlets is now available to PEG stations for re-broadcast. Global Connections Television has just joined the TelVue Connect Media Exchange, and uploaded 25 episodes of a half-hour talk show that features UN representatives, academics, international relations specialists, private sector CEOs and NGO leaders.

Global Connections TV founder and host Bill Miller says his interviews focus on how international issues impact people on a local level, and the ways in which the UN and other groups are helping to create a better world.

Topics range from global peacekeeping, aid and education projects, economic and social development, human rights, to youth and cultural programs.

Here is your chance to make global, local. Download Global Connections for re-broadcast to your community. Better yet, if you subscribe to Global Connections as a Series in the Media Exchange (login required to view), each new episode that is added will automatically show up in your TelVue Connect Media Library.

If you don’t already have a free Media Exchange account, ask us for one. You’ll find a lot of other free programming in the TelVue Connect Media Exchange, like Democracy Now!, National Science Foundation educational videos, Ad Council PSAs, and many local and regional TV programs of a wide variety of styles and topics.

TelVue Unveils New Digital Signage Solution

April 13, 2015, 14:58 by dliu

April 13, 2015 – (Mount Laurel, NJ) TelVue® Corporation (OTC: TEVE), the innovation leader in Television and Internet Broadcasting for communities, cable operators, and media companies today launched TelVue InfoVueTM – a cloud-based high-definition, multi-zone digital signage solution for professional broadcast, campus and enterprise.

TelVue InfoVue adds powerful video messaging tools to a TV channel or display by allowing broadcasters to present multiple sources of information on a single channel:  for example, video programming can play in one zone while a ticker runs underneath, and live weather/traffic information updates on the side.  TelVue InfoVue displays real-time information in an attractive broadcast signage format.

With TelVue InfoVue broadcasters can easily design templates, write and curate content, and organize and schedule multiple sources of dynamic information. InfoVue allows integrating dynamic data into your template with drag-and-drop simplicity.

“We are excited to be offering this new dynamic digital signage solution,” explains TelVue President and CEO Jesse Lerman. “We designed TelVue InfoVue to simplify managing multi-zone digital signage and make it easy to collaborate with contributors. By automating the display of dynamic information, your screens show fresh content without the need for manual input.”

The InfoVue digital signage player is available in a powerful server model for broadcasters that supports both baseband and IP output, as well as mini-players for traditional signage. TelVue InfoVue is the latest addition to the TelVue line of products and services that includes: IP broadcast servers, digital ad servers, and cloud-based video aggregation, transcoding, and streaming services.  InfoVue is on display at the TelVue booth (N3618) at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

TelVue in 3 Places at Once – at NAB 2015

April 13, 2015, 10:30 by Paul Andrews
TelVue booth at NAB 2015

TelVue booth #N3618 at NAB 2015

TelVue proudly opens its booth (#N3618) today at the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters conference. We’re showing all of our latest products for broadcasters big and small. If you’re at the show – stop by. If you’re not at the show – give us a call and we’ll answer your questions about TelVue broadcasting products.

TelVue products are also on display in other NAB booths:

TelVue at NeuLion MainConcept booth

TelVue HyperCaster using MainConcept SDK

TelVue was invited by John Held, Senior Product Marketing Manager at NeuLion (formerly DivX) to participate in the MainConcept Partner Showcase (Booth #SU9617).

You can see the TelVue HyperCaster B100-SDI broadcast server with integrated video decoding and dazzling graphics.

TelVue at SES booth at NAB 2015

SES showcases TelVue HyperCaster for UHD HEVC delivery


And TelVue is helping SES  (Booth #SU1910) demonstrate Ultra HD satellite broadcasting using the HyperCaster B1000-HEVC.

TelVue’s support for Ultra HD video using H.265 High Efficiency Video Codec is a new feature for the HyperCaster, built on its strong broadcasting foundation and reputation for reliability.


HyperCaster, ProVue and Connect Upgrades

March 23, 2015, 11:26 by dliu

HC v5.1 media page is simpler, clearer

The TelVue Development Team has wrapped up a lot of work in the past week, bringing some important new features to the HyperCaster platform, and laying the groundwork for some big changes ahead for our cloud-based video streaming solutions.

Top among the new features of HyperCaster v5.1:

  • Capture multiple IP inputs simultaneously (with the proper IP Capture licenses) for later replay.
  • Continuity Timeshift allows you to delay a continuity stream by a configurable amount of time. Requires a Timeshift license.
  • A new Video auto-fade option for the HyperCaster v5.1-ProVue v2.5 combination allows you to add a video transition of up to 1s between playouts.
  • Combined content “show” and “edit” pages into one, for a much nicer UI for content edit

The complete listing of features and fixes in HyperCaster v5.1 is available here; and look here for ProVue v2.5 release notes.

In addition, the latest TelVue Connect release (v1.8) is a big step toward the future integration of our Connect and CloudCast platforms. What this will mean for the TelVue user is a single cloud-based portal for video aggregation, transcoding, media exchange program sharing, and adaptive bitrate VOD and live streaming. All under one application and workflow. The TelVue Connect adaptive bitrate VOD and streaming feature is still in Beta, but stayed tuned for the official release, later this Spring!

Getting to IP

March 13, 2015, 17:20 by dliu

A good explanation of the rationale and the pathway to IP broadcast, here.

Mission Critical Health Series

March 10, 2015, 08:49 by dliu
"Mission Critical" is a new health series in the Media Exchange

“Mission Critical” is a new health series in the Media Exchange

The TelVue Connect Media Exchange is pleased to welcome the addition of a new collection of highly-produced public health videos, courtesy of Mission Critical Health. The series’ Executive Producer David Holden explains: “We work to educate patients about lifestyle choices, healthcare choices, and to educate professionals about new research.”

It’s a broad mandate that leads to a diverse selection of subject matter.  Recent uploads to the Media Exchange range from PSAs on drowning prevention, to a collection of reports from Mission Critical’s Host and Clinical Editor, Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla.

“Our goal is to produce trusted content”, Holden adds, “Educational reports on health that are based on peer-reviewed work and evidence-based research.” Mission Critical Health is produced by the Capital Media Group, in association with the Preventive Medicine Task Force – a non-profit, national public health initiative. Up to now they have been primarily a content provider to hospital systems and doctor’s offices, but are looking to extend their audience in order to help bridge communications between hospitals, doctors, and patients.

Coming up? Look for pieces on the health effects of marijuana, and how women’s shoe styles impact foot health.  We told you the subject matter was diverse…