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Announcing Our New Partnership with EMEA Gateway

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s director of sales and marketing for broadcast products

The Digital Nirvana team is pleased to announce that it’s joining forces with EMEA Gateway for global sales and marketing operations. This partnership will allow Digital Nirvana to expand its international sales in the more than a hundred countries included in the EMEA region, a key component to our business expansion plan.

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd

In joining forces with EMEA Gateway, we benefit from their vast expertise in the EMEA marketplace. Digital Nirvana is looking forward to increasing its brand awareness and reseller networks in the region, and we’re confident that this partnership will help us to move forward in doing so. Teaming up with EMEA Gateway also gives us a local presence to better serve our current customers in the area.

Founded by industry veteran Guy Elliott, EMEA Gateway has over 25 years of experience selling hardware and software products in the broadcast industry throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Elliott said, “EMEA Gateway offers a deep understanding of broadcast technology as well as the complex challenges of both traditional and emerging markets. Most importantly, we provide unmatched access to contacts formed over decades in the EMEA broadcast arena, including close relationships with the local resellers in the region. We know what works to jumpstart sales and marketing efforts, and we deliver ‘feet on the street’ to make that happen. We’re excited to partner with Digital Nirvana, allowing them to focus on developing their unique technology solutions while we drive the sales channel and expand the company’s EMEA market share.”



Launching the FIFOPro Ingest Back-Up System at NAB 2014

By Arco Groenenberg

At next week’s NAB Show, we’ll unveil our new FIFOPro ingest back-up system – an ideal solution for news departments and live production applications to streamline workflows and save time, space and money.

Traditionally for SAN back up, broadcasters have relied on recording onto multiple tape decks, one for each feed, with station personnel manually loading, labeling, cataloging and storing each tape for back-up FIFOpro_PressImage_nologoinsurance. In this mode of operation, if the need arises to restore from tape, it must be manually de-archived, taken to the editing bay, loaded and then transcoded into the proper format prior to editing.

FIFOPro has been created out of market demand for an easier, more efficient way to back up ingest. The system provides an automated workflow. It continually records and archives multiple HD-SDI feeds on a rolling First-in/First-out (FIFO) basis, retaining all content for 72 hours before deleting it from the system. This data is automatically recorded in an edit-ready AVCi 50 format along with its metadata, including channel, date and time. If original content is lost or damaged, it’s a simple process to find and access the stored media via web browser and export the selected clips to the watch folder for immediate editing.

If you’re a broadcaster or live event producer looking for an ingest back-up system to simplify your operations, Digital Nirvana has the perfect solution for you. Stop by our NAB booth, SU11017, to learn more about FIFOPro and how our other new technologies can benefit you.

Introducing Digital Nirvana’s New Open Media Appliance

By Hiren Hindocha

With NAB 2014 just around the corner, the Digital Nirvana team is getting ready to introduce some exciting new technologies and product updates at the show. One of the new technologies that we’ll show is our Open Media Appliance, a true hybrid server offering multiple I/O choices in a single appliance. It enables media and broadcast organizations to dramatically cut their total cost of monitoring.

Our Open Hybrid Appliance offers all the functionality and performance needed to monitor every channel of content. It allows a wide selection of inputs and outputs, including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, QAM, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2. It also includes a Linux operating system, an industrial-grade server, built-in redundant power supplies and system alerts – all in one 2RU or 3RU device.

OpenMediaAppliance_PressImage_nonameThe appliance offers high-res storage, the ability to expand to hundreds of channels and system alerts when troubles are detected.  Our Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring and MediaPro content repurposing solutions both use the Open Media Appliance.

Media Pro provides a fast and reliable way to record using the Open Media Appliance for rebroadcast and repurposing. It uses advanced cable card technology to repurpose HD content from both cable and broadcast channels.

Monitor IQ combines signal monitoring, loudness monitoring, logging, archiving, and competitive analysis in one, highly-scalable networked appliance. The solution provides a range of unique options, including iPad/iPhone/Android interface, NAVE watermark decoding, centralized management, director’s audio track and a REST API for third party development.

So, why buy multiple servers when you only need one? We invite you to stop by our NAB booth (SU11017) to find out more about our Open Media Appliance and how this cost efficient technology can benefit your operations.


The Latest Version of Monitor IQ to Debut at NAB

By Arco Groenenberg, Digital Nirvana’s director of sales and marketing for broadcast products

At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, Digital Nirvana will unveil the latest version of our Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring software. Monitor IQ is an in-house logging and compliance monitoring solution for traditional broadcasting media.

Monitor IQ is a popular product of ours that offers excellent cost performance and provides signal-MonitorIQ NAB 2014_PressImage_nologomonitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, ad verification, competitive analysis and content repurposing. New innovative functionality has been added to Monitor IQ Version 4.0, including transport stream recording, as well as SmartSearch, editing, playback and advanced engineering alerts. It also features Web Captioning to comply with new FCC regulations, Program Guide Extraction to enable recording by program, and an Infrastructure Self-Check to proactively monitor the overall health of the system. Monitor IQ runs on our Open Media Appliance industrial-grade server. The highly scalable server accepts multiple inputs and and exports content in a wide range of file formats.

Our broadcast monitoring solution can record Multi-language Audio/Video and VANC Metadata. Designed with an efficient architecture and a simple Web interface, it integrates seamlessly with third party software. The resulting workflow is quick and easy, making the most of time and money.

Please stop by our NAB booth, SU11017, to learn more about the newest version of Monitor IQ.

NAB Booth Highlight: AnyStream IQ 2.0

By Hiren Hindocha

At the NAB show next month, one of the highlights of the Digital Nirvana booth will be the newest version of our AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring system. We first introduced AnyStream IQ at last year’s show in response to the increasing popularity in live streaming and growing importance of reliable OTT monitoring, and are looking forward to showing off Version 2.0 at NAB 2014.

AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution, reliably monitoring OTT anystream NAB 2014content to ensure that live streams are up and running. It monitors for quality and compliance issues, such as loss of video, audio or FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ Version 2.0 features support for HDS capture and advanced alert reporting. The solution greatly benefits the operations of broadcasters, content creators, aggregators, and distributors of streaming content by meeting all of their monitoring needs in today’s sophisticated content delivery environment.

Using a cloud-based monitoring solution offers many benefits, including the elimination of expensive equipment, and the inclusion of a subscription-based pricing model that spreads monitoring costs throughout the year. There is no hardware or software to install with AnyStream IQ, and it offers a browser-based interface. If you’d like to learn more about AnyStream IQ, please visit our product page, and we welcome you to visit us at the show to learn more. The Digital Nirvana team is looking forward to demonstrating AnyStream IQ 2.0 at our NAB booth (SU11017), and we hope to see you there.


Repurpose Content for Social Media and the Cloud with the New MediaPro 2.0

By Hiren Hindocha

At next month’s NAB Show, we’ll introduce our newest broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions, including the MediaPro 2.0 content repurposing system. It offers a fast, affordable way to record multiple channels for content rebroadcasting, repurposing and ad verification. MediaPro 2.0 includes the ability to record content and share it easily on social media platforms and themediapro NAB 2014 cloud.

We’re excited to offer social media integration with the new version of MediaPro, as social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube play such an important role in how information is shared today. MediaPro 2.0’s seamless workflow gives broadcasters the tools they need to easily and efficiently cut, clip, and share content with social media and the cloud.

With MediaPro 2.0, multiple users can record from one to hundreds of channels using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance; and then edit, clip, and publish content in real time. Clips can be stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in high- or low-resolution. Even non-technical staff can record from broadcast and cable channels and easily produce hi-res, HD broadcast-ready clips to repurpose and monetize content.

To learn more, simply schedule an appointment with us at NAB or visit our booth at SU11017.



Reseller Spotlight on France’s OBV.TV

OBV logoTo better serve the French broadcast market, Digital Nirvana recently forged a partnership with OBV.TV, a distributor of broadcast products based in Paris. OBV.TV distributes production, post- production, transmission, and broadcast management products from some of the top technology providers in the world, and Digital Nirvana is so pleased to now be offering its solutions through the company.

OBV.TV at SATIS 2013, a French broadcast exhibition

OBV.TV at SATIS 2013, a French broadcast exhibition

“Digital Nirvana is a world leading company for media monitoring and analysis,” said Eric Changarnier, project and distribution manager at OBV.TV. “They offer very high quality products, and we appreciate how responsive they are to market demands. Their Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system particularly fits well into the French market.”

OBV.TV was created in early 2011, and focuses on offering its clientele the latest technologies that can benefit their operations at very competitive prices. OBV.TV offers Digital Nirvana’s media monitoring, compliance recording, content repurposing, media analysis and loudness measurement solutions.

Monitor IQ to Be Used for Sunday Night’s Oscars

academy-awards-logoWe are pleased to announce that Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ system will be used to monitor the Oscars taking place this Sunday night, March 2nd, in Hollywood. This award show marks the 86th Academy Awards.

Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ offers a reliable solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, and quality control for traditional broadcasting. The solution provides a range of important functions such as FCC compliance monitoring, proof of advertising, and internal remote viewing using any standard web browser.

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NAB Preview with Arco Groenenberg

The Digital Nirvana team was happy to recently welcome Arco Groenenberg as its director of sales and marketing for broadcast products. Arco brings a strong background in the professional video industry, and is focused on strengthening relationships with customers and growing the company’s broadcast products business.

In the video below, Arco shares his excitement for the upcoming NAB Show and discusses what we’ll be showcasing in our booth (SU11017).

To obtain a free Exhibits-only pass for the NAB show, we welcome you to register on the NAB Show website using the Digital Nirvana guest pass code: LV6624.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Channel Partner Spotlight on Vernick Technology Incorporated

VTI LogoDigital Nirvana is proud to partner with some of the most highly respected resellers and systems integrators in the industry, and one of those companies is Vernick Technology Incorporated (VTI). VTI has worked with customers on all aspects of the broadcast infrastructure. The Florida-based company takes a “total facility approach” to solving broadcast technology challenges for customers of all sizes.

VTI and Digital Nirvana have enjoyed a successful partnership since 2011. VTI has found Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system to be a popular choice among television broadcasters. The solution allows for easy monitoring and logging of broadcast signals, which helps users comply with FCC closed captioning regulations, verify airing of commercial spots, and review on-air discrepancies for quality control, among other useful features.

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