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PRIME outsources 60 channels to MediaHub in just 4 months

Source: http://www.primemedia.com.au/images/pdfs/asxmedia/2016/Media_Release_9_December_2016_MediaHub.pdf

Media Group (ASX:PRT) has successfully completed the outsourcing of its playout of 60 discreet market channels to MediaHub Australia. PRIME reaches an audience of 5.3 million Australians, utilising 230 transmission sites to deliver its 60 unique, individually branded channels to regional markets. Shane Wood, Group General Manager, Operations of PRIME said: “PRIME and MediaHub have worked collaboratively to transition the services in four months and went “live to air” for all PRIME channels across regional Australia from MediaHub’s Ingleburn facility yesterday, which is a remarkable effort. “I would like to thank the team in Canberra, led by Trevor Clarke and Lyndon Cox, who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of this project, particularly the work undertaken during the rigorous user acceptance testing process.” “MediaHub has delivered a clear commercial benefit to PRIME and provided us with a robust solution that has enabled technical improvements to our on-air presentation,” Mr Wood said. Alan Sweeney, CEO of MediaHub said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Prime’s very professional staff in delivering this project in such a short period of time. We are proud to welcome Prime to our growing client base and look forward to a long partnership with such a premium Australian brand.”

MediaHub Implements Disaster Recovery for Imparja Television

Source: http://prwire.com.au/pr/61227/mediahub-implements-disaster-recovery-for-imparja-television

Despite what many might think it does actually rain in the red centre and when it does the results can often be devastating. This was the case recently when Alice Springs-based broadcaster Imparja TV was flooded. Such was the damage that Imparja’s broadcast playout partner, MediaHub Australia, had to step in with a disaster recovery initiative to keep the broadcaster on air.

MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney explained, “Imparja’s sensitive television scheduling systems were extensively damaged by localised flooding in Alice Springs causing an inability to provide the programming schedules to us, their broadcast playout facility partner, based in Sydney. Fortunately we are prepared for any such event and stepped in to keep things running.”

The extreme weather event caused extensive flooding which in turn affected network connectivity and had a knock-on effect on the File Transfer Protocol systems that provide the vital link for the provision of data between Imparja and MediaHub.

Sweeney continued, “The team at Imparja really stepped up but due to the flooding were unable to provide the programming schedules that, once processed at MediaHub, enable the transmission of their signal to over one million resident viewers via an extensive broadcast footprint of over 3.6 million square kilometres spanning six states and territories. To rectify this MediaHub Australia utilised existing past programming schedules and reformatted and recreated them for playout for the duration of Imparja’s technical emergency. This meant no loss of broadcast or air time.”

As a result of MediaHub’s intervention what is normally a highly automated system was turned into a manually managed project with a finite window in which the scheduling operation could be completed successfully. Processes were put in place to build the required schedules, incorporating both automated and human data entry.

Alan Sweeney concluded, “This was a real rescue and recovery mission. Staff at MediaHub Australia and at Imparja worked extremely well together to ensure the continuous transmission of the Imparja Television service and as a result of MediaHub staff’s technical proficiency and agility, Imparja TV’s transmission to its viewership was seamless and unaffected even with their facilities being largely inoperative due to extensive flooding. This meant that during a time of hardship for many people affected by the severe weather, important and vital regional news was broadcast as per normal.”

MediaHub The Chosen One For Seven’s 7flix Channel

Source: http://www.bandt.com.au/media/mediahub-network-seven-7flix

The Seven Network has appointed MediaHub Australia for the playout of its new free-to-air digital television multichannel 7flix (channel 76) to all five capital cities plus regional Queensland. (by SALVATORE DI MUCCIO)

Seven’s head of broadcast operations Andrew Anderson (pictured above) said, “MediaHub’s infrastructure and operation perfectly suits the style of play-out that SWM require for 7flix. All media content, branding and schedules are prepared daily by SWM. MediaHub quality check and playout the channels 24/7.”
MediaHub already manages and is responsible for the playout of many channels including the ABC, WIN, FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People, Imparja TV and Australia Plus.
MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney said, “7flix went live and began broadcasting at 6am on 28 February 2016 and is a smooth and reliable operation and we are delighted with the workflows that have been created for this. Anywhere you’re watching 7flix in Australia the signal is coming from MediaHub.”
MediaHub also supplies connectivity for 7flix providing totally diverse multiple one gigabit private IP links between Seven’s Broadcast Centre Melbourne (BCM) and the MediaHub facility at Ingleburn in NSW.
Sweeney concluded, “As broadcaster’s focus more on content while demanding significant reductions in operating costs, a technology-driven, multi-client facility such as MediaHub more and more reflects the future path of broadcast operations.”

Logie Awards 2016: All Of The Winners

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/05/08/logies-2016_n_9863614.html

Channel Ten’s “The Project” has dominated the 58th TV Week Logie Awards by a landslide with Waleed Aly taking home the publicly-voted Gold Logie as well as Silver Logie for Best Presenter and the show winning Best News Panel/ Current Affairs Program.

Other winners included “Love Child’s” Jessica Marais for Best Actress and Erik Thomson taking home Best Actor for his role in “800 Words.”

Meanwhile, the ABC raked up a record-making 33 nominations, the most of any network, with eight wins.

Noni Hazlehurst was honoured at the awards, inducted into the Hall of Fame for her dedication to the industry that’s spanned over four decades.

All of the winners (in bold) below.

GOLD LOGIE – BEST PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TV

Waleed Aly(The Project, Network Ten)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)

Scott Cam The Block/ Reno Rumble, NINE NETWORK

Lee Lin Chin (SBS World News/The Feed, SBS)

Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ABC)

Grant Denyer (Family Feud/The Great Australian Spelling Bee, Network Ten)

BEST ACTOR

Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC)

Erik Thomson (800 Words, Channel Seven)

Firass Dirani (House Husbands, Nine Network)

Josh Thomas (Please Like Me, ABC)

Stephen Peacocke (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

BEST ACTRESS

Bonnie Sveen (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ABC)

Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network)

Julia Morris (House Husbands, Nine Network)

Marta Dusseldorp (A Place To Call Home, Foxtel – Soho)

BEST PRESENTER

Amanda Keller (The Living Room, Network Ten)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)

Grant Denyer (Family Feud/ The Great Australian Spelling Bee, Network Ten)

Lee Lin Chin (SBS World News/The Feed, SBS)

Waleed Aly (The Project, Network Ten)

BEST NEW TALENT

Adam Dovile (Better Homes and Gardens, Channel Seven)

Benson Jack Anthony (800 Words, Channel Seven)

Dan Reilly (The Block, Nine Network)

Joel Jackson (Deadline Gallipoli/ Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Foxtel – Showcase/Channel Seven)

Pia Miller (Home and Away, Channel Seven)

BEST DRAMA PROGRAM

800 Words (Channel Seven)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – SoHo)

Home and Away (Channel Seven)

House Husbands (Nine Network)

Love Child (Nine Network)

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Family Feud (Network Ten)

Gruen (ABC)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

The Voice (Nine Network)

The X Factor Australia (Channel Seven)

BEST NEWS PANEL OR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM

60 Minutes (Nine Network)

Q&A (ABC)

Sunrise (Channel Seven)

The Project (Network Ten)

Today (Nine Network)

BEST REALITY PROGRAM

I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (Network Ten)

MasterChef Australia (Network Ten)

My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)

The Bachelorette Australia (Network Ten)

The Block (Nine Network)

BEST SPORTS PROGRAM

AFL 360 (Foxtel – Fox Footy)

Marngrook Footy Show (NITV)

The AFL Footy Show (Nine Network)

The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)

Wide World of Sports (Nine Network)

BEST LIFESTYLE PROGRAM

Better Homes and Gardens (Channel Seven)

Gardening Australia (ABC)

Getaway (Nine Network)

Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel – The LifeStyle Channel)

The Living Room (Network Ten)

BEST FACTUAL PROGRAM

Australian Story (ABC)

Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)

Bondi Vet (Network Ten)

Gogglebox (Foxtel – The LifeStyle Channel/Network Ten)

Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR

Alex Dimitriades (Matt Bashir, The Principal, SBS)

Hugh Dancy (Ellis Ashmead Bartlett, Deadline Gallipoli, Foxtel – Showcase)

Malcolm Kennard (Ivan Milat, Catching Milat, Channel Seven)

Patrick Brammall (James Hayes, Glitch, ABC)

Sam Neill (Lang Hancock, House of Hancock, Nine Network)

MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS

Deborah Mailman (Lorraine, Redfern Now: Promise Me, ABC)

Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, ABC)

Mandy McElhinney (Gina Rinehart, House of Hancock, Nine Network)

Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson, Wentworth, Foxtel – SoHo)

Sarah Snook (Anna Ivin, The Beautiful Lie, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Dan Wyllie (Jimmy, No Activity, Stan)

David Berry (James Bligh, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel – SoHo)

Ryan Corr (Corporal MacDonald, Banished, Foxtel – BBC First)

Tim Minchin (Jacob, No Activity, Stan)

Tim Minchin (Smasher Sullivan, The Secret River, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth, Wentworth, Foxtel – SoHo)

Emily Barclay (Sarah Hayes, Glitch, ABC)

Harriet Dyer (Patricia Saunders, Love Child, Nine Network)

Jenni Baird (Regina Standish, A Place To Call Home, Foxtel – SoHo)

Rarriwuy Hick (Robyn Davis, Redfern Now: Promise Me, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

800 Words (Channel Seven)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – SoHo)

Glitch (ABC)

Love Child (Nine Network)

Wentworth (Foxtel – SoHo

MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE

Deadline Gallipoli (Foxtel – showcase)

House of Hancock (Nine Network)

Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door (Channel Seven)

The Beautiful Lie (ABC)

The Secret River (ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Gruen (ABC)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

The Voice (Nine Network)

The Weekly With Charlie Pickering (ABC)

The X Factor Australia (Channel Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM

No Activity (Stan)

Open Slather (Foxtel – The Comedy Channel)

Please Like Me (ABC)

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)

Utopia (ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Bottersnikes & Gumbles (Channel Seven)

Bushwacked! (ABC3)

Little Lunch (ABC3)

Play Along With Sam (Foxtel – Nick Jr.)

Ready For This (ABC3)

Already announced

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE

2015 Australian Open (Channel Seven/7TWO)

Emirates Melbourne Cup (Channel Seven)

KFC T20 Big Bash League (Network Ten)

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final (Nine Network)

Holden State Of Origin II (Nine Network)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE

“Iraq-Syria War Coverage” (ABC 7pm News, ABC)

“Liberal Leadership Crisis: Abbott V Turnbull” (Foxtel – SKY NEWS LIVE)

“Migrant Crisis – Special Report” (ABC 7pm News, ABC)

“Paris Attack” (Seven News, Channel Seven)

“Parramatta Shooting” (Seven News, Channel Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT

“Catching A Monster” (60 Minutes, Nine Network)

“Hitting Home” (Hitting Home, ABC)

“Making A Killing” (Four Corners, ABC)

“The Killing Season” (The Killing Season, ABC)

“The Siege Survivors” (60 Minutes, Nine Network)

 

By Julia Naughton, Associate Editor, HuffPost Australia

Tourism Australia’s push into virtual reality pays real life dividends with 64% higher engagement

Source: https://mumbrella.com.au/tourism-australia-vr-campaign-pays-dividends-362541

Tourism’s Australia’s push into VR and 360 advertising on Facebook has paid immediate dividends with the number of Americans intending to visit jumping significantly on the back of the launch of the campaign.The innovative videos allow people to experience Australia via VR using Google Goggles or other VR devices, launched in New York on Australia Day.
Since the campaign launch there has been more than 10 million views of the broadcast ad and the 360 films, and a 64% increase in engagement on Australia.com, with time on site averaging more than eight minutes.

And the tourism body has signalled it intends to deepen its relationship with the social media platform.

The campaign was anchored in a traditional ad starring Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, but also featured a number of 360 videos that allowed consumers to immerse themselves in a range of destinations.

Tourism Australia chief marketing officer, Lisa Ronson, said the VR campaign has helped push the tourism market to record levels.

“This is about giving US consumers and potential travellers to Australia a deeper, more immersive experience of our destination. The response, so far, from the activity we’ve rolled out in the US has been fantastic,” Ronson said.

A Nielsen survey carried out immediately after the Facebook campaign revealed intent to visit amongst Americans viewing the video clips was three times higher than the industry average for similar travel and tourism campaigns.

Oculus ready to sell Rift virtual reality headsets

Source: www.money.cnn.com (http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/04/media/oculus-rift-preorders-ship-date/)

Oculus, the makers of a much-anticipated virtual reality headset called the Rift, will open up the digital doors for pre-orders on Wednesday.
The company, which Facebook acquired in 2014, isn’t saying when buyers will actually receive the Rift. But founder Palmer Luckey said in a tweet that “shipping starts in Q1!”

The first quarter of 2016 has been the company’s promised target for many months.
The project has faced hurdle after hurdle. Last week Oculus delayed the release of another piece of the VR system, a pair of controllers called Touch that place people’s hands into virtual environments.
“On the path to perfecting Touch, we’ve decided that we need more time before release, and we’ll now be shipping Touch in the second half of 2016,” the company said in a New Year’s Eve blog post. “Pre-orders will open a few months prior to launch.”
As for the Rift, the pre-orders will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday. “We’ll be sharing everything you need to know to order your Rift on Wednesday when pre-orders go live,” the company said.
No price tag was announced on Monday. But analysts expect the headset plus the necessary high-powered PC hardware to cost about $1,500.

Oculus’ Palmer Luckey has grand ambitions for Oculus and for the whole VR industry. (There are a growing number of competing headsets, but the Rift has stirred enormous interest due to its high quality and its Facebook ties.) He expects virtual games, movies, news coverage, and even face-to-face communication to be common someday.
“We are going to make this happen,” he said in an interview at Facebook headquarters last fall. Luckey described medical applications that would help surgical students see inside patients and virtual field trips that would “take people to the moon.” But he added, “Nobody knows what the killer application of VR is going to be yet.” First it has to ship — so people can experience it for themselves.

MediaHub Australia Named 2015 Employer of Choice

Source: http://prwire.com.au/pr/56746/mediahub-australia-named-2015-nsw-employer-of-choice
By the state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber

MediaHub Australia, the television playout facility which broadcasts over 170 channels across Australia and the Asia-Pacific, has been named 2015 NSW Employer of Choice by the state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber.

Sponsored by CareSuper, the NSW Business Chamber’s Employer of Choice Award recognises businesses that have put in place strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating and supportive work environment for their employees.

MediaHub Australia CEO Alan Sweeney said, “We are absolutely delighted to have won the NSW Business Chamber’s Employer of Choice Award. We put a significant amount of effort into our employees’ development and the development of their workplace so this award is a great validation of those efforts.”

MediaHub Australia received the award at a gala dinner on Friday evening in Sydney attended by more than 1000 guests in recognition of its sustained efforts to improve the wellbeing of its employees. Current initiatives include company funded team-building events, subsidised gym memberships and other health-focused employee benefits. MediaHub Australia also has an employee recognition program, which through peer nominations recognises an Employee of the Year, Rising Star and Quiet Achiever.

The combined result of these initiatives has been a reduction in employee absenteeism by nearly one working day per employee and improved staff retention with almost 90% of the current senior team already chalking up three or more years with the business.

NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive Stephen Cartwright congratulated MediaHub Australia for taking out top honours in the prestigious Employer of Choice category saying, “MediaHub Australia has clearly worked incredibly hard to establish a stimulating and supportive work environment that prioritises the wellbeing of staff and ensures they feel valued. This is a fantastic achievement for MediaHub Australia, and sets an excellent example for other organisations across the state.”

MediaHub wins Fox International Channels

Source: http://mumbrella.com.au/mediahub-wins-fox-international-channels-326005

MediaHub Australia has snared the job of handling all the channels in Australia and New Zealand for Fox International Channels Australia in a deal that includes FX and National Geographic.

FOX International Channels Australia, a division of 21st Century FOX, recently chose MediaHub Australia as its playout platform for all of its channels throughout Australia and New Zealand including the entertainment channel FX, and factual channels National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People.  FIC develops, produces and distributes 300+ wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

FIC Director of Technical Operations Stephen Lloyd said, “FIC was seeking a 21st century, high-quality, technology-led, efficient Australian-based full service media playout operation.  We found that and more in MediaHub, who demonstrated a great can-do working culture with the ability to be flexible and responsive ensuring we get the best on-air presentation for our viewers which is what matters most. I look forward to a productive partnership in the years ahead.”

Lloyd continued, “Not only did MediaHub meet and exceed every one of our requirements but they did so with a fully working and operational demo in twenty four hours. It really was quite impressive to see our channels up and running as if they had been with MediaHub for some time.”

The demo consisted of a full workflow and playout of channels that included ingest, storage, data centre services, media asset management, QC, system integration, and playout.

The implementation began in what was an incredibly tight timeframe from signing contracts to parallel broadcast operations. A fact and a feat not lost on Lloyd who remarked, “In just eight weeks MediaHub have managed to provide the total Australia and New Zealand playout platform and services for all FIC channels with very a compelling SLA target. This includes full data centre services for FIC, presentation, monitoring, logging and delivery of all feeds to Foxtel and SKY NZ. “

MediaHub Australia CEO Alan Sweeney said, “We are absolutely delighted to have an organisation of Fox International Channels’ stature as a partner and to be handling and managing the playout for all of their channels. Not only are the Fox International Channels premium channels, but their decision to partner with MediaHub further validates our offering to the market in general. MediaHub is open for business and very ready to manage new channels and data services as the market requires.”

The FX, Nat Geo (to Foxtel and SKY NZ), Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People channels will be live and on air through MediaHub on 1 December 2015.

Source: Well Above Marketing