SKY News switching playout to MediaHub


Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO Australian News Channel said: “We are pleased to have appointed MediaHub as our new playout service provider to facilitate the growing needs of our business as we deliver more unique news, weather news, sports news and national affairs programming to even more television viewers across Australia.
“Using MediaHub will allow our business and operational focus to be fully on creating even more premium Australian programming.  Our new playout arrangements also offer advertisers more seamless integration across the wide range of our channels on Foxtel or programming on WIN.”

MediaHub Australia MD Alan Sweeney said, “We are delighted to be the new playout partner and technology provider for Australian News Channel and their SKY News channels. As everyone in the industry knows SKY News sets the bar in terms of news reported and delivered as it happens, so we firmly believe that with our emphasis on efficiency, reliability and quality that our two organisations are a perfect fit that will work very well together for years to come.”
Earlier this week Australian News Channel confirmed a“SKY News on WIN” channel which will launch later this year across WIN’s regional network.

MediaHub currently services WIN Television, ABC, Australia Plus, Imparja Television, 7flix, and FOX Networks Group Australia featuring the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo People, Nat Geo Wild.

MediaHub Australia is a large-scale, multi-client digital media, play-out and distribution facility, currently delivering over 360 live TV and radio channels to Australian and NZ metropolitan and regional markets using the very latest technology and cutting-edge data management and delivery solutions.
Services offered by MediaHub include PresHub, MediaHub’s historic core business and the playout of linear channels, XcodeHub enabling the automatic transcoding of content from one format to any other, StreamHub for the streaming of channels to OTT services, FibreHub, providing connectivity services using the company’s core fibre network throughout Australia and New Zealand, ArkHub for data archive, MAMHub for all things Media Asset Management related and ExchangeHub, enabling efficient content delivery.
By David Knox

Australian News Channel and WIN Network sign ‘historic’ content agreement

photo: Angelos Frangopoulos and Andrew Lancaster (credit: The Australian)

MediaHub Australia Delivers for ‘Earth Live’

July 10 2017

Earth Live, the Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan live hosted journey around the world, focusing on some of the most spectacular wildlife to be found had its Oceanic broadcast delivered through MediaHub Australia, the nation’s largest channel broadcaster. Leveraging MediaHub’s in-house satellite capabilities, this very special event was managed directly through the broadcast centre in Ingleburn, NSW to the National Geographic audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand via MediaHub’s channel broadcast system, and through the two live Streaming services provided by MediaHub’s live Streaming platform, ‘StreamHub’.

PRIME outsources 60 channels to MediaHub in just 4 months


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


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


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


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


800 Words (Channel Seven)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – SoHo)

Home and Away (Channel Seven)

House Husbands (Nine Network)

Love Child (Nine Network)


Family Feud (Network Ten)

Gruen (ABC)

Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)

The Voice (Nine Network)

The X Factor Australia (Channel Seven)


60 Minutes (Nine Network)


Sunrise (Channel Seven)

The Project (Network Ten)

Today (Nine Network)


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)


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)


Better Homes and Gardens (Channel Seven)

Gardening Australia (ABC)

Getaway (Nine Network)

Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel – The LifeStyle Channel)

The Living Room (Network Ten)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


800 Words (Channel Seven)

A Place To Call Home (Foxtel – SoHo)

Glitch (ABC)

Love Child (Nine Network)

Wentworth (Foxtel – SoHo


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)


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)


No Activity (Stan)

Open Slather (Foxtel – The Comedy Channel)

Please Like Me (ABC)

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (ABC)

Utopia (ABC)


Bottersnikes & Gumbles (Channel Seven)

Bushwacked! (ABC3)

Little Lunch (ABC3)

Play Along With Sam (Foxtel – Nick Jr.)

Ready For This (ABC3)

Already announced


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)


“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)


“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


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, 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

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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

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.”