• Cloud to Cable TV Patent Issued Today.

    US Patent 10,123,074

    Today, the US Pat 10,123,074 issued for Cloud to Cable, after a provisional was filed December 2014. This patent covers the currently commercialized Cloud to Cable TV system.  The process was not that long, considering that the initial firm, NOVAK DRUCE was disbanded and I had to transfer the case to Greg Nelson and Fox & Rothschild, LLP in West Palm Beach, FL.

    The patent issued  is titled: Method, system, and apparatus for multimedia content delivery to cable TV and satellite operators 

    A patent continuation was filed in October to cover other aspects of the invention, as shown in the picture the patent generates video with an MPEG Transport Stream that is compatible with a Cable TV system.

    What is Cloud to Cable?

    The main aspects and novelty of the invention include but are not limited to the following items:

    • Integration of web-elements, web pages, or HTML5-related content with rendering of this content on OTT, IPTV, and most importantly, Cable TV systems.
    • Virtualization and use of containers in the distribution of music and TV content to cable operators, by provision at virtual machine or docker container with the web page plus content for rendering purposes.
    • Essentially, the patent covers music and TV distribution to cable operators and systems for broadcasting.
    • Over-the-Top, IPTV systems, or Cable TV operators can now integrate novel ReactJS, Javascript, and all advanced mechanisms for designing user interfaces into their video feeds.
    • Audio and music channels can be integrated and created by just connecting to the web-based content provider.
    • Fault-tolerance and high-reliability is presented in the disclosure.

    In many ways, the invention covers a device, system, and methods to accomplish media distribution with ease, reducing costs, and implementing a novel mechanism that replaces satellite delivery, hardware encoders, and many other devices,


    Cloud to Cable Video

    A video can be found at EGLA’s Youtube Channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80G-rh6Dlns

  • Music Choice Patent Axed Partially by PTAB

      

    Late September and early October total of two judgments have been filed thus far by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in the case against Music Choice’s patent. As indicated in the rulings for IPR2017-00888 and IPR2017-01191, partial axing fo the patents have been granted to Stingray or against Music Choice’s interest.  Interesting findings that enforce the value of our cloud to cable TV patents.

    The final written decisions are available herein:

    As Law360 points out:

    ” The case split the PTAB panel, with each of the three judges filing opinions. The majority ruling by Judge Mitchell Weatherly held that eight of the patent’s 20 claims are invalid because Stingray showed that a person skilled in the art would be motivated to combine the earlier inventions to arrive at Music Choice’s invention, which includes both a playlist and on-demand playback. Source: https://www.law360.com/media/articles/1091845/ptab-partly-axes-music-choice-patent-in-row-with-rival “

    This goes in accordance to the prediction made by myself back when this issue was discussed initially, specially in the article where I analyzed the acquisition of Music Choice by Stingray digital.

    Infringement and Damages Model

    As expected Music Choice should be more interested not so much on the “Video on Demand” revenues which is what these two patents cover, but more so in the patent covering the method and system for broadcasting to Cable TV which is the main source of revenues for both companies. The patent in dispute will be resolved this Friday October 19th, 2018, and the patent 8,769,062 as well as the original applications from 2001-08-28 which is claimed as priority date.

    It is my opinion that a similar outcome may result from the PTAB panel.

    Hence, what would the damages be for Music Choice? Well, I don’t have access to any information but what is found online, and in a letter from 2014, Music Choice was claimed to have 56M homes, or 57M listeners per month.  Source: https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/atr/legacy/2014/08/18/307851.pdf ‘

    In this document, Music Choice indicates that their Multi-Video Programming Distributors (MVPD) constitutes a main source of income for the company. Additionally, in a marketing material VOD distribution is said to have 72M subscribers as of Music Choice’s 2016 PDF :

    http://corporate.musicchoice.com/files/2214/6228/4671/2016_Music_Choice_Media_Kit.pdf

    In a similar filing, Music Choice makes a case with a rebuttal testimony by Gregory S. Crawford, PhD https://www.crb.gov/rate/16-CRB-0001-SR-PSSR-SDARSIII/rebuttals/2-21-17-music-choice.pdf 

    Hence, assuming a price point of let’s say 0.05c to 0.25c/subscriber and recalling what Mr. Boyko said in a prior-conference call, Music Choice should have revenues could be:

    • 0.05c per subscriber @ 50M subs = $30M/year
    • 0.25c per subscriber @ 50M subs = $150M/year

    Assuming now that, Stingray has landed $8M/quarter with an increase of 102.2% or 23.5% o the total revenues, from the 4th Quarter Report available online

    ” … or the quarter, Canadian revenues decreased 2.6% to $13.6 million (41.3% of total revenues) due to decrease in non-recurring revenues related to digital signage, United States revenues increased 102.2% to $7.8 million (23.5% of total revenues), whereas revenues in Other Countries increased by 34.4% to $11.6 million (35.2% of total revenues). (CNBC source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/07/globe-newswire-stingray-reports-fourth-quarter-2018-results.html) “

    What this means is that somehow per year $32M/year o revenues were eroded from Music Choice’s pie, or since 2014 when the lawsuit was said to have had some issues with Stingray, then the total loss could be $32×4=$120M on damages.  Which, it seems to have been the offering made by Stingray digital to Music Choice for a full acquisition.

    The question is, what would be the forward revenues would be for a Georgia-Pacific model that a damages expert would have done for pricing moving forward and how Stingray Digital would have to pay for any future earnings to Music Choice. The information collected indices a 35% tax by Stingray on royalties and potentially another 20-30% which in turn would make operations in the United States at no profit or even at a loss.


    Conclusion

    It is very hard to compute a damages calculation, assuming that infringement takes place in the surviving claims of the patents in dispute. Hence, if damages were to be computed should be in the range of 8-9 digits with upside to the future, not including potential treble damages which could account for more money to be paid.

    Alternatively, Cloud to Cable TV  is the best technological platform for monetization with Cable TV and works using the most recent advancements in Cloud computing, Web technologies, and in combination with standard DVB Systems.  A unified patented technology for Cable TV distribution!

    https://eglacomm.net/cloud-to-cable-tv/
    Cloud to Cable TV  – US Patent 10,123,074

  • What is Cloud to Cable TV?

    What is Cloud to Cable TV?

    Use Case : Music for Cable | Amplify your Reach®

    First Patent is Allowed and will be granted

    The patent filed for an important component of the “CloudtoCableTV” architecture has received a “Notice of Allowance” meaning that a patent will be granted as soon as fees are paid by me.  I will also file for continuations and other divisional, including the European Patent Office action that is also pending as part of a PCT Filing.   This is the first patent created and issued at the “EGLAVATOR

     

    The Problem

    Creating any “TV/Cable Network” is difficult.  The complexity of content distribution to cable/mobile operators (“affiliates”) is enormous and requires time, effort, lots of capital, and the use of multiple complex technologies.  As one example, satellite time required to distribute TV/music content cost thousands if not millions of dollars per year. In the case of music distribution, this is more complex, as revenues may need to be split among multiple brokers and intermediate agents.

    Additionally, current cable TV subscribers want to consume their TV and music content ontheir mobile devices and tablets. Users want to enjoy their cable TV subscriptions at home, school and office,  — any time, any where.

    Over-the-Top Platforms (OTT) are widely used today to sell individual subscriptions but not that many systems can reach out to millions of viewers without Cable TV’s help. Hence, Cable TV distribution provides a volume monetization outlet by tapping into millions of subscribers worldwide. Cable TV is the best monetization outlet for new networks including music channels, TV, and video Video on Demand (VOD) content.

    In this white paper, we introduce MEVIA as a novel platform solution for content distribution to mobile, web, and Cable/Satellite TV systems. MEVIA effectively reduces cost and maximizes returns.

     

    The Solution

    MEVIA is a unifiedmultimedia platform that enables quick and easy distribution of TV, video, and music package content to cable and mobile operators.  MEVIA connects the worlds of web/mobile with Communications Service Provider (CSP) or Multi-System Operator (MSO) content distribution headends.

    Our “Cloud to Cable” technology is a patented system that distributes and delivers TV, music, and video channels to satellite and cable TV operators as well as to mobile/web, providing a unified user experience. MEVIA is true to our “Amplify your reach®”slogan.

    MEVIA also includes customizable mobile applications and specialized equipment for Satellite and Cable TV broadcasting.

    When a content owner decides to distribute their content with MEVIA, the first step is to load TV feeds, music assets, and/or video content into MEVIA storage or ingest servers. The content is then made available securely in all the affiliate systems on Cable TV and mobile/web distribution via our mobile application. Finally, a content ownermay define special playlists and grid programming.Different pricing structures can be enables such as on aper subscriber-basis,per download, or a flat rate.

    What Type of TV, Music, and Video Offers are Available?

     

    The range of multimedia services that can be offered are:

    • VOD or Video On Demand
    • Linear Television Networks

     

    A media owner could offer, for example, a Cable TV and Mobile package that includes:

    • Thousands of VOD files
    • 50+ Music channels with customizable screens
    • 5+ Linear concert channels

    What Type of Formats?

    MEVIA uses all commonly available encoders and transcoders for audio and video, hence any file from any format can be ingested, processed and broadcasted. The most popular formats are MPEG, MP4, with encoding in H.264,. H.265, AAC, AC-3, and MP3.

    How does MEVIA Work?

    In essence, MEVIA connects to any web-based platform, rendering its contents and preparing multiple broadcast-ready streams for operators, mobile, and web.

    These streams can deliver:

    • Music with enhanced metadata
    • TV/Video with real-time enriched web-based information, such as twitter feeds
    • Music-only content

     

    In summary, Cloud to Cable and MEVIA provides three main delivery mechanisms:

    • Applications – Mobile and Web
    • Linear streams – Cable Systems and Satellite Operators
    • Over-the-Top Applications for Apple TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs,and private systems

     

     

    We will present howthe business model works, some case studies. and our mobile application.

    Business Model

    The business model used by MEVIA issubscriber-based and perfectly aligns with the proven “Multichannel Video Provider Distributor” (MVPD)business model.  In this model, operators purchase packages from companies such as Time Warner, SONY, ESPN, Disney, CNN, and many others at prices that range from cents to several dollars paid per subscriber.  The MVPD generates revenue through adding targeted distribution capability.  In this case, an MVPD will use MEVIA to purchase TV, Music, and Video content, pay the content owner and resell that content rights to all their subscribers as part a “Digital” or “Premium” package, or as any format that the operator chooses to use. For Example a Cable TV Operator may purchase ESPN package for $3.95/subscriber and sell a premium package with ESPN For $29.99/subscriber, it is likely that other similar network would cost the operator between cents per subscriber to a few dollars.  Package pricing depends on volume and in some cases, years of negotiations and agreements.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MEVIA will provide as many channels as are included in an agreement with a specific provider,and will deliverthat contentto the operator in the format that their system supports– Linear TV, VOD, or Interactive.

     

    Case Study: CABLEVISION MEXICO

    As an example, CABLEVISION MEXICO needed 50+ music channels branded under their name “CABLEVISION”in market.  They provided a set of backgrounds that were used for customizable screensbroadcasted to their users on channels 800-850. The broadcast should include their logo and artist/song metadata, as shown here:

     

    MEVIA created all the music channels simultaneously and broadcasted a lineup ready for more than 1 Million subscribers in Mexico City. Similar screens were made for AXTEL TV, a smaller operator in Mexico City.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sample Set Top Boxes for DMX and CABLEVISION Music


    Case Study: MOOD MEDIA

    MOOD MEDIA ingested thousands of song files into MEVIA’s storage platform via secured FTP (SFTP). The files were stored in 256Kbps format in some cases where stored in MP3 in others AC-3.\

    The multimedia content might be hosted within MEVIA’s storage platform and content management. In this case study, a product was created for DMX Music/MOOD Media in 2013-2015 timeframe where all the assets were hosted by MEVIA. MEVIA applications and platform was used to synchronize up to 10+ Cable Operators broadcasting multiple packages with 50+ music channels,some with audio-only some others with video and metadata.   MOOD MEDIA had over 20M subscribers in operators that included TIGO, CLARO, and many others.

    In this case, a customized HTML web application and native applications were used together for mobile/web and OTT that complemented the Cable Operator offering.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Demonstration: Case Study Using Spotify (Internal Test)

    Assume a CSPhas decided to make a deal with “Spotify” and would like to broadcast music to  2M subscribers with a package composed of 50 music channels from Spotify and a few music video channels from a different provider,VEVO.

     

    Without our Cloud to Cable technology, this would be a daunting task, besides the associated cost for satellite fees, and additional complications.  In this figure, MEVIA facilitates distribution of a web application to be part of the Cable TV channel line-up.

     

    MEVIA Cloud will connect to the web-provider and retrieve all required webassets that are currently in use by Spotify. The authentication and authorization can also be linked in connection with the Cable Operator and MEVIA provides a method for single sign-on.

     

    MEVIA can accommodate 50-100 music channels broadcasting in SD, HD, or even 4K depending on the bandwidth that the operator may have available for this service.

     

    Now, an Operator will be able to offer a particular set of Spotify playlists to its subscribers and increase Spotify® music viewership by 2M subscribers.

     

    Similarly, VEVO has no cable TV product offering, MEVIA can enable both VOD and Linear Programming streaming from the same appliance using our caching and distribution network that has been put in place for Spotify®

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MEVIA-box-appliance.pdf”]MEVIA-box-appliance

    Case Study: SKY Brasil and SKY TUNES Application

     

    SKY BRASIL® created SKY TUNES,a product that was powered by MEVIA from 2013-2015.  MEVIA provided all OTT streams for thousands of customers in that part of the world. SKY TUNES mobile applications were downloaded by millions of subscribers in IOS and Android.   MEVIA provided to SKYTUNES APIs, streams, and playlists for the application, as well as analytics.

     

     

     


     

    Multimedia Ingest

    Ingest of media can be done to our cloud storage in our platform, by simply adding and dropping all the required music files in MP3, AAC, or AC-3 Formats.

    Movies can also be uploaded and ingested by accessing the storage and uploading all the required MP4, MPEG-2, or any other format encoded in any known video encoder, suchas H.264, H.265, MPEG2 Video, and many others.

     

     

    Mobile Apps for MEVIA

    MEVIA provides two middleware components, one for music content that was branded initially as “Mediamplify Music” and MEVIA Apps. The fist app is music-centric only, and is capable of handling thousands of music channels in linear format, including“keyword” seed stationscapability.  MEVIA is more video and music centric, in other words playback of video and music for IOS and Android. The sample implementations and can be customizedwith any additional branding or screens as the operator requires.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Patents and Trademarks

     

    Amplify your Reach ® is a registered trademark of EGLA COMMUNICATIONS

    US15/538,911 and PCT/US2015/067464 METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DELIVERY TO CABLE TV AND SATELLITE OPERATORS

     US PATENT 7339493MULTIMEDIA CONTROLLER

     


    For a PDF version of this document: What is Cloud to Cable

     

  • Music for Cable Re-Launch

    Music for Cable and CLOUD TO CABLE

    Sites Relaunched: cloudtocable.com, cloudforcable.com, musicforcable.com and ubiquicast.com

    Cloud to Cable enables a music or video streaming service to be delivered to CABSAT systems. Our platform can cover 10, 50, 100+ music or radio channels that are directly obtained using your HTML5 web interface and sent directly to a Cable TV System and to subscriber’s set top boxes.

    A “MediaPlug” server appliance is provisioned with our cloud-based VM with our proprietary software, connecting to a streaming service. As an example we have created  “MEVIA & Mediamplify Music” a Cable TV offering also available for Cable/Satellite systems. Read more

    Music for Cable TV is then as quickly as signing a partnership agreement with EGLA COMMUNICATIONS and creating a selection of stations for CABSAT. Licensing should be fast an easy to obtain directly from SoundExchange, BMI, ASCAP and other providers.

    We will power your music streaming service and protect all your content with appropriate Digital Rights Management (DRM) as suggested by the industry using encrypted and authenticated secured lines to our cloud or yours directly. Read more

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Music-for-Cable.pdf”]Music for Cable

    Cloud to Cable

    Sites:

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Mevia-Cloud-to-Cable-Music-TV-for-Cable.pdf”]Mevia – Cloud to Cable – Music, TV for Cable
  • Music Choice vs Stingray Digital – Case 2:16-cv-586-JRG-RSP

    Music Choice vs Stingray Digital – Case 2:16-cv-586-JRG-RSP

     vs. 

    We will discuss in the article, the judge’s order (Judge Roy Payne) and memorandum regarding all the claims terms and its construction. As expected, the judge went for:

    “[C]laims ‘must be read in view of the specification, of which they are a part.’” Id. (quoting Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc., 52 F.3d 967, 979 (Fed. Cir. 1995) (en banc)). “[T]he specification ‘is always highly relevant to the claim construction analysis.

    As in many cases, this was also the case as well, here the order/memorandum available online:

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Music_Choice_v_Stingray_Digital_Group_Inc__txedce-16-00586__0145.0.pdf”]Music_Choice_v_Stingray_Digital_Group_Inc__txedce-16-00586__0145.0

    As shown, in all cases where Music Choice made a simple term definition, Judge Payne went for the simplest and more appropriate meaning to the words. Music Choice won pretty much all terms in their favor and in all “indefinite” arguments did not move an inch in favor of Stingray. Hence the judge also sided with Music Choice’s arguments and claim construction. For instance:

    • What was the goal on trying to interpret a Cable TV system as it if was not a digital system? I don’t really understand why Greenberg did not agree to this simple term?  And the judge sided with Music Choice: “Accordingly, the Court rejects Defendants’ proposed “not a digital network” and “signal” limitations and determines the transmission-system terms have their plain and ordinary meaning without the need for further construction.”   The claim recites a first transmission and a second transmission system,
    • The same thing with “multicast,” this is a well-known term in all Cable TV systems, where multicasting is used to transmit all Linear TV signals. “Accordingly, the Court rejects Defendants’ proposed “not a digital network” and “signal” limitations and determines the transmission-system terms have their plain and ordinary meaning without the need for further construction.”
    • A very similar analysis is found with the term “trigger message” where the judge sided with the same simple meaning as follows:” Accordingly, the Court construes “trigger message” as follows: “trigger message” means “message configured to initiate an action”
    • And you can find a very similar argument for most of the terms in dispute.

    All the evidence is sealed and there is no way to see exactly how these terms match the device in dispute, however, Music Choice’s attorneys should be prepared and if those terms were favorable to them, now one can asume that their evidence to match these terms is solid.

    We will keep track on this case and how this develops, on a different note, Music Choice also got hit by Stingray with several IPRs:

    Music Choice then has to defend the following IPR cases filed by Stingray Digital regarding this particular case:

    • Trial Number – IPR2017-01450
      Filing Date – 5/18/2017
      Patent # – 9,414,121
      Title – SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AN ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE
      Patent Owner –  MUSIC CHOICE
      Petitioner – Stingray Digital Group Inc.
      Tech Center – 2400
    • Trial Number – IPR2017-01192
      Filing Date – 3/31/2017
      Patent # – 8,769,602
      Title – SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN INTERACTIVE, VISUAL COMPLEMENT TO AN AUDIO PROGRAM
      Patent Owner –  MUSIC CHOICE
      Petitioner – Stingray Digital Group Inc.
      Tech Center – 2400
    • Trial Number – IPR2017-01191
      Filing Date – 3/30/2017
      Patent # – 9,351,045
      Title – SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE AND AN ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE
      Patent Owner –  MUSIC CHOICE
      Petitioner – Stingray Digital Group Inc.
      Tech Center – 2400
    • And maybe others http://www.gbpatent.com/content/uploads/IPR.pdf

    For example we found:  http://ptolitigationcenter.com/2017/05/pto-litigation-report-may-19-2017/

     


    Disclosure: EGLA, which I own, provided a platform for DMX for digital music distribution. Stingray acquired DMX Music but not our technology and kept its own music delivery system, the infringing system now. However, EGLA owns a patented technology that is called “CLOUD to CABLE TV“ that enables delivery of linear music channels to Cable TV subscribers in a more clever, fault-tolerant, and efficient way than these patents disputed here. Source: http://edwinhernandez.com/2016/08/01/platform-nternet-tv-music/

     

    https://www.slideshare.net/edwinhm/egla-communications-cloud-to-cable-tv-licensing-proposal?qid=9a8ef586-78a7-45a5-b02f-fc6ad1e0a95a&v=&b=&from_search=1

    and,

     

     


    Patent for MediaPlug  for the Cloud to Cable TV – WIPO Format

    EGLA CORP has a patented technology, superior to all the patented technologies out there, that brings the Cloud -based systems and generated images for music and TV channels that can be overlapped.  The Cloud to Cable TV system provides:

    • A system to convert HTML5 to Video, MPEG-4 or MPEG2Video, or H.265
    • A fault-tolerant system for MVPD and MSO’s – Cable TV Systems
    • Streaming for M3U8, HTTP Streaming, and compatible with other technologies
    • Virtualized TV in a box system with Cloud

    The device is called MediaPlug and also contains other Management APIs, as well as a good implementation tested with:

    • Cisco
    • Ericsson
    • Huawei
    • and Many other multi-plexers

     

    Advantages over all other systems

    There is no dependency into any Set Top Box or DOCSIS 2.0, DOCSIS 3.0, or other MPEG frames or dependencies in changes to STB.

    All the systems, are fault-tolerant and enable great reliability and remote management system for all distribution devices

    Uses standard DSL/Cable Modem technologies with the system to deliver 50, 100, 200 music channels, and 10-20 HD/SD/4K TV Channels.

    Many more advantages that are benefit DRM security, provisioning, and tracking for media playback.

     


    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/WO2016106360.pdf”]WO2016106360, however the right set of sighted is attached and is corrected in the US/Europe and other applications.
    Cloud to Cable TV White paper [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cloudtocable_whitepaperl.pdf”]cloudtocable_whitepaperl

  • Plataforma de Música y Televisión

    Plataforma de Música y Televisiøn : MEDIAMPLIFY®:

    Amplify your reach

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    A Cloud to Cable TV™ Plataforma de Música, TV, y Video

    Dr. Edwin A. Hernandez
    Gerente de Tecnología – EGLA COMMUNICATIONS

    La Plataforma de Música y  Televisión Mediamplify® es una multiplataforma de distribución de contenido web, móvil y para sistemas de Televisión por cable. Mediamplify® permite el uso de una infraestructura de nube que se conecte con cabeceras de Cable TV como COMCAST, CLARO, TIGO Home, entre otros sistemas alrededor mundial que aglutinan cerca de mil millones de suscriptores.

    Nuestra plataforma de nube toma ventaja de una estructura virtualizada que incluye redes definidas por software e instancias de nube para llevar música, TV, video, y entretenimiento en forma escalable, segura, y confiable a los usuarios finales de los servicios de TV/Música. La nube también permite interconectarse con sistemas masivos de almacenamiento, contabilidad y cobros, y sobre todo con tecnóloga web de HTML 5.

    A su vez contamos con el software necesario para conectaros en forma directa a Chromecast®, Apple TV®, and Android TVs.

    EGLA ha creado y anidado el termino “Cloud to Cable™” o “Nube a Cable” que significa que los contenidos disponibles en la nube están listos para ser transmitidos en la TV por Cable todo desde una plataforma unificada Mediamplify®.

    A si  mismo, proveedores y creadores existentes de contenido de música y video enviar vía “streaming” este contenido desde su propia nube, o sistemas como el Chromecast, videos en demanda o su propia fuente de televisión en vivo.

    Este documento describe los beneficios de “Cloud to Cable™” y como puede llevar música, TV, contenido de video a los dispositivos móviles, web, y Cable TV. Para finalizar introducimos, MEVIA, que es la aplicación móvil que lleva al usuario final el acceso a contenido de TV, videos y música con un componente de seguridad.

     

    ¿Qué es Cloud to Cable™?

    Cloud to Cable™ es una tecnología patentada  que trae el contenido creado en HTML5 a su operador de cable en el formato apropiado y con la disponibilidad y confiabilidad requerida por un operador de cable TV. Por lo tanto, cualquier servicio creado en HTML5 con video, TV, redes sociales, puede ser transmitido a un cable operador.

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    El contenido se crea en lenguaje de web, HTML o HTML5 el cual puede ser “responsive” y con javascript.

    Web HTML

    Este contenido es procesado y capturado por nuestro software de Mediamplify software para crear canales de televisión independientes que combinan música, video y las interfaces del usuario creadas en formato HTML5.  Por ejemplo, el uso de “tags” de HTML como video, canvas, entre otros, que son actualmente procesadas por WebKit.

    En forma muy similar,  Cloud to Cable™ permite la captura del contenido de TV y la grilla de programación en una cablera tradicional y que esta sea enviada a la nube para que últimamente este en formato móvil y disponible en cualquier dispositivo Smart TV o similar.

    Cloud to Cable™ cubre ambas direcciones, el insertar música y TV creadas en formato HTML5 que se pueden transmitiré en el sistema de  Cable TV, y de Cable TV a sistemas  de música y contenido en HTML5 o el Web.

    ¿Cómo funciona La Plataforma de Música y Televisión en Cloud to Cable™?

    La plataforma musical de Cloud to Cable™  usa la nube para escalar y crear servidores que se encarga de la música, los listados de cada canal, el manejo de los recursos musicales, codificación, manejo de derechos de autor y el envío de audio de la más alta calidad.  En forma adicional, la meta data y las interfaces a aplicaciones (APIs) ayudan en el desarrollo de aplicaciones móviles para terceros donde se encuentren muchos géneros de música , creados por los algoritmos de aprendizaje de maquina o por DJs especializados.

    Los lisados de música con creados en forma automatizada por el sistema o pueden ser creados con una herramienta como RSS Selector®  o un listado de archivos de audio.

    A su vez, estos listados de canciones pueden ser creados por una llamada aun servicio web o función de API de SoundCloud® o Spotify®

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0HETfMU_rg

    Transmitiendo a TV por Cable TV

    Nuestra tecnología de Cloud to Cable TV™ incluye almacenamiento masivo en la nube y la inteligencia necesaria para conectar los videos, música, y TV y poderlos transmitiré a sistemas de TV por Cable.  Una vez que los contenidos, los listados de archivos, la música y los videos se encuentran en nuestra nube, esos se pueden sincronizar y transmitirse a cualquier sistema de TV por Cable.

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    Los servidores en los operadores de cable se denominan “MediaPlugs” e incluyen tanto la generación de contenido para el Cable como la música, videos y señal de televisión. Cada cabecera de operador puede tener su propia interfaz personalizada y con una confiabilidad y tolerancia a fallas superior al satélite.

    Transmisión a Web, Móvi, y Dispositivos Conectados

    La música, TV, y video disponible en Medianplify® también puede ser transmitida o “stream” a dispositivos móviles, web, tabletas, Smart TVs, y cualquier dispositivo conectado al internet como el Chromecast® y Apple TV®.

    MEVIA APP 03

    La misma colección de música disponible en todos los dispositivos esta disponible en la aplicación móvil de MEVIA, que funciona tanto en iOS como en Android.  MEVIA viene precargada con TV/Video, música y seguridad. LA Música es parte del repertorio de Mediamplify Music™ el que cuenta con una gran gama de géneros y estilos para todos los gustos.   Todo en una sola Plataforma de Música y  Televisión.

     

    La plataforma de Mediamplify® puede a su vez ser integrada a cualquier aplicación de terceros utilizando  nuestras API web que soporta servicios web con JSON / REST. Como ejemplos de aplicaciones para terceros contamos con SKY TUNES and DMX2GO.

     

    SKY TUNES fue desarrollada por SKY BRASIL utilizando los APIs de MEDIAMPLIFY y esta dedicada a enviar contenido musical a  una aplicación control remoto para iOS y Android creada en colaboración con SKY y tuvo un aproximado de 1,000,000 descargas en ambas tiendas de Apple y Google.

    SKYTunes Sample

    La plataforma musical provee a desarrolladores terceros el acceso a los listados de canciones, a los APIs con meta data, al agregador de contenido web en HTML, el cuál se genera con la canción que se encuentra en uso entre otros.  Esta experiencia en HTML se puede capturar desde la nube y convertirse en señal de Cable TV utilizando nuestra plataforma de Cloud to Cable TV™.

     

    Aplicación Musical Móvil

    MOBILEAPP-385X385Como gran complemento de la Plataforma de Música y Televisión contamos con una aplicación de referencia para iPhone totalmente personalizable que se puede utilizar solamente con audio sin video, y cuenta con soporte de Bluetooth y música de todos los estilos.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lineup de Contenido de Música y Televisión

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Mediamplify-MUSIC-Lineup-2014-August.pdf”]Mediamplify MUSIC Lineup 2014 August

    [spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/TV-Lineup-MEVIA.pdf”]TV Lineup MEVIA

     

  • A Cloud to Cable TV™ Platform for Music, Internet TV, and Video

    A Cloud to Cable TV™ Platform for Music, TV, and Video

    Dr. Edwin A. Hernandez
    Chief Technology Officer – EGLA COMMUNICATIONS

    EGLACOMM-logoMediamplify® is the one stop shop multi-platform media distribution for web, mobile, and Cable TV systems. Mediamplify® enables a cloud-based infrastructure to be connected with Cable TV head ends or Multi-System Operators (MSOs), just as Comcast, AT&T, CLARO, TIGO Home, among thousands of Cable/Satellite systems around the world with over 1 Billion viewers.

    As such, EGLA’s has coined the term “Cloud to Cable™” which means that content available in that cloud platform can also be broadcasted to Cable TV as well seamlessly and with minimum Cable TV content can also be available in the cloud and to any connected device, all in one unified platform, Mediamplify®.

    Mediamplify® is the platform that merges the cloud and Cable TV facilitating the offering of TV and Video Cable TV content in mobile devices and any other connected platforms as well as delivering Music, Video, and TV content commonly available in connected devices and mobile to Cable TV systems.

    What is Cloud to Cable™?

    Cloud to Cable™ is a patent-pending technology that brings HTML5 generated content to a cable operator head end in the format and reliability required in a traditional MSO.  Hence, any HTML5 website or service with video, TV, social media, can be broadcasted to a Cable Operator without major technological challenges.

    The content is created in a HTML or HTML5 compatible webpage that can include Javascript or any other web-enabled technology.

    DMX2GO Web  Web HTML

    [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80G-rh6Dlns[/embedyt]

    How Cloud to Cable™ Music Works?

    The Cloud to Cable™ Music Platform uses the power of the cloud to scale and create server instances that handle music/audio playlist management, music encoding, playlist, Digital Rights Management (DRM), while delivering audio with the highest quality assurance. Additionally, metadata and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) assist with the development of mobile applications to stream music from multiple music genres that are mastered by a DJ, a machine learning algorithm, or created by end users.

    Broadcasting to Cable TV™

    Our Cloud to Cable TV™ technology includes a cloud storage platform and all the required software and intelligence to broadcast content from the cloud to any cable TV operator. Once content, playlists, and music are available in our cloud the music is delivered to the Cable TV headed to our edge servers co-located in the cable operator premises.

    CloudtoCable Arrows

    Streaming to Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices (Internet TV)

    The music available in Medianplify® can be streamed to mobile devices, web, tablets, Smart TVs and any connected devices such as the Chromecast® and Apple TV®. Internet TV is a reality with Mediamplify.

    The same music selection is also available in any of our mobile applications: MEVIA (iOS and Android) that includes TV/Video, and Safety, or Mediamplify Music™. On the web, music playlists are used to create a web interface with HTML5 content that can also be injected into a Cable TV broadcast.

    Mediamplify® can also be integrated to third party applications using a  JSON / REST API interface. As examples of third party developers, we can mention SKY TUNES and DMX2GO.

    SKYTunes SampleDMX2GO Sample

    Mobile Applications for Music

    The music application reference implementation of iPhone is customizable providing a great User Interface (UI), Bluetooth Audio, Metadata Integration, as well as social support. Our mobile software is flexible and portable.

    APP1  APP0  APP2  APP3

    MEVIA : Internet TV with a Mobile Application for TV, Video, and Safety

     

    MEVIA brings together video, music, and safety all in one mobile experience.   MEVIA connects to our MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform and provides a rich multimedia experience designed for: Education and Learning, Corporate Branding and Image, Cable TV broadcasting, and more.

    Mevia logo with Phone

    Our patented technologies are unique having our target markets in Latin America and the United States.

    MEVIA Music

    MEVIA Music brings over 1000+ music channels without commercials or with commercials with casting capability for Chromecast® and AirPlay® devices. The Music is available thru a rich menu experience for Android and iPhone. Ads can be programmed and injected, we also have a solution for buildings, corporations, and organizations with WiFi or their own Cable TV network. The same music can also be licensed to Cable TV in packages of 50, 100, 200, or more music channels in DVB format, this is all connected with our MEDIAMPLIFY Platform, bring effective Cloud to Cable TV™ experience.

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    Music Content Available for Cable TV, Mobile, Web

    We classified our music content in over 200 different music channels and more than 2400 playlists available without commercial or with advertisement insertion when requested by the customer.  Some of the sample music genres:

    • Latin Music
    • Electronic
    • Jazz
    • Rock/Classic Rock
    • Merengue
    • Salsa
    • Classic
    • Blues
    • National / Particular country
    • Tango
    • Rancheras/Mexican
    • Lounge
    • Instrumental
    • Country
    • Piano
    • Alternative
    • TOP 40
    • Christian Music
    • 70s’, 80’s, 90’s, POP2K

    [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW_sjBjECjM[/embedyt]

    MEVIA Video

    MEVIA video provides over 1000+ TV Channels of Internet TV, Movies, Educational Content, and more.  Ads can also be injected as part of this offering, additionally Custom TV network (Internet TV or Cable TV or both) can be created and casted in buildings, boats, and any other organization. APIs are also available for Video Streaming and 3rd party apps thru our MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform.

    Video Content available for Cable TV, Mobile, and Web

    We have access to over 1000+  TV channels in SD/HD from different countries and genres around the world that include:  Al-Jazeera America, Russian Times,  AFP, EdgeSports, MED TV,  TV5 France, EuroNews, PressTV, Voice of America, BBC.  There are also thousands of videos from several providers that can be packaged and resold, including BBC Documentaries, Independent movies, and FILMON Movies, this source provides content to iTunes and others.

    [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csrlydZACNc[/embedyt]

    MEVIA Safety

    We are incorporating for LATAM and US markets, the security function that enables sending emergency messages to a loved one. This functionality is very helpful for LATAM markets where robberies and theft of mobile devices is prevalent. Hence your multimedia experience will be covered by the MEVIA Safety feature.

    MEVIA Safety is triggered with the power button on device or using the Bluetooth Low Energy device.

    Additionally, corporate customers of MEVIA Music or MEVIA Video will be able to enjoy of this particular functionality.

    Benefits of MEVIA and MEDIAMPLIFY

    The integration of MEVIA with MEDIAMPLIFY and all Cloud to Cable capabilities makes MEVIA a unique value proposition for consumers.

    Hence, MEVIA is a better offering over Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, and Netflix; assuming you were able to license their platforms,  a comparative analysis of MEVIA is shown in this chart:

    Mevia Analysis Comparison

    Integrated MEVIA and Cloud to Cable TV™

    As mentioned early, MEVIA also offers all MEDIAMPLIFY® capabilities including Cloud to Cable, delivering all the content available in Music/Video to any Cable Operator. Hence all MEVIA music, TV, and video content can be broadcasted to a Cable TV MSO all over the world.

    TV with remoteBenefits to Broadcasters and Media Companies

    Our platform enables broadcasters to sell direct to MSOs bypassing all distribution channels and creating a-la-carte alternative packages for Cable TV subscribers while at the same time offering mobile and casting options as Chromecast® and Apple TV®.

    In summary:

    • Tap into a market of millions of consumers worldwide on Cable TV systems
    • Tap into consumers with mobile, web and connected devices
    • Decrease costs for end-customers and increase revenues
    • Bundle content from our existing repertoire with yours, creating a better offering to consumers.
    • Provide additional features to your offering, music, videos, and casting.

    Benefits to Cable Operators and Telcos

    Cable operators in the US can partner with COMCAST and TV Everywhere ® services to allow mobile broadcast to mobile.  MEDIAMPLIFY® is a similar offering with a greater selection of services for operators.  The MEVIA App uses Encryption Media Extension services (EME) and also supports other Digital Rights Management (DRM) that facilitate the access to live and pre-recorded contents.   In the rest of the world, cable operators may partner with MEVIA to handle the delivery of TV and Music content to all their subscribers.  MEVIA sill protect all DRM content and facilitate viewership in any device.

    Telco’s and Operators that are still in transition to digital can integrate MEVIA as a mobile “play” and bring all the content in cable plus all the additional content from our wide range of TV offerings.

    Benefits to Universities and Training

    Universities usually own a TV channel or series of TV channels and are offering e-Learning content to their students and communities. MEVIA and MEDIAMPLIFY are hence great tools to enhance e-Learning. MEDIAMPLIFY truly amplify your reach to all potential e-learners.

    Bing music, video, news, some sports, and choose what your students and faculty may have access to.  Universities and training academies may bundle content to their audiences with TV, Music, and other relevant content in addition to training and educational videos, as such these bundles can offer great avenues for revenues to Universities, Technical Institutes, and any other educational system.

    Benefits to Small Businesses and Brands

    Small businesses and brands can truly amplify their reach with consumers. Brand association is then done with MEVIA, MEVIA brings video, TV, music, and safety to consumers in small business.  MEVIA Amplify your reach with multiMEVIA experiences.

     


    For more details the full white paper:

     

  • MEVIA and EGLA Updates

    MEVIA: EGLA COMMUNICATIONS Updates

    We have done tremendous progress on MEVIA, the message, the branding and overall improved to a responsive site our corporate image. Focusing on the CLOUD TO CABLE TV message and our mobile app, MEVIA.

    mevia-login-samsungNew Web Presence

    We decided to build a new site to cover all technology offerings and services offered by  EGLA COMMUNICATIONS.  The new website uses a parallax, HTML5 responsive interface with great integration to social networks, our own cloud and although released about a week a go, still is ongoing new updates, and more improvements to come.

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    EGLA COMMUNICATIONS

     

    The new responsive design incorporates HTML5 Video and also provides support for Open Graph integration to Facebook and Slideshare. You can still access the old site at blog.eglacomm.net

    We enforced and support the following areas for EGLA that include our products in:

    • CLOUD to CABLE Platform (Mediamplify)
    • MEVIA Application, and
    • Wireless Products

    Cloud-to-Cable-TV---Generic-0Cloud to Cable  

    EGLA offers its Cloud to Cable product. Cloud to Cable is a technology that connects cloud-based platforms and all its content in HTML/Video/Music  and distributes them to Cable TV systems in a seamless and effortless manner. You can then distribute the same content to mobile, desktops, and other connected devices

    Cloud to Cable has enabled EGLA to distribute our music content to MSOs and cable operators around the world (http://eglacomm.net/platform)

    Our team prepared some illustrative videos on what CLOUD TO CABLE is, and how it enables both mobile and Cable TV experiences all in one platform at an affordable rate.

    The first video is in english:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80G-rh6Dlns

    And a translation in spanish:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0HETfMU_rg

    Music for CABLE

    Our CLOUD TO CABLE  platform (MEDIAMPLIFY) provides us with a great place for a Music service that is offered from  our platform to any Cable TV system or IPTV network. These music product is also available  thru our MEVIA APP, in both Android and IOS.

    MEVIA-Video-Screens

    Our music content is diverse and unique, we prepared a video introducing our content.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW_sjBjECjM

    Our platform is available for licensing enabling any Music streaming service to connect with millions of Cable TV subscribers.

    TV for Cable

    Just like Music, our TV/Video offering is available both for web/mobile and Cable TV. We count with 1000+ TV Channels and networks from all over the world. We offer this content to our customers in CABLE TV or thru our mobile app, MEVIA..  The TV/Movies are available in all formats and ready for distribution to your MSO or IPTV system.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csrlydZACNc

    Similarly, Cloud to Cable Video Platform is available for licensing to any TV Broadcaster. We include a playback and real-time video production for your broadcasting needs.


    MEVIA

    Mevia is a great application to deliver multiMEVIA content to costumers in mobile apps or tablets, also enables the control of connected devices like the Chromecast and Apple TV.  MEVIA is our mobile app and CLOUD TO CABLE extension for smartphones and smart TVs. The MEVIA App experience is available consumers but also available to businesses and universities. The market segments where MEVIA fits are:

    • Retail businesses
    • Stores
    • Universities
    • Coffee Shops and Restaurants

    You can associate your brand with Music and Video content easy with MEVIA.

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    In Spanish:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C0KdOViiDA

    In English:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxAW2NXgg7g

    MEVIA SAFETY

    This is part of our feature set for LATAM, an announcement on platform and services will be done soon. We use our own custom Bluetooth Low Energy button to support MEVIA Safety features on MEVIA. Quickly send your current GPS location to a friend or family member in case of emergency or simply asking for assistance.

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    Wireless Products

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    Our Wireless Products Portfolio was revamped and stylized with:


     

  • Anvato Acquistion and comparison with EGLA COMMUNICATIONS

    Anvato-logoAnvato Acquisition by Google

    An announcement was found today regarding ANVATO, one of the OTT Platforms in the market. Slideshare brings an interesting one-pager depicting what ANVATO is:

    • An OTT Platform
    • TV Everywhere
    • Some Patents in encoding and transcoding

    Main features include:

    ANVATO

    Clearly, MEDIAMPLIFY can be compared with ANVATO, indicating that we provides the same amount of features:

    • Players – Apparently they have they own SDKs – However there are many open source players like FlowPlayer, VideoJS and many others that are compatible with m3u8, rtmp, even the jwPlayer with a $299 license can be resolved.
    • Reporting : Clearly reporting is key, however Analytics are done mostly via Google and others, but data presentation and reporting is fine.
    • Live Streaming: EGLA can handle hundreds if not thousands of live streams using Mediamplify.
    • Video Encoding:  Codecs are kings, we offer both on-premice and in the cloud
    • Cloud Editing:  We cannot do edition per-se, maybe CasperCG type of editing.
    • Syndication: Playback facility works and syndication is available via MediaPlugs
    • Subscriptions: Payments and authentications is done in the backend
    • Ad insertion: Likewise, ads can be inserted anytime in the playback facility or in the player.

    MEVIA Analysis

    A few perks from MEVIA/EDIMAPLIFY not offered by ANVATO

    • We have the MEVIA APP both for IOS and Android
    • Mediaplugs can generate music channels and provide a Pandora-like Experience
    • Pandora-like experience with Metadata and content
    • Cloud storage
    • Integration with Cable TV

     

  • Hadoop: Tutorial and BigData

    What’s Hadoop?

    Hadoop is a framework or tooapache hadoopls that enable the partition and split of tasks across multiple server and nodes on a network. Hadoop then provides the required framework to MAP and REDUCE a process into multiple chunks or segments.

    Hadoop has multiple projects that include:

    Hive, Hbase, Chukwa, Tex, Pig, Spark, Tez, and some others that are designed for instance HIVE for a data warehouse that provides data summarization and adhoc querying. HBAse as well is a database that support structured data storage for large tables.

    However the common projects are: Common, HDFS, YARN (job scheduling and cluster management), and MapReduce.

    source: http://hadoop.apache.org  

    High-Level Architecture of Hadoop

    As shown in the figure from opensource.com, Hadoop includes a Master Node and Slave Node(s).  The Master Node contains a TaslkTracker and  a JobTracker that interfaces will all the Slave Nodes.

    The MapReduce Layer is the set of applications used to split the process in hand, into several SlaveNodes. Each SlaveNode will then process a piece of the problem and once completed it will be sent over from the process of “Mapping” to “Reducing,”

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    High Level Architecture of Hadoop

    MapReduce workflow

    As shown in the figure, the MapReduce logic is shown here.

    • On the left side,BigData, is a set of files or huge file, a huge log file or a database,
    • The HDFS refer to the “Hadoop Distributed Filesystem,” which is used to copy part of the data, split it across all the cluster and then later on to be merged with the data
    • The generated output is then copied over to a destinatary node.
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    MapReduce Workflow

    Example of MapReduce

    For example,lets say we need to count th number of words in a file, and we will assign a line to each server in the hadoop cluster, we can run the following code.  MRWordCounter()  does the job of wording each line and mapping all the jobs

    from mrjob.job import MRJob
    
    class MRWordCounter(MRJob):
        def mapper(self, key, line):
            for word in line.split():
                yield word, 1
    
        def reducer(self, word, occurrences):
            yield word, sum(occurrences)
    
    if __name__ == '__main__':
        MRWordCounter.run()

    Using : mrjob

    A music example can be found here:

    class MRDensity(MRJob):
        """ A  map-reduce job that calculates the density """
    
        def mapper(self, _, line):
            """ The mapper loads a track and yields its density """
            t = track.load_track(line)
            if t:
                if t['tempo'] > 0:
                    density = len(t['segments']) / t['duration']
                    yield (t['artist_name'], t['title'], t['song_id']), density

    As shown here, the mapper will grace a line of  file and use the “track.load_track()” function to obtain “tempo”, the number of “segments” and all additional metadata to create a density value.

    In this particular case, there is no need to Reduce it, simply it is split across the board of all Hadoop nodes.

    Server Components

    As shown in the figure below from cloudier, Hadoop uses HDFS as the lower layer filesystem, then MapReduce resides between the HBase and MapReduce (as HBase can be used by MapReduce, and finally on top of MapReduce we have Pig, Hive, Snoop and many other systems. Including an RDMS running on top of Sqoop, or Bi Reporting on Hive, or any other tool.

    hadoop ecosystem

     

    Download Hadoop

    If you want to download hadoop do so at https://hadoop.apache.org/releases.html

    References

    [1] Hadoop Tutorial 1 -3,
    [2] http://musicmachinery.com/2011/09/04/how-to-process-a-million-songs-in-20-minutes/
    [3] http://blog.cloudera.com/blog/2013/01/a-guide-to-python-frameworks-for-hadoop/
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    4] https://hadoop.apache.org/docs/r1.2.1/cluster_setup.html#MapReduce