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Enterprise IPTV & Digital Signage NAB Interview with Jim Jachetta, CTO, Vidovation

Ensure legal compliance in your in-house IPTV & digital signage system. Expect industry-approved Verimatrix or Pro:Idiom DRM & encryption. Integrate a custom TV distribution system into your existing infrastructure.

 

 

Transcript:

Simon Tillyer:

It’s NAB 2023, and we are on the VidOvation stand here in the West Hall. I’m joined by Jim. Hello, Jim.

Jim Jachetta:

Hello, Simon. How are you?

Simon Tillyer:

Great. Now, Jim, we’ve done a video on your At Home Production Solutions, but now we are looking at IPTV. Tell us what’s new.

Jim Jachetta:

Yes. One of the many focuses of innovation is what we call enterprise, IPTV, and digital signage. For those that don’t know what IPTV is, it’s a television over IP or we stream live TV on the network.

Simon Tillyer:

Such as Netflix and so on?

Jim Jachetta:

We don’t work with consumers, so we like to use the word enterprise.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay.

Jim Jachetta:

Enterprise IPTV. I’ll give you some examples. We work with Paramount Studios.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay.

Jim Jachetta:

We distribute DirecTV and local TV from outside sources on the campus so people can watch TV, but we also distribute their own internal content, what we’ll call stage feeds or internal content.

Simon Tillyer:

Gotcha.

Jim Jachetta:

In corporate America, there’s like a trend now, “Hey, if I’m working in an 80-hour a week, I need to see ESPN in my office.” Or a lot of our customers are sports leagues, media companies where television is their workflow, or they’re a financial institution. They need to watch the news and know what’s happening in the world. We work with the Big Ten Network. We do the tennis channel, Bally Sports. Our technology, as I mentioned, uses the Paramount, Nickelodeon facilities, Viacom facility. You see a lot of media companies. Believe it or not, we do our IPTV systems for casinos.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay.

Jim Jachetta:

No one wants to run a coaxial cable TV signal. The cables are expensive,-

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah.

Jim Jachetta:

… they’re bulky. You need splitters, you need amplifiers. We have a picture on our website of the spaghetti of-

Simon Tillyer:

Coaxial.

Jim Jachetta:

… coaxial cables, and we have a line going through it. It was like, “Don’t do it that way.” With new constructions, they don’t pull telephone lines anymore. They don’t pull coaxial cable for TV. They just pull the network category cable. A lot of times, a new building will go in or a media company moves into a new building, “I guess we’re going IP. We have no other choice.” So we integrate digital signage with that.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay.

Jim Jachetta:

It’s for entertainment purposes, informational purposes, or moving your own content on the network. There’s dozens of applications for it.

Simon Tillyer:

Yes. You’re talking about anything new this year anyway? Have you got any new updates?

Jim Jachetta:

One of the new things is in the hospitality market, if it’s a hotel or casino, you need to integrate with the property management systems. It’s like, “Hello, Simon, welcome to the Hilton Hotel.”

Simon Tillyer:

Yes.

Jim Jachetta:

The television system needs to talk to the IPTV system.

Simon Tillyer:

Okay.

Jim Jachetta:

Our system theoretically can integrate with any system. We have an open API. During COVID, we did the Paramount Studios project in late September, and we had done projects to bring video off campus over the public internet prior. But you can imagine, with the lockdown in COVID, it became more of a priority.

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah.

Jim Jachetta:

Paramount approaches us, we have some executives that they either don’t want to come into the office for safety reasons, or they’re traveling, or they’re busy, they need to see stage feeds from their home in Malibu,-

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah.

Jim Jachetta:

… but it’s got to be secure. Oh, we need dual authentication. We were able to put in a server with Okta dual authentication, the encryption or the security of the streams is one of our strong suits. We support AES, Pro:Idiom, Verimatrix encryption, so dual authentication to know its Simon logging in from home.

Simon Tillyer:

Yeah.

Jim Jachetta:

You’re allowed to see it, and then not allowing anyone to hack into the stream while it’s coming to your house. We set that all up in a matter of weeks when the lockdown first started. That became a very important piece of our offering.

Simon Tillyer:

I can imagine. It’s good to know, Jim. Where can people find out more if they are not at NAB?

Jim Jachetta:

At NAB, we’re in booth W2113 in the West Hall.

Simon Tillyer:

Yep.

Jim Jachetta:

The beautiful new West Hall. Isn’t it nice?

Simon Tillyer:

Lovely. It’s huge, isn’t it?

Jim Jachetta:

Yeah.

Simon Tillyer:

It’s huge.

Jim Jachetta:

I heard this is the place to be. At least that’s what NAB is saying. If you’re not here, visit vidovation.com, V-I-D-O-V-A-T-I-O-N.com.

Simon Tillyer:

No E.

Jim Jachetta:

No E, not Vid-E-Ovation, VidOvation.

Simon Tillyer:

Jim, thank you very much indeed.

Jim Jachetta:

Thanks, Simon.

Simon Tillyer:

Do check out the other video that we did here with Jim on their At Home Solutions, and, of course, check out the website. For everything else we’re doing at the show, check out kitplus.com.

 

 

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