The spring NAB Show is approaching. Between now and then Radio World will conduct several short Q&As with manufacturers about their plans and offerings, to help you get the most out of the big annual trade show. Jacob Daniluck handles sales for Tieline Americas.
Radio World: How has business been for the company since last year’s NAB Show?
Jacob Daniluck: Business has been great. In particular networks are starting to look for new and improved remote systems with the latest technology, for example, our SmartStream PLUS (network diversity streaming). Or for more capabilities in a single product, such as the built-in audio recording and playback capability in our ViA remote codec, along with audio processing features like EQ and input compression.
RW: What are you hearing from your customers about their business outlook this year? In what areas should we expect growth or the most interesting projects?
Daniluck: We have heard more U.S. customers are starting to test centralized systems. This may revolve around remote codecs, phone lines, or even automation. In respect to the latest bankruptcies and the U.S. economy, we have noticed customers have been very conservative the last six months. This does not relate only to the radio business, but numerous markets in the U.S. economy.
RW: Within the last year or so the two largest station ownership groups in the U.S. have filed for bankruptcy while there’s also been serious consolidation as other groups leave the market. Stepping away from your particular segment, what is your feeling for the overall health of the radio industry?
Daniluck: From the numerous conversations I have had with stations all around North America, I have a sense that radio as a whole is stable. Right now, I am seeing smaller stations focusing on reaching out to the community more, while larger stations are focusing on bringing the “social” community into their station — with the use of visual radio.
RW: You’ve been active in the codecs market for over a decade. What’s the biggest problem or challenge facing users in this segment right now?
Daniluck: The biggest problem for a large percentage of codec users in the U.S. is currently network congestion. Even with LTE data networks, and soon to be 5G networks. Network congestion is still one of the biggest challenges they deal with. With Tieline products we have added the ability to stream a redundant IP connection to the studio as live backup, using our technology called SmartStream PLUS. We can also bond multiple IP interfaces using Fuse-IP technology, e.g. two cellular air cards, to create a larger data pipe.>
RW: What new goodies will your company be showing? Why should attendees visit your booth, N7119?
Daniluck: Much of what we will show this year will center around remote control and making it simpler to connect over IP. At NAB this year we are officially launching the Cloud Codec Controller designed to manage an entire fleet of Tieline codecs remotely. It allows engineers to configure, connect and monitor all remote codecs from the studio. In addition to this, we can announce the arrival of the Tieline Traversal Server. This service will help to seamlessly create IP connections behind NATs and support address books to make it easier to dial different codecs.
Lastly, we will show a new accessory for the ViA remote codec. This will feature a dual active, dual SIM card wireless LTE module. A large number of our customers requested an internal module with dual modems to avoid using external USB air cards. This new module also means there will now be seven different IP interface options from which to choose when going live with the ViA.
RW: What do you anticipate will be the most significant technology trend at the 2019 NAB Show?
Daniluck: This year, I anticipate more interest in content delivery solutions. Whether that is for radio, internet streams or TV. I foresee more focus on how to deliver content more efficiently and effectively.
RW: Will you be attending any sessions or looking forward to any events?
Daniluck: Every year, I always plan a few sessions that I would like to attend. However, my main focus at the show is making sure that every person who walks through our booth is attended to and all of their questions answered. Here is a short list of sessions I would like to attend:
- Blockchain — An Opportunity to Refine Intellectual Property Management, Éric Minoli, Groupe Média TFO
- Audio over IP: Anatomy of a Full-Stack Implementation in AES67/SMPTE ST 2110-30 Environments, Ievgen Kostiukevch, European Broadcasting Union
- AI Technology Is Changing the Future of Video Compression, Jean-Louis Diascorn, Harmonic
RW: You’re a show veteran, how has the show changed since your first visit?
Daniluck: In the last decade the show floor has changed a lot. The NAB has added many new sections and areas such as drones in the Central Hall. Audio and video streaming solutions, and IP streaming generally, is certainly front and center, with older technologies like ISDN and POTS taking a back seat. Perhaps one of the most notable changes has been the addition of the Main Stage area in the North Hall.