Appear and Skyline Communications Strengthen Partnership with Enhanced Live Event Contribution Technology at NAB Show 2024

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The expanded solution offers enhanced visibility and automation of production and distribution workflows for live event contribution applications

Oslo, Norway13th April, 2024 – Appear, the global leader in live production technology, will showcase advancements in its integrated technology partnership with Skyline Communications and its DataMiner platform at NAB Show 2024 (April 13-17). The latest integration developments enable enhanced visibility and automation for premium live event contribution workflows, equipping operational teams, whether on-site or remote, with the tools needed to adapt quickly to live event scenarios.

Building on their continued successful collaboration, announced at IBC2023, Appear and Skyline Communications are introducing newly developed and integrated features designed to streamline live event production workflows. Key highlights of the expanded partnership and joint development work include:

  • Developing a new off-the-shelf HTML application, based on Skyline’s new dataminer.mediaOps solution, and integrating with Appear’s X Platform, providing a central view of all connections including a geographic overview depicting connections and key metrics such as bandwidth between locations.
  • Software router panels, offering an intuitive interface for ad-hoc event connections. Similar to using an SDI router, users can easily connect Appear sources with destinations using protocols such as SRT and JPEG-XS.
  • Featured scheduling functionality allowing operators to plan connections and reserve required bandwidth ahead of time. DataMiner acts as an orchestrator, keeping track of resource utilisation and preventing overbooking.

“Our collaboration with Skyline Communications is all about empowering our customers to deliver exceptional live events with greater operational efficiency,” said Alex Pannell, Chief Commercial Officer at Appear. “These new features provide a perfect blend of automation and intuitive control, streamlining workflows and saving valuable time and resources. The expanded functionality means that we can continue to serve our customers with market-leading systems for managing and monitoring their live event workflows and contribution links. We can’t wait to showcase it to NAB Show attendees at our Network Operations Centre (NOC) hub demonstration pod.”

Thomas Gunkel, Market Director Broadcast at Skyline Communications noted: “The engineering teams at Skyline Communications and Appear have collaborated to bring powerful new features that empower operators to manage contribution workflow connections and schedule resources and network capacity efficiently, ultimately ensuring smoother and more successful live productions. NAB Show attendees will see first-hand all the benefits this expanded partnership brings.”

Appear (booth #W2130) and Skyline Communications (booth #W2413) will be demonstrating these new functionalities at their respective booths at NAB Show 2024. This includes a live dashboard within an example NOC on Appear’s booth. The NOC will feature a four-camera feed contribution workflow processed by the Appear X Platform and configured, managed and monitored by the DataMiner solution.


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About Appear

Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Appear is a leader in live production technology, specialising in high-capacity, sustainable solutions for media processing and content delivery. Our portfolio is designed to support the most complex scenarios of live event contribution, adapting seamlessly to the ever-evolving dynamics of the media, entertainment, and sports industries.

Over the past 20 years, Appear’s world-renowned team of experts made us the most progressive and forward-thinking company in the industry. Our relentless emphasis on modularity and functional versatility places us at the forefront of driving innovation in live production technology.

We proudly count the world’s leading content creators amongst our esteemed list of customers who trust our solutions to deliver the highest profile live media with integrity and efficiency.

Appear’s global operation includes centres of excellence in London and Los Angeles.

About Skyline Communications

Skyline Communications is the global leading provider of end-to-end vendor- and domain-agnostic digital transformation solutions for the ICT media and broadband industry. The DataMiner software platform allows operators to easily tap into their technology resources and create a fully standardized, secure, and real-time digital twin of their entire operation. Its vast modular function stack offers DevOps teams a high level of versatility: AI-powered behavioural proactive monitoring, asset and inventory management, hyper-automation, process and workflow automation, and advanced capacity- and capability-aware orchestration of highly complex services.

DataMiner is currently deployed by leading corporations in the ICT media and broadband industry in over 125 countries worldwide, and it is integrated with 8,000 products across 1,000 technology vendors. Skyline Communications has offices in Belgium, Portugal, Singapore, BiH, the UAE, and the USA, and has a permanent presence in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and the UK.