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Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced the launch of Live Connection, a 30-day virtual showcase highlighting Harmonic's latest video streaming innovations. The online interactive series will shine light on the powerful benefits of Harmonic's software solutions and cloud-based platforms providing increased agility, flexibility, efficiency and continuity to meet the growing consumer demand for streaming and broadcast services. The virtual showcase, commencing on April 16, will kick off with a webinar on how to cut streaming congestion without sacrificing quality of service and will comprise a mix of additional live webinars, a unique virtual showroom experience and engaging one-on-one meetings with Harmonic team members. "We're rolling out Harmonic Live Connection to meaningfully engage with our globally dispersed customers and assure the continuity of their mission-critical services," said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. "Our virtual showcase will highlight Harmonic's innovations in low-latency live streaming, channel origination, UHD HDR, personalized advertising, video workflow portability to cloud, geo-redundancy and ATSC 3.0, that make next-gen video streaming and broadcast services smarter." Live Streaming Made Simpler Harmonic will demonstrate its VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform, which leverages the flexibility of cloud infrastructures to meet the demanding and complex requirements of live streaming. The fully managed solution is cloud-neutral, running on a range of public cloud platforms, and efficiently handles all stages of the media processing and delivery chain, with geo-redundancy to ensure the highest level of service reliability. Using the VOS360 platform for live streaming, operators can achieve real-time scaling to handle peaks in viewership, which is extremely useful for live sports. Several unique cloud-based workflows will be shown, including low-latency delivery for OTT, dynamic ad insertion and live video delivery optimization. Channel Origination Made Smarter Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 Channel Origination & Distribution Platform, highlighting how the fully managed platform enables smarter content control. Using the schedule-based delivery solution, operators can create linear channels, live events and streams, direct to consumers or syndication partners, at lightning speed on one simple platform. The VOS360 platform features unparalleled scheduling flexibility, wide support of sources and fully automated delivery over the internet for both live and file-based content. Supported by a worldwide team of DevOps experts that provide round-the-clock assistance, Harmonic's VOS platforms ensure high reliability, even during viewing peaks. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include modern playout combining on-premises and in-cloud resources controlled by the same traffic or control system, CDN-enabled distribution to affiliates as well as cloud channel origination enabling content personalization. Media Processing Made Faster Harmonic's VOS Cloud-Native Software leverages the flexibility of on-premises cloud-native infrastructures to power demanding and complex streaming and broadcast systems. The VOS software enables the fast launch and simple management of end-to-end professional media workflows in private data centers, including ingest of live or file sources, channel playout and processing of all content with ease. Key capabilities highlighted at Live Connection will include unified broadcast and streaming delivery, portability to public cloud and seamless geo-redundancy. Video Workflows Made Easier with Software Appliances Harmonic is at the forefront of simplifying the migration to all-IP workflows leveraging the SMPTE ST 2110 standard, making UHD HDR production and delivery straightforward for content providers and broadcast operators, and unifying ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 delivery through its software-based XOS advanced media processor. Harmonic will demonstrate support for SMPTE ST 2110 and UHD HDR for contribution; production and playout; and OTT and broadcast delivery with the ViBE® CP9000 contribution encoder, Spectrum™ X media server and XOS advanced media processor, respectively.
EBS Well-Made Documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ Press Conference
On December 22, EBS (CEO Kim Myung-Joong) announced a specially designed documentary ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (10 episodes) during the press conference held at Sookmyung Women's University. ‘Singers – Laugh and Cry with the Times’ (hereinafter ‘Singers’) is a music & interview documentary that intensively sheds new light on the great singers who soothed the anxiety and sorrows of the people and sometimes encouraged their hope and courage throughout the turbulent modern history. In particular, ‘Singers’ is a biography with a bold line that finds the value of musical DNA and rediscovers the singers who have comforted people in the ages before the BTS craze that swept the world today. ▲ ‘Singers’ Season 1, which recorded Korean modern and contemporary history with singers' voice and songs, was revealed on 22. ‘Singers’ is composed of only singers’ songs and real interviews without narration. EBS produced a teleprompter for video for the first time in Korea and performed a special shooting where the performer looks directly at the camera. And it made viewers feel like they are vividly meeting stars through TV. In addition, high-quality audio, such as a hyper-cardioid condenser mic, was used to show the music as if we are at the live concert of the singers. ‘Singers’ first episode, aired at 9:35 pm on Sunday, December 22, was opened by a folk singer Song Chang-Sik. After a long absence, Song Chang-Sik, who slugged the 70s as a symbol of youth culture, such as <Whale Hunting> and <Why Do You Call Me?>, talked about a story which has never been done in front of the camera. ▲ Singer Hye-Eun-Yi ▲ Singer Lee Eun-Ha ▲ Singer Jeon Young-Rok ▲ Han Sang-Ho, CP at EBS and General Director of ‘Singers’ ■ “I wanted to play my music with our words and language, just like writing an old poem pleasantly.” We can meet Song Chang-Sik, who pursued Korean colors in a series of hit songs, including <Ga Na Da Ra>, <A Day of Sparrow>, <Azure Days>, <We are>. The second episode, which will be broadcasted on December 29, will be handed by Yang Hee-Eun, who presented a deep resonant sound to the times. Yang Hee-Eun found an echo in all ages’ hearts through the folk songs like <Morning Dew> and <Evergreen Tree> as well as popular songs with unique emotions such as <About the Loneliness Called Love> and <Han Gye Ryeong>. This time, she will present another impression with serious interview. Besides the broadcaster Yang Hee-Eun who is loved by various entertainment programs and radio, the true character of the singer Yang Hee-Eun and the reason why she is a godmother of folk song will be revealed through the ‘Singers’. Korea’s first singer for video, Hye Eun-Yi, had taken the love of the whole nation by causing ‘Hye Eun-Yi Syndrome’ with a series of hit songs such as <You Wouldn’t Know>, <I Really Really Like You>, and <Third Han River Bridge>. Her popularity as a fashion icon, such as a short cut hair craze called ‘wind hair’, was greater than any other female singers. Still singing with a little girl’s heart, Hye Eun-Yi can be confirmed through the third episode of ‘Singers’. ▲ EBS first developed and introduced a teleprompter designed to keep viewers and interviewers at the same eye level. ■ “The movie is my father, and the song is my mother. My musical and sensory talent came from 98% of my family's genes. I do not want to deny my roots.” Jeon Young-Rok, who is known as an all-round entertainer and the originator of a huge fan base of teenage girls called ‘Oppa Budae’, is the one who always meets fans at the front line. Recently, he has challenged fishing life through the evening program of public TV and is expecting his second heyday. He said that ‘Singers’, which looks back on the song life, is a welcome program like rain for a drought. Meanwhile, Jeon Young-Rok's music diary, such as holding a concert at Cheongju CJB Media Center on December 29, 2019, is still in progress. ■ “I like to challenge myself. My heart is as excited as waiting for a loved one. ” The confession of disco queen and singer Lee Eun-Ha, who has challenged various genres such as ballad, disco, rock and jazz, is beautiful. Overcoming the illness and restoring the current health, she boasts colorful colors like a chameleon. In addition, you will be able to meet 10 great singers, including Lee Eun-Ha, Han Dae-Soo, Kim Soo-Chul, Song Dae-Gwan, and Lee Jang-Hee until February next year. ▲ PD Jeon Young-Geon also attended the joint interview and told the story behind the production. ▲ EBS exhibited photographs of moments during filming and paid tribute to the singers who shed light on an era.
EBS Documentary [Korea Travelogue : Life Is a Road Movie] Watching Guide
■ Introduction Nature seems to have soothing powers that comforts us. We often find ourselves longing for the green mountains and the blue oceans in the midst of the hectic lives and constant stress. EBS Korea Travelogue is a TV program that takes you to the hidden beauties of Korea. The history, traditions, architecture, and culture of Korea is delivered through vivid images. For those of you who can’t enjoy a day off, Korea Travelogue introduces people who are living their dreams in nature. Shall we look into the lives of those who ride bikes across the fields, live by and with the ocean, and farm for the fruits of hard work? ■ Where Are You Going Today? Sang-Sun Kim received a motorcycle from a friend fifteen years ago. He takes his motorcycle into the country every weekend. Riding the motorcycle allows him to feel and look at things he has missed driving a car. Today, San-Sun Kim rides to Yangyang, Gangwon-do to visit his old friend. Watching him ride pass the mountains and lakes almost feels like we are on the motorcycle with him. The friend he is meeting is Sang-Sun Nam. The two friends with the same names met in Sokcho, Gangwon-do and has been friends for a long time. They were separated when Sang-Sun Kim had to move to Seoul for work, but they still think of each other dearly. With his motorcycle, Sang-Sun Kim is able to meet new people in new places and visit old friends who live far away. Now he is off to a new destination for his own little road movie. ■ Like a Flowing River Let’s meet our new guest in Yangpyeong, GyeongGi-do. Chang-Jin Kim runs an outdoor learning camp for children. Chang-Jin makes recorders of all shapes out of clay. Watching a frog made out of clay turn into a recorder is just marvelous. He especially likes to make frog, salamander, and toad shaped recorders to show his apologies to the animals harmed by humans’ greed. Making clay recorders got Chang-Jin interested in sounds, which led him to make his own speakers, and to plant trees around the house to attract birds for their chirping. Chang-Jin has not always lived in Yangpyeong. It has been fifteen years since he left the swamped life of the city and settled here surrounded by beautiful sounds. Sounds of nature is now a crucial part of Chang- Jin’s life. The sound of frogs coming out of hibernation in April and the sound of geese coming back home in November gives Chang-Jin his strength. It looks like Chang-Jin has found himself at home in the peaceful nature. ■ Let's go Visit Now Where is the one place you think of when you feel homesick? Let us introduce you to a place full of nostalgia: Shinan, JeollaNam-do. Korea’s west coast has islands that are estranged then rejoined due to the high tidal range. Shinan, JeollaNam-do has an 18km pathway, which used to be stepping-stones put in place to ward off evil spirits. This pathway connects six islands from Byungpoong-do, and it is open all day except during the high tides. The women of Byungpoong-do just finished their potato harvest and are gathered around for lunch. They start “Sandai”, a folk song singing done in groups, which originated from the cities of southwest coast: a performance that can rarely be seen elsewhere. Watching the entire town working and living like one big family brings about great nostalgia. Shinan used to be the trading center for natural sea salt. Although decreased in number, there are still operating sea salt farms on the island. Seawater crystallizing into natural salt is like watching a life grow and ripen. Myung-Seok Lee, an owner of one of the salt farms, promises to think of the farm as a gold mine and keep it safe. Myung-Seok Kim’s passion reminds us that it is things that change, not people. ■ That's How You Become a Farmer Yang-Hee moved back home to the countryside three years ago and is now starting to get used to farming different crops. Her next goal after corn is Shiitake mushroom. Most of her friends worry about her and the demanding work of a farmer, but Yang-Hee is confident. Yang-Hee and her brother Yoon-Seok say that there is a lot more to farming than just the financial outcomes. Planting the seeds, caring for it night and day comes the joy of harvesting the fruits of hard labor. This keeps them working on the field every day. Jin-Chul Shin and Hee-Jeong Jung also started farming for a living ten years ago. The couple grows mulberries and never once used chemical pesticides. The couple started with a solid philosophy and a promise that they will not farm to earn a fortune and has been keeping the promise ever since. Once harvesting of mulberries is done in the summer, the rest of the year is vacation. The couple enjoys their free time making jam for their friends. The reason for their move to the countryside was Hee-Jeong’s health. Hee-Jeong recovered from her illness, but they have realized that healthy body and mind comes from healthy environment and work. The couple’s goal now is to “work less and live healthy”. ■ Conclusion Just like how everyone is born with different faces, everyone has different definitions of happiness. Today we looked at the lives of those who have found their happiness in nature. The birds chirping, ocean sparkling with sunlight and fruits ripening overtime will stay with them through the good and bad of life. How about taking some time off the busy city life and enjoying the nature to make your own ‘road movie’ of memories? * Video available on Youtube. English narration and subtitles provided. Part 1. Where are you going today? Part 2. Like a Flowing River Part 3. Adventures of the Three Musketeers Part 4. Let's go Visit Now Part 5. That's How You Become a Farmer
EBS announced the Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland Part 4. Seeing the Aurora, Yellowknife
Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland [Themes Around the World] Part 4. Seeing the Aurora, Yellowknife
EBS announced the Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland Part 3. Lake Louise a Romantic Winter Lake
Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland [Themes Around the World] Part 3. Lake Louise a Romantic Winter Lake
EBS announced the Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland Part 2.Canmore and Jasper, Deep in the Rockies
Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland [Themes Around the World] Part 2.Canmore and Jasper, Deep in the Rockies
EBS announced the Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland Part 1. Banff, the Winter of the Rockies
Journey Through Canada, a Winter Wonderland [Themes Around the World] Part 1. Banff, the Winter of the Rockies
EBS Documentary 'Themes Around the World-Journey through Canada, a Winter Wonderland' Preview
■ Introduction The world is big with lots of places to visit. However, we have limited amount of time on our hands. Is it really impossible to visit all the places around the world? There is a TV program that solves this problem: EBS Themes Around the World. Themes Around the World is not just an ordinary travel guide program, but is created to provide a firsthand experience of traveling as if one was backpacking around the world. There are many travel guide TV programs and information can be easily obtained through books and internet. However, what makes Themes Around the World different and special, nonetheless, are it’s “themes” and “curators”. The first reason why Themes Around the World is special can be found in its title. The program does not simply introduce famous tourist sites. Every episode has a theme and visits the places related to the theme. By doing so, we can visit places that are not yet known to many people and visit the places we already know of with a completely different perspective. Following the scenery seen in movies in Japan or experiencing Shakespeare in London can only be found on Themes Around the World. So how are the themes decided? Here is the second reason why Themes Around the World is special: each destination is led by a different host called the curator. From professors, writers, musicians to sportsmen, curators from various fields select and introduce a destination according to the chosen theme. With their expert knowledge in the different fields, curators provide unique and diverse aspects of the destinations that are unfamiliar to us. They not only lead the tour themselves, but are also the narrators of the program. The expertise of the curators allows the viewers to obtain in depth understanding of the destinations. Let’s take a look at a destination Themes Around the World introduces. The place we are going to look at is Canada. The curator who is going to guide us through Canada is the junior freestyle ski team coach Chang Bum Koo. Shall we start the journey to the winter wonderland? ■ Banff, Encountering the Winter Rockies Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Chang Bum Koo shares a vivid and lively experience of the Canadian Rockies as he skies down the Banff Lake Louis ski slope. He also explains in detail about “tree run” where skiers ski through trees. Curators offering insights into details that otherwise will not be noticed is something only Themes Around the World can offer. ■ The Hidden Treasures of the Rockies, Canmore and Jasper Located between Calgary and Banff National Park, Kananaskis is a vacation city in southwestern Canada. It hosted the alpine skiing during the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary. A helicopter tour of the beautiful Rockies is also available in Kananaskis. Derived from the word that means “stone wall” in Cree language, mount Yamnuska is famous for its scenery often seen in movies such as Legends of The Fall and Brokeback Mountain. To the south of Banff National Park is Canmore National Park. Various activities like dog sledding, horseback riding, and hiking to fully enjoy the Canadian Rockies are available at Canmore National Park. To the north of Banff National Park is Jasper National Park; one of the largest national parks in Canada. Its name derived from the word “jade”, waterfalls and lakes of beautiful colors can be seen at the national park. One of the many beautiful sites of Jasper National Park is Maligne Canyon. It is known for its beautiful scenery of Maligne Lake in the summer and ice walking over the frozen canyon in the winter. Glacier hiking up the Angel Falls also provides a spectacular view in the winter. Last but not least, not too far from the Angel Falls is Queen of Maligne, a waterfall too beautiful to miss. ■ Capturing Aurora, Yellowknife Isn’t aurora somewhere on everyone’s bucket list? You can see and experience aurora without the long hours on the plane through “Part 4 Capturing Aurora, Yellowknife”. The North Pole isn’t the only place where aurora can be seen. It can also be seen in Canada. Yellowknife is known as the “capital of aurora”. The temperature reaches the low of minus 30°C to minus 40°C in the winter and the high of 30°C in the summer. Yellowknife is located on latitude 65~70°, allowing aurora to be seen. Free from air and light pollution, Yellowknife is an ideal place to capture aurora. One can only wait to see the aurora. The program introduces various activities for the long waiting hours. People go fishing on snowmobiles surrounded by fields of snow. Looking at the scenery and waiting for the fish not only provides tranquility but also makes the long wait for aurora precious. Waiting for something in the cold that freezes everything instantly can be difficult and tiring. However, the view of aurora is definitely worth the wait. Aurora is a phenomenon that occurs due to the clash of solar wind particles and molecules of earth’s atmosphere and some people call it the “god’s soul”. You will understand why when you experience the aurora on Themes Around the World. ■ Conclusion We had a look around Themes Around the World under the theme of “Snowfields of Canada”. The tour was made more interesting and informative with a ski coach as a curator. Themes Around the World will visit many more places with various different themes. How about traveling to one of your dream places with Themes Around the World this evening? Part 1. Banff, the Winter of the Rockies Part 2. Canmore and Jasper, Deep in the Rockies Part 3. Lake Louise, a Romantic Winter Lake Part 4. Seeing the Aurora, Yellowknife
Gourmet trip in Asia - watching on EBS Documentary
Rice Noddles, Nasigoreng, Qingdao beer… They might be the first foods that come to your mind typical Asian foods. New and unusual food often presents us with a feast of unique fancy flavors you haven’t experienced before. Why don’t you join in an Asian gourmet trip with Baek Jong-won, the hand of Midas in the Korean foodservice industry, and melt into alleys of Hanoi, Jakarta and Qingdao!? [Part 1 – Gourmet trip in Hanoi] The first destination of Baek Jong-won’s gourmet trip is Vietnam. Vietnam has many famous foods such as Rice Noodle - Pho -, coffee, Buncha, and Banmi, among which, now, we will find out about Banmi. Banmi is a Vietnamese sandwich made of baguette with fillings. It is so popular that <Lonely Planet> has picked Banmi as one of the ‘World’s Street Food Best 10’. You can easily get Banmi in street vendors and small stores. Vietnamese love Banmi for its low cost as well as for its good taste. How has Banmi, the Vietnamese food, been made of baguette? The history of Banmi dates back to the period of French colonial. From 1883 to 1945, Vietnam was under the rule of France, which made French confectionery, including baguettes, be naturally introduced to Vietnam. However, there is a difference in Vietnamese baguette from French one., which is that the Vietnameset baguette is made with rice flour. So, unlike hard and rough French baguettes, the Vietnamese ones’ are crispy outside and chewy inside. It is Banmi that the Vietnamese baguette is stuffed with Vietnamese traditional fillings. "Is this all made of pork?" - "This is a ham made of pork, beef, and rabbit" "It’s so unique to put pâté in a baguette. This is a modified French dish, which seems to be evolved in a good way" Now let’s take a look at the fillings of Banmi. Banmi is usually filled with ham made of various meats such as pork, beef, rabbit, etc. coriander, vegetable, and pâté. Pâté is also a French food that a mixture of ground meat and vegetables is baked. Not only bread, the outside of Banmi, but also fillings, the inside of it, were influenced by French cuisine. In <The World Travelogue, Atlas>, Baek said that the taste of Banmi is similar to that of Korean food ‘Gimbap’. He stressed that the outer part of Banmi is really delicious though the inner fillings are also great. If you want to enjoy the best taste with your poor pocket, Banmi, the Vietnamese dish, ismay be the best choice for you. [Part 2 – Gourmet trip in Jakarta] Baek went on a second trip to Jakarta, Indonesia to find out why Indonesian food is so much loved by people around the world. Indonesia is a country with an old history of herb and spices so far as to pass them on to the Middle East and Europe in old times. The World Travelogue, Atlas Gourmet Trip in Asia PART 2 Exploration into Food of Jakarta If you go to Indonesia, you should visit the restaurant named ‘Padang Restaurant’, which is located in Padang. That i's because you can taste 'Rendang,' which took first place in ‘the 50 Most Delicious Foods in the World’, announced by CNN. Padang Restaurant serves all the food in the restaurant including 'Rendang'. However, you don't have to eat all of the food, but just pick up the dishes that suits your taste and pay the price of only the dishes you touched. This is a very unique way as a restaurant. "This is my favorite menu at this Padang Restaurant, which is called ‘Rendang’" 'Rendang' is a stewed food with beef in coconut milk. Baek said that ‘Rendang’ is a little sweeter and tenderer than Korean Braised Short Ribs - Galbi-jjim - after having tasted it. The difference in texture is because Korean Galbi-jjim is made boiled with water, while 'Rengdang' is with coconut milk. He, eating 'Rendang', also wondered if Korean Galbi-jjim could captivate the taste buds of people around the world if using milk instead of water making it tenderer. It is said that ‘To come to know a new taste is to meet a new world.’ Why don't you meet another world through exploring food cultures in Jakarta, Indonesia, the region of distinctive flavors? [Part 3 – Gourmet trip in Qingdao] As the saying ‘Even the Chinese can’t try all Chinese foods before they die’ represents, Chinese delicacies are no less rich than its ancient history. The last destination is ‘Qingdao’, representative region for Shandong cuisine which best suit Korean palate. Qingdao, which used to be a small fishing village, has rapidly developed into the fourth largest port city in China. However, we can still find some regions beyond the reach of development. The “Licun Market” is one example. Qingdao is really famous for short-neck clams as much as there is even the saying ‘Eat short-neck clams and drink Qingtao beer’. People here may regard eating them as the greatest happiness. You can enjoy fabulous plates of fried clams at street stalls in Licun Market. Street cooks of the stalls make charcoal grilled dishes on the spot by stir-frying ingredients customers bought on the Licun Market. Although the price is really cheap 5 yuan, which is not more than 1,000 won, a plate, the store is not with a high-end kitchen but serves the dishes properly cooked with Chinese traditional recipe. The charcoal grilled pork and fried pork kidney taste light and great without much seasoning added except salt and pepper. Baek said if you Ttriedy Qingdao’s famous Stir-Fried Spicy Clams - Lachao Gala – dipped in vinegar, you would get nothing to envy in the world. [Conclusion] Simple dishes on the street could be more tasty and attractive than a fancy meal. Such foods, without outstanding technique, provide warm consolation to someone who is tired of and distressed with everyday life. It may be for humanity inside them that unfamiliar exotic Asian street foods come to us in a familiar way. Although Asian gourmet trip has finished with Qingdao, simple but strong flavors and sincerity of the three Asian countries’ foods will always be supportive around us.
EBS mathematics documentaries enjoyable to watch again
What does come to your mind first when you think of 'Mathematics'? Perhaps you might remember the time when studying the tough subject in your school life. It is the mathematics that one of the subjects which many people are feeling difficult is. However, Pythagoras asserted, "all is number". Math is not just calculation, but part of our life. In addition, it could be an important key to understand essence of nature and the universe. The "EBS DocuPrime", a documentary program, has handled such mathematics several times. Of numerous documentaries, there are some particularly interesting and attractive. Those are the EBS classical mathematics documentaries dealing with the origin, history, and development of mathematics, which we can enjoyably watch again any time. They are the "Numbers", the "Math and the rise of civilization", and the "Pythagoras Theorem". ■ <Numbers> (Nov. 2015) What reminds us first when we talk about the word of ‘Number’? The most familiar numbers to us might be the Arabic numerals. In mathematics, however, various characters are used as numbers. The "Numbers", a pentaptych documentary, is covering the five numbers that led the human civilization and mathematical history: π, ∞, x, 0, and i. Each episode handles one number or one letter. Part 1 discusses π, Part 2 is about ∞, Part 3 handles x, Part 4 covers 0, and finally, Part 5 deals with i. The documentary lets us know how these numbers were created through anecdotes of famous mathematicians, such as Archimedes, Galileo, Kantor, Galois, Gauss and so on. Chair-professor Roger Penrose / Department of Mathematics, Oxford University "The imaginary number is called as the number of imagination, but originally as a magic number. They created something that had not existed." The documentary was filmed in a total of 15 countries, including China, Greece, Germany, and France. The participation of renowned mathematical scholars, such as Roger Penrose and Cédric Villani who won the Fields Medal in 2010, as well as mathematicians from each country has enhanced the expertise of the documentary. This led to the award for the excellence prize at the 2016 Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards and the best picture in TV documentary sector at the 43rd Korea Broadcasting Prizes. Professor Cédric Villani / Director of research in Poincaré Institute "Mathematics was born here in Greece, at the same time as philosophy. It was a way to understand the world." "Numbers" is not a documentary just showing lectures in a classroom. It sometimes reenacts the lives of ancient mathematicians to help the viewers' understanding. Moreover, a famous mathematician visits the historical sites in person to describe the history of mathematics in some cases. It could be said that they directly experience and show how mathematics have affected our lives. This documentary will be very helpful to high school students, who are consistently using ‘π, ∞, x, 0, and i' in class. They will be able to more excitingly understand math, further feeling the intrinsic beauty of mathematics. In addition, this documentary is beneficial to adults, in that it looks back on the history of human intelligence. ■ <Math and the rise of civilization> (Dec. 2011) The "Math and the rise of civilization" is also a pentaptych documentary. It won the Grand Prize (Presidential Prize) at the 2012 Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards, the Best Picture at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, and the Special Achievement Award from the Korea Mathematical Society. As subtitled as ‘Mathematics is the key to enter all knowledge of the world’, this documentary is telling the history of mathematics, which became the cornerstone in many civilized countries. It rectifies misconceptions for mathematics only to be considered as the problem-solving skills and calculation itself, trying to approach the root to demonstrate why the numbers were born. Through the 'invisible numbers', it would like to tell the story of 'Real Mathematics', which has developed visible technologies and cultures to make the civilization created. "Part 1: The Beginning of Numbers" discusses the numbers that began in ancient Egypt. Using Egyptian calculating methods, hieroglyphics, etc., it explores the source that they could bloom the civilization 4,000 years ago. It also examines how Egypt, the first human civilized country, ruled the kingdom only with a single page of papyrus and how they coud acquire the technologies for distribution and measurement. "Part 2: The Elements" deals with Euclidean geometry. There is a book followed by the United States Declaration of Independence and 'Pricnipia' of Newton. It is the Euclid’s Elements. This book, which was compiled by Euclid and contains Greek philosophies and mathematics, has become the principles of all studies later. "Part 3: The Divine Numbers" lets us know the number 0 which opened the infinite world and the story of India, the God's country, where 0 was born. '0' led math to the infinite world, giving science the power to imagine the universe. This part tracks how '0', the best invention in human history, could come out to the world. In "Part 4: The Infinitesimal Calculus of Moving World", Britain and the continental Europe in the 17th century was drawn into the war of intellectual property rights. The academic worlds also stopped even their correspondence for 100 years. It was because of Newton in the UK and Leibniz in Germany. In the Infinitesimal Calculus, a magic that can explain everything changing with the equation, it explores who would be the winner, Newton or Leibnitz. The last "Part 5: The Remaining Issues" shows the future of mathematics. It examines modern mathematics via great mathematical problems, Fermat's Last Theorem and Poincaré Conjecture. ■ <Pythagoras Theorem> (Sep. 2008) The last documentary to be recommended is the "Pythagoras Theorem". It is a kind of mathematical civilization documentary, which is the first mathematical documentary examining the evolution of human civilization and the awareness through triangles. The civilization that has developed mankind for thousands of years contains the wisdom of life that has begun from a triangle. So this documentary tries to investigate the influence and possibility of mathematics on the development of human civilization through the Pythagoras theorem. In Part 1, the trace of a triangle is discussed. In Samos island of Greece, known as the birthplace of Pythagoras, there is a tunnel built about 2600 years ago. The tunnel, which was constructed to draw the waterway, was known as one of the three wonders even for ancient Greeks. It is the first tunnel in the human history that was completed by setting the direction in a straight line and digging from both directions! How could Greeks dig the straight tunnel even without any special equipment? The key to solve the secret was a right triangle. Part 2 is on A2+B2=C2. After discovering the clay tablets from Babylonian period in 1920s, mathematicians struggled to find out what the numbers written on tablets would mean. At last, the mystery has been solved. They were numbers that represented the length of three sides of a right triangle. Babylonian had already known the nature of a right triangle 3700 years ago, which we know as the ‘Pythagoras Theorem’ today. Then, why do we call it as the ‘Pythagoras Theorem’, the theory that had been already known thousand years before the birth of Pythagoras? The last episode is about the beetle on earth. The Pythagorean theorem is known as the most perfect and beautiful formula among mathematicians. However, it does not work for the space, but on a plane. The human vision that stayed in a triangle on the plane now moved to the space, called the earth. Based on this mathematical research, Einstein could unveil the secrets of the universe. As a stepping stone to solve mysteries of nature, mathematics is showing infinite possibilities. This documentary is highly recommended to middle school students who currently study the Pythagoras Theorem in class. While studying, watching a documentary about Pythagoras, but not just memorizing the formula, could help them more interestingly understand and enjoy mathematics. ■ Conclusion The "Numbers", the "Math and the rise of civilization", and the "Pythagoras Theorem" were broadcasted form shortly 3 years to 10 years ago. These days, when new contents are being released, why should we watch such outdated documentaries? These documentaries handle the stories of mathematicians who had lived thousands years ago. What they found out and learned is still valid even in 2018. Same rule could be applied to these documentaries. They are classical mathematics documentaries to watch again any time, which EBS is proud of. The 'Classics' are called classics because their value does not fade over time, but rather goes up. The value of EBS classical mathematics documentaries will rise as time goes on. Why don't you watch them before too late?
Conversation with YouTube Creators #8 - YouTube Startup
On the morning of December 6th, 2017, the eighth 'Conversation with YouTube Creators' was held at Google Campus Seoul in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. ‘Conversation with YouTube Creators' is a panel talk event that meets YouTube creators in various fields through the YouTube service and shares detailed secrets of success and unknown stories. In the eighth event, a time to listen to stories of startup people who are expanding their business through YouTube was prepared on the theme of ‘YouTube startup’. At the event, Park Chang-shin, COO of CarrieSoft, Lee Pil-sung, CEO of Sandbox Network, and Jo Yun-ha, CEO of Video Village attended the panel to share their experiences. ▲ The eighth 'Conversation with YouTube Creators' was held. According to the introduction, CarrieSoft is a kids content company that produces and provides kids' content under the goal of 'Make Kids Happy'. It provides a variety of kids' contents such as the toy introduction channel 'Carrie and Toy Friends', the children's travel channel ‘Ellie and Tour', the children's reading contents channel ‘Carrie and Books', and the play introduction channel 'Carrie and Play'. Starting from the YouTube channel, the company is now expanding into various fields such as character licensing business, performance business such as musicals, TV broadcasting channel business, and kids’ café business. In addition, representing 5-year-old three musketeers in town, the characters of ‘Carrie and Friends’, who are ‘Carrie’, ‘Kevin’, and ‘Ellie’, received the Presidential Award for 2017 Korea Content Awards. As of November 2017, CarrieSoft has more than 2.4 million subscribers on its entire YouTube channel, and it is currently running multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Sandbox Network is a digital entertainment company that connects creators and creates digital contents. There are now more than 120 creators in various fields such as games, kids, gags and food, including DDotty, Poong Worlyang, MariAndFriends, Jang Bbi Chu, and Ddeonggae. In addition to the MCN business, it also launched a merchandising brand 'Sandbox Friends', a game application 'Sandbox Run', and a ringtone application 'Sandbox Color' using creator characters. The total number of YouTube channel views in Sandbox Network is more than 11 billion views as of November 2017. Video Village is a MCN startup that includes famous creators such as Josub, Korean Bros, and Manganyeo. In addition to the MCN project, the company also runs five original content channels, including ‘Boys Village’ and ‘Girls Village’, which are targeted at 10’s boys and girls, respectively. As of March 2017, including Facebook and YouTube, Video Village Channel has more than 18 million subscribers, with more than 130 million views per month for the entire channel video platforms. ▲ CarrieSoft is a kids content company that produces and provides kids' content. ▲ Sandbox Network is a digital entertainment company that connects creators and creates content. ▲ Video Village is not only doing MCN business but also making contents. These companies have similarities in delivering creator-centric content, but have used different strategies for growth strategies. CarrieSoft has focused on characters and has created content, and Sandbox Network has focused on the potential of creators and has chosen to help creators grow into content brands. On the other hand, Video Village started business without a representative creator, so it set up a content production system as well as fostering creators to create synergy. For the most difficult parts, they talked about the time when recruiting creators and growing. Also, at the time they started to grow as much as they originally planned, there were some troubles about production in the process of development after setting the next goal. According to the conversation, YouTube plays a role of ‘infrastructure’ in the process of business growth. Park Chang-shin, COO of CarrieSoft said, “YouTube provide opportunity to meet children and parents, and to connect with your relatives and communicate with family. In addition to the current broadcasting, I think that the success of the performances, the kids' cafes, the character licensing, etc. is based on YouTube.” Lee Pil-sung, CEO of Sandbox Network said, “Because YouTube is close to ‘infrastructure,’ it emphasizes creators' alignment to the direction YouTube is targeting. Because YouTube shows more of the videos that viewers want to see, I think it can get a good response when they want to show more good videos to viewers rather than using tricks or strategies.” Jo Yun-ha, CEO of Video Village talked about YouTube. “I think YouTube is a bowl that holds people's lives.” She said, “I was able to be free myself of loneliness while doing business by watching back data, image development sequence, and event about how I got into channel and grew.” On the other hand, as for the standard of creator recruitment, they emphasized that the creators must have a philosophy about what they want to talk while having a mission to create and show contents, since both contents and community are important. There are certainly people who start YouTube to become famous or chase money, but we are avoiding them because they are short-lived and do not have the value of content. We are looking for people with willingness and circumstances to work together on a sustainable and steadfast basis.
A+E Networks Korea Market Launching Press Conference
On October 12, A+E Networks officially announced its entry into the Korean market and the launching of two content brands, 'History' and 'Lifetime', at the press conference held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, Jongro-gu, Seoul. A+E introduced the plan to meet consumers in all directions from TV, digital platform to offline in domestic market launching. Founded in 1984 as a joint venture between Disney and Hearst in the US, A+E is a global media group with operations in more than 200 countries and has more than 80 TV channels around the world, including History, Lifetime and A+E. History and Lifetime, which will be launched in Korea, are planned to meet with Korean consumers in all directions from TV, digital platform to offline. TV has already secured more than 20 million households nationwide through all the platforms including three IPTV companies, cable TV and satellite broadcasting. On Digital, contents will be presented through major platforms such as YouTube, Naver TV, Facebook, Instagram, and GomTV, and an offline experience space is also prepared. In the production of contents, it plans to show various reality and variety shows starting from the hip-hop humanities program 'The Reader', in which ten famous hip hop musicians are participating. In addition, by forming strategic partnerships with iHQ for format development and co-investment, A+E will be working on the production, sales and distribution projects for Korea and the world market, and IHQ will produce and broadcast various real variety formats that A+E has into the contents aiming at Korea media trends. Along with this, all the contents produced in Korea will be broadcasted simultaneously in Southeast Asia and contribute to the global expansion of Korean contents. ▲ Sean Cohan, president of international and digital media for A+E Networks Sean Cohan, president of international and digital media for A+E Networks, introduced about A+E that founded in 1984 as a joint venture between Disney and Hearst in the US, A+E is a global media group with operations in more than 200 countries and has more than 80 TV channels around the world, including History, Lifetime and A+E, and 330 million subscribers worldwide. Also, he cited the content, especially 'storytelling' as the strength of A+E, and this led to the growth as the original brand. He added that it already has acquired over 15,000 hours of content libraries and it produces 1,400 hours of content every year. A+E is creating a global masterpiece TV series such as Six, Knightfall, and UnReal through 'A+E Studio' in contents production. Furthermore, it is investing strategically in its first-person media 'Viceland' and social media content specialist studio '45th&DEAN'. Meanwhile, in Korea, it will increase strategic investment both directly and indirectly, acquire two channel PPs, and re-launch them as 'history' and 'lifetime' brands. Through this, it will deliver the brands to 20 million households in Korea. A+E is also working with Korean production companies to develop content and looking forward to a great synergy with the ability of partners such as iHQ and A+E's storytelling capabilities. It is said that Korea is a digitally innovated country, so A+E sees it as a good place to show digital vision. In particular, it is emphasized that a significant position in overseas market entry strategy is securing partners who can achieve synergy. Likewise, in case of entry into the Korean market, securing partnerships that can be helpful each other is important. In addition, A+E is considering learning and trying new things over expanding to vision's digital activities in the future, as well as reflecting on other markets, through entry into the Korean market. ▲ So Yeong-seon, president of A+E Networks Korea ▲ A+E aims to become a cultural content brand that transcends digital, online, and offline beyond TV. So Yeong-seon, president of A+E Networks Korea, introduced about A+E Networks that it can be expressed as a 'content company' although it has a variety of characteristics such as media group and digital platform. She explained that A+E is a global media group that has reached over 200 countries around the world with its accumulated storytelling ability. It produces more than 1,400 hours of original content per year through 'A+E Studio'. In Korea, it is hoped to grow into a culture, entertainment, and content brand that transcends TV, based on its experience in the global market. A+E is introduced that it will officially launch its 'History' and 'Lifetime' brands in Korea, and it aims become a cultural content brand that goes beyond TV, as well as both online and offline. Among them, TV has secured more than 20 million households nationwide through all the platforms including three IPTV companies, cable TV, and satellite broadcasting. On Digital, contents will be presented through major platforms such as YouTube, NaverTV, Facebook, Instagram, and GomTV without a time gap from TV. In addition, it will organize a space for experiencing large brand offline, and a variety of online and offline campaigns starting with the large-scale room escape game convention "History Room Escape Con". It will also invest in the production of original content for the domestic market as well as launching. A+E plans to show a variety of reality and variety shows such as "The Reader", a hip-hop humanities program in which 10 famous hip-hop musicians talk about their lives, and "Malsool Club", a humanities entertainment with Korean traditional alcoholic drinks. Moreover, it will form a strategic partnership for format development and co-investment production, and carry out production, sales and distribution projects aimed at Korea and the world market with iHQ. Two of these works to be shown in Korea will be introduced as early as the end of this year. Meanwhile, A+E became one of the top three largest shareholder of iHQ through strategic investment in March. iHQ will produce and broadcast a variety of real variety formats that A+E possesses in accordance with the Korean media trend. The production for "Man Vs. Child", a cooking competition between children, who have talent in cooking, and professional chefs, and "Alone", a survival real variety of wild life that has been on air for up to the present season 4 and has become popular worldwide, are planned. Besides, A+E will dramatize a Webtoon, "The Best Time to Quit the Company", with SK Broadband, and show "Idol Mom", an observation entertainment that depicts the competition and stories of children and mothers dreaming of idol stars with SM Entertainment. Especially, all contents produced in Korea will be broadcasted simultaneously in all Southeast Asian countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, and expected to contribute to the advancement of Korean contents into the global market. It will carry out a continuous investment to produce worldwide contents that are distributed to Southeast Asia and other countries around the world. ▲ History changes its positioning to a younger audience of 25-45 men and an entertaining characteristic. ▲ Lifetime also targets 25-45 female viewers, characterizing the entertainment for younger audiences. History is aimed at 25- to 45-year-old male viewers and will show various kinds of blockbusters series, extra-large documentary, real variety, and humanities arts under the slogan 'Knowledge Enter' brand. In addition, various brand activities will be conducted for viewers who desire for humanistic knowledge contents. Especially, from October 13, A+E is going to conduct an offline convention "History Room Escape Con" with a scale of 2,300m^2. It is a form to naturally acquire history contents and related knowledge while enjoying escape con. In addition, a variety of online and offline campaigns are organized to implement "knowing is fun". As History's Korean self-produced program, "The Reader," the hip-hop humanities program in which Korean representative rappers read their own rap lyrics to tell their lives and values in rap, is scheduled to air in October. In addition, scheduled to air in November, "Malsool Club", the humanities arts program that looks at the world with alcohol, will have talks about various culture contained in alcohol when traveling to find our traditional alcohol drinks. The reality program "Alone", a self-documentary film about human being living alone in extreme nature, is scheduled to be produced in 2017. With a plan to grow into an entertainment brand that talks about women's potential and inner beauty under the slogan "Pleasure to find me", the women's content brand "Lifetime" will present global entertainment variety program that will bring up social issues and fun at the same time and high-quality drama line-ups targeting 25-45 year old women, who are sensitive to trends and cherish their daily lives. Furthermore, actor Kim Yoo-jung is selected as a brand ambassador, and A+E plans to launch a variety of online and offline campaigns such as "Try 100 times", an experiment project that enjoys the challenge itself, and "Interview with 100 Korean women who deserve to be praised". As the self-produced program of Lifetime, the drama "The Best Time to Quit the Company", based on the story of Webtoon with the same title that drew the story of the main character working in a small business, is scheduled to air in November. Moreover, the reality program "Idol Mom", similar to the format of "Dance Mom", is planned to cooperate with SM Entertainment in 2017 with the story of the children dreaming about idol stars and the mothers watching them. Apart from them, the reality program "Man vs. Child" is planned to be produced in 2017 by children talented in cooking and professional chefs.
Amazon to Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s Globally Renowned Fantasy Novels, The Lord of the Rings, for Television with a Multi Season Production Commitment
Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.” “We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings,” said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. “Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.” Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series. A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings novels were named Amazon customers’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain’s best-loved novel of all time in BBC’s The Big Read in 2003. Its theatrical adaptations, from New Line Cinema and Director Peter Jackson, earned a combined gross of nearly $6 billion worldwide. With an all-star cast that included Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings trilogy garnered a combined 17 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be available for Prime members to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices, or online with other Amazon Prime Originals online at Amazon.com/originals, at no additional cost to their membership. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. The series will be a global release for members to watch via the Prime Video app or online at PrimeVideo.com in more than 200 countries and territories.
LG Uplus U+tv YouTube Kids Service Announcement Press Conference
On August 30, LG Uplus announced that it will introduce 'YouTube Kids' service as an Android TV version in the IPTV child service platform 'U+tv Kids Country' through a press conference at LG Uplus Yongsan office in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. This service was introduced as the world's first example of providing YouTube Kids service in IPTV environment. 'YouTube Kids', a child-centric app, categorized contents to make them easier for children and infants to search, and by providing block and allow function of channels and contents, it allowed parents with young children to protect their children from harmful contents. Especially, videos in foreign language are expected to help language education, and they will make it possible to have an interest in foreign language naturally by singing, dancing, playing with, and meeting popular characters. Meanwhile, LG Uplus announced it will continue to offer services such as "voice search function," which allows children who can not read to find videos they want. Apart from YouTube Kids, LG Uplus also unveiled IPTV child service platform, 'U+tv Kids Country'. At U+tv Kids Country, you can easily access popular character contents or YouTube channels recommended by parents with gifted children, childcare experts, child psychologists, etc., with a hotkey on the remote control. It provides an optimized UI for parents and children so that they can use infants content in one-stop. Customers who have the U+tv UHD, soundbar, woofer set-top can use U+tv Kids Country without any additional charge, while U+tv set-top customers are required to change to U+tv UHD2 set-top for using the service. ▲ Choi Joo-sik, Vice President of LG Uplus FC(Future and Converged) Division ▲ Don Anderson, General Director of Family and Learning Partnership at YouTube Asia Pacific Choi Joo-sik, Vice President of LG Uplus FC(Future and Converged) Division said that, in cooperation with Google, the world's first Android TV version of 'YouTube Kids' is provided in IPTV environment so that it is easily accessible with pressing the button once. In addition, he also added that 'U+tv Kids Country,' an child service platform composed of new contents and functions focused on childcares, such as children talking to their parents with one button and teachers reading books, is officially presented at the conference. Don Anderson, General Director of Family and Learning Partnership at YouTube Asia Pacific, said that there has been an overall shift in both distribution and consumption of children's content, and within YouTube, the family entertainment segment is the fastest growing category. He also added that 'YouTube Kids' was newly imagined for families and kids, developed by 'parents' in YouTube. Previously, it was provided through free apps on smartphones and tablets, but now it has expanded to LG Uplus's IPTV platform. YouTube Kids aimed to improve the YouTube experience for children and their families, provide a safe and enjoyable environment for them, and target children aged 3 to 10 years. Today, the service is available in 35 countries and 7 local languages, and it will be expanded further. It became a popular app for 11 million users every week. He added that the total number of views over the next two years after the release has exceeded 30 billion. Moreover, in the "YouTube Kids" app, the role of the parent is also important, and it provides easy-to-set instructions for parents to start the app for the first time. ▲ YouTube Kids is now available in 35 countries and 7 local languages. ▲ Representative contents for each category are familiar to everyone. YouTube Kids consists of four categories including program, music, learning, and exploring to make massive content accessible to children's diverse interests and make easy and simple to access. Through algorithms and proper management, it is introduced that only appropriate contents to children are provided. Children can choose their own videos via YouTube Kids, which allows for active media consumption, and this stands out in the learning and browsing categories. Moreover, as well as a variety of content from famous studios from various countries, original contents such as learning or following children's song are provided. The 'Learning' section is also one of the largely growing areas on YouTube, and it has been shown that YouTube receives 500 million views of learning content every day. More than one million learning-related video contents are uploaded and shared every day around the world, with more than half of the uploaded videos being uploaded outside the United States. What's more, YouTube has made it easier to access these content via a channel only for learning, and in September the contents with English learning in YouTube Kids will be enhanced. Meanwhile, YouTube Kids offers a variety of tools and permissions for parents. "Search settings" allows parents to watch videos that are appropriate for their children, or they can restrict search to access only some content. In addition, they can report or block harmful videos, creating an optimized viewing experience for children. In addition, YouTube Kids emphasized that it makes their families closer by exploring, enjoying and learning in an easy and fun way. ▲ Jung Dae-yoon, taking charge of LG Uplus Home, Media Products Division ▲ YouTube kids is considered to be the core content of 'Kids Country' Jung Dae-yoon, taking charge of LG Uplus Home, Media Products Division, mentioned high spending on education compared to GDP, working parents and parenting by grandparents as recent domestic trends. Therefore, parents have 'sorriness' to their children, and grandparents have 'difficulties' in adapting to the new environment in their parenting process. Experts pointed out that a requirement for 'good TV for children' is a content that can help develop emotions and curiosity, less stimulate, and have rhythm and repetition. Desirable methods of watching TV for children are "active watch," moving the body and being active while watching TV, and "sympathy and conversation," talking with parents while watching. He also explained that watching television should be a social promise between parents and children, as well as managing the appropriate time and frequency to create the right watching habits. He introduced that LG Uplus has a variety of functions and contents that can meet these needs in the IPTV child service platform 'U+tv Kids Country'. The core content of the U+tv Kids Country is 'YouTube Kids', and you can easily access popular character contents or YouTube channels recommended by parents with gifted children, childcare experts, child psychologists, etc., with a hotkey on the remote control. It provides an optimized UI for parents and children so that they can use infants content in one-stop. In addition, good contents of YouTube Kids can be enjoyed in multiple languages, enabling parents to solve their concerns about how to nurture their children's foreign languages and other habits and use without worrying about harmful content and advertisements. ▲ 'Book Reading TV' is a content that reads carefully selected children's books. ▲ Watching management made children voluntarily follow by using cute characters. In addition to YouTube Kids, U+tv Kids Country has introduced differentiated content and features tailored to the Korean market. First of all, with carefully selected children's books among the bookstores' bestselling books and the books from the three children's book awards, 'Book Reading TV' was introduced as a content that reads children's books by a professional storytelling teacher with realizing illustrations of the book and moving pictures. In addition, the 'TV Phone Play' allows to make video calls with parents through the remote control of the TV, to communicate with character friends, and to make popular characters follow the child's words. In aspect of content provision, there is 'Recommendation of Teachers' that suggests contents classified into children's emotional development and situation by children's psychologists. Busy working parents, novice parents, and grandparents who care for their children, such as those who are not accustomed to child care, have also been able to correctly shape their child's lifestyle through recommended content. Besides, 'Character', which presents children's favorite characters in both images and letters, helps communication between parents, grandparents and children. In addition, specialized functions such as the eye protection mode, which is verified with Korean Ophthalmological Society, and the 'watching management' function with the bear are also provided. With regard to U+tv Kids Country, which will be release from September 1, customers who have the U+tv UHD, soundbar, woofer set-top can use U+tv Kids Country without any additional charge. U+tv set-top customers are required to change to U+tv UHD2 set-top for using the service, which is introduced to be the aspect of ensuring the minimum environment for running the app on the 'Android TV' platform. In addition, U+tv Kids Country have been recognized worldwide for excellence of the design of the entire UX (user experience) and dedicated remote control at the Red Dot Design Award and IDEA (International Design Excellence Award).
National Geographic Celebrates Historic Solar Eclipse with a full day of coverage
As millions of people across the country are gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in nearly a century, National Geographic is offering a full day of coverage, including live commentary from science experts on the ground and stunning visuals, to help people witness this remarkable event. National Geographic has created a number of original resources to enhance viewers' experience and convey the extraordinary nature of this event, including a solar eclipse hub, a 101 video explainer, a detailed map of the path of totality across the U.S. and more. In addition, National Geographic has teamed up with Airbnb to provide live coast to coast coverage of the eclipse starting the night before the event where two National Geographic Explorers will host a live digital broadcast from a Airbnb Geodesic Dome in Terrebonne, Oregon. Internationally recognized scholar and astrophysicist Dr. Jedidah Isler and acclaimed National Geographic photographer and science journalist Babak Tafreshi will discuss the science behind the eclipse and answer viewers' questions in anticipation of the next day's historic event. The live coverage will continue the next day as the total solar eclipse begins its path across the US. Viewers will hear from National Geographic experts stationed along the path of totality, see stunning photos, and be among the first to see the eclipse as it reaches the continental US. Hosting the broadcast will be award-winning science communicator, journalist and podcaster Cara Santa Maria. She will be joined by Former International Space Station and National Geographic author of View from Above Terry Virts. Viewers will have the opportunity to have their questions answered during the broadcast by using #NatGeoEclipse. National Geographic science experts and explorers stationed throughout the country as part of the broadcast and available for interviews include: Andrew Fazekas from Isle of Palm, South Carolina and Victoria Jaggard from Sweetwater, Tennessee. The live coverage will broadcast over Facebook Live, Twitter via Periscope, and on YouTube beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on August 20th and 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET on August 21st. National Geographic and Airbnb are also offering one lucky winner and a guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep under the stars in the outskirts of Bend, Oregon before taking flight the morning of August 21 to be among the first to witness the solar eclipse before it crosses the US. Guests will interact with Dr. Jedidah Islerand and Babak Tafreshi during their stay.
EBS New Concept Nature Documentary 'This Is Wild' Program Presentation
On April 24, EBS (CEO Woo Jong-beom) held a new program presentation at Koreana Hotel in Seoul, and announced that the nature documentary 'This Is Wild', claiming a new genre, will be first broadcast on Sunday, April 30, at 9:05 pm. After its first broadcast, it will be broadcasted on EBS1 channel every Sunday at 9:05 pm. Unlike the existing nature documentaries that contain moments from the birth to the death of the ecosystem, it is a new type of nature documentary that shows the changing of nature at every moment without any adjustment, every week at the same time through more than one year of production period. Through this, the program contains images of eagle owl, night owl as well as other wild animals living in Korea so that it becomes possible to meet people and wildlife living together at the same time at home. Also, unlike the existing nature documentary that only observes the ecology of the wild, this program combines a nature documentary with a human documentary and is produced in a new form that is created by people and wildlife. ▲ A presentation was held with Kim Guk-jin, Son Yeon-jae and Son Seung-woo PD. The program vividly delivers stories occurred during the production process of the documentary, exploring the wilderness with ecology beginners, Kim Guk-jin and Son Yeon-jae, and touch-and-go moments that can be only met at production sites. It tries to deliver a little but important fact that wild and nature are alive near people, not far away from the cities. Announcing retirement after 17 years of a career as a gymnast, Son Yeon-jae is now standing at her second life. To her, who only thought about gymnastics, going to and from only gym and home, 'This Is Wild' is the first challenge except for gymnastics. She says she wants to find the answer to life through the wild. However, the wild is not easy. From the first day of the wild, the cliffside course is unfolded in front of her. It is a series of dangerous moments every time she took a step. In the end, the production team recommends to give up due to safety problems, but she challenges by saying “once I started the work, I want to finish it until the end.” And that evening, she opens her mind to Guk-jin who asked of the first day’s impressions in the wild. ▲ There is a comment that a broadcaster Kim Guk-jin led the filming site with his experience, knowledge and athletic ability. ▲ The interest from the site to Son Yeon-jae, who debuts as a broadcaster after retirement from gymnastic, was high. Kim Guk-jin is an entertainer ranging over various broadcasting genres from drama to entertainment. To him, the wild was nostalgic about childhood. His eyes shine on the story of the various wildlife from hare to snake that he saw in his hometown. His new challenge to meet nature near once again will begin. When he arrived at the wild, Guk-jin feels everything new and amazing. From a small birdsong to a tree, the secret of the wild is hidden. Learning about the nature one by one and dreaming of 'Wild Master Guk,' he has no difficulty in tough hiking, but he finds something unexpected and his eyes are moistened. In addition, the reverse charm of Son Yeon-jae, who was thought to be an ecology beginner, was added. She guessed the right names of the birds with the fallen feathers as well as the birds passed by in the blink of an eye. Even her sense is scary, as she modestly replied, "I just guessed well," to Guk-jin's lavished praise from Dr. Son, Detective Son to Brilliant Son. The unpredictable wildlife story of Kim Guk-jin and Son Yeon-jae begins now. Meanwhile, Kim Guk-jin and Son Yeon-jae challenged the first mission in the wild, "Find the Eagle Owl". And only a piece of ecology map was given to them to find the eagle owl. In the process of finding the eagle owls, they discover the wildlife that they can see in the present time, and they learn the realities of the eagle owl that they have never known. However, the wild was tough to humans. The eagle owls were breathing near people, but they were living between the rock walls of the mountain cliffs. Jumped into the wild to find an eagle owl, Guk-jin and Yeon-jae have to climb up the 90-degree rocky cliff. There is no place to put their feet on the rocky wall. It is a dangerous situation as once they miss a step, they might fall under a cliff. The production team dissuades them to give up if they think dangerous, but they continue the challenge. ▲ EBS's new documentary format and its potential are the points that can not be missed. PD Son Seung-woo talked about the intention of casting that "I thought it would be better with a man and woman. If comparing a man to the nature, I hoped to have the feeling of a big tree, and in the case of a woman, I thought about the composition of florescence. The reason is that we can look at nature sturdy, and the look itself resembles nature. I thought that it would be such a feeling, so I casted them." And, "As everyone knows, Son Yeon-jae has such a feeling originally, and as Kim Guk-jin has actually confirmed it, he has a sense of prudence and weight unlike his image as an entertainer. I could feel it more than I expected after filming." He also said, "I am glad that both of them are safe after the first film. There is a situation that can be dangerous to both of them, so I hoped the shoot finishes safely. Both of them are ecology beginners. They have never lived in contact with nature, but I would like them to become ecology experts and eco-sensitive people at the end of the program from ecology beginners." At the end, he added that "Currently, it is planned to be a 12-episode program for this season. I hope that the filming in spring and summer go well, and, by extension, the program for autumn and winter and even for overseas. I hope to go with Son Yeon-jae and Kim Guk-jin."
EBS Public Health Project, ‘Ah! Sunday - Miracle Running’ Press Conference
EBS (President Woo Jong-beom) held a press conference on January 16 at Koreana Hotel in Seoul, and announced the first broadcast of ‘Ah! Sunday - Miracle Running’ on January 22, which is a health project for modern people experiencing warning signals about their health due to irregular, westernized eating habits, excessive stress and lack of exercise. 'Ah! Sunday - Miracle Running' is a program that shows final 16 challengers restoring the mind and body through a 7-week training camp and challenging a 10km course in the marathon event co-hosted by EBS and Korea Marathon Association. From January 22, it is possible to watch the program every Sunday at 9:05 pm through EBS1. It is consisted of total six episodes, which will be broadcasted every Sunday at 9:05 pm from January 22 to February 26. ▲ Lee Cheon-soo, Kim Sook, Cheong-ha, Oh Sang-jin, and Kim Dong-yeol PD (from left to right) attended to introduce the program. The hot topics for modern people living experiencing warning signals about their health due to irregular, westernized eating habits, excessive stress and lack of exercise are the health and diet. What would be the best method to kill two birds, the health and diet, with one stone? The answer is ‘running,’ the best exercise God has ever done. Through regular ‘running’, it is possible to maximize the power of the body organs as well as strengthening muscular strength of the whole body. In addition, it is the most economical, the best diet method without yoyo, and the best exercise for mental health such as dementia prevention and stress relief. Among about one thousand applicants, the final 16 challengers were selected after the screening and selection match. Feeling abnormalities about their health due to obesity and mental stress, the challengers aim to complete 10km course in the marathon event co-hosted by EBS and Korea Marathon Association by recovering physical and mental health through basic physical strength training, running training and healthy diet for the 7 weeks of the training period. From a challenger who shows signs of depression and interpersonal avoidance to a challenger who has resigned to his workplace and a challenger who put his restaurant on sale to participate in 'Miracle Running,' the greatest challenge and healthy change for their health will be presented. On the other hand, Baek Yeong-gwang, an individualistic actor who attracted the attention of viewers as a manager of Lee Sang-min in the entertainment program, was selected as one of the final 16 people through the selection match. He expressed his aspiration to change himself, who is taking roles like ‘gangster’ and ‘village fool’ due to his appearance. The 16 challengers with various stories and journey of healthy change will be revealed. ▲ The chemistry of 4 MCs, Lee Cheon-soo, Kim Sook, I.O.I Cheong-ha, and Oh Sang-jin, is announced as a main attraction. The four individualistic MCs will present fresh entertainment by creating unique chemistry as MCs of EBS public health project, ‘Ah! Sunday - Miracle Running.’ Kim Sook, Oh Sang-jin, Lee Cheon-soo, and I.O.I Cheong-ha will team up with challengers and experience health management methods and weight loss secrets that match each team’s characteristics together. As well as cheering for the challenge, they will also be actively engaged as friendly and warm-hearted MCs and supporters that were never seen in any health program. Even a running exercise that anyone can easily practice is not easy for challengers due to health reasons. So, Health Avengers’ Corps of ‘Ah! Sunday - Miracle Running’ will appear to help their health care and diet and make dreams come true. Doctor's Corps, consisting of Kim Joon-bae, Kim Si-wan, Park Sang-joon, and Choi Bo-yoon, will check the health status of the challengers and suggest characteristic diet methods for each team. The 2015 Musclemania World Championship 1st place trainer Choi Sung-wook team will take charge of basic physical exercise and diet management for weight loss. And, the special support of an Olympic gold medalist and Korea's marathoner Lee Bong-joo and customized running class by Kwon Eun-ju, Park Byeong-gwon, who was on the national team, will be presented. Thus, the performance of the Health Avengers' Corps, changing lives of the 16 challengers, can be confirmed through broadcasting. On the other hand, challengers, who are tired of limited diet and repetitive exercises, eventually abscond and secretly buy things that they should not eat. In the end, some of them drop out. However, the friendship between the challengers with ardent minds and wills shines in this unpredictable situation, and they become another family to each other after leaving their family, creating a touching human story. ▲ The seven-week camp of 16 challengers and the positive impact that their healthy changes will have on public health are already expected. (Photo courtesy: EBS)