Harmonic Deploys World’s First Virtualized Cable Access Network for Leading Cable Operator Com Hem

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and cable access virtualization, today announced that Com Hem, Sweden’s leading provider of television, internet and fixed-telephony services, is using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized CCAP solution to deliver the Nordic region’s fastest broadband speeds. The industry’s only software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), CableOS enables flexible delivery of groundbreaking high-speed broadband services while at the same time lowering space requirements and operating costs. Com Hem is deploying CableOS across its network, delivering high-speed broadband services to a rapidly growing number of connected devices.

“We worked closely with Harmonic on this project and are proud to have a platform that gives us the flexibility to continue development into the future,” said Thomas Helbo, CTO at Com Hem.

By deploying Harmonic’s CableOS across its network, Com Hem will be able to meet current demand for high-speed services and be positioned to meet increasing speed and service demands in the coming years. Indicative of the unique flexibility and expansion potential of the software-based architecture, CableOS is also the technology platform powering Com Hem’s recently announced symmetrical 1.2 Gbit/s service test being conducted in Stockholm.

“The cable industry is facing the challenge and opportunity of delivering increasingly higher broadband speeds, and therefore requires a cost-effective and sustainable approach for continued business growth,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, Cable Edge Business, at Harmonic. “We’ve partnered with Com Hem to show operators around the world that their internet speeds can be significantly increased while simultaneously reducing the space, power and cost constraints that have historically impeded growth. Being a software-based solution, CableOS is incredibly scalable and flexible, allowing Com Hem to flexibly add new features and extra capacity, without expensive hardware.”

Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

 

Interra Systems Announces Interoperability With AWS Elemental to Streamline High-Quality Video Delivery via the Cloud

Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elemental to provide pay-TV operators, broadcasters, and OTT providers with a scalable and cost-effective solution for delivering high-quality video. Interra Systems’ end-to-end QC and monitoring systems are now interoperable with AWS Media Services, including AWS Elemental MediaConvert, AWS Elemental MediaLive, and AWS Elemental MediaPackage, enabling video providers to reliably deliver premium live and on-demand content to consumers by leveraging cloud technology with the utmost efficiency, speed, and cost savings.

“As broadcast and streaming technologies rapidly evolve, there is increased complexity and chance for error. Video providers need a solid strategy for checking content quality and monitoring content at every point in the workflow,” said Anupama Anantharaman, vice president of product marketing and business development, Interra Systems. “Interoperability with Interra Systems’ end-to-end solutions and AWS Media Services allows video providers to monitor their valuable content with comprehensive quality measurements across any network in a secure, scalable, and cost-effective manner.”

AWS Media Services offer pay-as-you-go pricing, making it easy for video providers to ingest, process, package, and deliver video content at scale. AWS Elemental MediaConvert offers video providers a video transcoding service with broadcast-grade features, allowing for easy creation of video-on-demand (VOD) content for broadcast and multiscreen delivery at scale. AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service and works in combination with AWS Elemental MediaPackage for content origination, just-in-time packaging, and encryption.

AWS Elemental solutions used with Interra Systems’ BATON® QC and ORION™-OTT monitoring solutions enable end-to-end video quality assurance by providing comprehensive QoS and QoE measurements. ORION-OTT is a complete monitoring solution that checks content integrity and related network performance of adaptive bitrate content. The solution also supports passive monitoring of the origin server performance and the service on end-user devices to understand recurrent issues and their causes.

BATON is a premium, next-generation hybrid QC platform available both on-premises and in the cloud, which supports a wide range of media formats and offers comprehensive quality checks, including extensive data verification, audio language detection, PSE correction, and loudness detection and correction. BATON’s powerful Media Player for frame-accurate review, rich QC analytics, and smart workflow tools are designed for the industry’s leading video providers. BATON’s scalable architecture lets users expand their BATON set up as their QC needs grow, offering solutions designed to improve business continuity even if some of the hardware components break down.

 

La Télé Chooses Harmonic Playout Solution for Rock-Solid Reliability and Maximum Workflow Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, today announced that La Télé, a broadcast news channel based in Switzerland, has deployed a comprehensive live and scheduled playout solution that leverages the power of Harmonic’s Spectrum™ X media server and Polaris™ Play automation to control scheduled playout operations and Aveco automation for live news coverage. Featuring powerful playout, news production and channel-in-a-box (CiaB) capabilities, the solution increases workflow efficiency and reliability for the delivery of high-quality live and recorded HD video, enabling La Télé to deliver a rich on-air presentation to its viewers.

“Recently, we decided to upgrade our playout workflow. Having a powerful media server at the heart of our operations was a top priority,” said Francois Vittoz, technical director at La Télé. “Harmonic offers the most critical component for any playout system — rock-solid reliability, along with extensive deployment experience and a stellar reputation in powering leading news channels. The Spectrum X media server simplifies our workflow, saving us money and allowing us to deliver higher quality branded programming to consumers.”

La Télé is using Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server and Polaris Play automation system integrated with a Chyro™ traffic system and IMC Technologies Incite MAM software to ensure uninterrupted execution of the playlist and optimal playout of local news and events, including playlists, on-air graphics and subtitles. Combining file and live ingest with comprehensive integrated channel playout capabilities, Harmonic’s Spectrum X system lowers La Télé’s capital and operational costs. IMC Technologies provided supplier and integration services, ensuring a quick and seamless deployment.

During live events, video is recorded on the Spectrum X media server. The Aveco ASTRA automation system takes control of the Spectrum X media server and a Caspar CG system, allowing La Télé to brand its live programming with custom graphics. The Aveco automation system is also integrated with the Incite MAM and a newsroom computer system (NRCS) from Octopus to further ensure flawless playout of live news and events.

“La Télé wanted a faster workflow, and upgrading its media asset management solution was a great way to achieve that,” said Georges Nakhlé managing director at IMC Technologies. “We designed and integrated a complete system for the channel that includes a simple traffic system and a robust media server.”

“Our Spectrum X media server features high availability, making it ideal for a local news organization like La Télé, where it’s important to get on-air quickly,” said Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic. “Being embedded in the Spectrum X server core software, Polaris Play enables seamless integration with the Chyro traffic system to ensure uninterrupted execution of the playlist. By supporting fixed and open-ended live events, Harmonic’s end-to-end playout solution provides maximum flexibility for fast-changing news environments.”

 

AVIWEST (TVB Europe)

The television world is changing. Today, viewers expect high-quality video on a wide range of devices and platforms,
including social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to coverage of breaking news and live events, broadcasters need to work as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible to distribute video to these platforms and devices before the competition while also ensuring exceptional picture quality at
low bitrates.

Traditionally, TV channels needed multiple systems for transmission, encoding, decoding, etc. Not only was this
expensive, it also meant that news crews would have to transport the equipment in OB vans or in some cases carry the equipment in the field. However, recent solutions have emerged that combine those capabilities into a single, compact package. Thisnot only saves broadcasters money but also speeds up the delivery
of live news.

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Harmonic (Broadcast & CableSat)

Asia-Pacific OTT revenues from TV episodes and movies will reach  USD 24.41 billion in 2022; triple the  USD 8.27 billion recorded in 2016, according to the latest Research and Markets report. Pay-TV operators in the Asia-Pacific market have an incredible opportunity to boost monetization through the delivery of OTT services. At Harmonic, we expect video quality of experience (QoE) to become a differentiator for OTT service providers in 2018.

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Orange Moldova Launches New TV Offering With Viaccess-Orca Adaptive Sentinel CAS

Viaccess-Orca, a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange Moldova has launched a new convergent TV offering (TV + Internet + mobile) using Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel Conditional Access System (CAS) along with set-top boxes (STBs) from Hi-Global Technology and CI+ modules from Neotion. Following the recent acquisition of Moldova’s leading cable operator, Sun Communications, Orange needed a cost-effective and streamlined way to expand its service portfolio to include fixed internet and pay-TV subscriptions. Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel CAS fulfills those requirements, ensuring secure distribution and a fast time-to-market for Orange Moldova’s new unified TV offering.

“Our goal with acquiring Sun Communications was to offer our customers more than just mobile services. Since launching our new converged TV service, our mobile customers have access to our offering of 171 channels, 26 of which are in HD,” said Ludmila Nistorica, Chief Marketing Officer at Orange Moldova. “Working with Viaccess-Orca and our CPE partners greatly expedited this process, helping us to quickly enter the pay-TV market and launch innovative new services, including convergent offerings, for an unmatched user experience. Ultimately, this partnership strengthens our leadership in the market.”

Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel CAS supports the simultaneous use of both card and cardless technologies on the same head-end and on the terminal side, providing Orange Moldova with a truly unified solution. Cardless security enables fast and cost-effective launch of new services, giving Orange Moldova the flexibility and dynamicity to manage their subscriber base, while allowing seamless transition to card-based technologies to expand services and security. Based on the highest standards of chipset and smartcard security, Adaptive Sentinel is pre-integrated with Hi-Global Technology middleware, further speeding up time-to-market for next-gen TV offerings.

“As the only seamless end-to-end card and cardless CAS solution on the market, Adaptive Sentinel is the best choice for Orange Moldova, in terms of guaranteeing high flexibility, short time-to-market, and ROI,” said Chem Assayag, EVP Marketing & Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “Our CAS solution, combined with Hi-Global Technology’s STB and Neotion CI+ module, puts Orange Moldova in a great position to increase their subscriber base and profitability, while meeting the strict security requirements for premium content.”

 

MX1 Highlights Satellite Distribution, Channel Playout, and Digital Media Services at CABSAT 2018

MX1, a global solutions provider of media services, will highlight the scope of its traditional satellite uplink services at CABSAT 2018, Jan. 14-16 in Dubai. With a strong presence in the Middle East and reliable ground capabilities for regional and global reach via satellite, fibre, and IP, MX1 enables broadcasters and pay-TV providers in the region to expand their reach, dramatically simplify video distribution, and accelerate monetisation.

Satellite uplink services are vitally important in the region, and MX1 continues to be a leader in content delivery via SES and Nilesat platforms, operating on E7WA at 7.3 West and E8WB at 8.0 West, reaching an audience of more than 52 million viewers. In addition to showing these capabilities, MX1 will highlight its access to Hot Bird, Galaxy 19, Asiasat 5, Optus D2, Hispasat 5, SES-5, SES-6, and NSS-12 for truly global distribution beyond the region.

MX1 will also showcase its impressive range of playout facilities and capabilities from entry-level to fully managed applications in both SD and HD. MX1’s playout services support IP transport and delivery to single and multiple satellite, cable, or distribution platforms and headends. Relying on MX1’s extensive playout services, content providers can distribute point to point, point to multipoint, single screen to multiscreen, and to smart devices and tablets around the globe. A key highlight will be MX1’s remote cloud-based managed playout functionalities, which provide a cost-effective solution for the playout and localization of SD, HD, and UHD sports channels. By embracing MX1 cloud-based playout, content providers can create new sports channels rapidly, with full operator control over content and graphics.

“MX1 is a major player in the MENA market, with established customers and a solid infrastructure backbone. Thanks to our close relationship with SES and other major satellite operators in the market, we are providing truly global reach via satellite, fibre, and IP,” said Fadi Gharbieh, vice president of sales MENA at MX1. “At CABSAT, we will address the latest trends in the region, including the need for reliable satellite uplink services; efficient, fully managed playout; and an end-to-end platform for OTT distribution. With MX1’s services and solutions, broadcasters and service providers can deliver content — including 4K and UHD content — to every screen faster, at a lower cost, and with more advanced capabilities than their competitors.”

Harmonic Improves OTT Delivery With Expanded Media Orchestration Workflow Capabilities

At IBC2017, Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, today announced expanded media processing and delivery workflow capabilities for its VOS™ media processing platform to simplify OTT delivery. New workflow orchestration and delivery functionalities, including streamlined content capture, UHD support, personalized ad insertion, and multi-cloud support, are available for VOS Cloud media processing software and VOS 360 managed services. Harmonic has also launched a new stand-alone media origin workflow offering from the VOS platform. Together, these enhancements advance the distribution of OTT content, enabling video content and service providers to deliver crystal-clear video quality on every screen.

“The global OTT video market is experiencing explosive growth, according to Digital TV Research, with revenues expected to reach $64.8 billion by 2021. The latest enhancements to Harmonic’s VOS cloud-native solutions allow video content and service providers to capitalize on those revenue opportunities,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products at Harmonic. “At IBC2017, we are excited to demonstrate a range of improvements to our OTT solutions portfolio. By enhancing the capabilities of OTT workflows, from acquisition to delivery, Harmonic is enabling better video experiences for consumers and accelerating the time to market for new must-have services.”

The VOS media processing platform offers best-in-class video compression and optimization for OTT, enhanced time-shifted TV capabilities and new streamlined content capture, including support for MXF and MPEG-2 transport stream files, with asset acquisition from local and cloud storage. The solutions also provide a leap forward in QoE for OTT services through newly added UHD encoding and streaming support.

Harmonic’s VOS media processing platform enables dynamic ad insertion for live and VOD OTT streams to increase OTT monetization. Through this capability, ads can be made more relevant to the viewer through hyper-targeting, resulting in increased revenues for OTT operators.

To provide true infrastructure independence, maximum reliability and cost-effectiveness, the VOS offerings allow video content and service providers to deliver OTT services from multiple public cloud platforms, such as AWS and Google Cloud, simultaneously.

As video content and service providers look to speed up time to market for OTT offerings, origin solutions are key to the workflow. The new stand-alone version of the media origin workflow in VOS software enables pay-TV operators to seamlessly upgrade their infrastructure to publish and originate live, time-shift TV and VOD OTT streams to an onsite CDN, directly to cache servers, or to third-party CDN services. This solution supports fMP4 version HLS through the use of CMAF media fragments, enabling operators to simplify the delivery of OTT services as well as target new UHD OTT devices.

Harmonic will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its OTT solutions portfolio at stand 1.B20 at IBC2017 in Amsterdam, Sept. 15-19. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s products is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

 

WORK Microwave Partners With C2m Solutions to Improve QoS and QoE for Satellite Services

WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced a new partnership with C2m Solutions that allows satellite and other content operators to check the quality of video and audio streams in real time, even at the individual transmission stage. Integration between WORK Microwave’s AT-60 media modulator and the LiveTSAFT monitoring probe from C2m Solutions enables operators to receive alerts on events happening on each multiplex, without the need for separate probe equipment per multiplex. Integrating the probe inside the modulator optimizes space, energy consumption, and cooling requirements, while enabling satellite operators to deliver a superior quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) to viewers.

“C2m Solutions has grown successfully over the last few years, delivering state-of-the-art software probes, as standalone products, to customers including the top 10 operators in France and Europe. We are always looking for new ways to improve our technology and match the requirements of customers, and this collaboration with WORK Microwave is the perfect opportunity to do that,” said JF Jézéquel, co-president at C2m Solutions. “We selected WORK Microwave as our technology partner due to their well-known RF quality and strong footprint in the TV industry.’’

Today, it is critical that satellite operators have the ability to instantaneously validate the integrity of transmission, signaling, metadata, and content as well as audio track issues. Failure to identify and diagnose broadcast transmission issues typically results in poor QoE ratings for viewers, which can lead to churn, penalties stipulated in B2B carriage contracts, and loss of advertising revenues. Integrating a probe directly into the modulator helps operators ensure that the quality of the signal is correct at the output of the modulator, simplifying management of complex routing scenarios in teleports or large uplink stations.

C2m Solutions’ LiveTSAFT is a software-based analysis and error-detection probe that monitors MPEG-2 transport streams in real time. Using the probe, satellite operators can effectively manage QoE and QoS at every critical point of the IP network, analyzing all aspects of the stream, from the actual bandwidth per service to the presence of subtitles, multilanguage audio, different DVB tables, black screen, and more. The probe sends information that is stored in a database, giving operators the ability to calculate reports and statistics on the global quality of their service. Operators are alerted about video and audio issues in real time and can determine, through a centralized user interface, where the error exists and correct it as soon as possible.

WORK Microwave’s AT-60 modulator is part of the company’s A-Series modem platform, which provides a flexible DVB-S2X all-IP infrastructure. The AT-60 can be operated for both networking and streaming. A flexible license model for the AT-60 allows cost-effective operation in various transmission applications such as video contribution and distribution, VSAT hubs, and DTH uplinks.

“Today, consumers are more and more aware of the technical video quality of the programs they watch. For operators, it is necessary to monitor this quality and correct defects as quickly as possible,” said Joerg Rockstroh, director, digital products at WORK Microwave. “The benefit of this partnership is that we are able to provide satellite operators with a unified solution for satellite modulation, video and audio analytics, and error detection to boost QoE.”

C2m will demonstrate its solutions at IBC2017, Sept. 15-19 in Amsterdam at stand 2.B39.

WORK Microwave will demonstrate its AT-60 modulator at IBC2017 at stand 5.A77.