LMT Picks Harmonic to Improve 4G Bandwidth Efficiency for its Live OTT Service

Harmonic’s EyeQ™ Content-Aware-Encoding Provides LMT’s 4G OTT TV Service with Exceptional Quality of Experience

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that LMT, the leading mobile telecommunications operator in Latvia and the first in the world to introduce Smart TV delivery over a mobile network, has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ™ content-aware encoding solution for its live OTT service, delivered to TVs via 4G set-top boxes. Using Harmonic’s award-winning EyeQ technology, LMT can deliver a consistent, superior video experience for live channels to TVs, with up to a 40 percent reduction in bandwidth and without having to perform a massive infrastructure upgrade. Harmonic’s reseller Hannu Pro ensured a smooth deployment at every stage of the project.

“Live events, which can incur a significant peak in viewers especially for TV applications, put considerable stress on our mobile network,” said Edgars Gončars, head of TV at LMT. “Harmonic’s EyeQ solution allows us to offer the best video experience to subscribers while reducing the amount of bandwidth we need and lowering our delivery costs, while increasing the quality of experience. With EyeQ, we have the ability to scale up during popular live events and deliver pristine video quality, which is a critical factor for our continued business growth.”

EyeQ encoding ensures that LMT’s subscribers can watch exceptional HD video quality on 4G-enabled TVs — even when networks are constrained. At the heart of Harmonic’s Electra® video processing system, the EyeQ solution provides LMT with significant opex and capex savings, reducing video traffic by up to 40 percent. With the capability to be deployed within any ecosystem, including appliances, virtual machines, cloud and SaaS, EyeQ content-aware encoding is a flexible choice for OTT service providers like LMT.

“LMT has one of the most efficient mobile networks and high-quality OTT offerings on the market, and that’s in part thanks to its forward-thinking technology strategy,” said Ian Graham, senior vice president of international sales and video services at Harmonic. “Since LMT’s OTT service is sent to TVs, the operator needed a high-quality delivery solution that could scale. Our EyeQ solution will ensure that LMT’s subscribers never miss a moment of exciting content due to bandwidth limitation or video-quality issues.”

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

Broadpeak Business Grows in the APAC Region, Kenth Andersson Appointed Director of Sales

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it is expanding its Asia-Pacific (APAC) office and has appointed Kenth Andersson as its new director of sales. Over the past year, Broadpeak has experienced strong business growth in the region thanks to widespread deployments of the company’s innovative multicast ABR, CDN, Android TV, multiscreen for satellite, and local cache solutions. In response to that growth, Broadpeak is currently hiring additional operational and support personnel at its Singapore location.

“Kenth has a true passion for sales that drives growth and enables technology companies to achieve outstanding results,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Our customers are facing a variety of content delivery challenges, from improving video quality to increasing scalability and lowering opex. With Kenth integrating our APAC sales team, Broadpeak can better support the content delivery needs of operators and service providers.”

In his new role at Broadpeak, Andersson will be responsible for orchestrating sales strategies and increasing revenue by assisting APAC customers with deployments of the company’s CDN, nanoCDN™ multicast ABR, BroadCache Box local video caching, and analytics solutions.

Andersson brings extensive experience from international companies in the media and telecommunications industries to Broadpeak’s executive team. Prior to working at Broadpeak, he was the vice president of sales and head of APAC at Net Insight. Andersson has also held leadership sales and engineering roles at Cavena Image Products and Digital Vision, respectively.

“As the first company to have deployed multicast ABR technology, Broadpeak is a forward-thinking company with fresh ideas and innovative solutions,” said Andersson. “I look forward to bringing a dynamic, solutions-focused sales approach to the Broadpeak team, along with world-class customer service.”

More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Discovery Deutschland Continues to Rely on MX1 for Managed Playout Services and More

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that Discovery Deutschland, a TV and digital media broadcast station based in Munich, Germany, has extended its partnership with MX1 for fully managed playout and content management services.

Under the terms of the contract extension, MX1 will continue to fully manage playout and media asset management tasks for Discovery Deutschland’s SD and HD channels. The channels include TLC, DMAX, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Shop 300 in Germany, as well as DMAX Austria in SD. Additionally, since Jan. 1, 2019, a new channel, TLC Austria, is now distributed over SES’s ASTRA 1N satellite at its prime orbital location of 19.2° East, reaching over 118 million TV homes across Europe.

Discovery Deutschland is using MX1 360, a unified media platform, to manage and deliver all linear and nonlinear content. Once the ready-to-air programme files are delivered by Discovery, MX1 360 brings together the full range of media services, enabling the broadcaster to manage and deliver their content from a single interface to any broadcast, platform.

“Our playout operations are very complex, especially with regards to demanding graphics and commercial requests,” said Alberto Horta, deputy general manager, GSA, of Discovery Deutschland. “With MX1, we have a reliable partner that offers the quality and service level we need to ensure smooth playout operations and content management for all of our channels, including the all-new TLC Austria channel in Austria.”

“We are pleased to have gained the trust and continued business of Discovery Deutschland,” said Christoph Mühleib, managing director, Astra Deutschland, responsible for marketing and sales of Astra and MX1 in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. “By choosing us as its service partner for seven channels and trusting us to deliver the new TLC Austria channel via Astra satellite in Austria, Discovery Deutschland provides further validation to the exceptional reach, playout, and content management services we provide.”

AVIWEST Announces 20 Percent Growth in 2018

Thanks to a New HEVC Range of Digital Newsgathering Solutions, AVIWEST’s Purchase Orders Have Soared

SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, France — Jan. 31, 2019 — AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, announced today that the company saw a 20 percent acceleration in purchase order growth in 2018. In response, AVIWEST will be expanding across the United States, Europe, and India, with new engineering positions currently open in the company’s R&D, support and pre-sales, and sales departments.

Last year, AVIWEST launched a new HEVC digital newsgathering range that includes the AIR Series ultra-compact mobile transmitter, PRO3 Series camera-mounted mobile transmitter, HE4000 4K and multi-HD video contribution encoder, and a new version of the StreamHub transceiver. The company’s solutions have been successfully deployed by media professionals around the world and honored with numerous industry awards, including a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award, for providing exceptional mobility, agility, high performance, and superior video quality with low latency.

Additionally, in 2018, AVIWEST opened new sales and services offices in Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Santiago, Chile, a further testament to its rapid business growth and dedication to meeting the needs of customers around the world.

“Today’s video professionals need powerful, versatile, and reliable live video contribution solutions that enable them to meet the craziest production requirements while lowering their operational costs,” said Erwan Gasc, CEO, AVIWEST. “The significant growth we’ve achieved is a direct reflection of our patented SafeStreams technology and our 10 years of expertise in developing innovative digital newsgathering solutions that fulfill the needs of today’s broadcasters.”

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at www.aviwest.com.

WORK Microwave Introduces World’s First Commercial V-Band Frequency Converters

Wideband Converters Cover the Complete Frequency Band Range From 47.20 to 51.40 GHz

WORK Microwave, a worldwide leading manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced the availability of the industry’s first V-Band frequency converters as a qualified product. The converters are available in various dimensions of outdoor housings and cover the full ITU uplink bandwidth range from 47.20 to 51.40 GHz, providing a full 4 GHz of bandwidth. As global consumption of bandwidth-intensive data and broadcast services increases, higher throughput satellites will be a requirement in the future. By offering V-Band-ready equipment, WORK Microwave is helping the satellite industry tackle this important challenge.

“Over the years, we have seen the industry move into new bands, from C- to Ku- and Ka-Band, in order to relieve pressure on available bandwidth. Now, it’s time to make use of the tremendous potential of future-forward technology like the V-Band,” said Matthias Stangl, director of analog satcom products at WORK Microwave. “Our V-Band converters set the benchmark for innovation thanks to a unique feature set and readiness to deploy in the real world. We are excited to lead this industry initiative and address the emerging commercial need for high-frequency Satcom equipment.”

Offering the first commercial delivery of V-Band converters validates WORK Microwave’s position as the industry’s leading provider of Satcom equipment. WORK Microwave’s converters offer unrivalled features and performance, including excellent phase noise, gain flatness, spurious response, group delay, and a multichannel architecture that allows wider coverage of each frequency band.

1Tennessee Selects Harmonic’s CableOS Solution to Deliver 1 Gig Broadband Offering Over DOCSIS 3.1

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that 1Tennessee, a broadband internet, TV and telecomm cooperative in Tennessee, has deployed Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution for DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 broadband service delivery. As the industry’s first fully virtualized Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), the CableOS solution enables 1Tennessee to cost-effectively deliver 1 gigabit internet speeds to its growing subscriber base today, while also creating a flexible foundation for further speed enhancements in the future.

“We’re always striving to deliver the fastest broadband speeds to our subscribers and looking for ways to bring the most value to our member-owners. Harmonic’s CableOS virtualized cable access solution fulfills both of those requirements for us,” said John Warmath, president and CEO at 1Tennessee. “Finding a cutting-edge cable access technology that will work with our existing plant while providing a cost-effective migration path to distributed R-PHY nodes was our top priority for this project. The CableOS solution greatly reduces the complexity of our network operations and met our tight deployment schedule for introducing next-generation gigabit services.”

1Tennessee’s architecture is powered by a centralized CableOS solution with a software-based CMTS core and dense PHY shelves located in remote facilities. Relying on COTS servers and switches, the CableOS solution enabled 1Tennessee to quickly launch a 1Gbps tier offering to its customers.

“Our CableOS offering offers the easiest path to DOCSIS 3.1 service delivery,” said Yaniv Ben-Soussan, vice president of sales, North America cable, at Harmonic. “As smaller sized operators like 1Tennessee look for ways to increase their broadband capacity, they can exploit a centralized virtualized CMTS Core connected to dense PHY shelves in multiple hubs to enable seamless transition to remote PHY nodes in the future.”

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

Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Technicolor, Bringing New Security Features to the Android TV Environment

VO’s DRM and Secure VO Player Fully Comply With Android TV Input Framework, Simplifying STB Integration

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has teamed up with Technicolor to simplify the delivery of Android TV experiences. VO’s DRM solution and its secure VO Player have been integrated on Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) from Technicolor in full compliance with the TV Input Framework (TIF). By making the plug-in for its DRM available in the media DRM format, VO ensures seamless integration into Android TV platforms and minimizes complexity for STB device manufacturers.

“Pay-TV operators are increasingly embracing the Android TV environment because of how immersive and engaging it is,” said Gaëtan Delcroix, Vice President, Video Product Unit at Technicolor. “The open and defined approach that VO has taken with its DRM solution significantly decreases integration costs for device manufacturers, enabling us to focus efforts on system on chip specificities and better meet the global demand for Android TV experiences.”

VO’s DRM and secure VO Player solutions have been integrated on Technicolor Sapphire STBs featuring an Android operating system and Broadcom 7271 chipset. Through universal integration of its DRM on Android TV devices, VO allows for de facto support of the various Android TV apps and players, including the VO Player. By combining Technicolor STBs, VO DRM, and the VO Player, pay-TV operators gain a fully integrated Android TV solution that is easy to deploy and that provides the highest security levels for premium video content protection. Thanks to a security renewal feature on VO’s DRM solution, operators don’t need to worry about compromised devices.

As part of its open approach to content security, VO provides its reference application code to all ecosystem partners.

Technicolor is leading the Android TV market worldwide. Technicolor STBs are certified for Android TV distribution with full DVB extensions, addressing both telco operators and broadcasters’ requirements.

“Thanks to this new partnership, operators can now take advantage of VO’s extensive portfolio of security services, such as digital rights management and security renewal, on Technicolor Android TV STBs,” said Chem Assayag, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “The end result is that viewers around the world can enjoy premium video content from Hollywood studios they desire on Android TV.”

At CES 2019, Jan. 8-11, in Las Vegas, VO and Technicolor will demonstrate a Technicolor Sapphire STB integrated with Android TV and VO’s DRM in Technicolor suites 30-315 and 30-317 at The Venetian.

Beeline Chooses Broadpeak Solutions for TV Everywhere Service

Highly Scalable, Software-Based and Bandwidth-Efficient, Broadpeak’s CDN Solutions Reduce Content Delivery Costs and Maximize QoE

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Beeline, one of the largest telecom operators in Russia, has selected Broadpeak to power its Beeline TV service. Using high-capacity CDN solutions from Broadpeak, Beeline can deliver high-quality live, VOD, catch-up and start-over TV content to a wide range of subscribers, through their set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile devices and the internet. Broadpeak’s video delivery solutions are completely software-based and highly scalable, making it easy for Beeline to accommodate traffic growth and deliver a high quality of experience (QoE) to subscribers.

“For huge networks like ours in Russia, delivering TV services to customers in scale is a serious challenge,” said Oleg Karadzhi, CTO of Media Business at Beeline Russia. “We need a scalable and elastic video delivery solution with a low total cost of ownership, and that’s why we have chosen Broadpeak as our solutions provider. Our decision was based on Broadpeak’s extensive video streaming deployment experience and software-based approach to video distribution, all of which help to significantly reduce delivery costs while ensuring a superior QoE for Beeline TV subscribers.”

Beeline is relying on Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator and BkS400 cache servers, deployed in various points of presence (PoPs) to ensure high-quality video streams for all subscribers across Russia on national and local channels. With Broadpeak’s BkA100 video delivery analytics, Beeline can gather data about video delivery, monitor quality, generate statistics about content popularity, and provide feedback on what is going on at the servers, network, and player levels.

“Beeline is delivering a world-class QoE for its TV service, and we are proud to work with them on this successful deployment,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “Thanks to the high flexibility and scalability of Broadpeak’s software solutions, combined with strong collaboration between technology provider and operator, Beeline is poised to support unlimited traffic growth and deliver exceptional television experiences without making a significant infrastructure investment.”

More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Viaccess-Orca Selected by Guigo TV in Brazil to Power Its Live OTT Service

VO’s Cloud TV Platform, DRM, and App Solutions Ensure Secure Delivery of Live Content, Including Sports Events

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Brazil’s Guigo TV is launching a new OTT offering powered by VO’s TVaaS cloud-based TV platform, VO’s DRM solution, and VO’s applications. Using VO’s end-to-end, fully managed, and cloud-based TV service solution, Guigo TV can securely deliver live channels, including ethnic, finance, kids, fashion, and sports content, to subscribers on every screen.

“As the operator of Brazil’s first and only OTT subscription service with live television channels, we are setting a new precedent for superior TV Everywhere experiences,” said Renato Svirsky, Director at Guigo TV. “We chose VO’s end-to-end TV platform because it is flexible and cost-effective, speeding up the time to market for our new service. Hosting our offering on the cloud will allow us to seamlessly add features in the future, as we continue to enhance the streaming experience for customers.”

VO’s TVaaS platform provides Guigo TV with a complete solution for secure OTT delivery, including applications for smartphones, tablets, and computers. Being a fully managed and cloud-based video service delivery platform, TVaaS will allow Guigo TV to quickly monetize its new OTT service and provide the highest protection for its content offering.

“Guigo TV’s OTT service is raising the bar for streaming experiences in Brazil, and we are excited to play a pivotal role in this project,” said Carlos Ramos, Vice President of Sales, Americas, at Viaccess-Orca. “Our cloud TV platform, DRM, and app solutions not only streamline OTT content delivery, they make premium content more accessible to viewers, providing operators with the foundation for a successful streaming service.”

Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers DOCSIS 3.1 Upgrade and New Gigabit Data Service for Hilliary Communications

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Hilliary Communications, a leading provider of broadband, digital cable TV and telephone services in Oklahoma, has deployed Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 and create a new 1 Gigabit service tier, while overcoming the space, power and operational complexity constraints associated with the previously deployed legacy hardware solution. The industry’s first fully virtualized Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS provides Hilliary Communications with a flexible, scalable and cost-effective cable access solution that enables delivery of cutting-edge internet and streaming video services.

“To cost-effectively grow our service offering and fully exploit the power of broadband, we needed the ability to support DOCSIS 3.1, as well as legacy DOCSIS 2.0,” said Mike Rowell, director of operations at Hilliary Communications. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution features incredible scalability, allowing us to increase broadband capacity and launch new features easily, with the flexibility to deploy R-PHY in the future.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution centralizes the CMTS software core on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers at Hilliary Communications’ main headend site, while locating simple, compact and power-efficient PHY shelves in remote hub facilities. This innovative architecture enables Hilliary Communications to significantly reduce operating costs, while enhancing today’s service and creating flexibility to further scale bandwidth and customer footprint as its business grows.

“Our CableOS solution has created a ground-breaking new approach to cable access, dramatically improving scalability, agility and operational savings for any operator looking to move to DOCSIS 3.1 or introduce new gigabit services,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “Looking ahead, CableOS also simplifies the migration to a fiber-deep network, which can further unlock new areas of business growth for Hilliary Communications.”

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