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.

Harmonic Awarded Patent for Efficient Cloud-Based Video Processing

Innovative New Technology from Harmonic Lowers Operating Costs for Video Processing

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has been awarded Patent Number 10,104,405 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the invention titled “Dynamic Allocation of CPU Cycles in Video Stream Processing.” The patent defines innovative technology that dynamically adjusts CPU cycles for cloud-based video processing based on video complexity information. With this latest patent, Harmonic continues to lead the video industry’s transformation to the cloud. 

“This patent illustrates our commitment to innovation and to bringing new efficiencies and economic benefits to the entire video delivery workflow,” said Patrick Harshman, president and chief executive officer of Harmonic. “Receiving this patent award reinforces Harmonic’s leadership in cloud- and SaaS-centric video delivery and strengthens our customers’ abilities to efficiently create high-quality revenue-generating services, including live and UHD offerings, for their subscribers.”

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

DVB Selects 202 Communications to Manage Media Relations and Content Marketing

DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, today announced it has selected 202 Communications as its exclusive media relations and content marketing agency.

“DVB recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at IBC2018, and is now focusing on the challenges facing the digital media and broadcast industries in the future, including creating its DVB-I specification to support OTT content delivery, and how it can contribute to the upcoming 5G rollout,” said Eva Markvoort, head of the DVB Project Office. “Having 202 Communications in charge of media relations and marketing activities will help us gain momentum and maximize visibility as we push to simplify the delivery of high-quality content to every screen. One of the agency’s initial roles will be coordinating media partnerships for DVB World 2019 in Dublin, an annual event that always draws hundreds of key industry stakeholders.”

“DVB leads the digital broadcasting environment with thousands of broadcast services around the world using DVB specifications and more than a billion DVB receivers shipped globally,” said Neil Howman, managing director at 202 Communications. “We look forward to strengthening DVB’s relationships with the media and boosting overall global visibility of its activities.”

DVB specifications cover all aspects of digital television, from transmission through interfacing; conditional access; and interactivity for digital video, audio, and data. The group’s annual conference, DVB World 2019, will take place March 11-13 in Dublin’s iconic Croke Park, with presentations on hot topics such as 5G, OTT, DVB-I, and HbbTV.

More information on DVB World 2019 can be found at www.dvbworld.org.

More information on DVB can be found at www.dvb.org.

Thai PBS Broadcasts Live News Coverage of Cave Rescue Operation Thanks to AVIWEST Contribution Solution

Simple to Use, Mobile, and Compact, AVIWEST’s Solution Ensures Exceptional Signal Quality, Even in Areas With Limited Network Connectivity

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) deployed AVIWEST’s RACK180 hybrid contribution video encoder, StreamHub transceivers, and QUAD wideband antennas to improve video quality and lower distribution costs for live, breaking news. The broadcaster used AVIWEST’s solution for live coverage of the recent high-profile rescue operation involving a youth football team trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. AVIWEST’s solution was the first wireless camera unit on location, enabling TPBS to broadcast live HD video of the incident over bonded 4G wireless networks, while maintaining exceptional signal quality.

“Since the Tham Luang cave is located in a remote area of Thailand, TPBS needed broadcast equipment capable of streaming live high-quality images from an area that lacks strong network connections,” said Suchet Mahapruekpong, VP of sales and marketing at Strong Brothers 1961, AVIWEST’s partner in Thailand. “AVIWEST’s solution offered the TPBS team greater flexibility in the field. It allowed them to utilize affordable cellular networks to deliver real-time coverage of this epic news event to viewers watching across the world, in a smoother and faster way than traditional broadcast equipment.”

Thanks to AVIWEST SafeStreams technology and an intelligent bonding stack featured in the RACK180 encoder and QUAD Antenna wideband cellular antenna arrays, TPBS can successfully stream live footage of news events, even when network conditions are limited. AVIWEST’s solution resides in the broadcaster’s digital cellular newsgathering van, which was designed by Strong Brothers 1961. Housed in a compact, 1RU rackmount chassis, the RACK180 offers easy integration into newsgathering vehicles.

The RACK180 contribution encoder includes a robust combination of hardware and software, including eight 3G/4G internal modems and two USB interfaces, a built-in Wi-Fi modem, and eight MCX antenna connectors that are used with the QUAD wideband antenna arrays to strengthen the broadcaster’s signal transmission. AVIWEST’s StreamHub enables reception of multiple concurrent incoming streams from the RACK180 and other streaming equipment in a way that is simple and intuitive.

“Our equipment is deployed by a number of leading broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region for breaking news and live events coverage,” said Frédéric Parbey, VP Sales APAC at AVIWEST. “As broadcasters look to deploy a digital mobile newsgathering system with high reliability, unparalleled mobility, and low power consumption, AVIWEST offers all of this and more, enabling TPBS to deliver superior video quality at reduced OPEX and CAPEX.”

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