Speedcast Strengthens Team With Appointment of Barrie Woolston as Senior Vice President

Experienced Executive Hired to Lead Media and Broadcast Sector

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions, announced today that Barrie Woolston has been appointed senior vice president of the company’s Media and Broadcast team. In his new role at Speedcast, Woolston will help broadcasters and media companies navigate the complexities of global content distribution and the emerging trend toward IP and cloud-based services using the company’s scalable global infrastructure that consists of satellite, fiber, and cellular networks.

“Barrie has a solid track record for driving business growth in the media sector,” said Erwan Emilian, executive vice president, enterprise and emerging markets at Speedcast. “Over the last three decades, Barrie has worked with major broadcasters and platforms around the world. His understanding of the complex challenges our customers face, combined with the relationships he’s solidified with broadcasters, will help to increase Speedcast’s standing as the most extensive provider of global connectivity.”

Woolston has 30 years of experience in the technology, media, and telecom sectors, with a particular focus on managing customer relationships and driving new business. Before working at Speedcast, Woolston was the chief commercial officer at AsiaSat and the commercial director at Arqiva. Throughout the years, he has gained a strong understanding of DTH, OTT, satellite, and digital media technologies.

“The media industry is going through a dynamic period of change as disruptive business models and technologies impact broadcasters and content owners around the world. With its global scale in people and infrastructure married to our proven robust service culture, Speedcast is in a unique position to help the media industry navigate the challenges of the future,” said Woolston. “Speedcast has continually demonstrated a forward-thinking approach to sectors impacted by technology challenges by developing strong customer relationships and innovative technical solutions, and we will bring a much-needed new approach to an industry that touches everyone’s life on a daily basis.”

Speedcast recently announced that it expanded the capabilities of Speedcast Media Network to support the growing industry requirement for multiplatform, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint live and linear digital video delivery anywhere in the world. As content rights owners and pay-TV operators make more content available on every screen globally, and with nearly 90 percent of U.S. and EMEA broadcasters expected to adopt IP and cloud technologies over the next few years according to IABM, Speedcast Media Network enables increased efficiency and agility for supporting “video everywhere” models for any size media organization.

For more information about Speedcast’s capabilities, please contact marketing@speedcast.com.

Triveni Digital Wins NAB Show Product of the Year Award for StreamScope XM Verifier ATSC 3.0 Solution

Triveni Digital today announced that its StreamScope® XM Verifier ATSC 3.0 verification software was a Best New Hardware Infrastructure Technology winner at the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards. Honoring innovative new products, the award program recognized the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

“The 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new in media, entertainment, and technology,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president of conventions and business operations at NAB. “Triveni Digital stood out at the show for its innovative approach to answering the critical need for service assurance equipment in the ATSC 3.0 era.”

Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Verifier software allows broadcasters to verify video, audio, and metadata service quality assurance metrics in ATSC 3.0 environments. Using StreamScope XM Verifier, stations can receive, verify, and record ATSC 3.0 broadcast streams with RF and IP inputs. Protocols such as ROUTE, MMTP, and STLTP are supported. Additionally, users can record and manage PCAP files for playback. StreamScope XM Verifier allows broadcast television station engineers and field staff to get a quick, comprehensive view of multiple ATSC 3.0 services, bringing convenience, affordability, and flexibility to next-generation broadcast television operations.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized with the NAB Show Product of the Year Award at this crucial moment in broadcast television history,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “As ATSC 3.0 deployments continue, our StreamScope XM Verifier software is helping broadcasters handle the complexities of the new broadcast ecosystem, mitigating errors that can degrade audio and video quality or interrupt services, to ensure the best quality of service.”

NAB Show Product of the Year Award winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in 16 categories and announced at an awards ceremony and cocktail reception at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on April 10. To be eligible for an award, nominated products and technologies needed to be on display at the 2019 NAB Show for the first time and available for delivery in 2019.

More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.

Interra Systems Expands Dolby Partnership, Adding Support for Dolby Vision to BATON QC Platform

Thanks to the New Partnership, OTT Video Providers Can Deliver Better-Quality HDR Experiences Across All Screens

Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced an extension to the company’s partnership with Dolby. Interra Systems’ BATON file-based quality control (QC) platform has now been integrated with Dolby Vision®, a next-generation standard that delivers superior high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) viewing experiences. BATON already supports Dolby Atmos®, an audio format for creating and playing back multichannel movie soundtracks for three-dimensional effect.

Dolby Vision transforms entertainment experiences with ultra-vivid picture quality — incredible brightness, contrast, color, and detail that bring entertainment to life before viewers’ eyes. With support for Dolby Vision, BATON can now decode and apply the metadata contained in Dolby Vision streams. This enables OTT video service providers to unlock new functionalities such as the ability to check for conformance against Dolby Vision, decoding of Dolby Vision content, and checking for the presence of Dolby Vision metadata. Dolby Atmos transports consumers from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with moving audio — sound that fills the room and flows all around with breathtaking realism to create a powerful entertainment experience.

As the industry’s leading QC platform, BATON enables service providers to perform comprehensive video, audio, and closed caption checks. Featuring a flexible and scalable architecture, BATON is perfect for OTT providers that are looking to grow their video streaming service, improve efficiencies, and provide exceptional audio-video quality on every device.

“Interra Systems has always been very aggressive in adding support for Dolby technology in its QC tools,” said Vijeta Kashyap, vice president of operations at Interra Systems. “This latest expansion of our partnership will enable customers to perform QC and analyze Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos streams in production and delivery workflows, expediting the time to market of high-quality HDR content. With the fast adoption of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on devices such as TVs and smartphones, supporting this new technology is a must for today’s OTT video providers if they want to deliver rich, immersive viewing experiences.”

More information about Interra Systems solutions can be found at www.interrasystems.com.

MX1 and Minerva Networks Power Next-Generation OTT TV Services

Seamless Integration of MX1’s OTT Services and Minerva Networks’ Online Video Platform Delivers Next-Generation OTT TV Services

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Minerva Networks, a leading online video platform (OVP) provider, to offer turnkey, subscription-based and ad-funded over-the-top (OTT) video services. The integration of Minerva’s market leading platform with MX1’s proven content management services and global delivery infrastructure will enable media companies, broadcasters, mobile service providers, ISPs, and pay TV operators worldwide to launch robust, flexible, and scalable OTT video services quickly and cost effectively. The companies will demonstrate their joint solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“In partnership with MX1, we are redefining the way large-scale OTT video services can be efficiently created, launched, and operated,” said Mauro Bonomi, CEO of Minerva Networks. “The combination of our management platform with MX1’s proven media processing services and delivery infrastructure provides a comprehensive solution for the delivery of engaging entertainment experiences on a variety of connected devices.”

Minerva’s OVP supports a broad set of video services including live TV, video-on-demand, personal video recording, catch-up TV, pause of live TV, and restart TV. Minerva’s platform also provides a rich set of analytics data that enable operators to optimize their video services in order to increase user engagement and retention. MX1 will manage all aspects of the OTT content workflow and service delivery, including operations and 24/7 monitoring.

“Consumers are looking for compelling services that allow them to enjoy a variety of live, time-shifted, and on-demand video content anywhere and on any screen. In partnership with Minerva, we have assembled a best-of-breed turnkey solution for operators to quickly and cost-effectively deploy next-generation multiscreen services,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “Our global OTT TV Cloud Service will enable broadcasters, media companies, and operators worldwide to better monetize their content.”

MX1 and Nowtilus Team Up to Empower Personalized and Ad-Funded TV

Seamless Integration Between MX1’s OTT Content Distribution and Online Video Platform with Nowtilus’ Server-Side Ad Insertion Technology Will Personalize the OTT TV Experience

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today a partnership with Nowtilus, a leading provider of ad delivery for targeted dynamic in-stream ad insertion. By working together, the companies are combining Nowtilus’ innovative server-side ad insertion (SSAI) solution with MX1’s global media services for broadcasters, TV networks, and OTT service providers. This will create an end-to-end solution bringing personalized TV and targeted advertising services to the big screens and mobile devices in broadcast-grade quality. The targeted and dynamic ad insertion solution will enable service providers to increase ad revenues with their live TV and VOD content. The companies will demonstrate the solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at the SES Booth SU1410.

“By partnering with MX1 we are transforming the way that broadcasters and video streaming platforms deliver personalised video and advertising, making this process infinitely more efficient and creating additional value for their content,” said Patrick Knippel, managing director at Nowtilus. “The combination of our cloud-native, server-side ad insertion technology and MX1’s proven services for content aggregation, management, playout, online video, and distribution provides a complete solution for a personalised TV with up to 4K clarity.”

Nowtilus’ SSAI solution manages the ad insertion process dynamically, allowing a bufferless transition between the video content and ad in a streaming environment. With MX1’s expertise in managing all aspects of 4K and OTT workflows, including monitoring and providing 24/7 support, TV channels can easily deliver personalised broadcast television experiences across all devices.

“The television experience is becoming more personal, and this partnership with Nowtilus sets a new standard for efficient delivery of targeted ads and content,” said Daniel Kiessling, senior product manager at MX1. “By integrating our world-class media services with Nowtilus’ SSAI solution, we’re ushering in a new video streaming experience that enables service providers to achieve a higher return on ad revenues.”

Harmonic at the 2019 NAB Show

Harmonic Video SaaS for Live Sports Streaming Gets INDYCAR Across the Finish Line Fast

Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS Features Usage-Based Pricing, Offering Flexibility and Elasticity for Efficient Live Sports Streaming

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the NTT IndyCar Series, the preeminent open-wheel series in North America, is using its VOS®360 SaaS for live sports streaming. Featuring a competitive, pay-per-use business model and flexible cloud-native media processing that covers the entire workflow — from ingest to playout, transcoding, packaging and origin server capabilities — Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to speedily deliver live coverage of auto races, cost-effectively and with exceptional video quality.

“It took less than five weeks to design, set up, test and deploy VOS360 SaaS for live streaming of NTT IndyCar Series races, which is incredibly fast compared with the industry norm for OTT deployments,” said Brad Lee, director of business solutions at Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR. “Using VOS360 media processing as a service, we can deliver exceptional video quality to any screen, which is a must for live sports events.”

With VOS360 SaaS, INDYCAR can scale the delivery of its OTT services based on actual needs – growing from a few terabytes per day up to petabytes when an NTT IndyCar Series race is on. The elastic usage-based pricing model of Harmonic’s Video SaaS solution guarantees there are no hidden costs, while the solution’s flexibility ensures that INDYCAR can launch new channels and services quickly without requiring a large upfront investment in equipment necessary for traditional hardware-based workflows.

“Our VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to be more agile and simplify its operations, all the while making viewers feel like they’re part of the live action by delivering high-quality in-car video and pit-crew audio during auto races,” said Eric Louvet, senior vice president, global sales and video services at Harmonic. “Harmonic provided INDYCAR with a high level of support, along with minimal operational overhead in terms of not having to invest in a physical infrastructure or ongoing maintenance costs. Those factors made this deployment quick and simple, while reducing media processing costs going forward.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its SaaS-based live sports streaming offerings at the 2019 NAB Show April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-IndyCar.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #2

PCCW Media Selects Harmonic SaaS for Unified Next-Gen IPTV and OTT Service Delivery

Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS Solution Enables Cloud Operations and Streamlines Content Preparation and Delivery

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that PCCW Media, a leading fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group of PCCW Limited based in Hong Kong, is using Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS for its Now TV, now Player and Now E services. By providing PCCW Media with a unified solution for IPTV and OTT content preparation and delivery, VOS Cluster cloud-native media processing software speeds up the time to market for new services. The Harmonic solution also assures a high-quality viewing experience on every screen for PCCW subscribers.

“We wanted to simplify the way we prepare and deliver video content for our IPTV and OTT platforms; but even more than that, we wanted a solution to help us migrate to new streaming formats and reduce our storage usage,” said Belinda Chan, Head of Technology at PCCW Media. “Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS transforms traditional video preparation and delivery architectures. Together with the company’s robust 24/7 support, the VOS Cluster SaaS meets all of our requirements for efficiency, agility and cost savings.”

PCCW Media is using Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS for a wide range of functionalities, including VOD transcoding, catch-up TV, live-to-VOD media processing, packaging and origin server capabilities. Unifying the entire media processing chain, from ingest through delivery, the cloud-native application allows PCCW Media to run simpler, leaner operations and offer innovative services with a short turnaround time.

“Being infrastructure independent and highly scalable, our VOS Cluster SaaS enables operators to act swiftly, launching new offerings in hours as opposed to months,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “The VOS Cluster solution is the X-factor behind PCCW Media’s Now TV, now Player and Now E services, reducing capex and opex unlike any other solution, while delivering a superior-quality viewing experience.”

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Harmonic will showcase its video SaaS offerings at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PCCW.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #3

Harmonic and Sony Partner to Demonstrate New SaaS Technology for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery at the 2019 NAB Show

Companies Demonstrate UHD, Time-Shift TV, Accelerated Channel Change and Robust OTA Services Using Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS and Sony ATSC 3.0 TV Software Innovations

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Sony Electronics today announced an innovative demonstration of advanced, hybrid ATSC 3.0 functionality that expands cloud services and enhances the end-consumer experience for ATSC 3.0 TVs. Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS delivers both the over-the-air (OTA) and the over-the-top (OTT) components of hybrid services that run on advanced TV software developed by Sony Electronics. At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate its unified solution with Sony Electronics, highlighting practical hybrid services use cases that are currently implemented at the Chicago 3.0 ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The implementation reflects both companies’ commitment to enabling the innovative capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and support for the successful deployment of hybrid ATSC 3.0 services.

“With ATSC 3.0, broadcasters are taking a giant step toward delivering the best of what over-the-air and over-the-top have to offer,” said Jason Clement, vice president of software development at Sony Electronics. “Our activity with Harmonic is already making a huge impact on the next generation of television, as evidenced by the Chicago 3.0 deployment. We continue to be enthusiastic about ATSC 3.0’s ability to deliver dynamic new viewing experiences for consumers.”

“The delivery of hybrid services is a breakthrough capability of ATSC 3.0 that combines the latest improvements in over-the-air TV with a more personalized experience for viewers,” said Kyle Walker, vice president, technology at Weigel. “Using Harmonic’s ATSC 3.0 SaaS and Sony Electronics’ innovation in the TV software, Weigel was able to launch hybrid services quickly and with minimal equipment at our Chicago 3.0 test station.”

The ATSC 3.0 technologies developed by Harmonic and Sony fully support the delivery of hybrid services, in which some components of the service are delivered over the air and some components are delivered over a broadband connection. Using DASH on both delivery paths provides the common layer that unifies broadcast and OTT, making it possible for broadcasters to implement hybrid services without reinventing an entire streaming ecosystem.

The advanced applications shown at the NAB Show will include occasional UHD with seamless adaptability based on bandwidth, time-shift TV with trick-play, catch-up and start-over requests served over broadband, accelerated channel change, and robust OTA delivery by combining broadcast and broadband. The demonstration’s broadband connection between Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS and Sony connected TVs illustrates how the companies’ innovations support the delivery of targeted content, including addressable advertising, allowing broadcasters to offer a more personalized user experience and open up new monetization opportunities.

“Collaborating with Sony — one of the biggest drivers of innovation in the media and entertainment industries — we are able to bring the promise of hybrid ATSC 3.0 television services to life using our award-winning VOS360 SaaS solution,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “A year ago we touched on the potential of ATSC 3.0 hybrid services, and we are excited to demonstrate an actual implementation that has successfully been deployed in the real world at this year’s NAB Show.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its ATSC 3.0 solutions for hybrid service delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Sony.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #4

Harmonic Simplifies OTT Delivery with New CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution Solution

Harmonic’s New Workflow Solution Enables Programmers to Efficiently Deliver Linear Channels Via the Cloud to OTT Distribution Partners

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today unveiled the new CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful new workflow supported by the company’s VOS®360 SaaS. The Primary Distribution solution streamlines the management and delivery of linear channels from programmers to their affiliates, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN, replacing the need for dedicated networking links and satellite transponders. Successfully deployed by a major U.S. broadcaster to deliver 200 broadcast affiliate feeds to virtual MVPDs, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution transforms the way programmers deliver linear feeds to their distribution partners.

“This is primary distribution for the new age,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business at Harmonic. “There are incredible revenue opportunities that broadcasters can take advantage of in the video streaming environment, but a major challenge is preparing and distributing OTT-ready local broadcast channels to affiliates. Combining our comprehensive understanding of the linear TV ecosystem with our expertise in cloud-based media processing, we are excited to introduce our SaaS Primary Distribution solution to help programmers meet the demand for linear content on connected screens.”

Based on a pay-as-you-grow business model, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution is simple and cost-effective. Using VOS360 SaaS, programmers can seamlessly aggregate channels, manage schedules and content rights, and distribute feeds including local and network programming, live sporting events and advertising in real time over the internet. VOS360 SaaS processes and prepares the feeds and distributes OTT-ready channels from the cloud to distribution partners worldwide. The solution also enables broadcasters to insert accurate metadata for rights management, blackouts and local ad insertion from the cloud, without requiring dedicated on-premises equipment and at little upfront cost.

Harmonic’s new Primary Distribution solution assures exceptional video quality. At the heart of VOS360 SaaS is Harmonic’s software-based media processing technologies that deliver industry-leading video quality at low bitrates and support a wide range of formats, codecs and encoding schemes, allowing broadcasters to deliver crystal-clear superior-quality video to affiliates for OTT services.

Harmonic will demonstrate the new Primary Distribution solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PrimaryDistribution.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #5

Harmonic Adds Microsoft Azure Support and Expands Partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS®360 SaaS

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced immediate availability of Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure with video content delivered by Akamai Media Delivery. This combined offering enables video content and service providers to adopt a more modern, agile and scalable media processing and delivery workflow that eliminates egress costs and extends global reach.

“Our VOS360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure, with Akamai as the delivery partner, gives media companies a combination of best-in-class services, helping them to quickly capitalize on the demand for high-quality video streaming,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development, Harmonic. “In particular, Azure’s global footprint provides us access to data centers wherever we have customers, perfectly aligning with Harmonic’s growing worldwide OTT business.”

“Consumers are demanding more content and flawless video on every screen, and the result is an increasing need for simple, scalable and reliable video streaming solutions,” said Bob DeHaven, worldwide general manager for media & communications, Microsoft. “VOS360 SaaS on Microsoft Azure, and delivered by Akamai CDN, is a hyper-scale, integrated platform built to deliver superior-quality video experiences to consumers everywhere.”

“The cloud ushered in a host of capabilities to help enable high-quality video streaming to global audiences, but that came with challenges. Akamai technology helps companies to more easily stream video at the highest possible quality across varying network conditions and device capabilities, reliably and on a global scale,” said Jon Alexander, senior director, media product management, Akamai. “Together with Harmonic and Microsoft, we help simplify media processing from a cloud infrastructure that is scalable and cost-effective, making this an attractive solution for our joint customers.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, allowing content and service providers to launch revenue-generating OTT services more rapidly than ever. Azure offers media companies an intelligent cloud service that unlocks creativity and collaboration, helps to bring content to market faster, and accelerates engagement and monetization. VOS360 SaaS will leverage Akamai’s global CDN for secure delivery of video content, providing unmatched customer service, analytics and continuous monitoring.

Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 SaaS at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810.Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Microsoft.docx

Telstra and Broadpeak Launch Innovative Device Detection and LTE-Broadcast/HEVC Enabling Solution for Mobile and Fixed Networks

Based on Device Detection, the New Solution Utilizes CDN Selection, Real-Time Analytics, and Mobile App SDKs to Orchestrate Optimizations That Reduce Telco/Content Provider Costs and Increase QoE

Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications provider, in partnership with Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced the launch of the Intelligent Device Optimization (IDO) solution.

“IDO brings together Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™ technology and Telstra’s media-optimized network, combining the intelligence in mobile sporting apps and real-time network awareness to deliver a premium experience to end users. IDO enables content providers and telecommunications operators to maximize customer video performance in an end-to-end content delivery architecture by mediating network awareness and software intelligence.

With IDO, international mobile operators can ignite a range of media optimizations on their networks, such as LTE broadcast for live streaming events at scale and enable content streaming using the latest video-compression standard (HEVC) to deliver superior customer experiences.

“By partnering with Broadpeak, we have developed IDO, which allows the use of optimization capabilities in our mobile network such as LTE broadcast and HEVC video to be dynamically orchestrated in real time,” said Andrew Phelagti, media networks principal at Telstra. “It’s a win for the customer video experience and a win for the telecommunication provider through network optimization, helping to increase engagement for content providers’ video products.”

“Telstra and Broadpeak, via the introduction of IDO, can help international operators offer a differentiated content delivery model in an economically efficient way,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “IDO’s light touch enablement and rich feature set will allow operators to take full advantage of bandwidth efficiencies early and deliver better experiences at the leading edge of the adoption curve. With innovative device detection, we are proud to launch, along with Telstra, the world’s first device-centric solution to intelligently steer traffic for a better end-user video-quality experience and content-delivery savings for operators and content owners.”

Telstra will demonstrate LTE-broadcast at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU6110. More information about Telstra can be found at https://www.telstra.com.au/.

Broadpeak will demonstrate the new solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU9221. More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Siminn Moves Transcoding to the Cloud with Harmonic File360 SaaS

Iceland’s Leading Telecom Provider Eliminates On-Premises Transcoding Farm While Increasing Capacity and Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Icelandic telecommunications company, Siminn, is using Harmonic’s new File360 software-as-a-service (SaaS) for file transcoding. Siminn plans to replace its existing hardware-based transcoding farm with File360 SaaS.

“Harmonic’s File360 SaaS is the next generation of file transcoding for Siminn. It gives us new encoding capabilities, such as HEVC/H.265 encoding, while adding more security to our transcoding workflow and the flexibility to expand our transcoding capacity well into the future as our company grows,” said Sveinbjörn Bjarki Jónsson, head of department, television system, at Siminn. “One of the beauties of SaaS is that there is no on-premise equipment, so no installation is needed. Integration with our backend system was incredibly fast, thanks to a very intuitive API with useful tools. We couldn’t be happier with the speed of onboarding and the excellent service and support we received from Harmonic, not to mention the amazing video quality we can soon offer to our subscribers.”

The new File360 offering is a dedicated file-based transcoding SaaS that transforms virtually any asset to the most popular distribution formats used today. It leverages public cloud infrastructure to offer highly flexible and dynamically scalable transcoding farms at the most competitive rates. Fully monitored and maintained by Harmonic, the File360 solution is designed to be self-service — from the initial onboarding and configurations to creating the first transcoding job. However, Harmonic monitors the service 24/7 to ensure maximum uptime, exceeding the SLA and to provide immediate support as required.

“Moving to a SaaS model increases Siminn’s operational efficiency — no more maintaining their own on-premises farm and the OS patches, software upgrades and RMAs that go with it,” said Ian Graham, senior vice president of international sales and video services at Harmonic. “SaaS also gives Siminn much faster support turnaround times because Harmonic actively monitors and maintains the system, which translates to superior continuity and quality of service. Plus, with a cloud solution, Siminn can add as much file transcoding capacity as it needs with the addition of new customers.”

Harmonic is showcasing its latest innovations in video SaaS and next-gen video delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Broadpeak Appoints Jean-Claude Sachot as New Business Development Director

Over the Last 30 Years, Sachot has Helped Engineer Digital Video Processing and Delivery Solutions for Some of the Largest Pay-TV Operators in the World

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced the appointment of Jean-Claude Sachot as the company’s new business development director. In his role at Broadpeak, Sachot will work with global pay-TV operators, helping them take advantage of the company’s unique solutions, such as the award-winning nanoCDN™ multicastABR, for providing cloud DVR services as well as delivering live and VOD streaming services at scale with minimal latency.

“Jean-Claude has an extensive understanding of the broadcast media technology sector,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Through his various positions within Technicolor over the last 20 years, Jean-Claude has worked with some of the largest pay-TV operators around the world as they implemented innovative, future-forward technologies. His comprehensive knowledge of the pay-TV ecosystem, solutions, and strong relationships with operators is unique and will be invaluable to driving Broadpeak’s global business growth.”

“I’m thrilled to join the team at Broadpeak, a world-renowned technology innovator that I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with during my previous positions at Technicolor,” said Sachot. “Broadpeak not only has an outstanding portfolio of products and solutions that perfectly address pay-TV operators’ needs today, but also a vision that positions the company as an undisputed leader of tomorrow.”

Sachot has more than 30 years of experience in digital video processing and delivery, with strong engineering expertise and business acumen. Prior to working at Broadpeak, Sachot was the vice president of pre-sales — video CPEs at Technicolor. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a master’s degree in science and technology from the University of Nantes, France. He has also attended a Thomson Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.

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

Pearl TV Stations Deliver Flawless ATSC 3.0 Streams With Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Verifier

Triveni Digital today announced that Pearl TV, a business organization comprised of more than 220 network-affiliated TV stations — including Cox Media Group, the E.W. Scripps Company, Graham Media Group, Hearst Television, Meredith Local Media Group, Nexstar Media Group, Gray Television, and TEGNA — is using Triveni Digital’s StreamScope® XM Verifier for receiving, verifying, and recording ATSC 3.0 broadcast streams in the ROUTE protocol. StreamScope XM Verifier gives Pearl TV stations a comprehensive view of the ATSC 3.0 service, allowing them to verify a wide range of ATSC 3.0 quality-assurance metrics — including video, metadata, STLTP, ROUTE/MMTP, IP routes, and RF — via easy-to-digest video thumbnails that simplify quality assurance.

“As we enter the next era of broadcast television, stations need tools that reduce the complexity of the ATSC 3.0 standard,” said Bob Chase, chief engineer at Pearl TV. “Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM Verifier is exactly what broadcasters require to get a quick, complete view of the health of their ATSC 3.0 streams. One of the features that our members find invaluable is being able to focus on one or two streams and temporarily ignore the rest via the system’s video thumbnail view. It’s a convenient and simple way to address service assurance issues on the go.”

Beyond ATSC 3.0 stream verification, the system allows users to record and manage PCAP files for playback. Pearl TV stations are running StreamScope XM Verifier software on laptops for added efficiency, cost savings, and ease of use. Using the service assurance software, stations can validate that their ATSC 3.0 operations are running smoothly via customizable, at-a-glance dashboards; real-time graphs, charts, and tables; and video rendering and rotating thumbnails.

“Pearl TV stations are using our new StreamScope XM Verifier in conjunction with the GuideBuilder® XM signaling and announcement generator, and it’s a winning combo for delivering high-quality ATSC 3.0 streams,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “We introduced StreamScope XM Verifier to round out our DTV service quality assurance portfolio, and we are excited that Pearl TV recognizes its simplicity and power for visual verification of ATSC 3.0 video, audio, and metadata.”

Triveni Digital will demonstrate the StreamScope XM Verifier at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas, at Booth N3908. More information about Triveni Digital products is available at www.TriveniDigital.com.