Viaccess-Orca and Broadpeak Power New NPVR Service for Orange Poland, Increasing Audience Engagement

Using VO’s Service Delivery Platform and CloudPVR Solution From Broadpeak, Orange Poland Can Deliver NPVR, Catch-Up TV, and Start-Over Services on All Devices

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it is powering a new NPVR service for Orange Poland in partnership with Broadpeak, a leading provider of CDN and video-streaming solutions. VO’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) has been integrated with Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution, enabling Orange Poland to launch NPVR, catch-up TV, and start-over features on set-top boxes (STBs) and iOS and Android™ devices, with a fast time to market.

“Within the Polish TV market, there’s a high consumer demand for NPVR capabilities. To be competitive, we needed to introduce an NPVR service quickly and cost-effectively,” said Piotr Jaworski, CTO at Orange Poland. “VO and Broadpeak joined forces, creating a simple and efficient solution for managing and delivering NPVR. Being able to launch this new NPVR offering in just eight months, from kickoff to commercial launch, is a huge benefit for us as it enables our subscribers to enjoy the content they love more comfortably and intensively.”

VO’s SDP enables Orange Poland to manage subscribers and service delivery efficiently from a single platform whilst reducing costs. Using the comprehensive capabilities offered by VO’s SDP, Orange Poland can effectively manage the limits on the number of recordings, storage, and time duration, which are critical to a successful NPVR service. Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution includes the BkM100 to manage recordings and the BkS350 origin packager to ingest and record ABR live streams. The BkS350 also records live content in one video format and then packages and encrypts it on the fly in any ABR format, providing massive storage savings.

“Orange Poland is the fastest-growing pay-TV operator in Poland,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “We are extremely proud to build, together with VO, a solution that delivers Orange Poland’s vision for the future of television.”

“Today, users want the flexibility to watch television shows at any time, and services like NPVR are a great way for operators to address those subscribers’ demands,” said Paul Molinier, Viaccess-Orca CEO. “Working with Broadpeak, we’re helping Orange Poland to communicate and interact with audiences on all devices and deliver personalised recordings, including programs that have already been broadcast, improving audience engagement.”

VO will demonstrate its SDP and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting and to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

Broadpeak will demonstrate its Cloud-PVR and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 5.B78. To learn more and book a meeting, visit https://broadpeak.tv.

Harmonic at IBC2019

PRESS RELEASE #1

Harmonic’s VOS Cloud-Native Platform Adds Live Video Delivery Optimization

Acclaimed VOS Offerings Now Solve Critical Scalability and Cost Issues for Live Streaming

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a groundbreaking new delivery capability for its VOS® cloud-native offerings that provides telco, cable and mobile operators with real-time scalability for mission-critical, high-demand live video streaming services. This exciting new capability has successfully been deployed by a leading mobile network operator to deliver live sports content utilizing a multi-CDN approach with Harmonic’s CDN partners.

Operated as a fully managed service, this expanded video delivery functionality utilizes a single control platform and a multi-tiered, multi-CDN approach leveraging established partnerships with third-party CDNs and video delivery nodes deployed by Harmonic. With no upfront investment, this unique SaaS offering enables operators to achieve unparalleled scale, decrease costs, and improve quality-of-experience for live video streaming and on-demand content.

“The biggest challenge with live video streaming is being able to handle the unexpected peaks in viewership, especially during premium events,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “This new access network capability for our VOS offerings provides operators with the ultimate trifecta for live premium-quality video streaming: immediate scalability, critical reliability and smart, flexible pricing models. It’s essentially an insurance policy for live video delivery and an exclusive capability not achievable with other business-as-usual solutions.”

Using this groundbreaking new extension of Harmonic’s VOS offerings, operators can reliably deliver exceptional-quality video streaming experiences. By optimally leveraging multiple delivery paths, Harmonic’s new capability gives operators the power and the confidence to scale rapidly while economically supporting the quality demands of premium live video streaming.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video SaaS and software solutions for OTT and next-gen TV delivery at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-VOS.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #2

Live Sports Get Personalized with Harmonic, Google and 3SS

Breakthrough Picture-in-Picture, Sports Multi-View and Personalized Mosaic Capabilities on Android TV™ Demonstrated at IBC2019

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), in collaboration with Google and 3SS, has created an integrated OTT and broadcast live sports workflow on Android TV™, delivering essential tailored features such as picture-in-picture, multi-view and personalized mosaic. At IBC2019, on Harmonic Stand 1.B20 and Google Stand 14.E02, the companies will demonstrate how pay-TV operators can now deliver personalized, low-latency live sports experiences on OTT and hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) using Harmonic’s VOS® cloud-native live video platform, a powerful UHD STB and the 3READY custom launcher application from 3SS.

The demo incorporates Harmonic’s containerized VOS software platform, spanning content preparation through origin server, hosted on Google Cloud Platform. Enabling unified OTT and broadcast delivery workflows, the VOS platform ensures low latency and exceptional picture quality for all multistream applications, improving the live sports experience.

“Personalized experiences are common in OTT sports environments, and it’s time to bridge the gap between the OTT and broadcast worlds,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “This tailored live sports OTT and linear experience on Android TV is a breakthrough in our industry, made possible thanks to a unique cloud-native live video platform provided by Harmonic, a powerful UHD STB powered by Android TV and an intuitive user experience enabled by 3SS.”

“The customer need for live sports is super simple. It has to be live and in best quality. The reality is that OTT live streams typically have a latency between 30-90 seconds and are often far from ultra-high quality.” said Pierre Donath, chief product officer at 3SS. “Together with Harmonic, we challenged what’s possible and created the next level of OTT live sports and personalized linear experience by combining our industry-leading technologies powered by Android TV.”

Harmonic will demonstrate its hybrid OTT and broadcast solutions at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Additionally, at the Google booth, Stand 14.E01, Harmonic’s vice president of video strategy, Thierry Fautier, will present “Enhancing Live Sport Experience with Harmonic on Android TV” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. and will show off VOS360 SaaS running on Google Cloud throughout the show. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-AndroidTV.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #3

Harmonic Joins Forces with HPE to Deliver the Best of On-Premises IT and Cloud Media Processing as a Service

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced it has teamed up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to optimize deployments of its VOS® cloud-native platform. Together, Harmonic’s VOS offerings and HPE GreenLake deliver customer success through a consumption-based service that enables operators to achieve increased simplicity, scalability and cost savings for IPTV and OTT video delivery.

“Deploying a video SaaS in the data center has never been simpler,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “We collaborated with HPE to bring the best of both worlds for operators that prefer on-premises systems but also want the agility of the public cloud. This flexible, consumption-based business model radically simplifies IT and frees up resources.”

HPE GreenLake is a suite of curated solutions that delivers IT outcomes with hardware, software and expertise on-premises. It alters the economics of video delivery for operators using Harmonic’s VOS offerings, providing access to on-premises IT and the benefits of cloud infrastructure. A wide range of applications are supported, including linear channel origination, live, SVOD, time-shift TV, live sports streaming, skinny bundles and disaster recovery.

“HPE GreenLake marks a paradigm shift in IT operations,” said Kong Hoe Chan, general manager, solution sales for HPE in APAC. “Collaborating with Harmonic, a leader in video technologies and services, we’re giving operators greater choices, enabling a hybrid mix of IT operating models and cloud-based media processing and delivery.”

Harmonic and HPE will initially roll out this service in the APAC region.

Harmonic will showcase its innovative video SaaS and software solutions for OTT and next-gen TV delivery at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam, at stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-HPE.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #4

Harmonic and Aveco Streamline Hybrid Playout Workflows

Partnership Enables Simpler Control of Cloud Channel Origination and On-Premises Playout Workflows for Live and Scheduled Content

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that it has partnered with Aveco to simplify the deployment of hybrid on-premises and cloud workflows for playout applications. Thanks to the partnership, operators can now use a single interface to control hybrid on-premises and cloud playout workflows for more efficient delivery of broadcast and OTT channels, including live streaming.

“Teaming up with Harmonic makes playout simple, no matter where you are in the world,” said Pavel Potuzak, CEO of Aveco. “Our MCR system uses a single interface for local, remote and cloud playout, giving operators the flexibility to deploy part of their workflow on-premises and part of it in the cloud, based on what makes the most sense for their business.”

Harmonic’s VOS®360 channel origination and Spectrum™ X media servers provide the cloud and on-premises infrastructure and management capabilities necessary to deliver playout of scheduled and live content for broadcast and OTT platforms. With Aveco’s ASTRA MCR system, operators can easily manage on-air operations in multiple locations through a common user interface.

“Expanding our relationship with Aveco is part of our strategy to make playout operations simpler and more powerful, providing operators with world-class control at their fingertips,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, Video Business, at Harmonic. “Harmonic is the only technology provider that offers open integration for its on-premises playout and cloud-based channel origination solutions to enable a true hybrid workflow under third-party control. As the leader in hybrid workflow solutions, we’re ensuring video service continuity and superior quality of service for our customers.”

In the hybrid workflow environment, operators have the flexibility to use their on-premises playout system for complex channels, fixed lineups and long-term channels, and a cloud solution for 24×7, pop-up and disaster recovery channels. The result is efficient and cost-effective operation of channels.

Harmonic will demonstrate OTT and broadcast channel origination using hybrid on-premises and cloud workflows with Aveco automation at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17, in Amsterdam, at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-Aveco.docx

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PRESS RELEASE #5

Harmonic Powers Sky Italia OTT Services

Harmonic’s Cloud-Native Media Processing Solution Supports High-Quality Video Delivery at Low Bit Rates

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its cloud-native media processing software and content-aware encoding (CAE) technology is powering Sky Italia’s OTT streaming services. The Harmonic solution is integrated into the Sky Italia hybrid cloud software-defined streaming platform. Leveraging the latest advancements in pure software architecture, the Harmonic solution provides Sky Italia with the agility, flexibility and scalability to speed up the launch of new premium services and enable delivery of superior video quality at low bitrates.

Sky Italia’s solution for its linear video streaming platform is based on Kubernetes and microservices to serve event-based and 24/7 channels on OTT platforms. Adhering to these requirements, Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster software dynamically controls and optimizes Sky Italia’s on-premises and cloud video-processing resources.

“To ensure the success of our next-generation streaming services, delivery of exceptional video quality and the ability to quickly adapt to changes are critical factors,” said Gabriele Ubertini, director of technology engineering and innovation at Sky Italia. “Harmonic’s cloud-native media processing software aligns with our choice of moving resources to Sky’s software-defined streaming infrastructure, while allowing us to be nimble. Using CAE, we can deliver stunning video to a larger group of subscribers, providing a better quality of experience to those in areas with challenging bandwidth availability.”

Sky Italia will use Harmonic’s VOS software for OTT media processing in on-premises datacenters integrated with the Sky Italia architecture, which leverages Kubernetes and a SMPTE 2022 uncompressed multicast video network. By enabling Sky Italia to dynamically control and optimize its video processing resources, together with their blueprint for an open-source ecosystem, the VOS solution will dramatically accelerate time to market for new channels. EyeQ™ CAE will be used to significantly reduce Sky’s bandwidth requirements, decrease CDN costs and improve QoE.

“Sky Italia asked for a highly available and scalable streaming solution for outstanding video quality and state-of-the art ABR packaging. We went above and beyond in meeting these requirements,” said Ian Graham, senior vice president of international sales and video services at Harmonic. “Having an elastic and always-up-to-date media workflow will give Sky Italia serious competitive advantages, enabling it to launch services faster and scale up seamlessly.”

Harmonic will showcase its latest video streaming innovations at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Stand 1.B20. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190912Harmonic-SkyItalia.docx

Viaccess-Orca Secures New Android TV STB for Orange Spain IPTV Offering

Using VO’s DRM, Orange Spain Can Meet the Strict Content Protection Requirements for Live, VOD, and Ultra HD Content

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange Spain has deployed a new Android™ TV set-top box (STB) secured by VO’s DRM solution for its IPTV service. This new STB will enable Orange Spain pay-TV subscribers to access a wide range of premium content, including Ultra HD, live, and VOD, protected by VO.

“Android TV offers a quick time-to-market for new services and a rich set of applications, which is exactly the type of experience we want to provide to our subscribers. The key is ensuring that content is well-protected,” said José Antonio Guzmán, Director of OrangeTV at Orange Spain. “VO’s DRM relies on powerful hardware-based content protection mechanisms, allowing us to meet the most demanding studio security requirements in the world.”

Orange Spain is now using security agents from VO within both its legacy Linux-based STBs and new Android TV STBs, ensuring a superior television experience for all subscribers. VO’s proprietary DRM and a multi-DRM backend platform are currently in use by more than 30 leading operators around the world and successfully deployed on Android STBs for IPTV and OTT services. VO’s DRM passed a rigorous assessment by Cartesian, proving that it is a robust content security solution.

“Content security requirements are continuously changing and increasing in complexity, and VO’s wide range of security services and solutions are made to address these challenges. Our DRM solution ensures that operators can deliver a rich offering in any ecosystem, including Android TV,” said Paul Molinier, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “VO DRM is available on Android TV STBs from a variety of manufacturers, and we have significant deployment expertise in this environment, making us attractive to operators like Orange Spain that want to quickly launch and monetize a new television offering.”

VO will demonstrate the solution deployed at Orange Spain at IBC2019 Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

DVB Presents World-First Showcase of DVB-I: Internet-Enabled Linear Television Services

Exhibiting at IBC2019 (1.B71), DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, announced today that it will present the world’s first demonstration of linear television services using the DVB-I solution, which relies on internet-based access and streaming mechanisms alongside classical broadcasting techniques.

“As we approach the deployment stage for DVB-I, IBC is a great opportunity to showcase its readiness to enable the kind of reliable and user-friendly experience we associate with watching TV, but in situations where a broadcast connection may not be available,” said Peter MacAvock, chair of DVB. “Stop by DVB’s new location in Hall 1 at IBC2019, have a drink, talk with our experts, and learn where the future of digital media and broadcast delivery is headed thanks to DVB specifications.”

World-First DVB-I Demo
At IBC2019, several DVB members will collaborate to present the world’s first working demonstration of DVB-I, built from the related specifications. The demo will include broadband- and broadcast-delivered linear television services using HTTP-based access and streaming mechanisms. It showcases key elements such as a DVB-I Service List, DVB-DASH streaming with the recently released low-latency mode, and Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate support for network optimization.

DVB member demo partners will include: ATEME, Broadpeak, ENENSYS Technologies, Harmonic, ITV, Kineton, Newtec, RAI, Rohde & Schwarz, SES, TPV Technology, and Viaccess-Orca.

One-on-One DVB Expert Consultations
Additionally, DVB specialists will be on hand at the stand to meet one-on-one with visitors regarding a wide range of DVB-related topics. Potential topics include physical layer transmission technologies, DVB-I and streaming solutions, audio and video coding, interactive services, conditional access, and more. To schedule a consultation, visit https://dvb.as.me/.

Thought Leadership Sessions on DVB Specifications
DVB will extend its thought leadership to several IBC2019 conference sessions, providing expert opinions on all things related to DVB. Sessions will include:

Peter Siebert, Head of Technology at DVB, will take part in an IET session panel titled “Broadcast to IP Impacts” at the Future Zone Theatre, on Friday 13 Sept., 14:15-15:00.
Additionally, Siebert will give a presentation on the DVB specification for high dynamic range at the Ultra HD Forum IBC Masterclass, in the Emerald Room, Saturday 14 Sept., 10:35-10:55.
Peter MacAvock, Head of Delivery, Platforms and Services at the EBU Technology & Innovation Department and chair of DVB, will give a presentation titled “Broadcast in Light of 5G: What Will It Look Like?” as part of the Newtec Sessions, Room G106, Saturday 14 Sept., 12:30-13:30.

Cheers: Join DVB for a drink
A DVB drinks reception sponsored by Sisvel will take place at IBC2019 on Friday 13 Sept. from 17:00 to 19:00 on the DVB booth. IBC2019 attendees are encouraged to stop by, catch up with old friends, and make some valuable new connections within the wider DVB family.

SES to Deliver Premium Broadcast-Grade Cloud Service for Media Delivery on Microsoft Azure

SES to Demonstrate New Media Delivery Service on Microsoft Azure at IBC2019 in Amsterdam

SES announced today it is developing a broadcast-grade managed cloud service offering on Microsoft Azure as a result of an expanded collaboration with Microsoft. Benefitting from Azure’s extensive cloud and AI capabilities, and its own expertise in providing managed services for leading broadcasters and media companies worldwide, SES is transforming media service delivery via the cloud.

This service will provide end-to-end, service-level agreement (SLA)-based media delivery services on Azure, giving broadcasters and media companies the flexibility and scalability that are essential in today’s rapidly changing media environment. Bringing the most relevant content to the cloud and providing innovative services covering the entire video value chain — ingest, playout, and delivery — will enable media companies to scale and address the consumer’s growing demand for a premium viewing experience on every screen.

SES leads the industry with its worldwide reach of over 355 million TV households (or 1 billion people) and distributes over 8,200 channels via satellite. With SES’s recent unification of its wholly owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, SES now manages over 525 channels and delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events, per day. Going to market with a unified solution for video infrastructure and services means that SES will accelerate the rollout of hybrid linear and nonlinear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

At IBC2019, SES will demonstrate two initial use cases for its new service with Azure. Visitors to the SES stand (1.B51) will be able to witness firsthand:

• Fully managed playout services on Azure, including master playout and localised playout including ad detection and replacement
• The advantages of efficient, high-quality multichannel live IP encoding managed 24/7 by SES on Azure

“Our collaboration with Microsoft Azure will enable us to take our portfolio of media services and distribution solutions to the next level,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Our cloud-enabled media service will be unique to the industry and will offer scalability and flexibility, along with increased broadcast quality of service, thanks to the latest AI and machine learning capabilities.”

Tad Brockway, corporate vice president, Azure Storage, Media, & Edge, Microsoft Corp., said, “Broadcasters and media companies need solutions to deliver high-quality video services globally with maximum flexibility, scalability, and reliability. We look forward to working with SES to deliver these new solutions on Azure.”

SES also announced today an expanded relationship with Microsoft that enables connectivity between SES’s multi-orbit satellite systems and Azure ExpressRoute. This initiative builds on the companies’ broader strategic collaboration and their shared common vision to reach everyone with intelligent cloud, media and network solutions.

The SES stand at IBC2019 is located at Stand 1.B51. More details of SES presence at the event is available here.

Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Zodiac Systems, Enabling Advanced Services on Existing STBs

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Zodiac Systems, a global leader in cloud and device video service-delivery software. The partnership will offer a joint solution making it easier and more cost-effective for TV operators to deploy VO’s cloud-hosted TVaaS and Service Delivery Platform (SDP) with existing legacy STBs. The Zodiac Stack device software and Matrix cloud integration platform support both legacy and next-generation environments, empowering service providers to rapidly deliver feature-rich content on every screen.

With the jointly designed solution, any STB — including IPTV, hybrid, cable, and OTT — can be connected to VO’s SDP and TVaaS. The Zodiac Stack currently supports a growing list of over 150 STB models, making this solution more attractive over time. The comprehensive solution also acts as a cloud integration platform for any existing CAS/DRM or any other BSS/OSS system, enabling service providers to retain their existing third-party vendor ecosystem once integrated with Zodiac Matrix.

“The combined VO and Zodiac solution simplifies back-end migrations, allowing operators to provide a blend of services across STBs, smoothly handling the transition between existing backends and the SDP, whether on-premises or cloud-hosted,” said Derek Harrar, CEO at Zodiac Systems. “By enabling computational off-loading into the cloud, the solution opens up the possibility of launching new services on lower-end devices, which is an exciting opportunity for service providers.”

The Zodiac Stack device software and Matrix cloud integration platform target any STB, no matter how old. In fact, STBs over 10 years old have successfully been integrated with VO’s TV platform, so that all subscribers, even those with vintage STBs, can benefit from new features like advanced search, VOD, catch-up TV, NPVR, and advanced advertising models. Combined, the Zodiac Stack and Matrix include all necessary components that integrate with the target device’s hardware abstraction layer and the device drivers to enable customization, innovation, and feature replacement in the future.

“The jointly developed solution delivers an unprecedented value proposition for operators, helping them reduce churn by enhancing the user experience across the entire installed base of legacy STBs. Now, they can also easily launch attractive new services offered by VO’s TV platform, including browser-based applications and popular OTT services,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Marketing Security and Partnerships at VO. “By extending the lifespan of the STBs, our solution helps operators maximize ROI and reduce support costs while providing uniform consistency across the installed base of devices.”

The jointly designed solution from VO and Zodiac Systems will be demonstrated at IBC2019 at the Zodiac Systems stand 1.D11. To set up a meeting to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

nanocosmos Takes Interactive Live Streaming to the Next Level With New Features for nanoStream Cloud

Ultra-Low-Latency Live Streaming Enhancements To Be Demonstrated at IBC2019, Including Multi-Bit-Rate Streaming, Analytics, Transcoding, and Screen Sharing

At IBC2019, nanocosmos will introduce new enhancements to its nanoStream Cloud end-to-end solution for ultra-low-latency (ULL) live streaming that enable a more interactive and engaging experience for end users, supporting a range of interactive business use cases such as iGaming, webcasts, and auctions. nanoStream Cloud features H5Live Player for plug-in-free, low-latency playback (about one second) on any mobile and desktop browser, including Safari on iOS; a scalable CDN with a global footprint; and advanced analytics and metrics that provide improved insights throughout the entire workflow to ensure a superior quality of service.

“In today’s video streaming world, businesses, platform operators, and content creators are looking to gamify business and OTT content to increase audience engagement, interactivity, and monetization,” said Oliver Lietz, CEO and founder of nanocosmos. “nanoStream Cloud is the ultimate solution, offering ultra-low-latency that is critical for interactive live streaming, with a scalable CDN, analytics, and flexible player in one platform, all at an economical cost with no additional streaming servers or infrastructure required. The new enhancements to nanoStream Cloud take the platform to the next level, opening up opportunities for interactive use cases on a global scale.”

New capabilities to be demonstrated at IBC2019 for the nanoStream Cloud ULL live-streaming platform include multi-bit-rate (MBR/ABR) streaming; transcoding, improved live streaming and screen sharing in the browser; tagging; secure streaming; and synced playback. Next-generation MBR/ABR and analytics capabilities expand operators’ reach and make it easy to deliver ULL live video on any device, anywhere in the world. The company will also showcase new flexible live encoding options for its platform, giving operators the choice to use the nanoStream Webcaster or third-party live encoders. nanoStream Cloud is also perfect for offering instant live streaming for multiple camera streams 24/7.

Efficient and scalable, the end-to-end solution includes support for the entire video streaming workflow, from live encoding to streaming and playback. The nanoStream Cloud platform is easy to use and integrate into existing firewalled and enterprise environments, offering a global footprint and player that is compatible with any mobile and desktop browser. By reducing setup, hardware, and maintenance costs, as well as eliminating vendor fragmentation issues, nanoStream Cloud provides a lightweight, cost-effective solution for businesses that want to create more interactive live video streaming experiences and gamify their content.

nanocosmos will demonstrate its nanoStream Cloud platform at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam, at Stand 14.B17. In addition, Lietz will participate in a panel discussion on “Streaming Live Events: When it MUST Be All Right on the Night.” The session will take place Monday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Content Everywhere Hub — Presentation Theater located on Stand 14.C15. More information about nanocosmos is available at www.nanocosmos.de.

Viaccess-Orca and Smart Bring Together the Best of TV and Programmatic Worlds in New Targeted TV Advertising Solution

End-to-End Solution Features Innovative TV Usage Data-Based Segmentation Capabilities, Offers the Optimal Mix of Openness, Security, and Control to IPTV and OTT Service Providers

At DMEXCO 2019 and IBC2019, Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, and its programmatic advertising partner Smart Adserver, the leading independent ad monetization platform, will introduce an end-to-end, targeted TV advertising solution. Using the preintegrated solution, service providers can generate revenues through data and inventory monetization, in particular, for linear multicast and on-demand TV. The solution notably allows the creation of granular audience segments leveraging VO’s AI-enriched TV data-management capabilities and the activation of these segments on Smart’s advertising platform. It further allows the distribution of targeted ads on any screen through VO’s secure player, which offers versatile ad replacement and insertion capabilities.

“Leveraging Smart’s and VO’s unique awareness around data privacy and security aspects, service providers can now enjoy new revenue channels generated by our targeted TV advertising solution while keeping control over vital data assets,” said Romain Job, Chief Strategy Officer at Smart Adserver. “This alliance between two recognized specialists allows service providers to access a single, preintegrated solution for managing ad campaigns, activating audience data, and distributing targeted ads on any device, including on the fast-growing Android TV-enabled market segment.”

The end-to-end solution supports the entire targeted ad cycle and offers seamless integration with Smart’s programmatic advertising environment. This includes data management enablers that are natively compliant with GDPR regulations and ensures full-service provider control from segment creation to monetization. In particular, VO’s behavioral insights on TV-usage data, the results of VO’s extensive AI research, provide an elegant and innovative route to TV audience monetization while alleviating reliance on legacy, controversial, third-party, data-based targeting techniques. The solution’s holistic ad monetization capabilities also cover cross-channel advertising, from direct IO management to programmatic transactions. It also supports KPI-focused advertising implementations, with real-time ad analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of ads and make advertising content as relevant as possible to the audience.

VO’s playback solutions, combined with Smart’s performance optimization techniques including peak management, ad-call pacing, local creative storage, validation, and provisioning, enable targeted ad delivery for any TV use case (e.g. linear, on-demand, or catch-up) onto any device (including Android TV-enabled) over IPTV or OTT.

“Targeted TV advertising is a huge revenue opportunity for operators and broadcasters that can help turn viewers’ experiences into personal ones, thereby driving higher engagement,” said Alain Nochimowski, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “This partnership between two mature technology providers results in an easy, fast, and secure way to enter the targeted TV advertising market and generate a new line of revenue. It’s exactly the kind of targeted TV advertising solution the industry needs to succeed.”

VO and Smart will demonstrate the targeted TV advertising solution at:
• DMEXCO, Sept. 11-12 in Cologne at Smart’s Booth Hall 6 – C061, and
• IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Viaccess-Orca Stand 1.A51 and Harmonic Stand 1.B20.

SES Redefines Live Events with Synchronised Satellite and OTT

New solution helps broadcasters and content rights owners address screen vs screen latency, a critical issue for live streaming over IP delivery

SES’s latest solution, which will be showcased at IBC2019 in Amsterdam, synchronises over-the-top (OTT) and satellite broadcasts by delivering IP signals to OTT platforms as fast as satellite to create enhanced live viewing experiences, SES announced today. The new solution, named Satellite and OTT in Sync, gives broadcasters the power to deliver a more consistent experience to viewers watching any screen, or even multiple screens, by eliminating the delay between their TV broadcast and OTT services.

Even a few seconds of delay between different screens can spoil the live event experience, and this has been a challenge to eliminate. SES’s unique solution achieves that synchronisation, giving broadcasters confidence that their viewers will be able to enjoy unforgettable moments.

SES’s Satellite and OTT in sync solution takes the source signal on its way to the satellite and distributes it via IP in tandem with satellite. By applying low-latency encoding and tuning to the IP stream at the source, the solution can deliver the content to OTT platforms in sync with the satellite signal. The technique shaves off the seconds of delay between a traditional television broadcast and other low-latency OTT solutions or regular OTT broadcasts.

“Today’s broadcasters are looking to protect and grow their business by delivering the best experience possible during live events, particularly for premium sports. When a fan is watching an important match on an OTT platform and they hear the crowd at the bar down the street cheering before they even see the goal, the disappointment is palpable,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “Being a hybrid video distributor, SES can process video at the source for both satellite and OTT distribution, helping broadcasters deliver a unique, consistent, and satisfying end-user experience.”

SES leads the industry with its worldwide reach of over 355 million TV households (or 1 billion people) and distributes over 8,200 channels via satellite. SES’s recent unification of its wholly-owned video services subsidiary, MX1, with its SES Video business unit, means SES now manages over 525 channels and delivers more than 8,400 hours of online video streaming, including over 620 hours of premium sports and live events per day. Going to market with a unified solution for video infrastructure and services means that SES will accelerate the rollout of hybrid linear and non-linear content delivery services and solutions with unprecedented global reach.

For more information about the product:
1. Check out the live demo at IBC2019, please visit SES at stand 1.B51.
2. Sign up for SES Tech Talk on Friday 13 September 16:45-17:30 CEST time to hear directly from our subject expert how Satellite and OTT in Sync is enabling low-latency OTT streaming with SES satellite broadcast on https://r1.surveysandforms.com/2f2nma50-4d41px02.

Dish TV India Partners With Broadpeak for Its OTT Service, WATCHO

With Broadpeak’s Solutions Watcho Can Deliver Live, VOD, Time-Shift TV, and Catch-Up TV Content to Over 23.9 Million Subscribers on Mobile Devices

Broadpeak, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Dish TV India, the world’s largest single-country direct-to-home (DTH) operator, has deployed Broadpeak’s solutions for its OTT service, Watcho. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator and BkS350 origin and packaging server enable Watcho to deliver 100+ channels and thousands of hours of library content, including live, on-demand, time-shift TV, and catch-up TV, to Android and iOS mobile devices, guaranteeing a high quality of experience (QoE) for end users and increased scalability for the operator. HB LLP served as the system integrator on the project, ensuring a smooth deployment.

“We knew that if we wanted to deliver on-the-go, snackable content on connected devices, the quality of experience had to match that of our traditional DTH service,” said V. K Gupta, CTO, Dish TV India. “Broadpeak’s OTT delivery solutions are pre-integrated with key ecosystem vendors, enabling us to launch Watcho quickly and seamlessly. Thanks to the scalable nature of Broadpeak’s server and CDN manager, we can deliver high-quality content to more than 23.9 million existing subscribers and reach new customers too.”

Dish TV India is using Broadpeak’s BkS350 origin and packaging server to record linear services in one format and dynamically package the content into HLS and DASH formats for time-shifted TV services via the cloud. The BkS350 is flexible and scalable, allowing Dish TV India to use a combination of internal (e.g., RAM, SAS, and SSD) and NAS storage for cost optimization and enhanced performance. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery mediator continuously monitors the popularity of content based on usage patterns, automatically pushing popular content to the edge servers while long-tail content remains in the larger central library to reduce Dish TV India’s storage costs.

“Having an OTT offering is a must for operators looking to drive business growth, and Watcho will help Dish TV engage with its existing DTH subscribers more effectively, and pull in new subscribers,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “At Broadpeak we have established a strong ecosystem with trusted partners, taking the guesswork and complexity out of launching OTT services. Not only are our CDN solutions for video streaming efficient and cost-saving, they also guarantee exceptional quality experiences on any screen.”

Broadpeak will demonstrate its OTT solutions at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam, at stand 5.B78. More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.