Harmonic Announces Powerful Innovations for its VOS SaaS Summer 2020 Release

New Enhancements Increase Streaming Performance, Add Broadcast Delivery, Ensure Service Continuity and Simplify Targeted Advertising

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced a major release of its VOS® SaaS platforms and cloud-native software with new features that make live video streaming and broadcast delivery simpler than ever.

“The rapid evolution of cloud technology is ushering in a broad range of innovation in the media industry for both streaming and traditional broadcast applications,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development, at Harmonic. “With this summer release for VOS SaaS and cloud-native software, Harmonic continues to drive forward innovation, helping our customers achieve unparalleled efficiency, flexibility and reliability when they pivot to cloud-native environments both on public and private clouds.”

VOS360 Live Streaming Platform:

  • New seamless 1+1 geo-redundancy capabilities, ensuring uninterrupted streaming.
  • Effectively manage peak viewing by utilizing multi-CDN and caching capabilities.
  • Support for Google Ad Manager and FreeWheel ad management platforms.
  • Reduce latency with Apple Low-Latency HLS protocol support.

VOS360 Channel Origination & Distribution Platform:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs with the world’s first statmux support in the cloud.
  • Simplify cloud playout workflows utilizing new partnerships for traffic management and playout automation, including partners Aveco, Crispin/Sony and Florical.

VOS Cloud-Native Software:

  • Realize performance boost and density gains with Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors.
  • Achieve higher CPU savings via a range of video-quality encoding configurations.
  • Deploy broadcast statmux capabilities and CAS vendor integrations on the same stack.

Harmonic’s VOS cloud offerings power millions of simultaneous streams, thousands of live channels and countless VOD requests.

To learn more about the new VOS SaaS summer release, customers are invited to join Harmonic for a live webinar on Wednesday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. CEST. Registration is now open online here.

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

Viaccess-Orca and Smart AdServer to Share Targeted TV Advertising Strategies Through Webinar

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, and Smart AdServer, the fully transparent and vertically integrated ad tech platform specialized in premium video monetization, announced a webinar on “The 5 steps to best-in-class targeted TV advertising.” The webinar will present attendees with impactful strategies on leveraging the recent, unprecedented viewing peaks in video consumption to boost monetization opportunities and increase revenues.

The event will be hosted by Videonet magazine on Wednesday, July 1, at 3 p.m. BST. Moderated by Editor-in-Chief John Moulding, the webinar speakers will include Dror Mangel, Senior Product Manager, AI and Data Solutions, at Viaccess-Orca and Gerald Sauvageon, Senior Vice President of Sales, Video/Addressable TV, at Smart AdServer.

The webinar will provide a comprehensive review of the current market trends, relevant opportunities, and available Targeted TV advertising solutions. The challenges of Targeted TV advertising will be explored as well as strategies for supporting local, global, and online advertisers to meet multichannel demand and support efficient, scalable delivery everywhere.

“First-party user data can lead to valuable insights, increasing viewer engagement and helping operators create highly profitable Targeted audience segmentation,” said Dror Mangel, Senior Product Manager, AI and Data Solutions at Viaccess-Orca. “Yet, delivering a premium-quality viewing experience for Targeted TV ads and assuring agile compliance with privacy-related legislation are challenges. During this webinar, I’ll share effective strategies on how broadcasters and operators can overcome these challenges to succeed in the Targeted TV advertising environment.”

“As viewing numbers surge to all-time highs during the COVID-19 health crisis, increased video consumption is wearing down operator resources. The media industry needs a way to generate new revenue, and advertisers have more appetite to spend more on precise targeting,” said Gerald Sauvageon, Senior Vice President of Sales, Video/Addressable TV, at Smart AdServer. “As premium video delivery over OTT and set-top box are the strongest ways for advertisers to connect with consumers, Targeted TV advertising represents a significant opportunity for operators and broadcasters to create this new revenue stream while enhancing the viewers’ engagement. The right way to achieve it is by ensuring a premium TV experience and by maintaining viewers’ trust, which will be discussed in more detail through this webinar.”

VO and Smart AdServer bring a wealth of expertise to the topic of Targeted TV advertising. Last year, the companies introduced an end-to-end, Targeted TV advertising solution that 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, combined with unified end-to-end distribution to any screen and service.

Attendees can register for the webinar by clicking here.

SportsMax Powers Live Sports Streaming with Harmonic

Harmonic’s VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform Provides Reliable Service Continuity and On-the-Fly Scaling for OTT Delivery of Premium Sports Events

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that SportsMax, a leading sports channel in the Caribbean and a subsidiary of the Digicel Group, is using Harmonic’s VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform to cost-effectively deliver premium sports events from popular leagues across the world. Leveraging the cloud, Harmonic’s VOS360 platform enables SportsMax to dynamically scale channel lineups based on the schedules of premier sports associations, such as La Liga, NBA, Caribbean Premier League, Women’s Tennis Association and the English Premier League, while providing exceptional quality of experience to viewers.

“Our sports schedule is dynamic; consequently, having an elastic solution for live video streaming is critical. At the same time, service continuity is absolutely essential for us,” said Oraine Godfrey, head of digital media at SportsMax. “The VOS360 platform offers unmatched flexibility and provides real-time scaling for handling peak viewing, which is important for live sports streaming. It also assures total service continuity and the best video quality, ensuring our fans are satisfied with their viewing experience. By allowing us to live stream from source to screen, Harmonic’s platform dramatically increases our efficiencies.”

Harmonic’s VOS360 Live Streaming Platform simplifies all stages of media processing and delivery for SportsMax, providing end-to-end capabilities including live and file transcoding, packaging and origin, dynamic real-time CDN selection, VOD and time-shift. The VOS360 platform is built with unparalleled uptime to keep channels on air. Dynamic dual cloud instances synchronize video and keep streams fully aligned, while Harmonic’s worldwide team of DevOps experts provides round-the-clock assistance to ensure high reliability for subscribers.

“Professional sports events are starting to return without spectators, placing an even greater relevance on streaming. High-quality, scalable and resilient streaming enables fans from all over the world to watch their favorite teams, leagues and players online,” said Alvaro Martin, vice president, sales and services, Latin America, at Harmonic. “With our VOS360 Live Streaming Platform, SportsMax can cost-effectively deliver coverage of the top sports leagues, over the top, to the Caribbean market. On-the-fly scaling capabilities on the VOS360 platform will ensure that millions of viewers can watch the events simultaneously with the reliability and exceptional quality of experience that Harmonic is known for.”

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

Actus Digital Appoints Gary Learner as Executive Vice President of Business Development

Industry Veteran Is Tasked With Managing U.S. Business Growth

Actus Digital, a leading provider of broadcast compliance and intelligent media monitoring solutions, today announced that the company has appointed Gary Learner as executive vice president of business development. Learner joins Actus Digital as the company is seeing rapid growth and increasing sales, particularly in the U.S. market. He is tasked with expanding the company’s global footprint and ensuring a smooth transition for new customers, many of whom are embracing the simplicity and future-proof features of Actus Digital’s media monitoring solution as they shift away from vendors who recently declared their systems at end of life.

“Our business is thriving in the U.S. market, and putting Gary in charge of business development will help us continue on that upward trajectory,” said Sima Levy, CEO at Actus Digital. “When Volicon announced that it would no longer be making or supporting its monitoring systems, we started to see a wave of new customers looking for a replacement. Gary’s expertise in media compliance and monitoring will assure a seamless transition for these customers while also giving us the capacity to manage the burgeoning global demand for our platform, which is the most comprehensive on the market.”

Prior to joining Actus Digital, Learner was the co-founder and chief technology officer of Volicon, a former leader in monitoring solutions. Working in the broadcast and media industries for more than 20 years, Learner has developed a rich skill set that includes technology-driven strategic planning and execution, business development and strategic partnerships, and organizational alignment.

Actus Digital’s media monitoring solution is well-known across the broadcast industry for being reliable and offering the most advanced feature set, going beyond compliance to support advanced capabilities such as clips for social media, AI options, and automatic ad detection. “Actus Digital is customer-focused and committed to serving the current and future market requirements, a point that’s been proven by its uninterrupted 16 years of success in the industry,” said Learner. “Coming from Volicon, I can assure broadcasters that the migration to Actus Digital’s solution is fast, complete, and easy for end users. Furthermore, Actus Digital’s new platform offers customers more options than Volicon’s system. Actus Digital is the only company in the domain of compliance and monitoring solutions with three support centers, in the United States, Europe, and Asia, assuring customers that no matter where they are, they will get the best and fastest response, around the clock.”

More information is available at www.actusdigital.com.

Triveni Digital Simplifies ATSC 3.0 Streaming From the Cloud With New SaaS Solutiontal

ATSC 3.0 Cloud Service Enables Fast, Efficient, and Cost-Effective Transition to NextGen TV Broadcasting

Triveni Digital today announced a new solution for streaming ATSC 3.0 from the cloud. Integrating Triveni Digital’s software-based ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway scheduler, GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder, and state-of-the-art third-party systems, ATSC 3.0 Cloud enables broadcasters to launch NextGen TV services faster and more efficiently. The solution is available with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model, lowering the cost to market for new channels and services by eliminating capex costs.

“ATSC 3.0 will create important new opportunities for U.S. broadcast television stations, including the ability to deliver advanced emergency alerts, program guides, and targeted advertising,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “By adopting our ATSC 3.0 Cloud service, these exciting NextGen TV services can be delivered with maximum efficiency. This solution is the next step in Triveni Digital’s overall strategy to empower broadcasters and enable a smooth, cost-effective transition to the next era of TV.”

A key benefit of Triveni Digital’s new ATSC 3.0 Cloud service is instant scalability and upgradeability, providing broadcasters with flexibility for future growth. The ATSC 3.0 Cloud service includes support for the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol to minimize the effects of jitter and bandwidth changes and ensure a secure communications path in the cloud. Using SRT, content is protected from contribution and distribution. Featuring a pay-as-you-go pricing model, the ATSC 3.0 Cloud service is especially valuable for broadcasters in small and midsize markets.

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

Actus Digital Helps TV Networks Maintain Exceptional Broadcast Quality as Personnel Work Remotely

Actus Digital Provides Real-Time Alerts on Audio and Video Issues, Enabling TV Channels to Monitor Quality of Service Remotely

Actus Digital, a leading provider of broadcast compliance and intelligent media monitoring solutions, today announced that TV networks around the world are using its broadcast monitoring solution to ensure superior video and audio quality while also complying with social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 global health crisis. Actus Digital’s monitoring platform can be used on-premises and remotely, from anywhere, on any device, enabling networks to accurately verify that content and ads have been aired correctly on their channels and check content quality, as personnel continue to work from home to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Video consumption has grown significantly over the last few months, and TV networks around the world are enhancing their content monitoring strategies in order to keep pace with the peaks. Actus Digital’s AlertCenter monitoring platform provides real-time alerts on audio and video issues, enabling TV networks to react instantly to quality of service (QoS) problems, such as loss of audio, a disrupted video signal, or frozen picture. Personnel who are home working can continue to use the Actus system in their daily workflow to monitor the content, create and export clips, and do all they do with the system from the office but from home. Through a single, centralized user interface, users can see the aired content and all QoS issues, greatly reducing the manpower and operational costs typically involved with having a monitoring operation at every site. Actus Digital’s media monitoring platform offers support for multiple deployment environments, including on-premises, virtualization, the cloud, and hybrid combinations — bringing efficiency to any video operation.

“Today, almost everyone is working from home, and the broadcast industry needs to be able to maintain its daily operations and monitor content quality efficiently and remotely,” said Raphael Renous, chief technology officer at Actus Digital. “Actus Digital is leading the charge with solutions that allow content verification and monitoring from any device and from anywhere. When working from home, Actus gives visibility to the aired content.”

Please join us on June 17, at 1 p.m. EDT for our upcoming webinar, “Compliance & Monitoring in the 21st Century” to view the Actus Platform. Register at https://actusdigital.com/webinar-compliance/.

More information is available at www.actusdigital.com.

Broadpeak Makes High-Quality 5G Video Experiences a Reality With MobiledgeX Edge Compute Infrastructure

Using Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box Technology Deployed at the Deep Edge of Mobile Networks, Operators and Content Providers Can Boost Video Performance and Reduce Costs

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced its 5G video work with MobiledgeX, Inc., a Deutsche Telekom-founded company making the edge widely available and easier to access. Broadpeak has deployed its virtual BroadCache Box local caching technology for mobile networks via the MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud platform that aggregates more than a dozen global mobile networks to expose one common interface to developers. As part of MobiledgeX’s early access program, Broadpeak has successfully tested its virtual BroadCache Box applications on MobiledgeX’s federation of edge networks, demonstrating the ability to reduce video delivery costs and improve QoE for mobile video delivered over 5G networks.

When video content is streamed from a location closer to end users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bit rates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions. By using Broadpeak’s virtual BroadCache Box, content providers can significantly boost subscriber QoE for video delivered over next-gen mobile networks. This supports engagements with an expanding crop of OTT players eager to reach subscribers anywhere.

“The edge is uniquely suited to delivering mobile video experiences at the ultra-high quality consumers have come to expect in their living rooms,” said Sunay Tripathi, chief technology officer, MobiledgeX. “Broadpeak’s testing in our edge network has proven the critical role its local caching technology can play in global 5G video strategies that will add new revenue streams for existing and emerging players alike.”

The MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R2.0 platform aggregates edge processing power across multiple enterprise on-premise and telecom network locations and presents them through one common interface that application developers and independent software vendors use to design, deploy, and manage applications, including video delivery. Broadpeak’s virtual BroadCache Box technology on the MobiledgeX framework is being tested within a mobile environment infrastructure, allowing experimentation with containerization, as well as introduction of new schemes to deliver an optimal experience for consumers. The concept is to dynamically deploy local caching applications inside the mobile edge network for specific content providers.

“Global mobile traffic is increasing, especially for live video, and we need to adapt our video delivery infrastructures to address that,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Our partnership with MobiledgeX is a great opportunity for us to deploy our advanced edge caching technology in a fully cloud-based environment and test it in a real-life cellular network infrastructure.”

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

AVIWEST Enables Viewers to Experience Compelling Live Content From PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi 2020 Race on Social Media

AVIWEST’s Bonded Cellular Solution Allows Race Event Organizer Human Voyage to Create Engaging Live Videos of Cycling Race for Social Networks

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that Asia’s most prestigious multistage cycling event, PETRONAS Tour de Langkawi 2020, was broadcast live on social networks using AVIWEST’s flagship PRO3 Series bonded cellular transmitters, QUAD CellLink antennas, and StreamHub transceiver. Race event organizer Human Voyage offered sports fans and viewers captivating live footage of every stage of the competition.

“Our viewers didn’t want to miss a second of the competition, and we needed to ensure there was zero delay during our live streaming sessions,” said Shahaizereen A. Hamid, event director at Human Voyage. “We chose AVIWEST for the exceptional capabilities of its field units. AVIWEST’s equipment enabled our motorbikes and helicopter to follow riders along the entire road so that they could live-broadcast the excitement of the race over cellular networks, no matter what the environment was like. AVIWEST’s team provided us with highly professional support and technical expertise, staying by our side at every stage of the project.”

AVIWEST’s PRO3 Series is a compact and robust field transmitter unit, allowing Human Voyage to capture and reproduce the intensity of the competition. With its small footprint, the PRO3 Series placed viewers at the heart of the race and increased their engagement with the event via social media.

Featuring a state-of-the-art H.265/HEVC hardware encoder, the PRO3 transmitter helped Human Voyage deliver premium video quality with end-to-end low latency, while using less data. All of the motorbikes and the helicopter used during the event were equipped with bonded cellular units connected with AVIWEST QUAD CellLink antennas to strengthen and ensure signal transmission, even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions.

Leveraging AVIWEST’s double Emmy® Award-winning SST protocol, the transmitter series ensures reliable delivery of live video by simultaneously aggregating multiple network connections.

AVIWEST’s StreamHub received and decoded all incoming live video feeds sent by Human Voyage cameramen in the field. Supporting multiple output formats and featuring an intuitive web user interface, StreamHub allows video content to be freely and easily distributed over virtually any IP network to any social media platforms, CDNs, media servers, and streaming platforms.

“This was our first major live sports event coverage in Malaysia, and it was a rounding success thanks to Human Voyage,” said Frédéric Parbey, vice president of sales, APAC, at AVIWEST. “More and more people around the world are viewing live sports content online. When broadcasters create compelling live content for their viewers, they attract a greater number of followers and increase engagement with sports fans on social networks, which is key for them. At AVIWEST, we are devoted to providing professionals with reliable and powerful solutions tailored to any live video production workflow and operational constraint.”

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


Audiences across Europe will continue to enjoy BBC World News on ASTRA 19.2 degrees East

TV viewers across Western Europe will continue to be able to watch BBC World News thanks to an extended deal with SES. BBC Global News delivers its HD news channel, BBC World News, free-to-air across Europe on SES’s Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees East.

The total HD reach at Astra 19.2 degrees East has increased every year, rising from 65 million homes at year end 2015 to 88 million by year end 2019, a 34% growth in five years. The BBC World News channel, which has been available in HD through SES since 2015, is distributed via a multiplex operated and uplinked by SES from its Luxembourg headquarters.

Chris Davies, executive vice president of marketing and distribution for BBC Global News, said, “This deal with SES is really important as it allows us to reliably reach widespread audiences across Western Europe. Amidst one of the biggest news stories of this generation, we’re seeing unprecedented demand for quality journalism. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve taken BBC World News from being available in 465 million homes worldwide to over half a billion homes, to provide a growing audience with trusted, accurate and impartial news.”

“Since the COVID-19 health crisis started, we have heard from our customers that demand for linear TV, especially news programmes, is on the rise and that reliable news producers such as the BBC are now more critical in providing accurate news and information to millions of viewers,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO at SES Video. “We’re pleased to continue working with the BBC and to help bring high-quality HD news to 88 million European households at a time when they need it most.”

Interra Systems and Skyline Communications Team Up to Improve the Quality of OTT Services

Interra Systems’ ORION-OTT System Is Integrated With Skyline Communications’ DataMiner® Network Management and Orchestration Platform

Interra Systems and Skyline Communications today announced a new partnership to improve quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for linear and nonlinear OTT channels. The integration between Interra Systems’ ORION-OTT system and Skyline Communications’ DataMiner® network management and orchestration (NMS/OSS) platform gives broadcasters and OTT service providers a single, automated, end-to-end solution to efficiently manage OTT content workflow orchestration and quality alerts.

“Audio and video errors can occur at any point in video streaming workflows, from transcoding to the final delivery. When the quality of video streaming goes down, it negatively impacts the quality of experience and increases the risk of losing customers,” said Anupama Anantharaman, vice president of product management at Interra Systems. “Our joint solution with Skyline Communications’ DataMiner NMS/OSS platform will allow service providers to have a single pane of glass through which to monitor and manage the quality of all linear and OTT channels. Throughout the entire delivery chain, channels can be monitored, with dynamic orchestration of probes on premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid setup.”

Using the solution’s probe assignment capability, OTT service providers can automatically associate probes to new services and ensure efficient resource utilization. By performing in-depth monitoring of active services, the joint solution allows OTT service providers to avoid false positive alarms.

“The OTT supply and delivery chain is much more dynamic than in any other media delivery ecosystem. Content providers, broadcasters, and service providers need far-reaching automation of the media data, control, and monitoring planes all in one. For every channel change, the monitoring system has to be automatically reprovisioned to the new situation,” said Steven Soenens, vice president of product marketing at Skyline Communications. “Pairing our world-class DataMiner platform with Interra Systems’ industry-leading ORION-OTT system ensures effective and efficient OTT monitoring that is always in sync with the actual program lineup, even for occasional-use OTT services.”

Leveraging industry-proven audio and video quality analysis technologies, ORION-OTT enables service providers to seamlessly monitor online video delivery for quality and compliance purposes. The software-based solution provides a comprehensive range of checks on content integrity and related network performance of ABR content for multiscreen service delivery.

The DataMiner platform relies on sophisticated AI technologies such as forecasting, anomaly behavioral analysis, intelligent fault detection, and automated incident analysis to enable proactive management of channels and streams. This allows service providers to detect issues before they impact QoS and QoE. Automated orchestration of the entire monitoring infrastructure has become a fully integrated part of operations with DataMiner. Through the platform, service providers can effectively reduce operational workload, reduce outages, and maximize resource utilization on premises and in the cloud.

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