Harmonic Awarded Patent for Efficient Cloud-Based Video Processing

Innovative New Technology from Harmonic Lowers Operating Costs for Video Processing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AVIWEST Wins Prestigious Emmy Award for SafeStreams Technology

NATAS Awards Emmy to AVIWEST for Pioneering a Reliable Transmission Method for Live Contribution and Distribution of TV Feeds

AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented AVIWEST with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for its SafeStreams Technology®, which includes forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ), and IP bonding techniques. AVIWEST’s technology was bestowed with the prestigious award for its excellence in engineering creativity and in pioneering a reliable transmission method for live contribution and distribution TV links.

“AVIWEST was founded in 2008 with a single mission: to provide a more cost-effective alternative to traditional satellite, telecom and fiber-optic conductivity for the contribution and distribution of live television,” said Ronan Poullaouec, chief technology officer at AVIWEST. “We are honored to be selected for an Emmy Award for the development of ARQ and SafeStreams Technology. This award, which was decided upon by dozens of industry experts and peers, is proof of AVIWEST’s significant contribution toward the advancement of a reliable transport method for live HD and UHD video over unmanaged networks and the public internet.”

AVIWEST’s SafeStreams Technology enables broadcasters to transport critical video feeds through a low-cost public internet connection, offering the same reliability as traditional broadcast transmission methods. Additional transport resiliency and redundancy is facilitated by bonding up to 12 unmanaged IP networks, including 4G/3G, and soon 5G cellular networks, LAN/WAN, satellite, telecom, Wi-Fi, and the public internet.

“Screen actors are always cited for Oscars. Stage performers are similarly proud of their Tonys. Television journalists are quick to add an Emmy to their resume — and with good reason,” said Robert Seidel, chairman of the Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee. “We award the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award to these outstanding companies and individuals who are the tool makers of the industry that have materially affected the television viewing experience.”

Technology & Engineering Awards will be presented at the 2019 NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas. The awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.

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

WORK Microwave Partners With Technical University of Munich on DVB-S2X Field Test

DVB-S2X Modems With Adaptive Coding and Modulation Technology are Proven to Increase Data Throughput and Service Availability, Even During Rain Fade

WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced satellite communications equipment, today announced that it has partnered with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Institute of Astronautics, to conduct a comprehensive field test on DVB-S2X and Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) technologies. The main purpose of the field test was to prove that DVB-S2X modems with built-in ACM technology significantly increase data throughput and service availability in any weather environment. The field test was also embedded into the CopKa research project environment.

“High-capacity technology operating in the Ka-band offers major advantages over conventional satellite networks operating in Ku-band and lower frequencies, such as increased bandwidth and higher gain. Yet, diverse weather conditions have a greater impact in the Ka-band than at lower frequencies,” said Dr. Jürgen Letschnik, lecturer at Technical University of Munich. “With appropriate planning and implementation of well-designed ground equipment, there are ways to mitigate adverse weather effects. During this test, we were able to prove that WORK Microwave’s DVB-S2X modem is an effective solution.”

Due to the impact of rain fade and harsh weather conditions at higher transmission frequencies, ACM technology is a must within state-of-the-art Ka-band systems. During the field test, TUM deployed WORK Microwave’s AX-60 DVB-S2X and SK-IP DVB-S2 modems on the same satellite link and transponder to directly compare the performance of legacy and next-generation technologies. For the given link budget, ModCods of up to 256APSK could be used.

Throughout the test, regular weather circumstances and rain fade events occurred. The DVB-S2X technology showed an advantage for both clear sky conditions and rain fade events. TUM found that the overall data rate, even with rain fade, is higher with DVB-S2X than DVB-S2 equipment since DVB-S2X supports higher modulation schemes of up to 256APSK.

WORK Microwave’s AX-60 modem supports the DVB-S2X standard and advanced features such as higher modulation schemes, a finer granularity of ModCods, and cutting-edge filtering. ACM technology within the modem optimizes data throughput according to the current link situation and receiving conditions (e.g., rain events). As a result, utilization of the transponder resources and the system capacity increases.

“We’ve partnered with TUM on numerous research projects and field tests over the years and are excited to continue working with one of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology,” said Tobias Rutz, lead systems engineer, digital products, at WORK Microwave. “Based on the results of the field test, DVB-S2X modems featuring ACM technology are the most beneficial for operators in IP trunking and IP network infrastructure applications.”

Mediacan Speeds Up QC Operations and Enhances Content Quality With Interra Systems

BATON Provides a Scalable Architecture and Extensive QC Checks to Ensure the Delivery of Flawless, Error-Free Video and Audio Content

Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that CUDO Mediacan, a Korean broadcast provider with multiple TV channels, has successfully deployed Interra Systems’ BATON® file-based QC. BATON speeds up the QC process and improves content quality by providing extensive video and audio checks, compliance verification, and seamless integration with third-party equipment.

“Delivering high-quality content quickly is critical in the broadcast world,” said Seo Gi Min, deputy head of department at CUDO Mediacan. “Prior to deploying BATON, our QC process was entirely manual, which limited our ability to scale up operations during periods of growth and perform in-depth verification of content. BATON automates our quality control activities, allowing us to deliver superior quality content consistently to viewers.”

BATON is seamlessly integrated with a SeaChange video server to enable efficient content verification and playout from Mediacan’s broadcast distribution facilities. Providing support for a wide range of media formats, in-depth audio and video checks, and high availability, BATON keeps Mediacan’s QC operations running smoothly, even if one of the hardware components breaks down. Mediacan is also using the BATON Media Player (BMP), an industry-grade media player with options for SDI playout. BMP works in sync with BATON for fast, frame-accurate manual review of content.

“Our BATON QC solution is specifically designed to provide speed, scalability, and ease of use in enterprise video environments, and that’s why it’s trusted by leading broadcasters all around the world,” said Kanishka Tongya, director of sales (APAC and MEA) Interra Systems. “Relying on BATON, Mediacan can rest easy in knowing that its content will always be of the highest quality and in compliance with all industry regulations.”

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

DVB and HbbTV Release New DASH Validation Tool to Simplify Content Conformance

DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, today announced that it has collaborated with the HbbTV Association to create a DASH validation tool for application developers and content providers. The newly released tool conducts checks of ISO/IEC 23009-1 MPEG-DASH media presentation descriptions (MPDs) and segments to ensure conformance with DASH-related specifications from DVB and HbbTV.

“DVB and HbbTV have a close relationship and common membership, making this the perfect partnership,” said Peter MacAvock, chair of DVB. “Content delivery is becoming increasingly complex. Working together, we are bringing simplicity to content conformance for DASH-delivered streams.”

Extending the existing DASH-IF validator, the new tool includes:
• Comprehensive checks for MPEG-DASH MPD validation (XML, DASH schema, and MPEG-DASH MPD rules), segment validation (ISO BMFF and MPEG-DASH segment rules), cross-representation validation (MPEG-DASH cross-representation rules), and live MPD segment access validation.
• Compliance with a wide range of specifications.
• Support for DVB-DASH Profile v1.1.1 and HbbTV 1.5 extensions.

After performing conformance checks, the new tool generates reports for users to analyse. The reports are colour-coded, making it easy to see important information, warnings, and error messages. Additionally, the tool complements the HbbTV Association DRM Reference Application and Test Suite, providing device manufacturers with examples of working applications and content with DRM.

“We are excited about the release of this DASH validation tool, which will help application developers and content providers verify that their services are compliant with the HbbTV/DVB DASH profiles, enabling them to offer compelling hybrid services that enhance the viewer experience,” said Vincent Grivet, chair of the HbbTV Association.

DVB-DASH defines the delivery of live and on-demand TV content over the open internet via HTTP adaptive streaming. By defining additional constraints and referencing a selection of video and audio codecs from the DVB toolbox as being technically appropriate for use with MPEG-DASH, DVB-DASH facilitates implementation of the MPEG-DASH specification. DVB-DASH is referenced in the HbbTV specifications, which means that many devices on the market currently support this profile. Content providers across Europe have deployed services using DVB-DASH.

The validator source code is now available for free under an open source license and can be found by visiting https://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/Conformance-Software.

More information on support for HbbTV application developers can be found at https://www.hbbtv.org/resource-library/developer-support/.

More information about DVB is available at www.dvb.org.

Harmonic Enables SKY Perfect JSAT to Deliver a World-Class Video Experience

Leveraging Harmonic’s Software-Based Solutions, SKY Perfect JSAT Deploys Cutting-Edge UHD and HD Services With Unprecedented Operational Efficiency

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), a leading multi-channel pay TV platform operator in Japan, is upgrading its DTH headend to support HD and UHD delivery using an IP-based video and stream processing solution from Harmonic. SJC has also deployed an integrated playout solution from Harmonic to simplify the delivery of HD channels. Harmonic’s solutions rely on software-based and intelligent function integration to enable seamless channel expansion, increase cost savings and deliver exceptional video quality to SKY PerfecTV! subscribers at low bitrates.

“As the only multi-channel pay TV platform operator covering Japan, we have millions of subscribers counting on us to deliver a world-class entertainment experience,” said Shuhei Yamaura, managing executive officer, broadcasting engineering group at SJC. “Harmonic has been a long-standing technology partner in helping us transition to software-based systems and an industry frontrunner in delivering HD and UHD channels. As we unleash over 180 HD and six UHD channels for MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC distribution, Harmonic’s video platforms will provide exceptional efficiency through software and intelligent function collapse.”

SJC is using Harmonic’s Electra® video processing and ProStream® X stream processing solutions to ensure optimal HD and UHD video quality, as well as bandwidth efficiency for their new DTH headend. The Electra and ProStream X platform increases SJC’s operational efficiencies and cost savings via the use of COTS servers.

Harmonic’s market-leading Spectrum™ X media server features channel-in-a-box capabilities that allow SKY PerfecTV! to deliver a rich on-air presentation to subscribers. By reducing the number of individual components required to air fully branded channels, Harmonic’s integrated playout solution decreases equipment, maintenance and power costs.

“We are proud to launch UHD channels at SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, where UHD is at the forefront and leading higher resolution video experiences around the world,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development at Harmonic. “SJC chose Harmonic for this upgrade based on our proven track record in helping operators around the globe transition their video processing infrastructure towards software-based technologies while maintaining the highest standard of quality and reliability.”

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

SENTECH and Broadpeak to Demonstrate OTT Multiscreen Video Delivery Via DVB-T2 at AfricaCom 2018

OTT Multiscreen Video Delivery Over Terrestrial Networks is Scalable and Cost-Effective With Broadpeak’s nanoCDN Multicast ABR Solution

At AfricaCom 2018, Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, will showcase its solution for OTT multiscreen video delivery via DVB-T2 networks with SENTECH, a leading Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service provider in sub-Saharan Africa. During the demo, SENTECH will rely on Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution and third-party technologies from Teamcast and Noovo to cost-efficiently deliver high-quality video to all screens.

“We are excited to expand our footprint into OTT and CDN environments in the near future and address the growing consumer demand for television on every screen,” said Mlamli Booi, the CEO of SENTECH. “SENTECH has been exploring an innovative solution to deliver data and OTT content over DTT networks for quite some time now. AfricaCom is the perfect opportunity to demo how Sentech and Broadpeak are leading the way for solving the scalability and cost- constraint issues linked to OTT multiscreen delivery over terrestrial networks in Africa. This will really sweat the DTT infrastructure, already commissioned in South Africa and the rest of Africa, allowing both rural and urban to have the same experience of OTT offerings.”

During the demo, SENTECH will use Broadpeak’s BkE200 transcaster server to transform unicast streams into multicast. Broadpeak’s nanoCDN agent will be deployed in DVB-T2 home gateways from Noovo to convert multicast streams back into unicast and deliver the content to ABR devices. Teamcast will provide encapsulation and DVB-T2 modulation technologies. The solution enables the delivery of video content to millions of simultaneous viewers using a single multicast session over the network.

“The African OTT market is booming, and we are thrilled to partner with SENTECH, Teamcast, and Noovo to facilitate its growth,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “By testing out multicast ABR technology for OTT multiscreen service delivery via DVB-T2, SENTECH is positioning itself as a broadcast leader in Africa.”

nanoCDN is changing the face of OTT delivery via terrestrial networks by enabling service providers like SENTECH to deliver live and VOD content to STBs and mobile devices in a way that is scalable and cost-effective.

Broadpeak will showcase its CDN and video streaming solutions at AfricaCom 2018 Nov. 13-15 in Cape Town at stand K6A (part of the Africa Video Forum).

The joint partner demo of OTT video delivery via DVB-T2 networks will take place at the SENTECH stand at the AVF Networking Hub/M4.

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

TVS Cable Deploys DOCSIS 3.1 Broadband Offering with Harmonic’s CableOS Virtualized Cable Access Solution

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that TVS Cable, a leading regional cable operator headquartered in Kentucky, has deployed Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution for new DOCSIS 3.1 broadband services. The industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables TVS Cable to provide gigabit internet speeds while overcoming space, power and legacy-hardware complexity constraints.

“Prior to deploying CableOS, we were running seven CMTSs over 1,100 miles of plant space. It was complex and expensive to manage so many different devices, IP pools and hardware types,” said David Thacker, assistant manager at TVS Cable. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution significantly reduced the complexity, enabling us to be more agile, efficient and scalable. The CableOS solution beat out the competitive offerings in all aspects to give us a chance to be a frontrunner in delivering gigabit internet services.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution supports fast deployment of broadband and streaming video services while also simplifying network operations. It does this by enabling a centralized virtualized CMTS Core connected to distributed dense PHY shelves located in multiple network hub facilities. Through the use of COTS servers and switches, CableOS lowers TVS Cable’s broadband delivery costs and accelerates the time to market for bold new service offerings.

“Virtualization is beginning to have a profound impact on the cable market, enabling greater agility, capacity and service velocity with reduced space and power requirements,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “We are proud to lead this virtualization movement in the cable access industry with our CableOS solution, which is helping operators like TVS Cable unleash compelling new broadband services.”

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

MX1 Joins DPP and Will Bring Media Expertise to Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018

MX1, a global solution provider of media services, announced today that it has joined the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) business change network and will participate in the DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018, taking place Nov. 6 in London. Through its attendance, MX1 will add its unique insights to an event that seeks to provide a diverse and influential range of broadcasters, content owners, and service providers with the most technologically and commercially relevant snapshot of where the industry is heading in the coming months.

“The DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing is a great opportunity for us to engage with media influencers to learn about new market developments and technology trends,” said Erich Glaeser, chief commercial officer at MX1. “Innovation is at the heart of our business, and being part of the DPP community will help us stay ahead of the changes in technology and viewing habits in the media landscape. We look forward to connecting with other industry experts to find new ways to streamline operations and maintain our competitive edge.”

MX1 will provide attendees with demonstrations of its managed media services in the DPP Club Lounge area at the Technology Leaders’ Briefing. MX1’s managed media services are used by leading media companies around the world and support all aspects of video operations, enabling media companies to focus on what they do best: creating the most amazing content. From content aggregation to preparation, packaging, management, and delivery, MX1’s media services ensure the highest quality for live and VOD content on every screen and can be customized to fit the needs of any media company.

As a member of the DPP, MX1 now has a unique opportunity to influence industry specifications and shape major industry change. As media companies adopt the DPP-developed Interoperable Master Format (IMF) as their new master delivery format, MX1 will be able to utilize DPP’s Test Lab & Compliance programmes to run technology proofs of concept with customers.

Moreover, being a DPP member will enable MX1 to continue its legacy of complying with the highest content-security standards in the industry. MX1 currently holds pretheatrical security approval from three major Hollywood studios. The DPP’s Committed to Security Programme and the Committed to Security mark perfectly align with MX1’s commitment to achieving security best practices.