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.

Broadpeak Joins the Streaming Video Alliance

Company’s Expertise in CDNs and Video Streaming Will Help the Industry Forum Create Best Practices and Solutions

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that the company has joined the Streaming Video Alliance, an industry association dedicated to helping solve the critical challenges facing the online video market. Alliance members, which represent the entire video streaming ecosystem, work together to produce best practices, specifications, and requirements to provide a better viewer experience at scale.

“The Streaming Video Alliance addresses topics that are at the heart of our strategy, from optimizing video delivery to reducing latency, enhancing security, leveraging multicast capabilities of networks for live multiscreen video delivery, and using advanced analytics,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “These technology innovations are designed to ensure a flawless quality of experience across all screens and streamline the distribution process for content providers and operators. We look forward to bringing our experience in these areas to the alliance.”

The Streaming Video Alliance consists of members from across the online video value chain, including service providers, technology providers, network operators, and content owners. Broadpeak joins members such as Comcast, Fox, and Sky to create best-of-breed solutions for video delivery on every screen.

Broadpeak offers a wide selection of online video solutions. As the first provider of multicast ABR technology, Broadpeak makes live multiscreen video delivery truly scalable by turning millions of broadband gateways, cable modems, Wi-Fi routers, and STBs into active components of an operator’s content delivery infrastructure. Using the company’s local video caching, CDN selection, multicast ABR, and low-latency video delivery solutions, content providers and operators can reduce delivery costs and boost QoE.

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

Broadpeak, Inca Networks, and Espial Enable Scalable IP Video Delivery for Hiawatha Broadband Communications

Broadpeak, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, and Inca Networks, the leader of intelligent video delivery providing carrier-grade video delivery solutions with a world-class user experience, today announced that they have partnered to provide Minnesota-based internet service provider Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) with a reliable and scalable IP video delivery solution. The subscriber management and user experiences are powered by Espial’s Elevate Cloud IPTV platform, which is a TV-as-a-service solution that enables HBC to offer IPTV and app-based TV services to its customers. AMT served as the reseller on the project, ensuring a quick and seamless deployment.

“HBC operates an advanced fiber-optic network that delivers gigabit broadband, feature-rich telephone, and video services with a selection of more than 300 channels, VOD, and extensive local high school and college sporting events produced by HBC Studios. Recently, we deployed IP ABR delivery for its ability to support OTT video, amongst other benefits,” said Jim Kronebusch, vice president of technology and engineering at Hiawatha Broadband Communications. “Broadpeak and Inca Networks provided us with a future-rich solution for preparing and distributing video content via IP applications.”

HBC is using Broadpeak’s BkS350 Origin and Packager to ingest live video channels sent by the Inca adaptive-bit-rate (ABR) transcoder 3840. The ABR transcoder 3840 was developed with reliability and resilience in mind. It uses Inca Networks’ globally deployed hardware transcoding engine, validated against thousands of broadcast streams worldwide, to transcode MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC video sources into frame-aligned, multibit-rate outputs in MPEG-4 AVC using less than 200 watts in a 1-RU, power-efficient chassis. Video operators experience seamless and rapid deployment when configuring Inca Networks’ products thanks to VidiOS, an award-winning and sophisticated web-based user interface with extensive management and monitoring tools.

Upon reception from the Inca ABR transcoder 3840, the BkS350 packages the video content in the requested ABR format (i.e., HLS or MPEG-DASH) and sends it to Broadpeak’s BkS400 video cache server for streaming to subscribers. Broadpeak’s BkM100 supervises the BkS350 and BkS400 servers in addition to managing the streaming requests and redirecting them to the servers. Through a pay-as-you-grow business model, Broadpeak’s solution helps HBC to distribute IP video without making a large upfront investment. Broadpeak’s software-based solutions were easily deployed on hardware provided by HBC via virtualized machines.

“Broadpeak’s solutions are part of a strong partner ecosystem that makes IP video delivery simple and affordable for operators,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Working with Inca Networks and Espial, we are helping HBC deliver high-quality video on any device and on any network with maximum scalability and minimal investment.”

“The Inca ABR transcoder 3840 is a powerful option for operators looking to launch new multiscreen services,” said Robert Bell, CEO at Inca Networks. “It delivers beautiful, frame-aligned video at a market-leading cost per stream, while providing operational efficiency through Inca’s stream monitoring and analysis tools. Operators such as HBC can confidently launch OTT services to generate additional revenue and expand into new geographies when working with established market leaders such as Inca Networks, Broadpeak, and Espial.”

Mick McCluskey, vice president of product management at Espial, said, “Elevate is a flexible and open platform that was easily integrated to HBC’s media processing components provided by Broadpeak and Inca Networks for rapid deployment of IP-based services.”

Espial will be exhibiting at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Oct 22-25, in booth 2713. Meet the Espial team at SCTE or visit http://www.espial.com/elevate to learn more information about Elevate.

Inca Networks will be exhibiting at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Oct 22-25, in booth 2034. Meet the Inca team at SCTE or visit www.incanetworks.com to learn more information about Inca’s carrier-grade transcoders, encoders, and video delivery solutions, including 8VSB receivers.

Broadpeak will demonstrate its IP video delivery solutions and more at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Oct. 22-25 in Atlanta at booth 2030. More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Broadpeak SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018 Exhibitor Preview

Broadpeak Products at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018

Today’s cable and telco operators are delivering a massive amount of live TV and VOD to all screens. To be competitive, they need content delivery network (CDN) solutions that ensure an exceptional quality of experience for viewers with zero latency and maximum scalability. At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how its CDN solutions help operators become a smart AV pipe to the home and make a seamless transition to all-IP video delivery. Key highlights will include cloud PVR, multicast ABR, and origin server and packaging solutions.

nanoCDN™ Multicast ABR Solution Boosts QoE, Minimizes Bandwidth
As the first provider of ABR multicast technology, Broadpeak® is transforming live multiscreen video delivery. At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the company will demonstrate its nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution, which makes live HTTP video delivery to any device truly scalable by turning millions of broadband gateways, cable modems, Wi-Fi routers, and STBs into active components of an operator’s content delivery infrastructure. Leveraging home networks, operators can cost-effectively manage the consumption peaks of live multiscreen services for millions of simultaneous viewers using only a few megabits per second from their network. nanoCDN has been successfully deployed by leading operators worldwide for live television delivery to any screen.

Several use cases for nanoCDN will be showcased, including low latency for live video streaming.

Cloud PVR — Deliver Petabytes of TV Recordings and Playback On Every Screen
Broadpeak’s Cloud PVR solution is used by some of the largest pay-TV operators globally. Providing operators with a simple, scalable and flexible solution for delivering time-shifted TV services, Broadpeak’s solution allows subscribers to launch multiple recordings on various channels simultaneously without any constraint on the available bandwidth or the number of tuners on the reception device. With Cloud PVR, service providers can deliver start-over and catch-up TV, as well as impulsive recording, using a shared copy or private copy model. The recorded content can be processed on the fly to be viewed on any device type.  

Package, Protect, and Deliver Video Content in All ABR Formats
Broadpeak’s BkS350 Origin Server and Packager improves multiscreen video delivery on managed or open internet networks through unique on-the-fly packaging and cache management capabilities. At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Broadpeak will showcase its BkS350 Origin Server and Packager, which supports all streaming formats and a wide range of applications, including live, VOD, cloud time-shifting, start-over, and catch-up TV. The BkS350 platform can be run on hardware or virtual machine, providing operators with maximum deployment flexibility. By providing an easy migration path from QAM to IP distribution, the BkS350 increases video delivery efficiencies and cost savings.

Ultravision to Launch IPTV Multiscreen Service in Mexico with Broadpeak Solution

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Ultravision, a leading pay-TV operator in Mexico, has selected Broadpeak solutions to power its new IPTV multiscreen service. Ultravision will rely on Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery manager, BkS400 HTTP video cache servers, and BkS350 origin packager. By monitoring live and on-demand content, and then caching popular content based on usage patterns, Broadpeak solutions will reduce Ultravision’s content delivery costs while providing a high quality of experience (QoE) to subscribers on every screen.

“We chose Broadpeak to be our technology provider because its solutions are pre-integrated with a wide range of ecosystem systems, meeting our requirements for scalability, and successfully passing our rigorous proof-of-concept test,” said Patrício Zorrilla, Vice President of Ultra telecom at Ultravision. “Our initial plan is to launch 50 live IPTV multiscreen channels by the end of this year. Broadpeak’s solutions are completely software-based, highly flexible, and scalable, which will ensure a smooth deployment and make it easy for us to add more channels and offerings as the service grows in popularity.”

Broadpeak’s BkS350 origin and packaging server includes on-the-fly packaging capabilities that will reduce Ultravision’s processing and storage costs. With the BkS350, live content will only be recorded once and delivered to a broad range of devices — including smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, and games consoles — in the requested ABR format. Using Broadpeak’s BkS400 HTTP video cache servers and BkM100 video delivery manager, Ultravision can cache content at the headend level and reduce load at the origin server.

“IPTV multiscreen video consumption is growing in Mexico and launching this new service will put Ultravision at a distinct competitive advantage, making them the first Mexican operator with a pure IPTV multiscreen service,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “We are proud to accompany major operators, such as Ultravision, in the deployment of their video delivery systems and in the launch of successful IPTV multiscreen services.”

 

Telstra Partners With Broadpeak to Create Innovative Hybrid Unicast/LTE-B Solution for Fixed and Mobile Networks

Based on Dynamic Device Detection, the New Solution Utilizes CDN Selection, Analytics, and Cloud Technologies to Reduce Content Delivery Costs and Improve QoE

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, and Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications operator, today announced plans to jointly implement an innovative solution to optimize video quality and efficiency over fixed and mobile networks. The joint solution — which relies on Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™ content delivery network selector and BkA100 analytics running on the Telstra networks, along with Telstra’s intelligent device detection solution — is expected to dramatically increase video streaming quality optimization and efficiency for telco operators while providing the best possible quality of experience (QoE) for their end users.

“Video streaming is driving a rapid increase in mobile data growth and brings new opportunities to further improve the video experience for our customers efficiently on our network,” said Channa Seneviratne, Telstra’s executive director network and infrastructure engineering. “By forming this strategic partnership with Broadpeak and through Telstra’s investments in media optimization, such as LTE-Broadcast and HEVC, we remain committed to delivering to our customers the highest quality and most compatible streaming experience, while achieving network efficiency. In due course, we look forward to offering this valuable solution with other telco operators outside of Australia as part of our alliance with Broadpeak.”

Broadpeak and Telstra’s solution will intelligently detect device capability in real time and combine business rules defined in the umbrellaCDN to maximize the bits for quality curve of video delivered over the network. Advanced codecs such as HEVC, and the one-to-many efficiency of LTE-Broadcast will also form part of the real time decisions made to drive greater end-to-end benefits.

“By using this solution, operators will no longer need to wait for mass adoption before converting to a new codec to maximize their end users’ video streaming QoE; instead, they will be able to take advantage of bandwidth efficiencies early and deliver better experiences at the leading edge of the adoption curve,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Working with Telstra, we are proud to be able to soon offer what will be the world’s first solution that combines unicast delivery, LTE-Broadcast, analytics, and cloud technologies to boost end-user video quality experiences and content delivery savings for operators.”

Broadpeak and Telstra will demonstrate the new solution at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam at stand 5.B78. More information about Broadpeak solutions can be found at https://broadpeak.tv.

Broadpeak® CDN Solutions Power New OTT Service for Taiwan Broadband Communications

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Taiwan Broadband Communications has launched a new OTT service called TBC GO powered by Broadpeak’s advanced CDN solutions. Broadpeak’s BkM100 video delivery manager and BkS400 HTTP video cache servers reduce network bandwidth, enabling operators to cost-effectively provide pay-TV subscribers with “on-the-go” access to live TV, VOD, and catch-up TV on connected devices such as smartphones and tablets.

“Consumers today want access to live and on-demand content anytime, whether at home or on the bus watching with a smartphone. When launching our new OTT service, it was imperative that we choose a bandwidth-efficient and future-proof CDN solution,” said Jimmy Chen, CEO at Taiwan Broadband Communications. “Broadpeak’s expertise in OTT content delivery enables us to deliver a world-class experience in the most efficient way possible, with the flexibility to add cutting-edge services in the future to keep viewers engaged.”

Taiwan Broadband Communications has deployed Broadpeak’s BkS400 HTTP video cache servers and BkM100 video delivery manager within several points of presence (PoPs). The BkM100 continuously monitors the popularity of content based on usage patterns, giving Taiwan Broadband Communications the unique ability to define a minimum number of viewings for each PoP before the content is cached. Taiwan Broadband Communications is using the BkS400 server to cache content at the edge level. Popular content is automatically provisioned to the edge servers while long-tail content remains in the larger central library, increasing efficiencies and reducing video delivery costs. Leveraging HTTP adaptive bit-rate technology, the servers guarantee that viewers receive the best possible video quality.

“We are thrilled to partner with Taiwan Broadband Communications, one of the leading cable operators in Taiwan, with more than 750,000 subscribers and 180 channels,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “OTT services are rapidly growing in popularity, putting a strain on operators’ networks. Broadpeak’s trusted CDN solutions made it easy for Taiwan Broadband Communications to launch compelling video services across all screens, ensuring a high quality of experience for end-users while also addressing bandwidth concerns.”

Orange Selects Broadpeak® Solutions for Advanced Video Service Delivery

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that Orange, the largest operator of mobile and internet services in France, has chosen Broadpeak’s solutions to power the delivery of advanced video services. Using the BkS350 origin packager and recorder from Broadpeak, the operator will be able to benefit from the most advanced features related to video processing for delivery to any type of screen with a superior quality of experience (QoE).

Providing an uncompromised QoE and infinite scalability, Broadpeak’s solutions will help Orange keep pace with growing consumer demand for high-quality content anytime, anywhere, on any screen and increase the operator’s revenue streams.

At the heart of the solution is Broadpeak’s BkS350 origin and packaging server, which is capable of recording linear services in one format and dynamically packaging the content in the requested ABR format. This capability will allow Orange to offer a great variety of services, which are highly desired by today’s television viewers. Orange will also use Broadpeak’s BkS400 HTTP video cache servers and BkM100 video delivery manager. The BkS400 server features a unique ability to cache content at the headend level, reducing the load at the origin level and offering high streaming capacity so that Orange can respond to the increasing demands of end users.

“Orange has a track record for delivering world-class video services, and this partnership reflects that commitment,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Our video delivery solutions are highly scalable and future-proof, making them perfect to a competitive operator like Orange that is continuously growing, launching new services, and enhancing QoE for subscribers.”

 

Broadpeak® Responds to North American Business Growth With New Sales Director Hires

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it has recently hired two new sales directors for the North American region to address increased sales and business growth. Howard Barouxis and Mario Rainville will manage sales and business development activities for the United States and Canada, which include accounts with major content providers, satellite service providers, telcos, MVPDs, and virtual MVPDs. In addition, Broadpeak has increased the number of team members at its operations center in Denver in order to maintain world-class support for its North American customers.

“Technology innovations such as multicast ABR and Cloud PVR are making a significant impact on content delivery in North America. As a leading provider of CDN solutions and the industry’s first-ever multicast ABR solution, Broadpeak experiences a high demand from its customers who want to deliver superior video quality on all screens,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Howard and Mario both have extensive track records for driving business growth and strong relationships with major pay-TV operators and service providers across North America. They will be critical in helping us deploy next-generation video solutions for our North American customers.”

Prior to joining Broadpeak, Barouxis was a major accounts executive at Harmonic, where he was responsible for managing all sales activities for major U.S. media operators. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from American International College and an MBA in finance from Western New England University. Rainville was previously director of technical solutions and subject matter expert on media delivery offerings at Ericsson. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University.

 

Broadpeak® BroadCache Boxes Approved by HBO Latin America to Optimize Video Delivery in the Region

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that it has worked with HBO Latin America on a comprehensive solution to optimize the delivery of its video content. Using Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box local video caching solution, BkA100 analytics, and umbrellaCDN™ content delivery network selector, HBO Latin America can cache video content into operators’ infrastructures, reducing CDN costs and maximizing quality of experience (QoE) for subscribers.

“We must make sure our viewers can enjoy the same high quality of service during peak consumption times. Finding a content delivery solution that can handle bandwidth fluctuations that occur due to the large number of session requests handled by the CDN as a service became imperative,” Emilio Otermin, SVP technology and operations at HBO Latin America. “Broadpeak’s local cache solution has been deployed in pilot operators’ networks to alleviate these issues. Thus far, it allows us cost savings and boosts subscriber satisfaction by ensuring flawless video service quality.”

HBO Latin America distributes video content throughout the region. The Broadpeak BroadCache Boxes are initially deployed over two sites in a Mexican NSP’s network, with more expected in the future. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end-users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bitrates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions. As the most popular content can represent more than 80 percent of the video traffic, caching at the ISP level significantly lowers CDN service costs.

Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN redirects the session requests to the operator or to the CDN as a service if the session request comes from another NSP. Relying on Broadpeak’s BkA100, HBO Latin America can effectively gather raw data from the local caches and near-real-time analytics about video consumption. Broadpeak’s local cache solution is highly scalable and can easily be added by HBO Latin America to other operator networks in the future.

“We are proud to partner with one of the biggest content providers to offer an improved QoE and pave the way toward creating better relationships between content providers and NSPs,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “Adding Broadpeak’s local cache solution within an operator’s network, HBO Latin America has the capacity to both enhance QoE and drive down CDN costs, making them more competitive in the marketplace.”