Harmonic Video SaaS for Live Sports Streaming Gets INDYCAR Across the Finish Line Fast
Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS Features Usage-Based Pricing, Offering Flexibility and Elasticity for Efficient Live Sports Streaming
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the NTT IndyCar Series, the preeminent open-wheel series in North America, is using its VOS®360 SaaS for live sports streaming. Featuring a competitive, pay-per-use business model and flexible cloud-native media processing that covers the entire workflow — from ingest to playout, transcoding, packaging and origin server capabilities — Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to speedily deliver live coverage of auto races, cost-effectively and with exceptional video quality.
“It took less than five weeks to design, set up, test and deploy VOS360 SaaS for live streaming of NTT IndyCar Series races, which is incredibly fast compared with the industry norm for OTT deployments,” said Brad Lee, director of business solutions at Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR. “Using VOS360 media processing as a service, we can deliver exceptional video quality to any screen, which is a must for live sports events.”
With VOS360 SaaS, INDYCAR can scale the delivery of its OTT services based on actual needs – growing from a few terabytes per day up to petabytes when an NTT IndyCar Series race is on. The elastic usage-based pricing model of Harmonic’s Video SaaS solution guarantees there are no hidden costs, while the solution’s flexibility ensures that INDYCAR can launch new channels and services quickly without requiring a large upfront investment in equipment necessary for traditional hardware-based workflows.
“Our VOS360 SaaS enables INDYCAR to be more agile and simplify its operations, all the while making viewers feel like they’re part of the live action by delivering high-quality in-car video and pit-crew audio during auto races,” said Eric Louvet, senior vice president, global sales and video services at Harmonic. “Harmonic provided INDYCAR with a high level of support, along with minimal operational overhead in terms of not having to invest in a physical infrastructure or ongoing maintenance costs. Those factors made this deployment quick and simple, while reducing media processing costs going forward.”
Harmonic will demonstrate its SaaS-based live sports streaming offerings at the 2019 NAB Show April 8-11 in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-IndyCar.docx
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PRESS RELEASE #2
PCCW Media Selects Harmonic SaaS for Unified Next-Gen IPTV and OTT Service Delivery
Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS Solution Enables Cloud Operations and Streamlines Content Preparation and Delivery
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that PCCW Media, a leading fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group of PCCW Limited based in Hong Kong, is using Harmonic’s VOS® Cluster SaaS for its Now TV, now Player and Now E services. By providing PCCW Media with a unified solution for IPTV and OTT content preparation and delivery, VOS Cluster cloud-native media processing software speeds up the time to market for new services. The Harmonic solution also assures a high-quality viewing experience on every screen for PCCW subscribers.
“We wanted to simplify the way we prepare and deliver video content for our IPTV and OTT platforms; but even more than that, we wanted a solution to help us migrate to new streaming formats and reduce our storage usage,” said Belinda Chan, Head of Technology at PCCW Media. “Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS transforms traditional video preparation and delivery architectures. Together with the company’s robust 24/7 support, the VOS Cluster SaaS meets all of our requirements for efficiency, agility and cost savings.”
PCCW Media is using Harmonic’s VOS Cluster SaaS for a wide range of functionalities, including VOD transcoding, catch-up TV, live-to-VOD media processing, packaging and origin server capabilities. Unifying the entire media processing chain, from ingest through delivery, the cloud-native application allows PCCW Media to run simpler, leaner operations and offer innovative services with a short turnaround time.
“Being infrastructure independent and highly scalable, our VOS Cluster SaaS enables operators to act swiftly, launching new offerings in hours as opposed to months,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “The VOS Cluster solution is the X-factor behind PCCW Media’s Now TV, now Player and Now E services, reducing capex and opex unlike any other solution, while delivering a superior-quality viewing experience.”
Harmonic will showcase its video SaaS offerings at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PCCW.docx
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PRESS RELEASE #3
Harmonic and Sony Partner to Demonstrate New SaaS Technology for ATSC 3.0 Hybrid Service Delivery at the 2019 NAB Show
Companies Demonstrate UHD, Time-Shift TV, Accelerated Channel Change and Robust OTA Services Using Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS and Sony ATSC 3.0 TV Software Innovations
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) and Sony Electronics today announced an innovative demonstration of advanced, hybrid ATSC 3.0 functionality that expands cloud services and enhances the end-consumer experience for ATSC 3.0 TVs. Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS delivers both the over-the-air (OTA) and the over-the-top (OTT) components of hybrid services that run on advanced TV software developed by Sony Electronics. At the 2019 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate its unified solution with Sony Electronics, highlighting practical hybrid services use cases that are currently implemented at the Chicago 3.0 ATSC 3.0 trial by Weigel Broadcasting Co. The implementation reflects both companies’ commitment to enabling the innovative capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and support for the successful deployment of hybrid ATSC 3.0 services.
“With ATSC 3.0, broadcasters are taking a giant step toward delivering the best of what over-the-air and over-the-top have to offer,” said Jason Clement, vice president of software development at Sony Electronics. “Our activity with Harmonic is already making a huge impact on the next generation of television, as evidenced by the Chicago 3.0 deployment. We continue to be enthusiastic about ATSC 3.0’s ability to deliver dynamic new viewing experiences for consumers.”
“The delivery of hybrid services is a breakthrough capability of ATSC 3.0 that combines the latest improvements in over-the-air TV with a more personalized experience for viewers,” said Kyle Walker, vice president, technology at Weigel. “Using Harmonic’s ATSC 3.0 SaaS and Sony Electronics’ innovation in the TV software, Weigel was able to launch hybrid services quickly and with minimal equipment at our Chicago 3.0 test station.”
The ATSC 3.0 technologies developed by Harmonic and Sony fully support the delivery of hybrid services, in which some components of the service are delivered over the air and some components are delivered over a broadband connection. Using DASH on both delivery paths provides the common layer that unifies broadcast and OTT, making it possible for broadcasters to implement hybrid services without reinventing an entire streaming ecosystem.
The advanced applications shown at the NAB Show will include occasional UHD with seamless adaptability based on bandwidth, time-shift TV with trick-play, catch-up and start-over requests served over broadband, accelerated channel change, and robust OTA delivery by combining broadcast and broadband. The demonstration’s broadband connection between Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS and Sony connected TVs illustrates how the companies’ innovations support the delivery of targeted content, including addressable advertising, allowing broadcasters to offer a more personalized user experience and open up new monetization opportunities.
“Collaborating with Sony — one of the biggest drivers of innovation in the media and entertainment industries — we are able to bring the promise of hybrid ATSC 3.0 television services to life using our award-winning VOS360 SaaS solution,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “A year ago we touched on the potential of ATSC 3.0 hybrid services, and we are excited to demonstrate an actual implementation that has successfully been deployed in the real world at this year’s NAB Show.”
Harmonic will demonstrate its ATSC 3.0 solutions for hybrid service delivery at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Sony.docx
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PRESS RELEASE #4
Harmonic Simplifies OTT Delivery with New CDN-Enabled Primary Distribution Solution
Harmonic’s New Workflow Solution Enables Programmers to Efficiently Deliver Linear Channels Via the Cloud to OTT Distribution Partners
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today unveiled the new CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful new workflow supported by the company’s VOS®360 SaaS. The Primary Distribution solution streamlines the management and delivery of linear channels from programmers to their affiliates, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN, replacing the need for dedicated networking links and satellite transponders. Successfully deployed by a major U.S. broadcaster to deliver 200 broadcast affiliate feeds to virtual MVPDs, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution transforms the way programmers deliver linear feeds to their distribution partners.
“This is primary distribution for the new age,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer, video business at Harmonic. “There are incredible revenue opportunities that broadcasters can take advantage of in the video streaming environment, but a major challenge is preparing and distributing OTT-ready local broadcast channels to affiliates. Combining our comprehensive understanding of the linear TV ecosystem with our expertise in cloud-based media processing, we are excited to introduce our SaaS Primary Distribution solution to help programmers meet the demand for linear content on connected screens.”
Based on a pay-as-you-grow business model, Harmonic’s Primary Distribution solution is simple and cost-effective. Using VOS360 SaaS, programmers can seamlessly aggregate channels, manage schedules and content rights, and distribute feeds including local and network programming, live sporting events and advertising in real time over the internet. VOS360 SaaS processes and prepares the feeds and distributes OTT-ready channels from the cloud to distribution partners worldwide. The solution also enables broadcasters to insert accurate metadata for rights management, blackouts and local ad insertion from the cloud, without requiring dedicated on-premises equipment and at little upfront cost.
Harmonic’s new Primary Distribution solution assures exceptional video quality. At the heart of VOS360 SaaS is Harmonic’s software-based media processing technologies that deliver industry-leading video quality at low bitrates and support a wide range of formats, codecs and encoding schemes, allowing broadcasters to deliver crystal-clear superior-quality video to affiliates for OTT services.
Harmonic will demonstrate the new Primary Distribution solution at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-PrimaryDistribution.docx
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PRESS RELEASE #5
Harmonic Adds Microsoft Azure Support and Expands Partnership with Akamai for Harmonic VOS®360 SaaS
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced immediate availability of Harmonic’s VOS®360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure with video content delivered by Akamai Media Delivery. This combined offering enables video content and service providers to adopt a more modern, agile and scalable media processing and delivery workflow that eliminates egress costs and extends global reach.
“Our VOS360 SaaS solution on Microsoft Azure, with Akamai as the delivery partner, gives media companies a combination of best-in-class services, helping them to quickly capitalize on the demand for high-quality video streaming,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development, Harmonic. “In particular, Azure’s global footprint provides us access to data centers wherever we have customers, perfectly aligning with Harmonic’s growing worldwide OTT business.”
“Consumers are demanding more content and flawless video on every screen, and the result is an increasing need for simple, scalable and reliable video streaming solutions,” said Bob DeHaven, worldwide general manager for media & communications, Microsoft. “VOS360 SaaS on Microsoft Azure, and delivered by Akamai CDN, is a hyper-scale, integrated platform built to deliver superior-quality video experiences to consumers everywhere.”
“The cloud ushered in a host of capabilities to help enable high-quality video streaming to global audiences, but that came with challenges. Akamai technology helps companies to more easily stream video at the highest possible quality across varying network conditions and device capabilities, reliably and on a global scale,” said Jon Alexander, senior director, media product management, Akamai. “Together with Harmonic and Microsoft, we help simplify media processing from a cloud infrastructure that is scalable and cost-effective, making this an attractive solution for our joint customers.”
Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, allowing content and service providers to launch revenue-generating OTT services more rapidly than ever. Azure offers media companies an intelligent cloud service that unlocks creativity and collaboration, helps to bring content to market faster, and accelerates engagement and monetization. VOS360 SaaS will leverage Akamai’s global CDN for secure delivery of video content, providing unmatched customer service, analytics and continuous monitoring.
Harmonic will showcase its VOS360 SaaS at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas at Booth SU810.Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.
Link to Word Doc: www.202comms.com/Harmonic/190407Harmonic-Microsoft.docx