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.

Harmonic Brings New Efficiencies to Broadcast and OTT Service Delivery at Inter BEE 2018

Whether service providers are delivering traditional broadcast or video streaming offerings, they need to be more nimble, improve video quality and increase monetization. At Inter BEE 2018, Harmonic will demonstrate how its software-based approach for media processing, playout and delivery can be deployed in cloud and on-premises environments to increase agility and operational efficiencies, while driving superior-quality user experiences across all screens.

“Being agile is a critical necessity for today’s content and service providers, given the speed with which technology and consumer viewing habits are changing,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC at Harmonic. “At Inter BEE 2018, we will bring the latest innovations in software and the cloud, to speed up time to market for video streaming services, driving new workflow efficiencies, better monetization and exceptional video quality.”

Highlights include:

Speed up the Launch of OTT Channels, Boost Monetization With SaaS for Video
VOS®360 Video software-as-a-service (SaaS) unifies the entire media processing chain, from ingest to playout, transcoding, encryption, packaging and origin, enabling operators to launch video streaming services faster and run simpler, leaner operations. A wide range of business models for VOS360 Video SaaS will be shown at Inter BEE 2018, including time-shift TV, VOD, live sports streaming, dynamic ad insertion for OTT and targeted advertising for broadcast.

For content monetization, Harmonic will demonstrate server-side dynamic ad insertion for OTT and targeted advertising for broadcast, as well as blackout content scheduling and management. With Harmonic’s solution, which supports HbbTV, operators can personalize content delivery per audience, geography or syndication.

Harmonic will also showcase breathtaking images featuring NASA content from the world’s first 24/7 UHD HDR video streaming service, powered by VOS360 Video SaaS.

Maximize the Efficiency of UHD HDR Service Delivery
Harmonic’s end-to-end UHD HDR workflow solution supports a wide range of applications, including channel origination, live streaming and video on demand. At the heart of Harmonic’s UHD HDR solution are the Spectrum™ X media server and Electra™ X encoder, which deliver pristine video quality at low bitrates. This solution can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud as part of Harmonic’s VOS®360 Video SaaS.

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.

Harmonic’s CableOS Solution Powers Buckeye Broadband’s Launch of Gigabit Internet Service Over DOCSIS 3.1

Harmonic’s Virtualized Cable Access Solution Features a Software-based CMTS for Unprecedented Scalability, Flexibility and Cost Savings

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Buckeye Broadband, the leading cable and telecommunications provider in Northwest Ohio, is using Harmonic’s CableOS™ virtualized cable access solution to launch a DOCSIS 3.1 broadband platform offering speeds up to 1 Gbps. As the industry’s first software-based Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS), Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables Buckeye Broadband to transition to a more flexible, cost-effective architecture and deliver gigabit speeds and services while better controlling capital and operating expenses.

“As we look to deliver next-generation data, voice and video services to customers, we need a future-proof infrastructure solution,” said R.J. Walker, vice president of engineering, operations and IT services at Buckeye Broadband. “Harmonic’s CableOS solution provides sustainable capacity growth over the long term and end-to-end support for centralized architectures now, while future-proofing our operations for distributed architectures, enabling us to deliver faster broadband offerings and address critical space, power and cost requirements.”

Harmonic’s CableOS solution enables fast and flexible deployment of gigabit data, voice and video services by centralizing the operator’s virtualized CMTS core, which connects via a standard IP network to dense PHY shelves located in secondary headend and hub facilities. Through this flexible remote PHY architecture, and by utilizing COTS servers and switches, the CableOS solution dramatically improves gigabit service scalability and delivery costs.

“Software is transforming the future of cable access networks, providing increased scalability, flexibility and cost savings to operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “We’re excited to collaborate with Buckeye Broadband on this world-class broadband access network. With the CableOS solution at the heart of its infrastructure, Buckeye Broadband is ready to achieve unprecedented DOCSIS bandwidth and boost cost efficiencies.”

Harmonic will showcase its latest virtualized cable access innovations at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta at booth 2145. For further information about Buckeye Broadband and its customer-oriented internet, video, and phone products, see www.buckeyebroadband.com. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Harmonic Announces its CableOS™ Virtualized Cable Access Solution Supports Cloud-Native Deployments

New Containerized Version of the CableOS Offering Successfully Deployed by a Tier-1 Cable Operator

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that its groundbreaking CableOS™ virtualized cable access software is available as a cloud-native containerized and Kubernetes-orchestrated solution, enabling new levels of scalability, reliability and efficiency for operators. Building on the CableOS solution’s original microservices software architecture, the new cloud-native offering will be a key enabler of the broader SDN and NFV transformation beginning to take hold in the cable industry. Featuring a rich and extensible API-based software architecture that is integrated with third-party provisioning, cloud networking and orchestration applications, the CableOS cloud-native solution has been successfully deployed by a tier-1 cable operator.

“Virtualizing the CMTS core was our first step toward unleashing a more flexible and scalable cable access architecture — and we are pleased to see this solution deployed by a growing number of global cable operators,” said Nimrod Ben-Natan, senior vice president and general manager, cable access business, at Harmonic. “Now, through cloud-native support, our CableOS solution delivers a new level of performance and density while enabling operational benefits, such as automated deployment and more granular system upgrades, in the delivery of competitive gigabit services. By aligning the CableOS solution with our companywide cloud-native strategy, Harmonic is leading a powerful new era of growth and efficiency for cable operators around the world.”

The CableOS software core can be deployed on either dedicated COTS servers or on cloud compute data centers, natively supporting both centralized hub-collapsed CMTS architectures and distributed access architectures (DAA). The new containerized and Kubernetes-orchestrated CableOS solution has been successfully deployed in both of these architectures. With a growing number of cable operators planning to migrate to both SDN/NFV core networks and DAA, Harmonic’s CableOS offering is uniquely positioned as a powerful bridge to cable’s future that is real and deployable today.

Harmonic will demonstrate CableOS at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2018, Oct. 22-25, in Atlanta at booth 2145. Further information about Harmonic and the company’s solutions is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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.