HEXAGLOBE and SGT will exhibit together for the first time as HEXAGLOBE Group at IBC

At the show, a new, entirely virtualised workflow for linear and non-linear broadcast distribution will be unveiled, as well as updates to key products, including the premium VEDA MAM and broadcast playout automation system by SGT and Advanced Replay live video clipping tool by HEXAGLOBE.

VEDA Automation is a broadcast TV playout automation software solution for robust multi-channels playout systems. Based on more than 25 years’ experience, the VEDA Automation playout platform manages local, thematic and premium channels as well as multi-channels playout centres.

Its modern, innovative, friendly, and fully configurable user interface and proven reliability make VEDA Automation a versatile TV automation solution.

Advanced Replayby HEXAGLOBE features a complete workflow, from recording live streams to publishing VoD content within a user’s CDN, CMS (which may include metadata, titles, and thumbnails) and across social networks, websites and mobile apps.

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CDN77 launches end-to-end live streaming and VOD platform Streamflow

Zdenek Cendra“The ongoing upsurge of live streaming has been changing the world of content delivery. The significant growth in demand for customized solutions goes hand in hand with the need for redundant network capacity and technical ability to deliver high-resolution videos at lower bitrates. That’s why with Streamflow, we built a platform on our robust network to give publishers direct control over the whole process, from ingest to playback.” said Zdenek Cendra, founder and CEO of CDN77

Powered by 20 PoPs in North & South America, Europe and Asia dedicated to video delivery, Streamflow also promises to cut down costs and reduce technical challenges that come with reliance on multi-vendor solutions.

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The management of all steps involved in getting the video to viewers’ devices happens behind a web-based user interface, and the features included in each stage are as follows:

  • Video origin – live signal ingestion in RTMP, HLS or MPEG-DASH, VOD Storage
  • Video processing – on-the-fly transcoding & adaptive streaming, as well as DVR/Catch-up service
  • Global delivery – 20 CDN PoPs on 4 continents with DDoS protection and 14+ Tbps of redundant bandwidth capacity
  • Playback – customizable HTML5 player with dynamic ad insertion & audience analytics
  • Security – built-in DRM, secure tokens and hotlink protection, blacklisting and whitelisting by GEO or IP address

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Tomas Bacik“We’ve been proud of helping our clients grow their businesses, and top performance has always been a crucial element of it. To take this even further, we’ve partnered up with Bradmax and implemented their HTML5 player into the Streamflow platform. This integration brings our clients additional options for monetization and evaluation, thanks to dynamic Ad insertion support and comprehensive analytics.” commented Tomas Bacik, CDN77’s Director of Customer Operations

Built upon their network, with 5+ Tbps daily peaks, Streamflow currently handles some 500 live events per month. The list of CDN77’s streaming clients includes german broadcasting company Sport1, TEDx Prague, European Space Agency and ESET amongst others.

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Broadpeak IBC2019 Show Exhibitor Preview

At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate its elastic CDN, multicast ABR (mABR), video streaming over satellite, personalized ad insertion, and local video-caching solutions, with examples of large-scale real-world deployments. Broadpeak’s ultra-low latency, Android TV, Cloud PVR, and 5G technologies will also be on display, showcasing how these innovations are leading the charge for better QoE and efficient content delivery.

Innovations for Content Providers

Reduce CDN Costs With Local Video-Caching Technology
As broadcasters and content providers look to lower CDN costs, Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box offers a unique solution that leverages local video-caching technology. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how HBO Latin America is using its BroadCache Box to dramatically reduce CDN costs while boosting subscribers’ QoE by deploying local caches into operators’ networks. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bit rates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

Enhance Content Quality With umbrellaCDN™ and CDN Diversity

Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™ CDN selector allows content providers to choose the best CDN’s for streaming their content. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will highlight video-analytics features and CDN Diversity, a groundbreaking feature of umbrellaCDN that allows content providers to dynamically take into account the instantaneous quality of several CDNs as a service, combine their contributions, and deliver the content at a quality level exceeding what would be achievable with the best CDN alone.

Record, 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 IBC2019, Broadpeak® will showcase its BkS350 Origin Server and Packager, which supports all streaming formats including low-latency CMAF 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.

Innovations for 5G and Mobile Video Delivery

Broadpeak has taken an active role in providing solutions to optimize video delivery over 5G for use cases that include local caching, cell congestion management, and service routing. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® and Telstra will demonstrate an innovative solution that optimizes video quality and efficiency over fixed and mobile networks. The joint solution combines Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN™/BkA100 analytics with Telstra’s intelligence in mobile sports apps and real-time network awareness to increase video streaming quality and efficiency for telco operators while providing the best possible QoE for end users.

Broadpeak’s technologies have been successfully used in 5G trials in collaboration with the SaT5G project and the industry consortium 5G-Xcast, groups whose goal is to develop broadcast and multicast communication enablers for the fifth generation of wireless systems.

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Innovations for Satellite Operators

Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR technology for satellite is at the heart of the ready-to-deploy, cost-effective solution for OTT delivery, allowing operators to address scalable, multiscreen streaming with transmission over satellite. At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will showcase innovative use cases and new business opportunities for mABR for satellite, including direct-to-home OTT, 5G backhaul, mobility, and VSAT.

Innovations for Pay-TV Operators

At IBC2019, Broadpeak® will demonstrate how IPTV DASH enables a better-quality television experience on all screens compared with IPTV. Using Broadpeak’s CDN and its nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solutions, pay-TV operators can deliver content on managed set-top boxes (STBs) and open devices via IPTV DASH. Broadpeak’s solutions have been successfully deployed on more than 100 devices, including Android TV and Apple TV. Through the implementation of mABR in MPEG-DASH (or HLS) format, operators can benefit from the greater flexibility offered by OTT combined with the scalability and low latency offered by IPTV.

A variety of premium IPTV DASH applications will be showcased at IBC2019, including:

  • Ultra-low latency: Broadpeak’s nanoCDN Multicast ABR solution enables ultra-low latency on every screen in all ABR formats, including HLS. New features for nanoCDN will be demonstrated, such as CMAF format and chunked transfer encoding, which further decrease latency for OTT live streaming. The feature can also be used to synchronize all the devices in the same home network.
  • Multicast ABR for Android TV: Broadpeak enables the easy integration of mABR with Android TV. At IBC2019, Broadpeak will, for the first time, showcase its mABR TV Input, which plugs into the Android TV Input Framework (TIF) on Technicolor STBs.
  • End-to-end Android TV ecosystems: At IBC2019, Broadpeak will present a range of the pre-integrated, end-to-end, technical Android TV ecosystems that include the company’s video delivery technologies.
  • 4K UHD HDR video streaming: Broadpeak’s nanoCDN solution supports premium video delivery with the highest quality. We are proud to be collaborating with Dolby® to showcase its industry leading Dolby Vision® technology at the Broadpeak booth at IBC2019.
  • Personalized ad insertion: By leveraging manifest manipulation, Broadpeak can insert or replace video content to help operators and content providers monetize their live and on-demand services with the highest value.

All the components used to build these solutions can be deployed on COTS hardware or virtual machines, or as containers in a dockerized system, bringing an unmatched level of elasticity.

Broadpeak raises 10 million euros from Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications  and Broadpeak announce a circa 20% investment in Broadpeak, an industry leader in video content delivery solutions.

Broadpeak is a supplier of CDN (Content Delivery Network) technologies optimising the delivery of video content over terrestrial and satellite networks to provide end-users with best-in-class viewing quality on all their devices. Eutelsat’s investment in Broadpeak is a further step in its strategy to integrate satellite into the Internet Protocol (IP) ecosystem, following the launch in September 2018 of Eutelsat CIRRUS, its hybrid satellite-OTT solution giving satellite TV channels and operators the ability to offer a flexible and homogeneous multi-screen consumer experience.

Eutelsat and Broadpeak will pool their technological resources to expand their respective portfolios of services for telecom operators, media groups and content owners by offering them turnkey video delivery solutions enabling them to respond to the rising demand for video content on all networks. They will also work together on projects aimed at integrating satellite technology into the 5G generation of mobile networks.

Eutelsat’s investment, in the form of shares and convertible bonds, represents a consideration of circa 10 million euros.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte, Chief Strategy and Resources Officer at Eutelsat: “We are delighted to partner with Broadpeak with whom we have been working since 2015. This association with a recognised and innovative leader in video content delivery solutions will enable us to expand our offer in this area. Following the launch of Eutelsat CIRRUS last September, this investment reflects our strategy to accelerate the integration of IP and satellite technologies by expanding the portfolio of technological solutions available to our broadcast customers to distribute content to viewers across multiple channels.”

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Jacques Le Mancq, co-founder and Chairman, explains that this operation is a new chapter in Broadpeak’s development: “This investment by Eutelsat will enable us to strengthen our team and finance the strong growth of our business. We are very excited to develop our partnership with Eutelsat, with whom we will build next-generation services to deliver, optimize and monetize high-quality video experiences for end-users, whether at home or on the move.”

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Mediaproxy brings latest features for LogServer compliance monitor-analyser to Media+Entertainment Tech Expo 2019

Mediaproxy will show the latest updates to its LogServer compliance, monitoring and analysis package at SMPTE Australia’s Media+Entertainment Tech Expo on booth F27 in the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) from 17 to 20 July 2019.

While recognized internationally as a company of cutting-edge technology for compliance applications in file-based broadcast workflows, Mediaproxy maintains a strong presence in its domestic market of Australia. Like their counterparts in other parts of the world, Australian broadcasters, service providers and platform operators are facing the realities of OTT services, which have made broadcast operations more complicated, particularly in terms of checking and analyzing delivery streams.

A major challenge is that playout is no longer the final point for quality control (QC). Modern distribution ecosystems call for a greater degree of management because of more logging and compliance checks needed to cope with CDN edge points, targeted ad-insertion, multi-language support and event-based channels at different places along the chain.

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During this year’s MET Mediaproxy will demonstrate the concept of exception-based monitoring, which uses IP penalty boxes that allow broadcasters and MSOs (multiple system operators) working at scale to deal with QC and compliance more efficiently.

As well as OTT, broadcasters now have to address social media as an increasingly important platform for video distribution. More broadcasters are now exploiting Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to extend their reach. These outlets have different, specific requirements for how material is prepared and Mediaproxy has incorporated dedicated tools for this into LogServer. These include features for cropping the image and altering the aspect ratio to make it better suited for mobile devices, in addition to the capability for inserting ad bumpers.

Among other new features for LogServer that address the needs of network operators running multiple stations and playout streams is a live source comparison tool. This identifies mismatched content in real-time and is able to compare one or more live sources using video material. An alert is sent to operators immediately if irregularities are detected.

LogServer also supports SMPTE ST 2110 media over IP formats and Newtek’s NDI (Network Device Interface) technology. By working with both of these sources, the software’s compliance recording and monitoring options are enhanced, ensuring complete adherence to standards at all points along the IP chain.

Commenting on Mediaproxy’s presence at MET and the latest version of LogServer, chief executive Erik Otto says, “We always look forward to our visit to Sydney for MET. It gives us a perfect showcase to demonstrate how LogServer can help with the major operational challenges faced by broadcasters today. Controlling a large number of OTT streams can be daunting, which is why having a unified system for monitoring compliance and identifying issues across all traditional and OTT playouts is critical. To ensure that the right content is at the right place at the right time, Mediaproxy LogServer enables operators to log and monitor outgoing ABR streams as well as Transport Stream and OTT stream metadata, including SCTE triggers, closed captions and audio information, all from one place. It is the key to surviving the multiformat game of the future and we are delighted to demonstrate this at MET 2019.”

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Anevia OTT Video-Delivery Solution Powers SKYmedia’s New Sky GO Service

Based in Ulaanbaatar, the SKYmedia group provides a wide range of capabilities including mobile phone and broadband data connectivity.

SKYmedia has partnered successfully with Anevia since 2014 when it chose Anevia’s origin-packager and CDN solutions. The existing platform has now been renewed and expanded with a latest-generation packager, NEA-DVR (www.anevia.com/product/cloud-dvr-solution), as well as NEA-CDN (www.anevia.com/product/video-cdn), plus an Anevia Genova encoder. The combined result is a full end-to-end OTT video-delivery solution that will power SKYmedia’s new Sky GO service, scheduled for launch this month.

This new investment comes at a time of healthy growth in demand for IP-related services. The total number of Internet subscribers in Mongolia has increased by more than 60% over the past five years and take-up of IPTV subscriptions has grown by 116% in the same period. Anevia’s end-to-end solution meets SKYmedia’s need for scalability, accompanying its growth in the number of subscribers. It is also part of an open ecosystem that integrates easily with products from third-party vendors – in this case, Mirada’s Iris multiscreen service platform and EZDRM’s digital rights management solution.

Anevia’s APAC Sales Director, Antoine Hugoo says: “TV operators in Asia are setting up increasingly ambitious OTT solutions. Even in remote areas such as Mongolia, there is strong competition and a need for differentiation; operators require a solid OTT service to keep their customers. We are pleased that SKYmedia has renewed its trust in Anevia for the launch of its new Sky GO service. Our strategy has always been to establish long-term partnerships with our customers, from initial concept right through to renewal and expansion.”

SKYmedia Corporation LLC is one of Mongolia’s leading telecommunications service providers with a large presence in the country’s mobile market. Its fields of operation include latest-generation television and mobile Internet services. SKYmedia has successfully implemented major national projects including a fibre-optic network and related IPTV solutions. SKYmedia Corporation’s media offerings include SKYtel television and the SKYmelody music service.

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TVB Delivers Superior-Quality OTT Experience with Harmonic

Harmonic announced that Television Broadcast Limited (TVB) has deployed Harmonic’s EyeQ™ content-aware encoding for its myTV SUPER OTT platform. EyeQ encoding optimizes bandwidth for OTT services, reducing TVB’s CDN costs and improving viewers’ quality of experience (QoE) on every screen by significantly decreasing the amount of stream buffering and startup delays.

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“Today’s television viewers expect the same flawless, uninterrupted quality of experience for OTT as broadcast,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales and services, APAC, at Harmonic. “Our EyeQ content-aware encoding enables TVB to achieve constant video quality for OTT and improved speeds for video delivery. With the bandwidth savings that EyeQ encoding provides, TVB can enhance its offering and deliver valued-added services like UHD and new sport channels in the future, keeping viewers engaged and watching longer.”

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TVB is leveraging EyeQ technology to deliver live HD OTT channels on set-top boxes using the HEVC codec. At the heart of the company’s acclaimed, software-based Electra® media processing platform, EyeQ content-aware encoding offers TVB a fresh approach to delivering consistent, superior video quality for its OTT service, with a significant reduction in bandwidth. The EyeQ technology is unique in its ability to leverage the mechanics of the human eye to assess video quality and optimize encoding parameters in real time.

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