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Harmonic brings ‘bold approach’ to video streaming

The company’s IBC2018 offerings also emphasise the company’s software-centric approach for video delivery

The media and broadcast industries are evolving at a rapid pace as operators need to deliver higher quality of experiences, reach more screen types, and increase monetisation. Thus, having a scalable, flexible and, more importantly, reliable video streaming solution at their disposal is imperative, suggested Tim Warren, senior vice-president and CTO at Harmonic.

He continued: “Whether an operator is looking to launch a new skinny bundle, needs a reliable disaster recovery solution, a live sports streaming platform with low latency, or the ability to deliver pristine 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) high dynamic range (HDR), we can help them get started in no time, with a fast return on investment (ROI) and minimal upfront investment.”

At IBC2018 booth 1.B20, Harmonic will be highlighting solutions such as the VOS 360 media processing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, which covers the entire media processing chain, simplifying over-the-top (OTT) workflows. VOS 360 is now equipped with enhanced channel origination workflow capabilities in the cloud. This, according to Harmonic, leverages playout and graphic branding functionalities, and open up new levels of efficiency and monetisation, including brand reinforcement, pop-up channels, rapid service deployment and expansion, as well as graphic avails.

Harmonic will also unveil new SaaS-based statistical multiplexing capabilities that enable service providers to statmux multiple 4K/UHD channels in a single pool or with HD MPEG-4 encoded channels for broadcast delivery. This “bold approach”, said the company, allows for simultaneous support of next-generation OTT streaming and traditional complex broadcast statmux delivery systems.

Other highlights include AV1 encoding capabilities for video-on-demand (VoD) content, artificial intelligence (AI) encoding technology that improves quality of experience (QoE) for live video; and 8K tiling technology for the delivery of VoD virtual reality (VR) content with Tiledmedia, Digital Immersion and Viaccess-Orca.

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