Harmonic Brings OTT Solutions To IBC2019


USA: Harmonic will demonstrate real-world deployments of its unified OTT and broadcast delivery solutions at IBC2019 next month. 
A variety of deployment strategies will be showcased including cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments, to demonstrate how service providers, broadcasters and content owners can originate and distribute video channels smarter, faster and simpler. Harmonic’s approach to video delivery includes cloud-based SaaS solutions that speed up the launch of new services, including live OTT channels, increase business agility and enhance video experiences.
“At IBC2019, we’re drawing from our extensive deployment experience and showcasing concrete solutions deployed in the field by leading service providers, broadcasters and content owners,” said Tim Warren, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Harmonic. “The video market is highly dynamic, and consumer demand for live OTT services is growing. Harmonic’s expansive solutions portfolio and enhancements in cloud, targeted advertisement and 8K technologies, with a SaaS business approach are designed with a sharp eye to help our customers stay one step ahead of the video evolution.”
Unified delivery workflows running in the cloud and on premises will be demonstrated at IBC2019 and these offer service providers a low-latency OTT solution for multiprotocol environments to provide the same delay between broadcast and OTT feeds which is vital for delivering live sports. In addition, Harmonic will highlight a range of workflows for VOS360 SaaS to launch skinny bundles, create new pop-up channels, deploy disaster recovery and stream live sports in UHD.
Harmonic will also showcase real-world deployments of hybrid SDI/IP, UHD and HDR playout and on-premises/cloud-based channel origination for OTT and broadcast workflows powered by its virtualised Spectrum X media servers and VOS360 SaaS. By supporting the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards and AMWA IS-04 and IS-05 specifications, Harmonic enables video content and service providers to make a smooth transition to all-IP workflows.
Furthermore, Harmonic’s CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution is a workflow supported by the company’s VOS360 SaaS, and this will also be on display. With the Primary Distribution SaaS solution, programmers can deliver linear channels to distributors, whether they are traditional pay-TV operators, virtual MVPDs or local broadcasters, anywhere in the world via CDN.
Harmonic will also showcase the dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities in its video SaaS solutions. With the company’s video SaaS solutions, operators can deliver advanced targeted advertisements and optimise ad campaigns to deliver personalised advertisements to viewers in real-time. The solutions provide operators and advertisers with a unified approach to reach audiences over hybrid broadcast and broadband delivery networks.
The company will demonstrate high-quality 8K video delivery on 8K connected TVs and legacy mobile devices with EyeQ content-aware encoding (CAE), which reduces the required bandwidth by up to 50% while improving quality of experience. AI-based video compression will also be demonstrated, showing how it can reduce bit rates for broadcast and IPTV delivery, improve QoE for OTT and increase density for all applications.
In addition to the above, Thierry Fautier, Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, will outline the opportunities that 5G networks promise and the challenges ahead for 8K in his “Taking a Look at 8K and 5G Technologies” presentation on September 14 at 1:50p.m. in the Future Zone Theatre (Stand 8.F40). Also in the Future Zone Theatre, Stephane Cloirec, Senior Director, Video Appliances at Harmonic, will speak on how “AI-Driven Video Compression Brings New Revenue Opportunities and Cost Savings for Service Providers” on September 16 at 4:10p.m.
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