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Haivision’s KB Series of H.264/HEVC Encoders Qualified for Akamai Media Services Live

MONTREAL, CANADA – APRIL 25, 2017 – Haivision, is pleased to announce that their award-winning KB Series HEVC/H.264 live video encoders are qualified for use with the new Akamai Media Services Live capabilities for low-latency live and linear online video delivery.

The KB Series of encoders are used by live event producers to deliver adaptive bitrate HEVC or H.264 cascades to the cloud for distribution to broad audiences watching over the public internet. The latest release of the KB Mini features an even more lightweight and compact form factor and enhanced CPU/GPU adaptive bitrate encoding of H.264 and HEVC, making it ideal for live event streaming. Through the powerful combination of the KB series of encoders and Akamai Media Services Live, event producers have a solution for live event streaming that is suitable for low-latency, broadcast quality streaming experiences to viewers wherever they may be watching.

“Reducing the delay between online live internet streaming and live/linear broadcast has challenges that differ from traditional broadcasting. To be successful, you have to deliver streams with flawless reliability, and a broadcast-level quality to viewers while maintaining low latency,” said Michael Fay, Vice President of Media Product and Operations, Akamai. “We’re extremely pleased that Haivision’s KB Mini encoder is simplifying first-mile live origin contribution workflows and taking advantage of our liveOriginTM capabilities, making it easier than ever for event producers to reliably stream to the Akamai Media Services Live solution.”

For years, broadcasters have been challenged to deliver video streaming experiences that match the delay inherent to broadcast TV – typically in the vicinity of 6 seconds from source to eyeballs. With the combination of Haivision’s KB Mini and Akamai Media Services Live, end-to-end delivery is now possible with a 10-second latency threshold, opening up new possibilities for using secure, high-quality live video streaming for the most demanding applications including: live event streaming, second screen experiences, broadcast contribution, gaming and more.

Today’s low-latency deployments involve ingesting content at the source, securely live streaming contribution to the cloud, intelligently transporting over the internet, and distributing to player devices. The KB Mini accelerates the first mile contribution to ensure that live video streaming from the source to the cloud is reliably and securely delivered at the highest quality possible even when local internet performance is unpredictable.

“Haivision customers have been successfully leveraging KB encoders and transcoders for their live event streaming with best-in-class low latency first-mile contribution,” said Sylvio Jelovcich, vice president global alliances, Haivision. “By leveraging the Akamai Media Services Live liveOriginTM delivery capabilities, we are working together to improve video streaming and opening up new opportunities for those who need low-latency video delivered live to broadest audiences.”

Haivision innovates in the areas of live hardware and software encoding/decoding, video stream transport and management. The company is dedicated to pushing the technology envelope, and fostering partnerships and collaboration within the industry to expand the ecosystems of performance video that its customers depend on.

The new KB Mini and the KB 4K showcased at the 2017 NAB Show at the Renaissance Hotel (suite Ren Deluxe - B) next to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

Haivision Launches KB 4K encoder powered with Intel® Visual Compute Accelerator 2

MONTREAL, CANADA – April 24, 2017 – At the 2017 NAB Show, Haivision, launches dual 4K live streaming of VR 360 content. The company demonstrated the technology with Nokia and Intel (booth SU9410).

Its latest advancement in high resolution HEVC and H.264 encoding, the KB 4K internet streaming encoder is now available with the Intel® Visual Compute Accelerator 2 (Intel® VCA 2). The Intel VCA 2 augments Haivision’s KB 4K encoder with the media transcode power of the Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5. When equipped with dual 12G-SDI input and the Intel VCA 2, the KB 4K is capable of encoding dual 4Kp60 HEVC with synchronized stereoscopic streaming through MPEG-DASH.

The power of the KB 4K will be showcased in a collaborative demonstration by Haivision, Intel and Nokia featuring a live VR workflow complete with the 4K 3D 360 OZO camera, OZO Live for real-time stereoscopic 360 stitching, and advanced streaming format playback powered by the OZO Player SDK. This collaboration will help to empower the OZO Reality Platform to enable the real-world delivery of 360 video and mixed reality experiences with unprecedented efficiency and uncompromised quality.

“To support our customers with solutions best suited to their needs, Haivision has invested heavily in software-based encoding for Intel multi core CPU-only platforms and Intel accelerated CPU performance architectures with integrated graphics,” said Mahmoud Al-Daccak, chief technology officer, Haivision. “Through our tight collaboration with Intel, we can stay well ahead of the pack and offer a wide spectrum of price performance.”

“The rapid growth in immersive augmented and virtual reality signals the next wave in visual computing,” said Jim Blakley, general manager, Visual Cloud Division, Data Center Group, Intel Corporation. “By supporting Intel VCA 2, Haivision is able to deliver a cutting edge VR streaming solution.”

“The OZO Reality Platform is embraced by a broad ecosystem of partners and this collaboration with Haivision and Intel will enhance the VR 360 experience for our customers globally,” said Tarif Sayed, Head of VR Technologies, Nokia Technologies.

Using the Intel VCA 2-enabled Haivision KB 4K encoder together with the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera and Nokia OZO Live software, organizations can stream reliable, high quality, real-time, virtual reality experiences that combine 360-degree viewing with a 3D immersive experience for online audiences. Nokia OZO Live and Haivision’s KB 4K encoder have already powered a number of high profile events including the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and The CMA Awards Red Carpet.

Haivision’s family of KB internet media encoders and transcoders provides multiple options for live event streaming, helping deliver the highest quality live video to global Internet audiences. KB Series of encoders/transcoders support adaptive bitrate encoding up to 4Kp60 H.264 and HEVC, leveraging CPU, GPU and dedicated hardware. Available as small form factor portable appliances, on-premise servers or cloud instances, the KB Series of encoders/transcoders caters to wide range of production environments.

Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

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Haivision and Wowza Form SRT Alliance to Support New Open Source Low Latency Video Streaming Initiative

NAB, LAS VEGAS – April 24, 2017 – Wowza™ Media Systems, the recognized gold standard in streaming video, and Haivision, a pioneer in high performance video streaming, announced the founding of the SRT Alliance and the open-source availability of SRT, a video transport protocol to enable the delivery of high-quality and secure, low-latency video across the public Internet.

Despite advances in internet streaming, live video transport has faced a variety of latency challenges. This includes complications from origin network conditions, CDN caching and video transcoding, and last mile network congestion, among other issues.

To solve these challenges, Haivision and Wowza are making SRT available as an open source full-stack protocol that provides a secure and reliable solution for low latency video transport with packet loss recovery, end-to-end security with AES encryption, network health monitoring between endpoints, and simplified firewall traversal. Developers can use SRT to send video over any network, including the public internet.

Applied on encoders, streaming servers, decoders, set-top boxes and embedded media players, SRT presents a fundamental technology for high performance end-to-end video streaming. SRT can be used by broadcast solution providers, video streaming technology vendors, enterprise video platform developers, live event production companies, OEM hardware developers, and any developer needing low latency video streaming for hardware or software.

SRT is available on GitHub as source code with build tools, along with sample applications, so developers can immediately incorporate the protocol within their technologies. Developers can also improve upon, use, and re-contribute (under LGPLv2 license) to SRT.

“The most difficult challenge for interactive streamers is being able to deliver at scale while maintaining high interactivity,” says Charlie Good, chief technology officer and cofounder at Wowza. “To accomplish this feat, you need a protocol that can deliver across the technology stack, seamlessly and without fail, but does so with the lowest end-to-end latency possible. SRT is the first solution that’s offered freely by the leaders in the streaming industry, that has the potential to transform streaming applications for years to come.”

“We’ve released the SRT source code for any developer who wants to deliver low-latency video streaming solutions for their users,” said Peter Maag, chief marketing officer, Haivision. “By opening up this technology to the world, SRT is the low-latency glue that bonds the video streaming ecosystem closer together – improving the way we all stream and continuing to significantly reduce internet streaming latency for the best viewing experiences.”

SRT Alliance The SRT Alliance was founded by Haivision and Wowza. The mission of the SRT Alliance is to overcome the challenges of low latency video streaming, thereby changing the way the world streams. Fundamental to this mission is the support of a freely available open source video transport protocol that will accelerate innovation through collaborative development. The SRT Alliance will promote the industry-wide recognition and adoption of SRT as a common standard for all low latency internet streaming. Wowza and Haivision will demonstrate the open source SRT protocol at the 2017 NAB Show at the Renaissance Hotel, 2nd floor. For more information on how to join the SRT Alliance, visit srtalliance.org.

Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Learn more at haivision.com.

Wowza Media Systems™ is the recognized gold standard of streaming, with more than 20,000 customers in 170+ countries. By reducing the complexities of video and audio delivery to any device, Wowza™ enables organizations to expand their reach and more deeply engage their audiences, in industries ranging from education to broadcasting. Service providers, direct customers, and partners worldwide trust Wowza products to provide robust, customizable, and scalable streaming solutions—with powerful APIs and SDKs to meet organizations’ evolving streaming needs. Wowza was founded in 2005, is privately held, and is headquartered in Colorado. For more information, please visit www.wowza.com.

Nevion adds signal processing and 4K/UHD JPEG 2000 transport to its Nevion Virtuoso media platform

Oslo, Norway, 20 April 2017 – Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has announced the latest update to its software-driven media platform, Nevion Virtuoso. It includes a host of new and enhanced features for 4K/UHD video transport, signal processing, movie post-production, monitoring and transport stream (TS) adaptation.

More specifically, the latest Nevion Virtuoso software update adds support for JPEG 2000 encoding of UHD/4K video; 2K resolution format for film production; audio embedding/de-embedding; frame synchronization, audio processing, and PTP synchronization; monitoring of SMPTE 2022-6, JPEG 2000 and SD/HD/3G-SDI; and AES encryption.

Launched at IBC 2016, Nevion Virtuoso is designed to meet the challenges of an IP-based live production environment in which the distinction between Local Area Networks (IP in the facilities) and Wide Area Networks (IP in contribution and remote production) is becoming blurred, and where virtualization will play an increasing role.

The functionality of Nevion Virtuoso is largely provided through software, enabling broadcasters and service providers to regularly benefit from enhancements to the capabilities and new functionalities on the platform through licensed software upgrades.

Virtuoso has already been adopted by several broadcasters and service providers for various applications, including most recently Finland’s Digita (digital terrestrial distribution) and Norway’s TV 2 (intra- and inter-facility IP media transport), as well as the major US broadcaster NBC (metro IP transport).

Appear TV Features New X10/X20 Modules at NAB 2017

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 24, 2017 – Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and streaming high-quality video, showcased three new modules for its X10/X20 Ultra-High-Speed Video Networking hardware platform at NAB 2017 (Booth SU3602). These modules support the IP centric architectures that broadcasters are migrating towards and positions the company as an authority in the transition phase. Appear TV also showcased its Adaptive Bit-rate (ABR) packager and modular XC5000 chassis at the show.

Appear TV’s new X10 and X20 platforms assist broadcasters in the transition from SDI to IP centric operation. Both platforms offer a programmable option with modules that easily alternate between SDI and IP in either the compressed or lightly-compressed domain, allowing users to adopt IP easily in their own timeframe. With new features, including core IP security as a firewall, video monitoring, video routing and video re-multiplexing, the X10 and X20 operate as the foundation of an ultra-flexible, ultra-low delay, highly secured broadcast network. The code agnostic platforms bridge both the natively encapsulated and MPEG_TS worlds. The three latest processing modules allow for customization, giving users the ability to meet specific requirements: a high-speed IP card that delivers both compressed and uncompressed video, a high-density SDI card and a scrambling card for operations that require secure content delivery.

“By extending our solution portfolio to encompass contribution and distribution over IP, Appear TV aims to be a one-stop supplier for all things related to video delivery. Being a hardware platform, it differs from most products on the market, and we’ve meticulously designed it in accordance to market needs. The X10/X20 operates as a default firewall and sets a new precedent for ultra-low UHD delay and we’re excited to demonstrate all new features at NAB this year”, says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV.

Appear TV’s ABR just-in-time packager was also highlighted at NAB. The ABR is an integrated software solution combining a video segmentation engine, high-performance storage DRM engine and origin server as a suite of complementary elements. When running on a customer’s preferred server architecture, the solution enables both operational capacity and redundancy provisioning to be re-defined simply by adding more hardware, either physically or via the cloud. The software supports a variety of different deployment architectures, including edge deployments without CDN support, and is encoding vendor agnostic, allowing for seamless integration with third-party encoders.

Appear TV also had a complete XC5000 chassis on display at the show. The company’s modular approach enables the user to easily adopt the system to meet future operational requirements without having to completely replace the system. The unified head-end chassis can hold a wide range of purpose-built cards to handle reception from IP, ASI, DVB-C, ISDB-T, 8VSB, DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2, descrambling, encoding/transcoding, scrambling, multiplexing and all common output formats, including IP, ASI, DVB-C, DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2. The chassis can also be configured and monitored using its integrated web-based GUI. Additionally, the system has a completely agnostic, open architecture with interfaces that include XML, SOAP and other industry standard protocols.