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Appear TV Demonstrates Enhanced Video Streaming Portfolio at the 2016 NAB Show

Brings Major Functions of HTTP Streaming Workflow into One Package

The ABR product is an integrated software solution combining a video segmentation engine, high-performance storage, just-in-time packager, 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. Being encoding vendor agnostic, it also allows for seamless integration with third-party encoders.

Supporting leading file formats including HLS, Smooth Streaming, DASH and HDS it also integrates with leading DRM solutions. By offering on-the-fly packaging, the ABR Server reduces storage requirements while increasing flexibility, a critical factor in live streaming and on demand applications. The system supports internal and external storage options which are specifically engineered to maximisemaximize efficiency and easily integrate with other VOD elements using simple API's

The new VOD solution focuses on efficient, high quality transcoding of offline content into the multiscreen delivery chain. Capable of parallelizing for increased throughput, the system can deliver outputs encoded in H.264 and H.265. The workflow management greatly simplifies the encoding process and delivery into the ABR production system. Quality criteria are evaluated and defined before content is published. The tool performs immediate conversion of multiple video files, creating on-demand assets and mezzanine deliverables to TV, PC and mobile devices. Scaling is streamlined and can be done either on a local hardware or on virtual computers in the cloud.

The ABR Product is also tightly integrated with Appear TV’s real-time universal encoding and transcoding modules, to provide a particularly powerful end-to-end solution within a single unified solution. The universal compression module in multiscreen mode supports both encoding from the studio and transcoding of pre-compressed services to achieve the highest video quality that is also electrically, thermally and space efficient. When used with the ABR Server, the multiple profiles streaming from the Appear TV Processing Platform are synchronized, ensuring low latency and accurate network interfacing.

“The ABR product can be deployed as a single server solution, but its ability to scale is what truly shows its merits,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “It is built from the ground up, allowing seamless scaling by adding servers brick-by-brick when needed. By leveraging concepts from high-performance computing, cloud computing and a micro-services approach, we have created a next-generation video server for the new TV age. In combination with our traditional modular approach, the ABR server gives operators the same user-friendly environment with which they are already familiar. We always strive to simplify and unify all aspects of a complex video delivery system. With our latest additions we feel this has been accomplished.”

Haivision Announces Compact, Most Affordable Live HEVC Encoder, the KB Mini

Haivision, a market leader in enterprise video and streaming solutions, announces the Haivision KB Mini encoder. As a portable all-in-one H.264/HEVC encoder, the KB Mini is ideal for live event streaming from anywhere with an Internet connection. With big power and small form factor, the KB Mini with HEVC saves up to 50% on required bandwidth.

The KB Mini takes advantage of both HD adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming workflows and bandwidth efficient HD HEVC workflows. For source locations with access to high bandwidth, the KB Mini can deliver a full HD adaptive bitrate (ABR) cascade of H.264 (up to five renditions/bit rates) to a content delivery network (CDN). However, if a source location has limited bandwidth, the KB Mini can deliver a single efficient HEVC stream at the highest resolution to cloud resources which can then create the adaptive bitrate cascade for CDN distribution.

The KB Mini also supports Haivision’s SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) protocol enabling delivery of video streams over public Internet connections. SRT makes low-cost, readily available public Internet connections secure and reliable for live video transport from the source to the cloud, getting the most out of your available uplink bandwidth. SRT also simplifies firewall traversal for video streams. Haivision includes SRT technology within its encoders, gateways, cloud transcoders, decoders, and players with no additional licensing fees.

“HEVC is most attractive for video streaming over constricted networks,” said Peter Maag, chief marketing officer of Haivision. “When considering the entire video ecosystem, HEVC and Haivision’s SRT are a killer combination, delivering the highest quality video over the most accessible networks.”

KB Mini is part of Haivision’s end-to-end solutions, including the Haivision Video Cloud which helps organizations easily publish live and on-demand video online across internal portals, company websites and to mobile devices. Certified on Akamai’s content delivery network, the highly portable KB Mini supports up to 1080p streaming and can encode baseband video directly from its HD-SDI or HDMI inputs, all in a 1.7” x 6.5” x 7.5” package.

Appear TV Demonstrates New 10G Video Firewall Router at the 2016 NAB Show

Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and IP television, will be demonstrating its new Video Firewall Router with 10G interface for its new X20 High-Speed Networking Unit at the 2016 NAB Show (Booth SU3116). The addition of the Video Firewall Router capabilities further reinforces Appear TV’s support of the broadcast industry’s move to an all-IP delivery.

The Video Firewall Router will provide the high data capacity interfaces from 10 GB and security required to support the transport of broadcast quality video both internally in a headend and when transmitting between sites over IP. More than a traditional enterprise firewall router, the Appear TV video router supports the multiple GBs of UDP multicast traffic required for the IP streaming of video; encryption capabilities when transmitting over a public IP network; and offers a redundancy solution specifically designed for broadcast applications.

Initially the Video Firewall Router will support MPEG-TS data for all Video formats such as MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and H.265/HEVC. This will be supplied as standard on the X20 and there is the option to add additional features such as multiplexing and later on, uncompressed data.

Bulk configuration will be offered through a new graphical user interface. Configuration capabilities will be search- and multi-select-based. To further ensure a quality transmission, the Video Firewall Router comes equipped with Appear TV’s self-managing N+1 redundancy solution, a pair of ultra-reliable, hardware-based and fully integrated 1+1-redundant control cards that comprehensively manage redundancy switching without the need for third-party network managing software.

“An IP network is, by nature, a two way communication, open for all devices connected to the network,” says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “Access can be limited by performing complex routing rules, but since routers normally only analyze on layer 2 or 3, they have very limited understanding of the content being transmitted. Whether you’re distributing content over an IP connection, between departments in the same company, a local head-end network and the customer network, or reselling content to third-party companies over IP, you do not want the customers to have access to your core network. Our Video Firewall Router has been specifically designed to manage this securely and accommodate the bandwidth required for IP delivery.”

During this transition to all-IP delivery, many broadcasters are working in hybrid workflows that combine IP with older technology, such as satellite. As the Video Firewall Router is part of Appear TV’s modular concept, which supports signal input from any carrier to any other signal output, the router is designed to support a variety of input sources. Appear TV’s modular concept provides users with a selection of modules to create a video processing solution custom tailored to their needs. This modular platform also lets users have multiple distribution format processes originating from one chassis, which will help them save on hardware space and make it easy to make additions and upgrades as new formats and transmission technologies arise.

ATEME Extends its HDR Support by Integrating Technicolor’s Enhanced HDR Distribution Technology

ATEME announced today that it is extending its HDR support by integrating Technicolor’s enhanced HDR distribution technology into its TITAN solutions. The integration extends the HDR functionality available to content owners, distributors and other service providers that use ATEME’s encoding technology.

ATEME’s TITAN is a multi-codec/format video transcoding software, for live and file applications. TITAN delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates with accelerated parallel processing. For HDR, TITAN can leverage SMPTE ST 2084 Perceptual Quantizer Electro-Optical Transfer Function and SMPTE ST 2086 color grading metadata, in addition to HEVC UHD and BT.2020 color space, and now SMPTE ST 2094 color volume transformation dynamic metadata.

“Over the last two years, ATEME worked closely with leading Hollywood studios, TV manufacturers and STB chipset vendors to ensure end-to-end UHD-4K HDR interoperability. The TITAN with HDR support has been installed by numerous tier-1 service providers, studios and networks, enabling a risk free deployment of an integrated proven solution,” said Mickaël Raulet, R&D manager at ATEME.

Technicolor’s HDR solutions are designed to support a wide range of content categories – including blockbuster movies and games, live sports, TV dramas, comedies, and local news programing. Technicolor partners with the entire entertainment value chain – including content creators, owners, distributors, broadcasters and display manufacturers – to deliver a collaborative and open HDR ecosystem.

“Technicolor’s HDR distribution solution addresses key video distribution issues that affect the entire ecosystem. For studios, our HDR technology ensures the delivery of image quality that preserves the creative intent when the content was conceived. For broadcasters, our technology addresses key bandwidth management and backwards compatibility issues to provide a cost-effective way to support the installed base of SDR and HDR displays. Finally, because it is a single stream solution, Technicolor’s approach to HDR reduces complexity by only requiring a single decoder on CE devices,” said Teddy Florent, senior product director, HDR & Video Technologies at Technicolor.

ATEME Extends its High Dynamic Range (HDR) Support with Dolby Vision

ATEME announced today that it will extend its HDR support with the addition of Dolby’s HDR technology, Dolby Vision™, into its TITAN solution, a video transcoding software for live and file applications. With content from every major studio, support from leading organizations such as the Blu-ray Disc™ Association, DVB, MPEG and UltraViolet™/DECE, as well as wide adoption by leading SoC and TV manufacturers, consumers can now experience the best Hollywood content in both the cinema and home with Dolby Vision.

Building on industry standard SMPTE ST 2084 (PQ) and the BT.2020 color space, the addition of Dolby Vision’s ST 2094 dynamic metadata produces the industry’s ultimate HDR format. Encoded by TITAN in HEVC Main 10, the full Dolby Vision signal is compressed for distribution as a single layer non-backwards compatible stream, or a dual layer stream for uncompromised backward compatibility supporting today’s standard rec.709 TVs as well as the latest Dolby Vision and HDR-10 TVs.

These stream configurations can then be selected for a variety of packaging formats to enable optical media (Blu-ray), OTT, terrestrial, cable, satellite, or IPTV deliveries. The integration of Dolby Vision into the TITAN solution will allow content providers, distributors and service providers to apply Dolby Vision technology without adding an additional step in their already complex workflows.

“ATEME’s premium quality and encoding efficiency will help enable the roll-out of even more Dolby Vision enabled content for the home,” said Roland Vlaicu, Dolby Vision VP. “With its dramatic imaging and artistic accuracy, Dolby Vision, delivered with ATEME’s incredibly low bitrates, can transform the consumer experience with value everyone can see.” Michel Artières, CEO of ATEME said: “ATEME TITAN with HDR support has already been largely approved, adopted and deployed by various tier 1 broadcasters and service providers all around the world. Natively bundling Dolby Vision with ATEME TITAN will allow more operational flexibility and greatly simplify powerful premium HDR workflows.”