“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 monetization. Having a scalable, flexible and, even more importantly, reliable video streaming solution at their disposal is imperative,” said Tim Warren, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Harmonic. “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 UHD HDR, we can help them get started in no time, with a fast ROI and minimal upfront investment.”
SaaS for Efficiency and Cost Savings
Harmonic’s VOS 360 media processing SaaS covers the entire media processing chain, simplifying OTT workflows. The company will demonstrate enhanced channel origination workflow capabilities in the cloud for VOS360 SaaS, which leverage playout and graphic branding functionalities and increases efficiency and monetization including brand reinforcement, pop-up channels, rapid service deployment and expansion, and graphic avails.
Harmonic will also showcase disaster recovery scenarios with VOS360 SaaS leveraging the cloud. VOS360 SaaS provides the disaster recovery facilities for broadcast and video streaming applications, mixing the benefits of a resilient, elastic and secure offering with a usage-based pricing model, which is a solution for temporary live sports events.
Harmonic will also unveil new SaaS-based statistical multiplexing capabilities that enable service providers to statmux multiple UHD channels in a single pool or with HD MPEG-4 encoded channels for broadcast delivery. This approach allows for simultaneous support of next-generation OTT streaming and traditional complex broadcast statmux delivery systems.
Additionally, Harmonic and its ecosystem partners will present an UHD HDR OTT service powered by VOS360 SaaS.
Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI)
Harmonic will publish new content replacement and personalization features for VOS360 SaaS. VOS360 SaaS enables operators to deliver advanced server-side targeted advertisements; personalize content delivery per audience, geography or syndication; and leverage SCTE 224 to replace content during blackouts.
Origin Capabilities for OTT Delivery
Harmonic will highlight new best-in-class origin capabilities supporting unified CMAF with DASH and HLS, providing low latency on every screen and support for various ecosystems.
Support for Dolby AC-4
Harmonic will also demonstrate support for Dolby AC-4, an audio format developed by Dolby. Dolby AC-4 is an end-to-end solution that provides broadcasters and service operators a way to deliver high-quality, accessible, immersive and personalized sound. It is supposed to be the only next-generation audio format capable of delivering Dolby Atmos.
Demos on AV1, AI and VR
Harmonic will demonstrate several new innovations at IBC 2018, including AV1 encoding capabilities for VOD content; artificial intelligence (AI) encoding technology that improves QoE for live video; and 8K tiling technology for the delivery of VOD VR content with Tiledmedia, Digital Immersion and Viaccess-Orca.
Harmonic will showcase at stand 1.B20.