Harmonic Leads With OTT Workflows

Unified delivery workflows running in the cloud and on premises will be demonstrated. According to Harmonic, these offer service providers a low-latency OTT solution for multiprotocol environments “to provide the same delay between broadcast and OTT feeds — key for delivering live sports”.

In addition, Harmonic will showcase a range of unique workflows for VOS360 SaaS to launch skinny bundles, create new pop-up channels, deploy disaster recovery and stream live sports in UHD.

There will be demonstrations of deployments of hybrid SDI/IP, UHD and HDR playout and on-premises/cloud-based channel origination for OTT and broadcast workflows powered by its virtualized 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 says it enables video content and service providers to make a smooth transition to all-IP workflows.

"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, svp, CTO 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."

Harmonic's CDN-enabled Primary Distribution solution, a powerful workflow supported by the company's VOS360 SaaS, will also be highlighted. 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 powerful dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities in Harmonic's video SaaS solutions. With the company's video SaaS solutions, operators can deliver advanced targeted advertisements and optimize ad campaigns to deliver personalized advertisements to viewers in real time. Harmonic's solutions provide operators and advertisers 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.

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