Edgeware Announces TV CDN Architecture to Deliver TV over IP

Edgeware has announced its new TV CDN architecture, purpose-built to overcome the challenges of delivering TV content and services over traditional CDNs. The scalable three-layer architecture can lower costs, give content owners control over their service delivery, and deliver TV with no delays, buffering or glitches.

Edgeware’s TV CDN architecture enables network operators, cable companies, broadcasters and OTT providers to scale their TV delivery to huge volumes of viewers, deliver any mix of services, gain insight into their viewers' behavior and ensure an outstanding TV experience. This unique architecture overcomes the challenges of delivering TV content over traditional CDNs by lowering costs, giving content owners insight into their service delivery, and ensuring TV without delays, buffering or glitches.

Edgeware’s TV CDN architecture provides:

  • Content Control: creates a library of TV content with ingest, live-to-VOD and Cloud DVR functions running on Edgeware’s cloud infrastructure
  • Network Services: connects viewers to content through request routing and load balancing, leveraging Edgeware’s software-defined network services
  • Content Delivery: delivers a personalized TV stream to each viewer using hardware-accelerated servers that provide content caching, repackaging, pause-live TV, ad-insertion, watermarking and encryption. The architecture also supports a software-based delivery server if preferred

About Egeware's TV CDN architecture

As part of its TV CDN architecture, Edgeware also announced its new software products set to manage the central video assets used to create the final viewing stream, such as the creation of VOD content from live TV and ad management.

TV Content Creator and TV Repackaging further expand its origin product suite and complete its TV CDN architecture. The two products will enable operators and content owners to easily create a library of TV content and provide ingest, live-to-VOD and Cloud DVR functions as well as streaming TV content in different formats for multiple device types.

The TV Repackaging converts live and VOD assets on-the-fly to the different streaming formats required by today’s devices such as HLS, MSS, DASH. Content can also be encrypted on-the-fly according to its DRM schemes.

As service take-up increases, these delivery functions can be cost-effectively scaled by distributing them closer to the viewer, while retaining the investment in the origin products to perform the content creation. For an initial TV CDN deployment or for low take-up services, these software products are all that is needed to deliver TV streams directly to viewers. The architecture can then be expanded into a full TV CDN to grow to massive scale as needed.

All of the origin products are available today on Edgeware’s hardware-accelerated TV server platforms, and the full suite of products will also be available as a software solution later this year.

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