Cobalt Digital Launches FAST-Stream OTT

Debut product from Cobalt Digital at BroadcastAsia include FAST-Stream OTT, +RTP/ARQ Automatic Repeat ReQuest and OG-PC-x86-8S.

A new system that combines frame-accurate SCTE 104 trigger (FAST) insertion with enhanced HLS SCTE 35 streaming on a single platform will debut from Cobalt Digital at BroadcastAsia. Built for both openGear frames and Cobalt BBG-1100 Series stand-alone units, the FAST-Stream system provides HLS streams with frame-accurate boundary points complete with the SCTE 35 metadata contained in the associated manifest file.

Applications range from on-the-fly C3 VOD contribution to embedded DRM for distributing protected content. The FAST-STREAM OTT system interfaces with automation and uses timestamps to insert metadata into baseband SDI. It then performs H.264 encoding in real time.

Also at the show, Cobalt will introduce the +RTP/ARQ feature, which enables Cobalt's series of H.264 encoders and decoders to be used for error-free content delivery over the internet. +RTP/ARQ lowers overhead because, unlike SMPTE ST 2022 FEC, it doesn't require redundant data to be sent along with the program content in order to recover any dropped packets. Instead, with +RTP/ARQ, the decoder messages the encoder when packets are missing and requests only those packets to be retransmitted. +RTP/ARQ is now included as standard in Cobalt openGear 9990-DEC-MPEG and stand-alone BBG-1190-DEC-MPEG decoders. It is available via license for the openGear 9223 and BBG-1123 encoders and can be added in the field.

The new OG-PC-x86-8S computer for the openGear platform takes advantage of the redundant power and fan cooling provided by the 2-RU openGear frames, and connectors come in the form of passive rear I/O as with other openGear rear modules.

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