Applied Technology: Concurrent’s Media Delivery Springboard

Small and medium-sized independent cable operators face numerous disadvantages in keeping up with advances in content delivery. Without the same range of technical and financial resources as their larger counterparts, these operators need cost-effective options that don’t require investing in large-scale infrastructure. There is a solution.

One ideal solution may provide fewer financial constraints while still allowing operators to ingest, store, transform and deliver video-on-demand (VOD) and live-streaming content.

Concurrent Computer Corporation’s state-of-the-art Media Delivery Springboard addresses the smaller operators’ pain points and offers a way to level the playing field. While traditional content-delivery networks come with high start-up costs, Media Springboard Delivery is offered in three low-cost entry solutions for QAM, IP Live and Unified CDN. Each one provides a comprehensive set of services at a low entry point with the ability to scale as capacity requirements increase.

This solution enables service providers to launch VOD and live-streaming services to IP Devices and QAM set-top boxes using a common integrated service delivery architecture. Embedded content adaptation features include; just-in-time packaging, dynamic DRM encapsulation, and manifest manipulation. The combination provides video service operators a solution with uncompromising performance, scale and revenue-generation capabilities.

The solutions

The QAM VOD solution provides VOD services to QAM-based set-top boxes. Services include VOD ingest, automated trick-file generation, storage and real time streaming protocol (RTSP) video streaming. The solution supports standard interfaces for ATIS, NGOD, ADI and ISA – including a comprehensive API for back-office integration. This version of Springboard is perfect for operators that are looking to serve their traditional set-top users with an advanced services platform. New set-tops are not required to generate new revenue and decrease subscriber churn when a QAM VOD Springboard can be added cost effectively to the service network.

The IP Live + IP VOD solution provides VOD and live adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming to IP devices. Services include VOD ingest, live ABR channel provisioning, storage and ABR streaming. Just-in-time packaging supports Apple HTTP Live-Streaming, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming, and MPEG-DASH. Just-in-time encryption integrates with popular DRM systems such as PlayReady, Secure Media, Verimatrix, Irdeto, and DASH Common Encryption. Operators deploying Springboard with IP Live + IP VOD can offer new services in a more flexible, cost-effective package. The broadest range of IP set-tops and devices can be enhanced with new channels and bigger libraries – keeping subscribers engaged and delighted with their service.

The Unified Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution, meanwhile, is a comprehensive offering for ingesting, hosting, distributing and streaming video content to any device, at any time, over any network. Leveraging a common architecture, Unified CDN supports all the features and functionality of both the QAM VOD and IP Live + IP VOD solutions. Service providers with a mixed QAM and IP infrastructure can cost-effectively deliver services to all of their subscribers on all of their devices. Additionally, the use of CDN caches gives service providers that ability to creatively design their networks to minimize cost and maximize the end-user experience. The Unified CDN Springboard provides independent operators with all of the service delivery tools traditionally reserved only for the largest operators.

Support and advanced features

The Media Delivery Springboard includes the added benefits of a full roster of warranty and support services, with the first year of support included. Concurrent provides initial remote software configuration and training. Support services include application logging for key events, Simple Network Management Protocol management information base for system monitoring, and remote support for troubleshooting, maintenance and software upgrades.

Add-on features include a migration path for additional services and capacity growth. Users can add external storage (i.e. Concurrent Aquari) to increase storage capacity for larger libraries and support server scalability. Aquari, Concurrent’s scale-out storage product, boasts an open platform that offers flexible multiprotocol connectivity. Data stays available even with a failure of one or more components, whether it is a drive, controller, NIC, switch or node. And, with self-healing abilities, the system redistributes data across all remaining nodes and drives automatically.

Operators who utilize the Media Delivery Springboard can also add servers to increase live ABR ingest capacity, add servers to increase egress streaming capacity and add time-shift TV (Catch-Up TV, ReStart TV) and cloud DVR features. The solutions support up to 25,000 users or 5Gbps streaming capacity. They can handle 10 live ABR channels and 16,000 hours at standard definition.

With its scalability and investment protection, Concurrent’s Media Delivery Springboard lays a seamless migration path to grow services and storage as a customer base grows. With three cost-effective choices, smaller operators now have a viable option for a premium-grade revenue-generation platform for the advanced services their customers demand. 

Rob Gambino, Director of Solutions Architecture, Concurrent Computer Corporation

Rob Gambino, Director of Solutions Architecture, Concurrent Computer Corporation

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