Espial has upgraded its VOD delivery platform – MediaBase – by improving video quality, extending MSO support and increasing storage capacity via COTS technology.
The new version of MediaBase extends storage capacity per server to 320 TB and ups streaming capacity to 40 Gbps with the next generation of COTS hard drives from HP and other commercial-off-the-shelf COTS vendors.
And MediaBase 9.1, the company claims, is the first VOD platform to implement bandwidth reservation using Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), which allows a VOD session to reserve end-to-end network resources and bandwidth.
The RSVP solution has been integrated and validated with Cisco's RSVP implementation in the network on the vendor's access and aggregation platforms.
"RSVP provides network-level video quality assurance over networks with varied bandwidth resources. Cisco's RSVP implementation on Cisco aggregation and access solutions greatly enhances a service provider's ability to offer differentiated video services and end-user experiences to its customers," says Amit Phadnis, vice president of engineering for network software and systems at Cisco.
MediaBase 9.1 is also integrated with the Ericsson OpenStream Digital Services platform version 5.0, giving Espial's platform support for the RTI (Real Time Ingest) feature, which allows cable operators to offer time-shifted TV and on-demand services within seconds of a broadcast program going to air.
"Our customers demand we provide a VOD video quality of service for their video subscribers," says Sanjay Mehta, vice president of engineering for Espial. "Combined with our existing packet loss recovery capability, we are leading the market in bringing this to reality. We've also taken significant steps to improve our cable back office support with real-time ingest and improved content delivery networking."
Last year, Espial Group released MediaBase version 9.0, which boasted enhanced performance on next-gen, commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and extended support for operators.