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Harmonic, Nagra join forces on MPEG-DASH multi-screen service

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 3:05pm
Mike Robuck

Nagra and Harmonic are laying the foundation for what they claim will be the world’s first commercial MPEG-DASH over-the-top (OTT) service.

The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH, a standards-based adaptive streaming protocol that supports multiple DRM (digital rights management) systems via common encryption, as well as the first deployment of HbbTV 1.5.

As part of the multi-screen platform, Harmonic’s ProMedia suite and Nagra’s MediaLive Multiscreen solution provided the Abertis Telecom-Nagra cloud service with an integrated video infrastructure capable of delivering OTT applications, including live, VOD and time-shifting, to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and other IP-connected devices.

“Nagra is committed to providing flexible solutions required to cost-effectively deploy multi-screen services that address future market needs. With this MPEG-DASH and HbbTV 1.5 deployment, Nagra and Harmonic continue to lead the industry in supporting innovative television services,” said Jean-Michel Puiatti, vice president of multi-screen products for Nagra. “The multi-DRM support provided by Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen simplifies the encryption of video content to multiple devices and lowers capital and operating costs for service providers.”

Harmonic’s ProMedia performs a broad range of processing and streaming tasks – including capture, transcoding, packaging and origin server functions – to enable  multi-platform video creation and delivery. The platform can scale to support hundreds of simultaneous streams, simplifying the deployment of the live OTT service.

“As a member of the DASH Industry Forum and recent participant in the first live, public MPEG-DASH trial at the London Olympic Games with European broadcaster VRT, Harmonic is excited to continue its support of the industry’s premier standard for streaming multimedia over the Internet. By launching the world’s first OTT service supporting MPEG-DASH, Abertis Telecom and Nagra are breaking new ground and helping to build the future of multi-screen delivery,” said Thierry Fautier, senior director of convergence solutions at Harmonic.

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