Imagine Communications unveiled a high-density adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoding product built on Selenio One, which is the company's software-defined linear transcoding platform. Selenio One is reportedly designed to deliver new levels of performance, flexibility and cost efficiency to operators, broadcasters and video service providers. This latest addition to the Selenio One suite, which will be previewed at IBC 2016 that starts later this week, is said to be built to enable companies to generate new revenue and help network efficiency by expanding the number of ABR and linear channels they can deliver over existing infrastructures.

''The high-density transcoding instantiation of Selenio One was designed to relieve a particularly acute pain point for today's content distributors, who have been steadily increasing the cost and complexity of their networks to accommodate shifting video consumption patterns,'' Brick Eksten, chief product officer at Imagine Communications, reports. ''Selenio One redefines the operational environment for transcoding, offering cloud-like control of mixed services with the ability to define and redefine those services on the fly. Combining centralized control with dynamic service provisioning allows the operator to be more fluid in operations while providing the ability to create new services on demand.''

The new addition to the Selenio One platform supports HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoding in both ABR and linear transcoding formats at extremely high densities, which is said to enable operators to see “significant space and power savings.” The first release of the product is capable of supporting up to 180 HD ABR or 360 HD linear channels per 4-RU server. Source formats supported in the first release are MPEG-2 or H.264 and HEVC/H.265 or H.264 on the output.

Imagine introduced the Selenio One platform earlier this year at NAB 2016. The initial product release focused on H.264/MPEG-2 transcoding using PCIe video acceleration with integrated software multiplexing and processing.

Verimatrix announced the availability of a quick-start evaluation program for Verspective Operator Analytics. The company says the new program will help operators better understand how to securely and rapidly collate data from various sources in video services and demonstrate the benefits of actionable analytics across multiple departments in their organization. Through the availability of this program, service providers have the opportunity to expand their analytics capabilities with more census-based data sources and complement traditional network monitoring analytics to get a comprehensive view of subscriber intelligence and network performance, Veramatrix states in a press release.

Implemented in the cloud, the Verspective Operator Analytics evaluation program is made up of a pre-configured, software-based analytics platform that reportedly can quickly integrate with an operator’s key sources of operational and consumption data, including VOD, CDN or client device sources. Service providers also receive a set of report templates that help analyze data and determine return on investment (ROI) potential.

The Verspective Operator Analytics evaluation program will be demonstrated during IBC 2016, which starts on Thursday in Amsterdam.