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Monday, September 20, 2010

Verimatrix and Harmonic Team on Multi-screen Video

On September 13, Verimatrix and Harmonic announced a solution that leverages the HTTP Live Streaming adaptive bitrate standard to securely deliver video services to the iPhone®, iPad, PC and a range of other devices. The solution is an integration of Harmonic’s MediaPrism Convergence Suite with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for Internet TV to create a unified headend that delivers protected standard (SD) and high definition (HD) content over unmanaged networks to any Internet-connected consumer playback device. MediaPrism is a complete carrier-grade solution for multi-screen video delivery that includes industry-leading live and video-on-demand (VOD) transcoding, live-to-VOD ingest and HTTP video delivery.

Featured as a core technology of the Apple iPhone, iPad and new Apple TV devices, but now broadly adopted as an open, state-of-the-art adaptive bitrate streaming delivery standard for a wide range of device types, HTTP Live Streaming delivers smooth audio and video streams using standard HTTP protocols, which are transparently supported on existing web server and CDN delivery infrastructure. The technology supports automatic adaptation to available network types and automatically switches to the optimal bitrate for a smooth quality playback experience. Both live and VOD content can be delivered using the same protocols with easy incorporation of targeted advertising segments. The combination of MediaPrism and VCAS for Internet TV enables pay-TV operators to create a range of new revenue streams involving multi-screen delivery.

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