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ARRIS has a solution for converting unicast requests into multicast sessions when delivering linear TV over broadband – a technology that is similar to Broadpeak’s NanoCDN. Meanwhile, there is a growing interest in ABR policy management and wrestling control from client devices.
A look at the latest developments in cloud-based digital video recording, successor to home VCRs and set-top-box DVRs, as well as the storage and network optimisation challenges that Cloud DVR presents
NAGRA MediaLive provides an end-to-end multiscreen solution for the operator’s new platform allowing subscribers to enjoy content delivered OTT seamlessly across devices Solution enables advanced features on open devices using the NAGRA MediaLive Secure Player integrated with NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM, NAGRA anyCAST PRM The new TV everywhere offers Link Net’s subscribers the freedom to enjoy richer multimedia entertainment anytime, anywhere
CHESEAUX, Switzerland and JAKARTA, Indonesia – May 5, 2015 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) digital TV business and the world's leading provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and PT Link Net Tbk, Indonesia’s largest cable and broadband operator, announced today the launch of a new TV everywhere offering for the operator’s brand-new platform. Powered by NAGRA’s end-to-end multiscreen solution, MediaLive, and under Link Net’s “First Media” brand, the new service allows subscribers to enjoy content through advanced set-top box capabilities–such as catch-up, personal video recording, video-on-demand, video streaming and games–and offers some of the same features in a complete multiscreen TV experience for anywhere and any device viewing.
Why would set-top box makers bother supporting UHD video when home bandwidth connections aren't nearly robust enough to carry it?
While there's a lot of talk about 4K video at the major conventions, such as CES and NAB, the reality is that 4K won't be streaming to homes anytime soon. Speaking at the recent Streaming Media West conference in sunny Huntington Beach, California, encoding expert Jan Ozer explained that even Netflix can't reliably deliver 15Mbps video over one of the fastest connections around.
"Can you even deliver 15Mbps HEVC over the internet?" Ozer asked. "UHD 4K is being encoded by Netflix at 15Mbps. Can they deliver 15Mbps? They had trouble delivering 2 1/2 Mbps…[Netflix is] averaging 3.4Mbps over FIOS, which is one of the fastest systems out there. Even if the TV sets were out there, even if the content was out there, can you deliver 15Mbps video to these UHD sets? The answer is unless you have your own pipes, probably not."
For anyone in the market for a 4K television set, the message is to wait—probably years.
"Why should Roku add 4K UHD or 4K HEVC decode to their retail boxes when you can't get anything close to 15Mbps video to them?" Ozer asked. "I would not buy a 4K set for the next two or three years, and I think anybody who knows about these issues probably would make the same decision. Even though there are services launching, what's the Magic 8-Ball say? Are we going to see a lot of big advances in 4K HEVC production?"
Spinning into view, Ozer's Magic 8-Ball says, "Outlook Not So Good."
Watch the full HEVC discussion below and download Ozer's presentation.
Chief Evangelist Matt Smith describes new cost-saving approach to cloud DVR, superior UI functionalities and other benefits Anvato’s platform brings to MVPDs and TV networks in efforts to deliver compelling premium services to connected devices.
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