Envivio is rolling out its Envivio Halo Network Media Processor (NMP), a complement to 4Caster C4-based multi-screen TV headends. Installed at the edge of the core video delivery network, Halo NMPs provide protected video that is formatted for further distribution to smartphones, tablets, connected TVs, and PCs.

Envivio Halo network media processors are versatile systems for packaging, encrypting and distributing video streams for consumer devices. In conjunction with Envivio 4Caster C4 multi-profile video encoders and the Envivio Genesis universal mezzanine format, Halo NMPs create a video headend and content packaging solution designed from the ground up for multi-screen TV services.

Envivio’s unified headend using 4Caster C4 encoders applies high quality compression for resolutions and bit rates required by all types of screens in the Genesis format. This unified, broadcast standards-based mezzanine format supports multiple streams simultaneously, reducing backbone bandwidth requirements for multi-screen services by 50 percent or more when compared with delivering separate formats for each device. This efficiency means that only a single core content delivery backbone or satellite uplink is needed to distribute Genesis-formatted content to Halo NMPs at the edge of the operator’s internal network.

Halo NMPs perform dense final content adaptation for target consumer devices, including generation of protected adaptive bitrate streams compatible with Apple iOS, Android 3.0, Adobe Flash and Microsoft Smooth Streaming enabled consumer equipment. Halo NMPs can be added by operators as needed, locally or distributed, to support new devices without impacting the headend or the video quality, and without significantly increasing bandwidth demands on the network backbone.

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