— The soon-to-be-unveiled OTTilus Online Video Platform (OVP) — an end-to-end, enterprise-class, OTT solution for delivering live, catch-up, and VOD services — offers a broadcast-grade content factory, backend management software, and player apps that support all major streaming formats and end-user devices from smartphones to tablets to smart TVs. The service is available either as a cloud service or an on-premise, end-to-end or modular solution; it can be deployed out of the box or it can be customized. The platform can be augmented with a business management system (BMS) middleware layer for advanced integration with broadcast operations and multiplatform service management, allowing operators to extend business-management functions at a granular level to the OTT offering while maintaining centralized management of their operations.
 
— Japan’s Panasonic System Networks Co. Ltd. says its HD-PLC, a broadband-over-powerline technology, has been approved by the NIST SGIP Catalog of Standards of the United States. To verify that the developed PLC products meet NIST SGIP requirements, Panasonic has made its BPL coexistence verification test environment open to the public, and it has started the BPL coexistence testing service. Contents of verification service include a summary of the coexistence test and procedure, rental of test tools for verification tests, and testing and reporting of verification tests. Note: This verification test is not an Official Certification Test for NIST SGIP.
 
— IP video-gateway provider Path 1 launched PiXiE, a MPEG-4 AVC HD encoder it says simplifies point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transmission of high-quality video using the new MPEG-DASH streaming media standard. According to the company, PiXiE enables content providers, third-party operators and post-production houses to transmit professional-quality HD-SDI video over any IP network to any device. After automatically detecting an operator’s specified video input, PiXiE simultaneously encodes as many as five versions of the video signal at different bitrates; video representations then are available on the encoder’s internal Web server. Harnessing MPEG-DASH, PiXiE can connect end-user devices simultaneously through CDNs; alternatively, PiXiE can connect to teleports and uplink facilities via the Internet and satellite for a more global reach.

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