— ViewRight Gateway is a new component of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority (VCAS) architecture. It manages the format translation process for incoming linear (broadcast) content streams and for local assets recorded on a DVR, thus “extending the operators’ revenue security regime for home networking models and optimizing subscribers’ QoE,” the company says. The initial secure formats supported are DTCP-IP and enhanced HTTP live streaming security. In each case, the fine-grain control mechanisms are managed through the VCAS headend and are maintained across the translation boundary. Supported network types include IPTV content streams protected by VCAS for IPTV and RF broadcast streams protected by VCAS for DVB; the same enhanced HLS security also is available to expand content-redistribution business models from legacy broadcast delivery systems.
— The Dynamic North American Plan (dNAP) from OSS/BSS developer Global Convergence Solutions Inc. (GCS) reportedly provides international carriers with everything they need to begin taking control over their U.S.-bound traffic. As a component of the GCS Dynamic Management Solution, the GCS dNAP lets carriers purchase termination capacity and services. Specifically, dNAP includes U.S. jurisdictional routing & rating, U.S. local number portability routing & rating; access to the NPAC database for LNP data; management of local exchange routing; analytics & reporting; and professional services training on U.S. market, best practices.
— Vantage Transcode IPTV VOD, new from Telestream, is a transcoding solution developed specifically for broadband and cable providers to automate content preparation and delivery for IPTV and cable VOD workflows. The product offers GPU-accelerated H.264 encoding using the x264 codec. According to Vantage, x264 has been shown to reduce bit rates by as much as 50 percent while increasing quality, enabling IPTV providers to offer a better viewer experience while simultaneously lowering transmission costs.