Three cable vendors – itaas, RGB Networks and Verimatrix – are bringing their respective strengths together for a multiscreen TV service that includes streaming live video.
“Building an adaptive bitrate IP video infrastructure can be a daunting task for even the largest, most technically proficient service provider,” said, Jim Elayan, vice president/Business Development and Marketing for itaas, in a statement. “As an extension of our iLaunch program, we will leverage RGB Networks and Verimatrix products with our experience in system integration and network deployment to provide a ‘best-of-breed’ solution."
itaas serves as the ‘prime contractor’ contributing its team of network architects, product integration know-how and product testing capabilities as well as a client side solution for viewing content on a mobile device. At the outset of a project, itaas’ network architects will assess a service provider’s existing video delivery infrastructure and then work with RGB Networks and Verimatrix as well as content delivery network (CDN) providers to design and implement a TV Everywhere solution that leverages the existing infrastructure.
In this integrated offering, RGB Networks provides its Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG), a highly scalable transcoding platform as well as protocol adaptation with its TransAct Packager, which works in coordination with DRM and encryption from Verimatrix. RGB’s Packager supports the three main adaptive streaming formats – HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), and Smooth Streaming.
Verimatrix’s VCAS for Internet TV provides a complete digital TV security solution for over-the-top (OTT) services on networks implementing the HLS protocol, which includes important security extensions to support subscription and transaction-based revenue models. Verimatrix can also provide support for third-party DRM systems such as Verimatrix MultiRights for PlayReady DRM, which secures adaptive bitrate Smooth Streaming services to Microsoft PlayReady DRM-enabled clients and is supported by a single operator security headend.