VMG is Certified as a Transcoder for the Mediaroom IPTV Software Platform
SUNNYVALE, California – MobilityWire® – December 13, 2010
RGB Networks, the leader in network video processing, announced today that its award-winning Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG™) has been certified by Microsoft as meeting the stringent requirements of its award-winning Mediaroom IPTV software platform. Microsoft Mediaroom is the world’s most widely deployed IPTV platform and is in use by more than 25 leading service providers worldwide to deliver advanced IP-based video services to millions of subscribers.
This certification verifies that the VMG, with its TCM transcoding module, successfully interoperates with Mediaroom servers and clients to transcode high definition (HD), standard definition (SD) and picture-in-picture (PIP) programs in real time to pass through the Mediaroom IPTV platform in a reliable manner. The ability to transcode programs in real time from MPEG-2 into the MPEG-4/H.264 format used by IPTV deployments is vital, as the majority of broadcast content is still delivered to IPTV service providers’ headends as MPEG-2. In addition, the ability to clamp the rate of MPEG-4/H.264 signals from incoming satellite feeds allows the streams to be reliably delivered over DSL and fiber networks. The VMG was awarded certification after extensive testing by Microsoft validated its transcoding capabilities, including its ability to transcode HD programs in both 1080i and 720p formats.
“Combining Mediaroom certification with the VMG’s unmatched transcoding performance, scalability and stream processing capacity make it an ideal solution for service providers to maximize return from their Mediaroom-based IPTV services,” said Yuval Fisher, Chief Technology Officer for RGB Networks. “This approval by Microsoft opens up exciting opportunities for us to introduce the VMG, with its unique combination of features, performance and carrier-class reliability to Mediaroom users around the world, enabling them to cost-effectively deploy advanced services to any video-enabled device.”
About the VMG
The VMG is a complete IPTV solution that uniquely combines multiple video processing functions, including transcoding and ad insertion, with the ability to process over 400 video streams simultaneously. Performing multiple processing applications on so many video streams enables IPTV providers to simplify their network architecture and greatly reduces per-stream processing costs, enabling faster and broader deployment of services with reduced complexity. The VMG uses a modular, carrier-class chassis with exceptional redundancy features to ensure reliable delivery and scalable deployments.
The VMG has been commercially deployed with several cable and telecom carriers which are taking advantage of its advanced transcoding capabilities to deliver more high definition programming to their subscribers.
The VMG is also currently being used by several major U.S. and international cable operators in their trials of three screen services.
About RGB Networks
RGB Networks enables video service providers to migrate to a three screen environment for the delivery of linear and on-demand video over managed and unmanaged IP networks. The company’s success is based on core strengths in transcoding, advertising and overlay insertion, ultra-dense modulation and statistical multiplexing. RGB’s solutions for video delivery to TVs, desktop and mobile devices are built to deliver the highest video quality at the best price-performance on the market—they uniquely offer the density and scalability required to support the growing demands of consumers with integrated functionality that simplifies operators’ network architectures and minimizes operational costs. RGB’s products are deployed by over 200 cable, telco, satellite, OTT and mobile operators in 30+ countries. Backed by principal investors Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins Kaufield and Byers, and Comcast Interactive, RGB is a private, profitable company based in Sunnyvale, California with offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.rgbnetworks.com.
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