Support for New Adaptive Streaming Standard Keeps TransAct Packager on Leading Edge for Delivery of Multiscreen Services
SUNNYVALE, Calif.– MobilityWire® – March 29, 2012
RGB Networks, the leading provider of scalable multiscreen IP video delivery solutions, today announced that its award-winning TransAct Packager now supports the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG DASH) protocol. Adding this to its support for Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), RGB’s TransAct Packager is the only packager to support all four protocols in live and on-demand environments. With this broad support, video service providers (VSP) can continue to deliver video to any IP-enabled device, even as the industry continues to evolve.
One of the keys to delivering TV Everywhere is the “packaging” of programs into an adaptive streaming protocol necessary for playing video on any of the exploding number of tablets, smartphones, PCs and other mobile devices, as well as set-top boxes. MPEG DASH is a significant standards effort to provide a level playing field for client and network interoperability in an open standard environment that is built upon early proprietary efforts. As the adoption of MPEG DASH grows, it will be critical that VSPs choose a packaging solution that supports this and all major protocols to allow them to deliver video to all consumer devices.
“MPEG DASH is clearly a standard with significant momentum, and we are working closely with many industry stakeholders to promote its benefits through the MPEG DASH Promoters Group, and with providers of client media players to ensure easy implementation and rapid adoption,” said Andy Salo, Director, Product Marketing for RGB Networks. “We are committed to keeping our products at the forefront of the industry. Adding MPEG DASH support to our TransAct Packager ensures that it remains the industry’s most advanced packaging solution, enabling VSPs to deliver the latest services to their subscribers, regardless of their viewing device or media player.”
As part of its efforts to enable industry-wide adoption of MPEG DASH, RGB is working closely with developers of the client media players necessary for displaying MPEG DASH video, including AuthenTec and Netview Technology. Integration with these two vendors has been tested and will be demonstrated at NAB 2012.
“AuthenTec is committed to support a comprehensive range of content delivery standards in our DRM Fusion™ product line,” said Martin Bergenwall, Director of Embedded Security Product Management at AuthenTec. “Cooperation with partners like RGB Networks enables us to deliver support for emerging standards like MPEG DASH while ensuring interoperability and compliance with existing standards.”
“MPEG DASH is supported in our Netview Media Client together with other adaptive formats in a unified implementation. The DASH standard is very broad, so making sure that the clients and servers are compatible is a challenge,” stated Paul Vigmostad, Product Manager at Netview Technology. “The industry benefits as RGB Networks sets up partnerships with the different client vendors, making sure that their server solution is compatible with device implementations of DASH and other formats.”
RGB will demonstrate the TransAct Packager’s new MPEG DASH capabilities at the upcoming NAB trade show in Las Vegas, April 16-19. The RGB team will be available at booth #SU10412 throughout the show to provide a hands-on demonstration and more details about this first-of-its-kind capability.
About the TransAct Packager
RGB’s unique TransAct Packager is a key component of the company’s Enhanced Video Intelligence Architecture (eVIA)—a comprehensive TV Everywhere solution. It performs the critical packaging step in which H.264 video streams are “packaged” in all four of the major adaptive streaming protocols – Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Adobe HDS and MPEG DASH – for both live and on-demand delivery of premium content. This flexible hardware- or software-based solution packages video for delivery to content delivery networks (CDN), origin servers, and end-user devices, and is ideally suited for large-scale centralized or decentralized deployments. Additionally, the TransAct Packager encrypts content by integrating key exchanges with leading digital rights management (DRM) servers, works seamlessly with firewalls, and effectively manages and compensates for packet drops and temporary bandwidth changes. The TransAct Packager works closely with RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG), offering an integrated transcoding/packaging solution.
About RGB Networks
RGB Networks enables video service providers to migrate to a multiscreen environment for the delivery of linear and on-demand video over managed and unmanaged IP networks. Wide adoption of the company’s IP video solutions is based on core strengths in transcoding, advertising and overlay insertion, 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. Venture capital investment firms include Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive, Focus Ventures, Granite Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners. RGB is a private, profitable company based in Sunnyvale, California with offices around the world. For more information, please visit our website – www.rgbnetworks.com – and IP video blog – and follow us on Twitter @RGB_Networks.
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