HBO Europe Selects RGB Networks’ Live OTT Streaming Solution

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Leading Premium Pay TV Service Utilizing RGB’s VMG Transcoder and TransAct Packager for Delivery of HBO GO Available Anywhere there is a Broadband Connection

RGB Networks, the leading provider of scalable multiscreen IP video delivery solutions, today announced that HBO Europe, the leader in premium television programming services across fifteen European countries, has selected and deployed RGB’s award-winning Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG™) and TransAct Packager to provide a complete transcoding and packaging solution for its HBO GO live streaming service.

HBO GO is a TV Everywhere portal that allows HBO Europe’s subscribers to instantly access over 1,400 hours of exclusive programming available anywhere there is a broadband connection. HBO GO is being rolled out across the region, with most subscribers now able to enjoy the service; a live streaming capability was added in the autumn of 2011. The live-streaming of a premium video service to a wide variety of end user devices requires an IP video solution that delivers the highest quality, capacity and reliability.

To address each of these requirements, HBO Europe chose RGB’s VMG and TransAct Packager – two key components of RGB’s Enhanced Video Intelligence Architecture (eVIA) – as key video components of their TV Everywhere service. RGB’s integrated solution powers HBO Europe’s transcoding and packaging for Microsoft Smooth Streaming, providing subscribers with unparalleled program choice across devices at the high quality expected from this premier content provider. In addition, HBO Europe has leveraged the highly compatible nature of RGB’s solution to integrate its system with digital rights management (DRM) platforms, ensuring secure delivery of the content, which is crucial in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace.

The VMG’s comprehensive, integrated and scalable multi-application capabilities, coupled with the TransAct Packager’s superior adaptive streaming functionality, have enabled HBO Europe to both provide its customers with the seamless live video streaming service they desire, regardless of device in use, as well as to meet its original business objectives.

“The ability to access content at any time on any device is redefining the entertainment industry today – the success of the HBO GO live streaming service is testimony to this fact,” said Ramin Farassat, Vice President, Product Marketing and Business Development for RGB Networks. “We are delighted that our products, with their industry-leading stream processing capacity, advanced video processing functions and exceptional reliability, are enabling customers, such as HBO Europe, to meet subscriber demands and reap the benefits of multi-screen’s rapid evolution.”

About HBO Europe

Home Box Office, America’s leading premium television network, provides basic and premium pay television entertainment channels for cable TV, Direct-to-Home and MMDS platforms. HBO Europe – owned by Home Box Office Inc. – currently provides basic and premium channels to 15 countries: Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the Netherlands, HBO Europe provides HBO HD and SD channels, HBO On Demand and HBO GO through HBO Nederland, a joint venture between HBO and Ziggo BV.

HBO Europe offers five high quality movie channels (HBO, HBO2, HBO Comedy, Cinemax and Cinemax2) and six high definition channels (HBO HD, HBO2 HD, HBO3 HD, HBO Comedy HD, Cinemax HD and Cinemax2 HD), as well as the subscription video on demand service HBO ON DEMAND, and the broadband SVOD service, HBO GO.
HBO and Cinemax and their multiplexes and value-added services bring the biggest blockbusters, award winning original productions, series, exclusive events, evergreen movies, film festival hits, international and European movies into viewers’ homes.
HBO Europe is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary.
www.hbo-europe.com

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 minimises 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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RGB press contacts, EMEA:

Ginnia Cheng / Kasia Murphy

Johnson King
+44 (0)20 7401 7968
RGBNetworks@johnsonking.co.uk

RGB corporate contact:

Catlin Walker
RGB Networks
Work: +1-408-701-2734

RGB press contacts, US:

John Giddings
Mobility Public Relations
Work: +1-650-353-4330
RGB Networks Press Kit: http://rgb.mobilitypr.com

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HBO Europe contact:

Gerry Buckland

+336 1757 3478/ +44 7774 860011
gerry.buckland@hbo.eu

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