RENNES, France — Oct. 18, 2018 — Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, and Inca Networks, the leader of Intelligent Video Delivery providing carrier-grade video delivery solutions with a world-class user experience, today announced that they have partnered to provide Minnesota-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) with a reliable and scalable IP video delivery solution. The subscriber management and User Experience are powered by Espial’s Elevate Cloud IPTV platform which is a TV-as-a-Service solution that enables HBC to offer IPTV and App-based TV services to their customers.
AMT served as the reseller on the project, ensuring a quick and seamless deployment.
“HBC operates an advanced fiber-optic network that delivers gigabit broadband, feature-rich telephone, and video services with a selection of more than 300 channels, VOD and extensive local high school and college sporting events produced by HBC Studios. Recently, we deployed IP ABR delivery in order to support OTT video, amongst other benefits,” said Jim Kronebusch, VP of Technology & Engineering at Hiawatha Broadband Communications. “Broadpeak and Inca Networks provided us with a future-rich solution for preparing and distributing video content via IP applications.”
HBC is using Broadpeak’sBkS350 Origin and Packager to ingest live video channels sent by the Inca Adaptive Bitrate Transcoder 3840. The 3840 was developed with reliability and resilience in mind. It uses Inca’s globally-deployed hardware transcoding engine, validated against thousands of broadcast streams worldwide, to transcode MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC video sources into frame-aligned, multi-bitrate outputs in MPEG-4 AVC using less than 200 W in a 1 RU power efficient chassis. Video operators experience seamless and rapid deployment when configuring Inca products thanks to VidiOSTM, an award-winning and sophisticated web-based user interface with extensive management and monitoring tools.
Upon reception from Inca’s 3840, the BkS350 packages the video content in the requested ABR format (i.e., HLS or MPEG-DASH) and sends it to Broadpeak’s BkS400 video cache server for streaming to subscribers. Broadpeak’s BkM100 supervises the BkS350 and BkS400 servers in addition to managing the streaming requests and redirecting them to the servers. Through a pay-as-you-grow business model, Broadpeak’s solution helped HBC begin distributing IP video without making a high upfront investment. Broadpeak’s software-based solutions were easily deployed on hardware provided by HBC via virtualized machines. “Broadpeak’s solutions are part of a strong partner ecosystem that makes IP video delivery simple and affordable for operators,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Working with Inca Networks and Espial, we are helping HBC deliver high-quality video on any device on any network with maximum scalability and minimal investment required.”
“Inca’s 3840 ABR product is a powerful option for operators looking to launch new multiscreen services,” said Robert Bell, CEO at Inca Networks. “The 3840 delivers beautiful, frame-aligned video at a market-leading cost per stream, while providing operational efficiency through Inca’s stream monitoring and analysis tools. Operators such as HBC can confidently launch OTT services to generate additional revenue and expand into new geographies when working with established market leaders such as Inca Networks, Broadpeak and Espial.”
Mick McCluskey, VP Product Management at Espial said that “Elevate is a flexible and open platform that was easily integrated to Hiawatha’s media processing components provided by Broadpeak and Inca for rapid deployment of IP based services”.
Elevate will be exhibiting at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Oct 22-25, in Booth 2713. Meet the Espial Elevate team at SCTE or visit www.espial.com/elevate to learn more information about Elevate.
Inca Networks will be exhibiting at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Oct 22-25, in Booth 2034. Meet the Inca team at SCTE or visit www.incanetworks.com, to learn more information about Inca’s carrier-grade transcoders, encoders and video delivery solutions, including 8VSB receivers.
Broadpeak will demonstrate its IP video delivery solutions and more at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Oct. 22-25 in Atlanta at booth 2030.