Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amino, Celeno, Avail-TVN, Bermuda CableVision, Azuki Systems

Azuki’s Managed & Optimized OTT Video Delivery Framework

--Amino Taps Celeno to Bring WiFi Connectivity to its IPTV/OTT Set-Top Boxes
--Avail-TVN Provides VOD Services to Bermuda CableVision
--Azuki Launches TV Everywhere Solution

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • Amino Communications said Tuesday that it has chosen Celeno Communications to provide a range of wireless products that complement its IPTV/OTT set-top boxes. "Celeno's OptimizAIR technology will help Amino offer whole-home WiFi networking robust enough for HD IPTV distribution, multi-room DVR and over-the-top (OTT) video and video-on-demand (VOD) consumption anywhere in the home," the company states in its press materials. "Amino and Celeno will offer the following wireless solutions in the marketplace: 1) WiFi/Ethernet bridges powered by Celeno's CL1830 SoC to wirelessly enable aftermarket IP STB's, including the Aminet A130, A140 and A540. These powerful bridges will enable whole-home wireless PVR functionality, allowing the consumption of centrally stored content anywhere in the home. 2) WiFi/USB dongles powered by Celeno's CLR250 chip to wirelessly enable aftermarket IP STB's to receive HD IPTV and OTT content...Amino recently announced that it would enhance its entire IPTV product range with OTT capabilities to deliver a richer, more dynamic entertainment experience for consumers. All Amino devices now provide operators with the ability to offer a compelling mix of broadcast, on-demand, and content from the open Internet including social media, gaming and applications."
  • VOD distribution services company, Avail-TVN, said Tuesday that Bermuda CableVision is now using its services. "Bermuda CableVision is the island's largest provider of digital cable TV and is the only supplier of high-definition TV in Bermuda," Avail-TVN states in its press materials. "As of December 1, 2011, Avail-TVN is delivering VOD content in HD/SD and 3D from studios, networks and specialty content providers, making it available to Bermuda CableVision's digital subscribers."
  • Multiscreen video delivery specialist, Azuki Systems, on Tuesday unveiled a TV Everywhere solution. "Azuki today announced the next-generation OTT video delivery solution framework that seamlessly extends service providers' managed set-top box services to multi-screens, at home and on-the-go, with equivalent user experience and zero impact to existing DOCSIS and IPTV infrastructure," the company states in its press materials. "With Azuki, service providers can ensure unmanaged networks behave and perform like managed networks, with no disruption to existing video operations, enabling service providers to capitalize on multi-screens and TV Everywhere initiatives, with: 1) Anywhere, anytime, any device session-shifting. 2) End-to-end entitlement control per subscriber, device and content. 3) Dynamic multi-screen ad insertion. 4) Extended HTML5 compatibility for monetization and security. 5) Detailed consumption analytics and metrics from all device types. Azuki manages OTT video delivery by simplifying and automating the process of normalizing and unifying media preparation, adaptive streaming, digital rights management (DRM), entitlement enforcement, analytics and monetization--including ad-insertion, across all consumer-owned devices. Service providers can sign up for the Azuki Two Day Challenge, through which Azuki will prepare, protect and deliver the service providers' live and VOD content to their choice of multiple screens, in less than two days. No other company in the industry can perform a multi-screen demonstration this quickly. Service providers can fully deploy the Azuki managed and optimized OTT video delivery solution for both live and VOD in less than 100 days...Azuki enhances the power of OTT video delivery by: 1) Fulfilling its managed and optimized OTT video-delivery solution through a connector-based service delivery platform and its multi-screen delivery client, allowing for a simple plug-and-play interface with service providers' existing backoffice systems. 2) Establishing market's first two-second fast-channel-start/switch, based on universal segmented adaptive streaming. Now, service providers can build their own CDN's and differentiate their service from standard OTT solutions. 3) Offering a universal DRM framework that not only extends content protection to all consumer-owned devices but also supports existing DRM's by creating a new multi-screen entitlement server for consumer-owned device detection, content licensing tiering and runtime device-type and count enforcement. 4) Dynamically adjusting bandwidth usage so that user count can increase while total bandwidth remains within defined threshold, all while having standard formats and ABR. 5) Creating CDN switching, an overlay video delivery network with policy and rules for content delivery over multiple CDN's to multi-screens. Providing load-balancing functionality based on content and endpoint-addresses--similar to extending today's server load balancing in the Web infrastructure to video. This optimized delivery network also extends service providers' internal delivery network with external CDN's to perform the function of inter-CDN failover and intelligent CDN selection for geographic reach. 6) Delivering breakthrough innovation with Azuki's connector-based technology, which provides seamless interface to DOCSIS and PCRF policy servers to dynamically monitor and manage traffic peak and network capacity at all times."
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