Thomson Video Networks, VisualOn make DASH delivery to connected devices

Editor | 03-09-2012

Thomson Video Networks has entered into a partnership with multimedia software company VisualOn to foster high quality media streaming compatible with the MPEG-DASH standard to connected devices.

Ratified in November 2011 and founded by Microsoft, Netflix and Qualcomm, the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) standard aims to address the evolution of online video. Its proponents say that it is defining a universal delivery format which provides the best possible video experience while dynamically adapting to changing network conditions as video streams to devices.

MPEG-DASH has been incorporated into version 1.5 of the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative which itself aims to bring about the harmonisation of the delivery of both broadcast and broadband services to the viewer through connected TVs and set-top boxes.

"We are committed to delivering today's most sophisticated streaming technology, and the use of MPEG-DASH is an emerging trend that provides our customers with the highest possible video quality and playback across all types of connected devices," said Yang Cai, CEO of VisualOn Inc. "Our integrated solution with Thomson Video Networks puts Web TV and over-the-top services at the forefront of the industry."

Thomson's ViBE VS7000 multiscreen video platform delivers MPEG-DASH streams to devices using OnStream MediaPlayer+, VisualOn's multimedia player that enables high-quality, cross-platform, audio and video playback on any device. "The ViBE VS7000 is an incredibly versatile powerhouse for convergent media operators," added Eric Gallier, vice president of marketing at Thomson Video Networks. "Versatility is a key requirement in the rapidly evolving WebTV/OTT arena, and integrating with VisualOn's OnStream MediaPlayer+ allows us to scale across connected devices to deliver high-quality content while using MPEG-DASH streaming."