IBC 2012: Harmonic, Nagra claim world's first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT multiscreen service

Editor | 07-09-2012

Video delivery infrastructure Harmonic has entered into a partnership with multiscreen television solutions content protection firm Nagra to power a cloud-based OTT video service for broadcasters and pay-TV service providers.

Deployed Jointly by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra, the Live and VOD multiscreen cloud service will make use of Harmonicís ProMedia Suite and Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen solutions.

The multiscreen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world's first commercial deployment of the MPEG-DASH adaptive streaming protocol that supports multiple DRM systems via common encryption, as well as the first deployment of HbbTV 1.5.

The new integrated video infrastructure is said to be capable of delivering high-quality OTT applications, including live, VOD and time-shifting, to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and other IP-connected devices. It is also attributed with being able to protect simultaneously content with multiple digital rights management systems, including Nagra PRM, Microsoft PlayReady and Marlin.

"As a member of the DASH Industry Forum and recent participant in the first live, public MPEG-DASH trial at the London Olympic Games with European broadcaster VRT, Harmonic is excited to continue its support of the industry's premiere standard for streaming multimedia over the Internet. By launching the world's first OTT service supporting MPEG-DASH, Abertis Telecom and Nagra are breaking new ground and helping to build the future of multiscreen delivery," said Thierry Fautier, senior director, convergence solutions, Harmonic.