Michelle Clancy | 13-09-2013
Numericable, a top cable operator in France, has launched a new triple-play service, and is using Envivio software-based headend solutions to provision the SD and HD TV services component of the offering.
Envivio Muse encoders on the Envivio 4Caster G4 Intel-based appliance, managed and controlled using Envivio's network management system, deliver video in multiple adaptive bitrate (ABR) profiles to customers of the new service.
"We were looking to work with an expert that could provide a flexible, fully converged solution to allow us to get our new service up and running quickly," said Philippe Le May, Numericable CTO. "Excellent video quality in combination with scalability and the ability to integrate the solution quickly were key criteria for us in choosing to work with Envivio on this project."
Envivio Muse software supports live or on-demand video encoding and transcoding, with solutions designed to deliver video quality for all codecs — HEVC (H.265), AVC (H.264) and MPEG-2 — thanks to proprietary video algorithms.
"While we have extensive deployments with telecom operators in France, we are very excited to be working with Numericable," said Julien Signès, Envivio's president and CEO. "This deployment is a real testament to our ability to work with a client who is focused on delivering a high quality experience for consumers through triple-play services."
In a separate announcement, Envivio has announced the latest version of its software-based Envivio Muse On-Demand transcoder, version 3.60. The Envivio on-demand solution includes the Muse On-Demand transcoder and 4Balancer load balancing software. Used in conjunction with the dynamic (just-in-time) packaging capabilities of the Envivio Halo network media processor, Muse On-Demand allows operators to use three to four times less storage than scenarios where they would need to produce and store multiple final output formats, the company said. And, operators can reduce CDN costs by up to 15% compared to GPU-based architectures, while achieving equivalent video quality, the company announced.
"Our unique software approach and in-house codec development provide numerous advantages in terms of flexibility, ease of upgrades, and performance enhancements," said Thomas Fayoux, encoding product manager for Envivio. "Our Muse On-Demand solution further extends our video quality advantage with automated quality checks, offers excellent offline transcoding speed, and supports HEVC today."