CABSAT 2014: ATEME teams with Eutelsat for LNB VOD
Editor | 12-03-2014

Video compression firm ATEME is teaming up with compatriot Eutelsat to offer advanced video-on-demand (VOD) over satellite using the operatorís smart LNB product.

Under the terms of the deal, Eutelsat will deploy ATEMEís TITAN Live and TITAN File transcoder line, to not only transcode VOD, but also stream linear channels to connected TVs, with the Eutelsat smartLNB offering a return path for interactivity.

The smart LNB takes the form of a low-cost device that bundles direct-to-home (DTH) reception of TV channels with a narrowband satellite return channel for short transmissions of IP packets. The satellite return link is designed to allow encrypted digital rights management (DRM) content to be offered on demand, using the same techniques as terrestrial networks. The IP-based device is compatible with legacy DVB-S2 receivers and connected TVs, tablets and such devices.

The partners say that they are addressing a gap in the market for households which either do not have access to the Internet nor have an Internet access point located near their television to access pay-per-view VOD.

From an operator perspective, the solution is said to extend service offerings and open the door for broadcasters to operate their own ecosystem of linear television and connected TV services directly by satellite.

Commented Antonio Arcidiacono, Eutelsatís director of innovation: ďATEMEís strong position in the VOD transcoding space makes them a solution of choice for leading DTH operators worldwide. The company is a natural addition to the smartLNB ecosystem, and we are excited to work with them and our partners as we demonstrate the future of interactive satellite broadcasting.Ē