ANGA COM2015: Kartina TV taps Harmonic for OTT delivery

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 11 June 2015

Kartina TV, a German-based service provider serving Russian-speaking individuals around the globe, has deployed Harmonic's Electra XVM virtualised media processor for OTT multiscreen delivery.

Utilising the software-based media processing platform for real-time HEVC encoding, Kartina TV can deliver 150 SD and 30 HD channels to subscribers on a variety of devices. Powered by Harmonic's VOS virtualised media processing platform and architecture, which operates on common hardware platforms in IT data centre environments, the Electra XVM media processor simplifies Kartina TV's infrastructure.

"Currently, Kartina TV offers over 150 channels from countries located around the former Soviet Union, more than 2,000 on-demand movies and a large selection of HD channels; as we expand our OTT multiscreen offering, bandwidth efficiency, video quality and flexibility are key," said Dimitri Dietrich, CTO at Kartina TV. "When tested against a variety of other solutions on the market, Harmonic's Electra XVM virtualised media processor provided superior video quality, higher density and less power consumption. By offering a new approach to encoding, Harmonic enables us to distribute additional video content in a fraction of the time and cost by leveraging IT economics."

Michael Salomon, regional sales manager at Harmonic, added: "Kartina TV's vision for OTT delivery is quite disruptive, comprising virtualised media processing, HEVC encoding and MPEG-DASH packaging. Ultimately, Harmonic was chosen for this project because we delivered an infrastructure solution that supports these next-generation technologies at a low TCO. Leveraging our market-leading experience in video compression technologies, the Electra XVM solution enables Kartina TV to deliver excellent video content at the lowest possible bit rates. By offering a virtualised approach to media processing through our VOS architecture, Harmonic provides customers with business agility, scalability and significant CAPEX and OPEX savings through reduced cooling, fewer boxes, less wiring, maintenance and personnel requirements."