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Eutelsat, Broadpeak unveil sat-based video delivery platform

Tuesday 15 November 2016 | 11:41 CET | News

Satellite operator Eutelsat and content delivery network (CDN) technologies provider Broadpeak have teamed up to launch a new platform that delivers satellite-based multiscreen video to connected devices. The new offer, dubbed Smartbeam, is designed to enable broadcasters and pay-TV operators to harness ubiquitous satellite coverage to broadcast video content in IP format, creating a network dedicated to IP-native terminals, including tablets and smartphones. SmartBeam works with any WiFi-enabled device, supporting instant channel change, DRM security, and low latency, said the partners.

The underlying streaming technology for SmartBeam is Broadpeak’s nanoCDN product, which allows operators and content providers to contain their bandwidth requirements to only a few megabits per second in order to multicast high-quality OTT services to millions of simultaneous devices. By managing video consumption peaks that are not supported by terrestrial network infrastructure, nanoCDN makes multiscreen satellite delivery scalable and affordable for content providers, including key live sporting events that create surges in consumption.

Eutelsat added that it was ready to support TV broadcasters as they evolve into a multi-platform environment, starting with Russian pay-TV operator Tricolor TV, which has selected SmartBeam for the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices.


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