The availability of new devices such as tablets and connected TVs as well along with the increased number of broadband internet subscribers presents an excellent opportunity for service providers to deliver advanced television and on-demand video services over-the-top (OTT). An innovative and high quality OTT service will generate new revenues and increase customer loyalty.
As the Internet is an unmanaged network by definition, frequent fluctuations in bandwidth can cause latency and video jitter, compromising the viewing experience, especially for live programs. With the goal of providing a high QoE (Quality of Experience), ViaMotion includes advanced OTT service monitoring tools such as ViaManager Monitor, and ViaMotion Probe.
As ViaMotion is a technology agnostic software based solution, it can be easily integrated with the leading advanced storage systems including NAS. Content storage and streaming capacity can be scaled up in line with service growth.
To ensure an optimal viewing experience ViaMotion includes support for adaptive bitrate streaming to ensure that the quality of the video content matches bandwidth availability.
ViaMotion addresses the fragmented viewing device market by packaing content into a number of different HTTP streaming formats including Apple HLS, Adobe Flash HDS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG DASH.
Scalable and flexible
Software-based solutions allow the system to be scaled up in line with growth.
Features such as catchup TV and pause TV allow for innovative new services.
Packager support for multiple HTTP video formats for streaming to multiple types of devices.
Push content to commercial CDNs when required.
Ask our expert – Alexandre Arnodin, Director Sales Engineering
How can we deliver an OTT service that does not sacrifice on quality?
There are two ways to ensure customer satisfaction. One is through the quality of experience or QoE, in other words making the overall experience of watching OTT content as good if not better than traditional TV through new technologies such as social TV and dual screen.
The other way is by ensuring a high QoS or quality of service. For example, when it comes to live sporting events, it is really important that viewers do not miss out on any part of the match by providing continual unbroken streaming with no drops. To do this, we need to first utilize adaptive bitrate streaming to adjust picture quality according to bandwidth availability in real-time. Quality can be further enhanced by placing popular content closer to the viewers by using HTTP cache servers such as the ViaMotion edge. Finally there are a number of tools available such as ViaMotion Probe and ViaManager Monitor that are designed to immediately recognize potential streaming issues and automatically switch to alternative sources.
Contact us if you have any further questions regarding our OTT video solutions.