One unified appliance released for IPTV and multiscreen transcoding

Imagine Communications, a provider of digital video services, on Wednesday announced a system upgrade to their ICE Video Platform. The new platform upgrade provides system operators with a single unified appliance for processing HD and SD IPTV streams as well as Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams for multiscreen delivery. 



Imagine Communications, a provider of digital video services, on Wednesday announced a system upgrade to their ICE Video Platform. The new platform upgrade provides system operators with a single unified appliance for processing HD and SD IPTV streams as well as Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams for multiscreen delivery. 


Built using Imagine Communications (San Diego, Calif., USA) video compression technology, the high density platform has full decode/encode capabilities with metadata pull-through on all channels, which enables scene change detection while utilizing original encode parameters. The upgrade also introduces granular PID-level redundancy mechanisms, enabling new levels of service protection, both upstream and downstream, from the ICE Video Platform transcoder, says the company.


“We believe in convergence across the network and are building platforms and solutions to facilitate that transition,” said Imagine’s CEO Richard Stanfield.


The upgraded platform is available in a dense 1RU (Rack Unit) package or as a NEBS-compliant Blade System.  According to the company, the upgrade will help IPTV service providers who need to deploy more channels with higher picture quality, and then add support for multiple device types such as the iPad3, and other new mobile platforms with 1080p support.


By integrating audio and video transcoding in the same platform as PIP (Picture in Picture) creation, multiscreen transcoding and multi-format media streaming, the ICE Video Platform provides an all-in-one services for quality, scalability and reliability, says Imagine.