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IBC: Harmonic, Nagra present MPEG-DASH OTT multiscreen service

US video encoding specialist Harmonic and Swiss content protection firm Nagra have jointly presented a new cloud-based over-the-top (OTT) video service for broadcasters and pay-TV service providers at the IBC trade show currently taking place in Amsterdam.

The multiscreen hosting service is being offered jointly by major Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra, leveraging Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen’s multi-DRM capability, and can support a broad range of connected devices.

It is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH, a standards-based adaptive streaming protocol that supports multiple DRM systems via common encryption, as well as the first deployment of HbbTV 1.5.

As part of a fully integrated multiscreen solution, Harmonic’s ProMedia video preparation and processing suite and Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen solution provide the Abertis Telecom-Nagra cloud service with an integrated video infrastructure capable of delivering high-quality OTT applications, including live, VOD and time-shifting, to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and other IP-connected devices.

Harmonic and Nagra are members of the DASH Industry Forum, and Harmonic recently participated in the first live, public MPEG-DASH trial at the London Olympic Games with European broadcaster VRT.

Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), also known as MPEG-DASH, is a standard for streaming of multimedia content over the open Internet, allowing connected devices to consume multimedia content delivered via the Internet in optimal quality thanks to its adaptive streaming technology.

Work on DASH started in 2010; it became a Draft International Standard in January 2011, and an International Standard in November 2011.

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