IBC 2014: Alcatel-Lucent keeps cloud DVR cost-effective & legal

At IBC 2014, Amsterdam

It’s an interesting riddle cloud DVR has thrown up for many operators. In many countries today, copyright laws concerning television follow a ‘private copy’ model. This means each consumer must have their own copy of a TV program they have recorded. Of course this makes network recording services uneconomical due to the cost of storage being hundreds of times higher than in a ‘shared copy’ model where only one recording is kept for all consumers.

Addressing this head-on, Alcatel-Lucent has developed a new technology architecture that will enable pay-TV providers to offer the ability to store favourite TV programs in the cloud cost effectively while maintaining compliance with content rights legislation.

“We are still compliant from the regulatory point of view,” explained Roland Mestric (Director, Video Solutions Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent), speaking to IP&TV News at IBC yesterday. “We are still making these copies, but in a cost efficient way, and we are using the CDN in order to deliver and cache these copies close to the end user in order to reduce the cost.”

Alcatel-Lucent have plenty to discuss at this year’s IBC, with the above being one of a number the significant new features to its Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN) solution (already used by some of the largest operators in the world, including Telus, Oi and Time Warner Cable). These improvements take advantage of innovations in virtualization, as well as tighter integration with IP infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of cloud networking for IP video services.

For example the Velocix Virtual CDN decouples the software that controls and routes traffic on a network from the physical infrastructure that provides compute and storage resources. This greatly reduces the time needed to install or expand the CDN. Virtualization also gives operators the agility to instantly create a new CDN cache in case of a hardware failure, minimizing any potential disruption in quality of service.

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