April 9, 2015

Collaboration enables rapid deployment of OTT capabilities

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video infrastructure, advertising systems and workflow management solutions, and  Verizon Digital Media Services, a leading global video enablement and delivery service provider, are joining forces to help broadcasters and video service providers implement over-the-top (OTT) video streaming of linear content through an integrated, end-to-end, collaborative solution. The relationship aims to integrate and simplify workflows for broadcast and Internet playout systems. By combining Imagine Communications’ broadcast routing, playout and trafficking systems with Verizon’s video encoding, management and content delivery network, online viewers can be assured of one of the highest quality viewing experiences on any screen, anytime, anywhere.

“Broadcasters need to find quick and cost-effective ways to expand their audiences through multiscreen services,” said Charlie Vogt, chief executive officer, Imagine Communications. “By combining our end-to-end video management solutions with Verizon’s industry-leading content delivery infrastructure, we are creating a dynamic and powerful combination that helps broadcasters more easily and effectively deliver their linear programming directly to end-users regardless of location or preferred device.”

Verizon Digital Media Services’ Video Lifecycle Solution is now integrated with Imagine Communications’ next-generation cloud innovations, including Zenium™, a software-defined workflow management platform. Zenium allows media companies to use existing workflow blueprints or whiteboard new workflows in an agile, component-based environment, enabling immediate launch of the desired end-to-end solution. Verizon’s Video Lifecycle Solution provides live, linear and on-demand video encoding and streaming for multiscreen environments, including single-format media processing for the highest quality playback across a wide variety of multiscreen devices.

“Content creators, aggregators and service providers have been searching for a complete, software-based solution for distributing their live, linear and on-demand content to multiscreen environments,” said Robert Toohey, president, Verizon Digital Media Services. “The combination of our two companies’ capabilities allows these media companies to rapidly develop new workflows and content for distribution to their over-the-top audiences.”

Verizon Digital Media Services provides media companies with a suite of advanced video solutions and products, enabling them to satisfy consumer demand for premium digital media. The company’s flexible and robust video solutions are customizable and can be seamlessly integrated for video on demand, linear channels and live events.

Visit Imagine Communications’ Booth 2702 at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, April 11-16 or visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information. Visit Verizon’s Booth SU4910 or visit www.verizondigitalmedia.com for more information.


About Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications empowers the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation. Broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on our optimized, futureproof, multiscreen video and revenue enablement solutions every day to support their mission-critical operations. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse our products, and our software solutions drive close to a third of global ad revenue. Through continuous innovation, we are delivering the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the industry. Visit www.imaginecommunications.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.

About Verizon Communications Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news/.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.