Software-Based HTTP-to-UDP Gateway

To accommodate shifting video consumption patterns, video service providers have been building out next-generation networks to stream video programming and commercials to Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and connected TVs.

With advancements in OTT delivery technology and improved IP networks, it is now possible to provide cost-effective, flexible, and forward-looking architectures for both contribution and primary distribution of linear broadcast video channels.

Imagine’s Video Delivery Edge (VDE), an HTTP-to-UDP gateway, was developed by Imagine Communications to help video service providers reduce the cost and complexity of their networks by seamlessly bridging next-generation and legacy video delivery infrastructures. The VDE is designed to enable cable operators and programmers to improve the efficiency, performance, and revenue-generating potential of video delivery and ad insertion infrastructures, at the same time paving the way for the transition of operations to a fully virtualized environment based on generic computing and networking resources. By leveraging manifest manipulation, programmers are able to enhance revenue by regionalizing ads and competing in local markets, and maintain compatibility with their secondary distribution to STBs and smart TVs.

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  • Enables service providers to focus new investments on next-generation infrastructure while leveraging existing investments in QAM-based subscriber devices
  • Provides a path to deployment of next-generation ad insertion infrastructure, allowing the use of manifest-based ad insertion instead of legacy MPEG-2/4 ad splicing hardware
  • Enables the retirement of expensive-to-maintain hardware-dependent ad insertion and video delivery equipment
  • Accelerates the consolidation of multiple infrastructures into a single, HTTP-based service delivery network, eliminating the cost and operational burden of maintaining separate networks
  • Sharpens ad-targeting capabilities and provides operators with the flexibility to quickly modify, change and move ads and channel line-ups
  • Serves as a catalyst for the migration to an IP-based, data-center environment based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment
  • Introduces new levels of agility that elevate the subscriber experience by improving video quality and delivering a more personalized video service
  • Increases resiliency and efficiency of the network through migration to HTTP-based infrastructure
  • Converts HTTP-based content to MPEG-2 TS UDP
  • Supports both MPEG-2 and MP4 video
  • Supports decryption of AES-128 encryption as well as 3rd party DRM solutions
  • Leverages investments in next-generation video delivery and ad insertion infrastructure
  • Software-based and compatible with COTS platforms
  • Compatible with SCTE-130 HTTP-based ad-insertion systems
  • Supports both centralized and distributed deployment models

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