TDS Telecom goes live with Velocix for IP video streaming and Cloud DVR services

Velocix and TDS Telecom (TDS®) have announced the successful roll-out of IP video streaming and Cloud DVR services to consumers in central Oregon, USA, completing the first phase of a network-wide project to upgrade the entertainment experience available to TDS’s 1.2 million connections. Branded TDS TV+, the new Android TV-based streaming video service is powered by Velocix’s suite of IP video products, including its CDN, origin server, and video recording solutions.

Using the new service, TDS subscribers can watch linear programming, video-on-demand, and personalised video recordings on a multitude of consumer devices, including TVs, PCs, mobile devices, and the most popular streaming media players. Consumers can enjoy more than 180 channels on their own schedule, as well as accessing an extensive library of on-demand and pay-per-view content. Additionally, internet-based offerings, including Netflix and YouTube, can be accessed directly through the new service.

Mark Barber, SVP of Network Operations at TDS, said: “We are excited to complete the first phase roll-out of our new TDS TV+ service with Velocix. Velocix’s integrated software platform enables TDS to deliver a more personalised and engaging entertainment experience on a wide range of consumer devices, which is critical to attracting and retaining video subscribers in our highly competitive markets.”

David Sharpley, CEO of Velocix added: “We are delighted that TDS has selected Velocix to power its next-generation IP video service offerings. Velocix’s carrier-grade content delivery solutions provide TDS with a flexible foundation for growth, enabling the company to bring innovative multi-screen services to its expanding base of premium video subscribers.”

The Velocix platform replaces two legacy cable systems and an established IPTV solution, unifying the network and integrating both managed and unmanaged video delivery. TDS TV+ will be made available to the entire TDS footprint in 2020, which includes consumers in 31 U.S. states.

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Velocix introduces mobile-optimised CDN software for 5G video streaming applications

Velocix has introduced new mobile-optimised content delivery network (CDN) software that alleviates the common pain points wireless operators face when scaling out 5G video applications.

The company has revealed sophisticated multi-tier CDN delivery and inter-cache communications technology that can reduce traffic demands over mobile backhaul networks by as much as 30%.

The latest software is also compatible with multi-access edge computing (MEC) systems, allowing elastically scalable caches to be deployed closer to consumers, at the periphery of 5G radio access networks (RANs).

“5G video viewership is expected to surge 100-fold over the next few years, placing unprecedented scaling demands on wireless network operators,” said Jim Brickmeier, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Velocix. “Our mobile-optimised CDN technology more efficiently routes and delivers video traffic over IP and wireless networks. This results in less network congestion, improved video quality, and a reduced need for costly infrastructure upgrades to support the rising tide of 5G viewing devices.”

More information about Velocix’s mobile-optimised CDN technology is available in an application note titled ‘Maximising streaming efficiency for 5G video growth’, which can be downloaded at info.velocix.com/5g-streaming.

Velocix quadruples CDN stream density, lowering IP video scale-out costs for wireline and 5G wireless delivery

Velocix has announced new ultra-high density CDN edge caching software that delivers up to four times the streaming output of previous server generations.

The company’s latest software release has been optimised to run on commercial-off-the-shelf reference platforms featuring AMD chips and solid state NVMe drives, substantially reducing the amount of hardware required to scale-out IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video services delivered to consumers over wireline and 5G wireless networks.

“With traditional video subscribers increasingly transitioning to new multi-screen IP video services, network operators are facing complex scaling challenges that will continue to intensify as stream demand and mobile viewership over 5G networks flourishes,” said Craig Sinasac, VP Development and Technology at Velocix. “Our software is carefully tuned to supercharge the capabilities of the foundational hardware platform to maximise stream density and CDN efficiency, resulting in a richer return on investment for our customers.”

Velocix has already received a large order for the new CDN software from a top tier multiple systems operator (MSO) that is significantly expanding its IP streaming services in multiple countries this year. Many of the largest and most successful service providers throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, including Vodafone, Liberty Global, Telefonica and T-Mobile, use Velocix technology to power their premium IP video service offerings.