Entel deploys Velocix solution to power Chile’s newest IP video streaming service

Velocix, the market’s leading provider of carrier-grade video streaming and advertising technology, has announced that Entel, the largest telecommunications company in Chile, has launched Velocix’s IP CDN, origin server and video recording management software to support the country’s newest OTT streaming service, which uses the first Android TV Operator Tier Box in the country.

Available nationwide, the multiscreen service is targeted at Chile’s nearly 16 million internet and 26 million mobile users. Marketed as Entel TV, the new service can be accessed by anyone in the region that has a fixed or mobile broadband connection.

“We see great opportunity in the Chilean market for a service like Entel TV that merges live and time-shifted content from a variety of sources into a simple, intuitive package for consumers. To support our growth strategy, we needed a foundational video platform that was robust, ultra-reliable and could scale-out rapidly, which is why we chose Velocix”, said Cristian Hofer, Head of Video Engineering at Entel.

“We continue to see exceptional market opportunities for innovative video service providers like Entel in Latin America. We are honoured to be working closely with Entel to rapidly launch their new streaming service and support their strategic vision”, added Anthony Berkeley, CEO at Velocix.

The Entel TV service, which runs on Samsung and LG smart TVs, mobile devices or Entel branded Android TV set-top boxes, provides users with 41 video channels, all of them with 24 hours rolling buffer, including HD and 4K/UHD resolution content.  The Entel Android TV box also integrates popular online streaming services, such as Netflix, HBO GO, Prime Video and Spotify, and makes it easier for consumers to find content with universal search and voice controls that span multiple OTT services.

Velocix expands SaaS portfolio with cloud-native video recording manager

Velocix, the market’s leading provider of carrier-grade video streaming and advertising technology, has expanded its portfolio of fully managed software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications with the launch of a new cloud-native video recording management service called Cloud VRM.

Cloud VRM features an elastically scalable platform that orchestrates and automates IP-based video recording workflows for cloud DVR and time-shifted video applications. The service delivers a comprehensive, time-shifted viewing experience to consumers on every connected screen, using an architecture that is independent of the middleware and pre-integrated with multiple recording engine solutions.

Jim Brickmeier, Chief Product & Marketing Officer at Velocix, said: “We are committed to offering video service providers the most flexible, efficient, and cost-effective solutions in the marketplace, which is why we are so excited to announce Cloud VRM. With its cloud-native design, pay-as-you-go economics and fully hosted and managed deployment options, operators can take advantage of our Emmy® Award-winning recording technology, while lowering their upfront investment and accelerating their time-to-market.”

Cloud VRM’s newly introduced multi-tenancy features are designed to minimize operators’ scale-out costs by orchestrating recording services across multiple sites and geographies using a common software deployment. This reduces start-up time and operational expenses by eliminating the need for recording management infrastructure on-site.

Cloud VRM supports private-copy, shared-copy, and hybrid cloud DVR applications, as well as time-shifted video capabilities, such as program restart and catchup TV. Advanced recording management features include per-user recording and storage quotas, series recording, cross-device bookmarking, content lifecycle management, rules-driven rights compliance, and configurable storage optimization.

The company’s fully managed SaaS portfolio also includes Cloud VPP, Velocix’s dynamic ad insertion solution for addressable and programmatic TV advertising, which was launched in December 2020.

Velocix appoints Anthony Berkeley as CEO

Velocix, the market’s leading provider of carrier-grade video streaming and advertising technology, has announced the promotion of Anthony Berkeley to Chief Executive Officer.

Berkeley was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Velocix, and he has previously held senior leadership roles in sales, product, and professional services during his 11-year tenure with the company. Prior to Velocix, he held senior positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia.

David Sharpley, Group Leader at Lumine Group, Velocix’s parent company, said: “Anthony is ideally-suited to drive Velocix’s continued expansion, with his deep domain expertise in the video technology market and proven track record of driving profitable revenue growth. With an expanding base of top tier customers and strong market momentum, Velocix is well-positioned to build on its success in 2021 and beyond.”

Anthony Berkeley, CEO at Velocix, said: “I’m excited to lead the next phase of Velocix’s growth, which will be fuelled by our investment in new video streaming and advertising technologies that maximise performance and deliver the lowest cost of ownership to customers. Using our latest hybrid-cloud software, Velocix can deploy on-net, in the cloud, or both, opening new business opportunities for us, and giving our customers the power and flexibility to scale out their platforms more efficiently than ever before.”

Velocix is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and maintains offices around the world. The company’s international client roster includes many of the leading innovators in media and telecommunications, including SKY, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Liberty Global, and Telefónica.

Velocix unveils cloud-native video advertising and stream personalisation service

Velocix, the world’s leading provider of carrier-grade IP video streaming technology, has unveiled a new cloud-native video advertising and stream personalisation service that enables pay TV operators, broadcasters, and internet based streaming services to generate higher revenues from every stream they deliver.

The fully hosted and managed software-as-a-service solution, called Cloud VPP, supports multiple stream personalisation workflows, including digital and programmatic video advertising, alternate content insertion, and content blackout for live, VOD, and time-shifted video.

Jim Brickmeier, Chief Product & Marketing Officer at Velocix, said: “The launch of our Cloud VPP service represents a key step in Velocix’s evolution towards open, cloud-native software-as-a-service solutions. Our turn-key digital ad insertion and stream personalisation service provides customers with a faster way to deploy our flexible and feature-rich software, enabling them to boost video revenues and meet their content rights obligations with less effort and fewer risks.”

Cloud VPP is based on the latest release of Velocix’s personalisation platform (VPP) software, which is pre-integrated with several major ad services and can run on leading cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Azure.

VPP employs intelligent manifest manipulation technology to dynamically modify individual adaptive bit-rate video streams as they are being delivered to consumers. In accordance with business policies, streamed content may be adjusted based on contextual information such as device type, location, and time, or it may be tailored to suit each consumer’s personal viewing preferences.

Multiple manifest manipulation tasks can be performed by VPP simultaneously, helping to simplify complex cascading workflows and ensuring the needs of different business stakeholders are satisfied.

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 here.

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.