Harmonic Insight

The Mobile Video Tidal Wave Has Hit. The Impact on Cellular Networks.

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The growing use of smartphones, mobile broadband, and innovative apps will lead to video accounting for two-thirds of all internet traffic on cellular networks in 2020, according to the latest research from Ovum. This shift in video consumption is creating both new opportunities and challenges for communications service providers. We know that Communications Service Providers…

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Live UHD Streaming of Sports is Gaining Momentum

In 2015, the NFL streamed an entire football game over the internet. As the first live sports event to be streamed to a worldwide audience, this was quite a feat. Over the last few years, over-the-top (OTT) technologies and services have evolved immensely to where streaming of live sports is now nearly on an equal…

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Remote Production at Scale

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In my previous blog, I talked about the impact of all-IP workflows for production — encompassing everything from uncompressed and compressed video and audio flows as well as IP-based control and talkback. In this post, I look at some ways to resolve workflow requirements for remote production, where content acquisition takes place thousands of miles…

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Plotting the Migration to IP for Studio Production

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It is clear that one, if not the biggest, winner in the transition from SDI to IP will be production workflows.  With many touchpoints for signal processing and the creative process for operators in live and as-live environments, the arrival of easy–to-access flows for video, audio and data as well as reduced dependence on conversion…

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3 Trends Guaranteed to Make a Big Impact on OTT in 2018

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In light of last week’s announcement of VOS™ SW Cluster, the next evolution of Harmonic’s VOS offerings for IPTV and OTT deployments, now is the perfect time to look at some of the key trends for OTT this year. As a comprehensive software application that embeds market-leading media processing, including ingest, playout, compression, encryption, packaging,…

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The Impact of Apple’s HEVC Adoption

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Early 2018 is a particularly dynamic time for codec development and deployment, and many streaming publishers are wondering whether to stand pat with H.264 or to start to experiment with VP9, HEVC, or even AV1. When Apple added HEVC to HLS in mid-2017, HEVC seemed like the frontrunner. What will be the impact on codec…

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Virtual Reality: Time to Get Ready

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You’ve likely read a plethora of Virtual Reality announcements leading up to and at CES, including the latest news on the device side from Facebook (Oculus Go, Santa Cruz), Google Daydream (Lenovo Mirage) and HTC (VIVE Focus, VIVE Pro). There have also been companies exiting the market, like Nokia. A big wave of location-based entertainment…

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The Future of HEVC is Getting Clearer

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HEVC, an MPEG video compression standard published in 2013, has not seen much traction outside of Ultra HD deployments. The main reasons are that HEVC can be complex and expensive from a licensing perspective. With that being said, in June 2017, HEVC garnered extra attention after Apple announced that it will support the video compression…

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Apple Backs AV1: What Does This Mean for the Future of Video Codecs

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Earlier this month, Apple joined the Alliance for Open Media (AOM), which is working on the next-generation AV1 video compression standard. It’s interesting that Apple is now supporting AV1, after having just announced backing HEVC in both devices and software tools (i.e., publishing, browsers). Why Apple Now Stands Behind AV1 There are a few reasons,…

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The Hot Trend in the MENA Region – OTT Video Delivery

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In the Middle East and North Africa, OTT TV episodes and movies will generate revenues of $1.75 billion by 2022, more than quadruple the $428 million recorded in 2016, according to the latest report from Digital TV Research. There’s no doubt about it: The pay-TV market is changing rapidly thanks to the ubiquitousness of OTT…

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