Envivio Introduces Reconfigurable Multichannel and Multiplatform IP Video Encoding Architecture
Inc., the technology provider of IP video convergence solutions from mobile to
HD, today introduced the world’s first reconfigurable multichannel and
multiplatform IP video encoding architecture for IPTV, Internet TV and mobile
TV services. The Trans4M architecture enables a service provider to reconfigure
the Envivio Trans4M-based encoders to generate video streams supporting the “3
screens” of video – TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Envivio will demonstrate the
Trans4M architecture at IBC2007 in its stand #4.260.
The Trans4M architecture provides the ability to reconfigure an encoder in real
time to easily add new features and functions without the need to replace units
deployed in the field. Trans4M-based encoders give service providers more
choices and flexibility with respect to the services they can offer and the
screen types that they can reach. The first Envivio encoder to utilize this
revolutionary new Trans4M architecture is the 4Caster™ C4 IP video encoder
supporting both IPTV and Internet TV in its initial implementation.
“This is an entirely unique architecture that only Envivio encoders can
provide,” exclaimed Julien Sign s, President and CEO of Envivio. “Service
providers want to offer IP video to many different devices while keeping costs
and risks down and our Trans4M technology makes this possible. For example, a
service provider using the C4 with the Trans4M architecture can have all four
ingest channels targeting standard definition IPTV set-top boxes or a mixture
of set-top boxes and PCs for Internet TV.”
“Even more incredible, a service provider can decide to change their mix of
targeted devices at any time and reconfigure the C4 after it has been put
on-line to offer channels and capacity to the most popular video devices,”
added Jean-Pierre Henot, CTO of Envivio.
By enabling mobile TV, IPTV and Internet TV services from the same
Trans4M-based encoder, a service provider will only need to invest in one
headend rather than three, and only one redundancy system and one management
system, resulting in significant capex and opex savings. Using one encoding
platform to provide these three services also reduces the risk to a service
provider with respect to interoperability and compatibility of devices tied to
these services. For those service providers intending to offer only one or two
of the services enabled by the architecture, the Trans4M-based encoders give
them the flexibility to add another service at a later date by simply expanding
their existing headend or reconfiguring their existing Trans4M-based encoders.
“More choices and more versatility, equate to less cost and less risk. That’s
what the Trans4M architecture is about and that’s what service providers need,”
reminded Sign s.
Currently, the 4Caster C4 IP video encoder allows service providers to offer
both IPTV and Internet TV from the same encoder. However, the unique and
flexible Trans4M architecture of the 4Caster C4 encoder will ultimately bring
together the Envivio video compression expertise and industry leading video
quality to offer a multichannel and multiplatform encoder capable of addressing
the three screens supported by mobile TV, Internet TV, and IPTV at extremely
low bandwidths over any network. The 4Caster C4 is available today.