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Azuki Systems Unveils New MSO Solution for Migration to IP Video

June 10, 2013 \\ Azuki Systems, Inc.

New solution enables MSOs to address video QAM to IP challenges; speed deployment of TV Everywhere


Azuki Systems the leader in the delivery of any content to any device over any network, today announced the release of a new solution that accelerates multiple system operators’ (MSOs) migration from quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to IP video. The Azuki MSO Solution provides groundbreaking ability for cable operators to reclaim QAM bandwidth and seamlessly boost advanced services, while reducing video delivery costs and offering TV Everywhere services to new and existing subscribers.  

News Summary

Azuki announces new MSO Solution that enables cable operators to:

  • Offer massive delivery of linear TV by edge-based adaptive bitrate (ABR) unicasting for SD and HD content, distributed over the network only when requested, resulting in the expansion from 80 to over 500 HD channels
  • Reclaim QAM bandwidth with a low-cost future-proof IP set-top box (IP-STB), to deliver Cloud-based time-shifted TV services on any channel
  • Reduce consumer premise equipment costs by 60-80% by using IP video, which eliminates the need for extra hardware, such as multiple tuners, DVR storage and cableCARDs
  • Offer TV Everywhere services across multiple devices in home or on-the-go by natively supporting ABR without the need for complex conversions or expensive gateways

Background and Market Landscape

Today’s consumers want a truly compelling viewing experience across all screens without restrictions on content type, device, time or location. Consumers also want service providers to keep track of their TV viewing preferences and devices. As a result, MSOs are grappling with the need to bridge the gap between static QAM infrastructure and the need to migrate to a flexible all-IP vision, without the costly burden of stranded assets. Over time, more and more spectrum will be dedicated to IP video and the need for a future-proof IP-based set-top box deployment is greater now than ever before.  

New Solution Highlights

Azuki’s new MSO Solution is based on the Azuki Media Platform™ 4.0 release, which brings unique technology and value proposition for transitioning to an all-IP world. The Azuki Media Platform is a server-based system located in the datacenter or hosted in the Cloud, with downloadable intelligent clients that enables the delivery of premium protected content over any network and to any device, now including the first screen.

The new Azuki MSO Solution:

  • Supports intelligent IP set-top boxes that reclaim QAM bandwidth and increase the delivery of advanced services and dynamic programming guides
  • Leverages patented virtualization techniques to automatically adapt to any back-office system, provisioning system, video delivery network and device to ensure maximum compatibility with existing infrastructure
  • Includes Azuki’s One-Pass TVE™ workflow that supports an industry-first distributed MPEG-DASH controller, which intelligently embeds and correlates existing metadata and re-uses the information to deliver one-to-one personalized TV experiences – based on networks, devices, locations and real-time media consumption information. Personalized TV experiences include:
    • Time-shifting on any device
      • Start-over TV – consumers can re-start, pause and rewind TV shows that are currently in progress, with pre-integrated programming guides
      • Catch-Up TV – Allows subscribers to browse-back the programming guide to find and select favorite TV shows that has already been aired minutes, hours or weeks before and watch it on any device, at home or on-the-go
      • Network DVR – consumers access low-cost video storage in the Cloud for recordings viewable on any device
    • Multi-screen collaboration
      • Companion remote – consumers can control content on the set-top box - browse channels, find and select what to watch, when and where - without disrupting viewing on the main screen
    • Multi-screen entitlements
      • Buy on the set-top box, watch on any device
    • Social TV
      • Consumers can interact with social media networks while watching content on any device

Supporting Quote

Cheng Wu, Co-Founder and CEO, Azuki Systems

“Azuki helps MSOs re-define how IP video can be delivered and consumed. The goal is to help MSOs leverage existing infrastructure investments while also evolving service offerings to address changing consumers’ viewing trends. Our MSO Solution can add significant differentiation without disrupting current, ongoing operations.”


About Azuki Systems

Azuki Systems is leading the video delivery revolution to any screen over any network. Azuki’s solutions deliver rich, protected content to any device over any network, allowing service providers to take the complexity out of TV Everywhere (TVE) delivery. The Azuki Media Platform™ enables service providers, mobile operators and brand-name media to combine the power of over-the-top delivery with the highest quality of user experience, content protection, back-office integration and reliability. Azuki is led by an executive team renowned for repeated success in launching disruptive technologies and solving difficult technology challenges to provide customers with a competitive edge. Visit www.azukisystems.com for more information.


For more information:

Matt Burke
matt.burke@azukisystems.com
+1 603.315.0618