Unified Headends: Virtualizing Traditional and Multiscreen Video Services

The continuing push throughout the IT industry toward cloud-based technologies and processing has so far not made its way to the video market with the same veracity it has to other markets. However, the benefits of virtualized and unified video components (often within a video headend) are great: decreased TCO, decreased time to revenues, faster service rollout, and greater platform flexibility for future trends and services. As more and more Pay TV operators look toward IP-delivered video technologies to better compete with the likes of Netflix and YouTube, the need for properly supporting both broadcast and IP content grows, and unified headend with virtualized components will enable this.

Table of Contents

  • 1. SIMPLIFIED HEADENDS UNIFY INFRASTRUCTURE
    • 1.1. Significant Technology Announcements
    • 1.2. Significant Operator Announcements
    • 1.3. Stages of Unified Systems Rollout
  • 2. WHAT CAN BE VIRTUALIZED?
    • 2.1. Transmission Types: Broadcast, Multicast, and Unicast
    • 2.2. Encoding and Transcoding
    • 2.3. Statistical Multiplexing and Adaptive Bitrate
    • 2.4. Graphics Insertion and Localization
    • 2.5. Advertising
    • 2.6. Storage
    • 2.7. Content Protection
    • 2.8. Headend Management Analytics and Automation
  • 3. WHERE THE BENEFITS LIE
    • 3.1. Cost
    • 3.2. Performance
    • 3.3. Emerging Service Requirements
  • 4. WHO'S INVOLVED, AND THE GREATER MARKET
    • 4.1. Cisco
    • 4.2. Elemental Technologies (Amazon Web Services)
    • 4.3. Ericsson (Envivio)
    • 4.4. Thompson Video Networks
    • 4.5. Harmonic
    • 4.6. ARRIS
    • 4.7. Huawei
    • 4.8. Alcatel-Lucent
  • 5. WHO SHOULD BE INTERESTED?
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Research Information

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Publish Date
4Q 2015
Code
AN-2008
Research Type
Technology Analysis Report
Pages
23