Harmonic used NAB Show to showcase its new end-to-end UHD HDR solution for live sports streaming. The solution features Harmonic’s ViBE CP9000 contribution encoder for ingest into the cloud and VOS 360 media processing SaaS for encoding, packaging, origin server capabilities and OTT distribution. Using the new solution, media companies can deliver live sports content to any screen with superior QoE, low latency and significant cost savings.
Harmonic emphasised the importance of low latency during the Las Vegas event. “UHD HDR is perfect for live sports content because it gives viewers a taste of the action in stunning clarity and detail. However, the challenge is delivering that content for OTT with latency comparable to broadcast,” said Tim Warren, Senior VP and CTO, Video Business at Harmonic.
“Our unique end-to-end workflow for UHD HDR live streaming offers full support for innovative technologies like cloud, content-aware encoding and the new CMAF standard, enabling a 5-6 second end-to-end latency compared with the industry norm of 30 to 35 seconds.”
Harmonic’s VOS 360 solution offers several key features such as UHD HDR encoding via the PURE Compression Engine, the EyeQ content-aware encoding for HEVC and UHD live content packaging, and latency that is comparable to live broadcast (thanks to the CMAF specification compliance). By harnessing the cloud, VOS 360 SaaS speeds up the launch of new sports channels while minimising capital and operational expenses, Harmonic says.