The new company to be formed from the sale of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business – which includes some of the old NDS assets – is to be called Synamedia. The transaction, backed by Permira funds, is expected to close in the first half of Cisco’s 2019 financial year.
The company’s executive team will include former NDS chairman and CEO Dr Abe Peled as chairman alongside incoming CEO Yves Padrines.
New and upgraded Synamedia products to be showcased at IBC will include:
- An enhanced version of the VideoGuard conditional access system: this will soon include an anti-piracy service to rapidly detect and respond to illegal streaming
- Android TV everywhere and RDK for Infinite Video Platform: Infinite Video Platform customers will now have the choice of Android TV as well as RDK solutions for hybrid broadcast/IP services on multiple devices including STBs
- Evo middleware: this now supports both one-way and ‘one and a half-way’ connected devices, offering DTH customers in emerging markets a transition path to premium experiences on connected set-top boxes, including Android TV (a boost to Evo middleware investment is to form a key strand in Synamedia’s R&D plans)
- Multicast-Adaptive Bit Rate streaming: the demo will show how unicast streams can be converted to multicast ABR streams, enabling large-scale OTT streaming to in-home devices
- Broadcast-equivalent streaming latency: a new demo at IBC will highlight Synamedia’s success at reducing streaming latency on STBs down to live broadcast levels.
- Cloud DVR: Synamedia will demonstrate the benefits of its ‘cloud-first’ microservices-based architecture in a multi-cloud environment, which allows customers to combine public and on-premise cloud storage to enhance delivery and also comply with local content licensing agreements
- Multi-cloud for Disaster Recovery (DR): Synamedia says this is now becoming a must-have because of its cost-effectiveness and flexibility. The system allows operators to build a cloud backup on-the-fly.