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Unified Headend: The next step in TV transformation

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The television industry is in the midst of an operations revolution, underpinned by software-defined video. Benefits include faster innovation and reduced costs. The natural next step is the Unified Headend, when previously separate broadcast TV and multiscreen workflows – each with their own on-premises installations – are supported by combining video processing platforms and physical or virtual infrastructure.

This webcast assesses the benefits that Unified Headend delivers using software-defined video solutions. It outlines the extent to which operational efficiencies can be maximised even without virtualization.

We investigate the characteristics of the Unified Headend, the new service demands that can trigger deployment (including skinny OTT bundles), the barriers to implementation and how you overcome them. Speakers will discuss the migration path to a Unified Headend, including within a multi-vendor environment. We will be looking for the technology developments that will make it easier to adopt this paradigm.

The Unified Headend will inevitably move from early-adopter to must-have status. In its absence, consumer-first media transformations will be slowed and television providers will be permanently disadvantaged. This webcast will help you plan for and begin your Unified Headend transition.

Experts will discuss:

The migration towards software-based video processing, the services and functions that have benefited and the impact this ‘software-defined video’ is having on multiscreen and primary screen companies.
Why a Unified Headend is the natural next step for operators and broadcasters using software-defined video, and the operational impact when unifying currently separate video workflows (like broadcast and multiscreen).
How a Unified Headend helps when launching new services like 4K/UHD, skinny bundle OTT offers, and other new services.
Industry developments that could make the migration to a Unified Headend easier, and what you can do now to prepare the ground for a Unified Headend later.
How to implement a Unified Headend in a multi-vendor environment, technical challenges when merging different systems, and the implications for operations teams.

Speakers include:

Dan Gehred, Solutions Marketing Manager – Compression, AWS Elemental
Jamie Duemo, Senior Product Manager, AWS Elemental
John Moulding, Editor-in-Chief, Videonet


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