SES has launched a solution that will eliminate the delays between the arrival of live satellite programming and the streaming simulcast – opening the way to better user experiences for live sports, especially. The product is called ‘Satellite and OTT in Sync’ and will be demonstrated live at IBC. It gives content owners the ability to control a multi-screen experience in the home: there should be no more cheers from the living room broadcast signal to spoil enjoyment for someone watching on a tablet elsewhere in the building.
The satellite signal is not delayed in any way to enable synchronisation with a streaming multicast. The UX upgrade is achieved purely by reducing latency on the ‘OTT’ stream. SES uses MPEG-CMAF encoding combined with distribution across carefully chosen CDNs to help reduce delays, but the synchronisation is also possible because SES can use the same source signal that feeds the satellite for the streaming.
“The key is the source signal,” the company emphasises. “We have access to the source because of our satellite ecosystem. This is why we are uniquely positioned to achieve this synchronised viewing experience.”