Broadpeak, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies, and Eutelsat Communications are combining their complementary skills to offer content providers a satellite-based solution for multiscreen video delivery to connected devices.
Their new offer is a game changer for extending access to video content on mobile devices beyond terrestrial networks, and has a competitive edge for mass market delivery of over the top content (OTT) services.
In broadcasting terminology, over-the- top content (OTT) is the delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content.
SmartBeam, Eutelsat’s new service is designed to enable broadcasters and pay-TV operators to leverage the ubiquitous coverage of satellites to broadcast video content in IP format, creating a network that is completely dedicated to IP-native terminals, including tablets and smartphones. SmartBeam works with any WiFi-enabled device, supporting instant channel change, digital rights management (DRM) security, and low latency.
Broadpeak’s industry-leading nanoCDN product is the underlying streaming technology for SmartBeam. It allows operators and content providers to contain their bandwidth requirements to only a few megabits per second in order to multicast high-quality OTT services to millions of simultaneous devices. By effectively managing video consumption peaks that are not supported by terrestrial network infrastructure, nanoCDN makes multiscreen satellite delivery scalable and affordable for content providers, including key live sporting events that create surges in consumption.
“SmartBeam redefines how satellite can extend access to live and on-demand content on mobile devices, enabling an exceptional quality of experience for OTT customers located beyond range of terrestrial networks,” said Jacques Dutronc, Chief Development and Innovation Officer at Eutelsat. “In combining our skills with Broadpeak we are ready to support TV broadcasters as they evolve into a multi-platform environment, starting with Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading pay-TV operator, that has selected SmartBeam for the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices.”
“By teaming up, Eutelsat and Broadpeak have pioneered the delivery of adaptive streaming over satellite,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Combining our nanoCDN technology with SmartBeam gives content providers and operators an opportunity to make a big splash in the OTT multiscreen environment, offering viewers a high quality of experience on connected devices, without making a significant investment in infrastructure.