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Packagers convert live or stored transport streams into
adaptive bitrate (ABR) protocols such as HLS or DASH for
multiscreen delivery to STBs, smart TVs, iPads, iPhones, and
Packagers are the new Swiss Army Knives of the streaming
industry. They are designed to segment H.264 or H.265 transport
streams into pre-determined chunks and package or wrap the
segmented streams into HLS or DASH. They also are tasked with
serving these streams to thousands of users simultaneously.
Packagers often also apply DRM (digital rights management)
or content protection keys to secure the streams. We support
DAES-128, VCAS™ (Verimatrix®), and Widevine®.
Packagers are typically fed the required profiles via HLS or
TS from origin encoders or transcoders. They do not typically
encode or transcode. They are designed to keep track and feed
segments used by clients.
Packagers lower storage costs. Operators can store one
set of content files and distribute it in multiple formats. The
systems can offload CDNs—local users pull content from
local packaging servers. Packagers also can provide for the
re-use of live feeds for VOD delivery—at the same time they are
packaging live video “on the fly,” the content can be archived
for future viewing.
Our packaging servers do more than many others. We
support non-segmented outputs as well as segmented outputs.
We also support “catch-up TV” functionality in our servers.
DVEO’s ATLAS™ Packaging Server family supports third
party encoders and transcoders, including Harmonic®,
Elemental®, and Envivio®. Our packagers also work seamlessly
with our Brutus™ or Gearbox™ profilers/gateways. This allows
you to re-use encoded TS or HLS content from any where as
long as the resolutions needed are available.
Packaging is crucial in today’s mobile oriented environment.
Chunks help alleviate problems associated with bandwidth
changes and mitigate out-of-order packets. This bitrate
adjustment technique ensures that mobile devices are supported
with the best possible video quality at all times. This is critical
since there are now almost 2 billion mobile devices out there
that need to be fed.
The DVEO ATLAS Packaging Server Family is a cost-efficient
way for smaller telcos and cable operators to deliver live and
on-demand multi-bitrate IPTV and OT T services. Designed
for both live and stored (VOD) applications, the multichannel
servers are also suitable for cruise ships, public venues,
education, niche channels, etc. A number of our customers
use ATLAS servers to deliver thousands of simultaneous HLS
streams directly to Roku® players and iOS and Android devices.
ATLAS PACKAGING SERVER FAMILY COMPARISON
ATLAS Packaging Servers are available
in four different configurations.
1. ATLAS III Packaging Server: TELCO streams live or VOD to
up to 42,000 simultaneous users at 1Mbps.
2. ATLAS II Packaging Server: TELCO streams live or VOD to
up to 7,000 simultaneous users at 1Mbps. It is being used for
OT T television in a number of cities.
3. ATLAS 1. 5 Packaging Server is a 1 RU system that streams
live or VOD to up to 700 simultaneous users at 1Mbps.
4. ATLAS I Packaging Server streams live or VOD to up to 700
simultaneous users at 1Mbps. Its compact size ( 7. 5 inches)
makes it suitable for streaming special events.
All ATLAS systems feature server-side dynamic ad insertion
with HLS — the server inserts pre-encoded ads based on a
schedule or with SCTE markers, and dynamically targets ads to
specific users based on their location. In addition, ATLAS servers
add subtitles for closed captioning or multiple languages.
The systems also include catch-up TV and live timeshift
functionality (rewind/fast forward) over HLS. Moreover, the
Stream Packaging for