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September 16, 2013

Elemental Technologies Delivers File Transcoding, System Management for Telefonica Global Video Platform

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

The Elemental Server and Elemental Conductor solutions from Elemental Technologies have been deployed for the Telefonica (News - Alert) Global Video Platform (GVP) video-on-demand (VOD) network to deliver file transcoding and system management.

The Elemental Server is a file-based video processing system that provides fast and reliable transcoding for pay TV operators, content owners and film studios. The Elemental Conductor is a scalable software system that offers high-availability, secure administration and comprehensive monitoring of multiple encoding units through an easy-to-use, Web-based user interface, and can also be integrated into third-party management platforms via SNMP or REST/XML APIs.

David del Val, head of product and services at Telefonica Digital, remarked, “The Telefonica GVP gives our operating businesses the ease and convenience of a global, convergent platform while maintaining flexibility over content for local businesses. Elemental systems consistently deliver faster than real-time transcoding and authenticated content delivery for Telefonica profiles, which is vital to supporting the rapid changes we are addressing in the fast-growing global video market.”

The GVP was developed by Telefonica Digital using Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Mediaroom technology and is already being used to deliver video content to Telefonica customers in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Spain. GVP provides a range of advanced features to TV subscribers, including time-shifting capabilities and multiscreen services. And consumers receive feature-rich TV content and services over both managed high-speed broadband networks and OTT broadband networks.

With the Elemental solutions, the file conversion of Telefonica video entertainment services will be faster. The solutions will also enable the delivery of Pay TV and OTT services to multiple devices.

Elemental explained that its systems transcode up to 70 hours daily of high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) video-on-demand content, offering 12 MP4 adaptive outputs for portable devices and 11 Microsoft Smooth outputs for set-top boxes prior to GVP system protection, ingestion, and publication to the Telefónica CDN.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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