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March 07, 2013

ICE Video Platform Version 4.3 Enables Broadcast Multiplexing, IPTV and Switched Digital Video Staging

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Imagine Communications, a provider of advanced digital video solutions, announced version 4.3 of the ICE Video Platform, an upgrade to its video processing platform. Key features of the upgraded v4.3 include the doubling of system density, 50 percent power savings per stream, and reduced total hardware costs. 

Other features include DASH streaming, enhanced usability, and powerful remote diagnostic tools.

Imagine's ICE Video Platform helps service providers to deliver a quality viewing experience, with efficient network resource utilization. Version 4.3 of the ICE Video Platform is being deployed at several large North American service providers for IPTV (News - Alert), broadcast multiplexing and switched digital video staging.

The ICE Broadcast System’s core technology is reliable, flexible and scalable. Version 4.0 offers a smooth path from today’s traditional IPTV broadcast applications to tomorrow’s Internet and mobile services. Programs are sourced from satellite, over-the-air broadcasts or direct fiber connections. It enables video re-coding or transcoding by matching the programming to the requirements of the network, while ensuring the quality at any rate.

Also, encryption and digital rights management (DRM) protects valuable content streamed over IP networks.

"Imagine works closely with our partners to deliver the cutting-edge of server and processor technology enabling better picture quality and more subscriber choice on a platform designed for maximum power and space efficiency," stated Imagine Communications' CTO and founder, Ron Gutman.

"Our customers demand the highest levels of compression quality and system reliability. We've invested in an architecture that enables us to meet and exceed those expectations while continuously reducing our footprint, and it's great to have that investment validated by our customers and partners," Gutman added.

The ICE Video Platform version 4.3 also features increased flexibility and interoperability, hardware reliability and density, automatic gain control for audio, and local broadcast channel multiplexing.

Edited by Braden Becker

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