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March 20, 2014

TDC Denmark Deploys Harmonic's Multiscreen Solution

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Harmonic (News - Alert) recently announced that TDC has deployed Harmonic’s comprehensive end-to-end multiscreen solution. The solution will enable TDC to provide time-shift services with catch-up TV content through its YouSee and TDC brands, as well as achieve a competitive advantage in the industry. Harmonic is a provider of video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services and TDC is a telecom company that is based in Denmark.

The Harmonic time-shift solution offers multiscreen service with streaming of live content; video-on-demand files; start-over; catch-up; and cloud-based DVR services. The solution is an innovative integration of Harmonic's ProMedia Origin stream packager, NMX Digital Service Manager video network management solution and MediaGrid shared storage systems. The solution utilizes its flexible bitrate technologies to help TDC to deliver high-quality streams of 100 channels on TVs, PCs, tablets, and smartphones to over 1.4 million subscribers.

Tom Eltzholtz, director of TDC, explained, "To enrich our live and VOD offering with catch-up TV content, we needed a new video infrastructure solution that was flexible, scalable, and capable of supporting a variety of devices, including our existing base of deployed set-top boxes. Only Harmonic was able to provide us with a one-stop shop for HTTP packaging, recording, and storage, making multiscreen delivery seamless.”

The ProMedia Origin stream packager is a part of the ProMedia suite of multiscreen production and preparation applications. ProMedia Origin provides advanced flexible stream capture and encryption processes for many HTTP based bitrate protocols and a high throughput multi-format streaming from a unified platform.

Eltzholtz went on to say, “Thanks to Harmonic's solution, we now have the flexibility to deliver superior quality catch-up TV services to our customers anytime, anywhere, and on any device, including our large install base of Mediaroom set-top boxes and clients, with the option to launch additional channels in the future."

The NMX video network management solution manages the ProMedia server. When combined with MediaGrid shared storage systems, the solution provides scalable storage capacity, bandwidth, and streaming capability enabling TDC to optimize operational efficiencies; deliver superior video quality on any screen; easily manage multiscreen services with time-shift TV, reduce CDN costs and increase additional revenue streams. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

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