Cable-Tec Expo: Envivio Takes Multiscreen Encoding To HP's Blade Servers

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Envivio has baked its software for live and on-demand IP video processing into a blade for HP's data-center server platforms, catering to service providers that want to consolidate management of multiscreen-video services.

A "leading tier 1 U.S. carrier" has selected the solution, the company said. The offering is built on HP's BladeSystem c7000 and ProLiant BL460c series servers and powered by Envivio's Muse software architecture. Muse can be used to deliver video to Apple iOS and Android devices; PCs with Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight; connected TVs; and traditional MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC set-top boxes.

Envivio, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has more than 250 customers in 57 countries, including Comcast and Time Warner Cable. According to Envivio, its encoders ingest more than 16,000 live IPTV, Internet TV and mobile TV channels and serve up more than 34,000 unique streams.

"Envivio Muse on the HP blade is ideal for service providers with large-scale operations who wish to increase scalability and simplify hardware management by combining the IT and headend infrastructure," Envivio president and CEO Julien Signès said.

Separately, Envivio announced that it has teamed up with Arris to provide multiscreen ad insertion using the Arris AdManager platform. AdManager embeds SCTE-130 and Video Ad Serving Template (VAST) messaging to indicate advertising opportunities in a given piece of content. The joint solution comprises Playlist Manager and Placement Order Information System (POIS) components that integrate with the Envivio 4Caster multiscreen encoder and Envivio Halo network media processor, as well as with Arris's VIPr encoder platform.

Also this week, Envivio that Norwegian telecom services provider Altibox has deployed the Envivio 4Caster C4 Gen III encoders to power a multiscreen streaming service. Altibox's Chill delivers 40 channels of video as well as VOD content to PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices using HTTP adaptive bit-rate (ABR) streaming in Microsoft Smooth Streaming format.