Harmonic powers Alpha Networks multiscreen services25 June 2012
Belgian telco Alpha Networks has launched a range of new IPTV and OTT services called Billi. To deliver high quality HD content to computers, connected televisions, tablets and smartphones, Alpha has installed a video processing, server and storage system from Harmonic. “The key to launching competitive multiscreen services was figuring out an efficient way to deliver live IPTV services to set-top boxes, as well as live and on-demand services to tablets, smartphones and PCs using OTT technologies,” said Guillaume Devezeaux, COO of Alpha Networks. “Through a single, integrated architecture Harmonic’s range of solutions delivers a richer multimedia experience to our subscribers, while lowering our operating and capital expenses.” The headend uses Harmonic ProStreaam 1000 high-density processors, which transcode up to 60 SD or 20 HD broadcast streams in each rack unit. The architecture also reduces energy costs to less than 10 Watts per channel. VoD content is prepared on the Harmonic ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoder, stored on an Omneon MediaGrid and delivered through a ProMedia Origin streaming server. This meets a broad range of open standards, including Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming for adaptive bitrate publishing to portable devices. The architecture allows Alpha Networks to deliver a broad range of content to an equally broad range of consumer devices from within a streamlined workflow.