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New FAST-Stream OTT

Making its debut at IBC2017 is a new Cobalt Digital system that combines frame-accurate SCTE 104 trigger (FAST) insertion with enhanced HLS SCTE 35 streaming on a single platform.

Built for the openGear terminal gear platform, the FAST-Stream system is a solution for providing baseband SDI signals and HTTP Live Streaming with frame-accurate boundary points, complete with the SCTE 35 metadata contained in the associated manifest file.

Applications range from URL address insertion for targeted ad replacement to embedded DRM for distributing protected content.

The FAST-Stream OTT system interfaces with automation. It uses timestamps to insert metadata frame accurately into baseband SDI, before encoding the stream in high-quality H.264 for meeting DPI delivery requirements in real time.

Also on display is Cobalt’s latest broadcast audio processor. The AUD-PRO for integrated audio processing and encoding is built on Cobalt’s 3G/HD/SD-SDI Analog and AES Audio Embedder/De-embedder.

The hardware supports multiple accelerated DSP features that can be added in the field, including Linear Acoustic UPMAX upmixing and Dolby E, AC-3, and E-AC-3 decoding and encoding.