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Norway’s NRK upgrades mezzanine encoding for DVB and OTT distribution

NRK has chosen Appear to expand and modernise its media delivery platform, which will include the deployment of Appear's X and XC platforms being expanded

Norway’s leading public broadcaster NRK has partnered with media processing and delivery technology provider Appear to expand and modernise its media delivery platform and to take advantage of future advances in encoding and video transport technologies. Appear is building and running a compression platform capable of delivering high-quality encoding streams for transcoding by various content distributors across Norway as well as for NRK’s OTT and DVB systems.

As part of the managed service, Appear is expanding the deployment of its X and XC platforms while taking on operation and management of the solution. “As the demand for premium live content continues to skyrocket, the need for rock-solid live linear delivery is essential”, said Henrik Slåen, head of media management and publishing, NRK.

“We were already using Appear’s X and XC platforms because they fulfilled many of our requirements, and when we needed to expand our platform to enable us to take our media distribution into the future, they were a natural choice. However, with the increased importance of the upgraded platform, Appear needed to step up as a managed service partner. This means we can rely on having efficient compression hardware in our production chain as well as support and assistance; including software updates, system monitoring, and proactive service checks. We also expect Appear to provide its expertise to advise us on how best to make operational improvements, enabling us to concentrate on providing our customers with exciting new media services and functionality.”

Appear’s X Platform provides NRK with mezzanine encoding expansion in DVB and OTT and managing live contribution of NRK’s premium live TV channels. The XC Platform brings NRK’s programmatic and events-based radio channels to NRK customers nationwide. Both platforms are based on modular and customisable chassis, allowing modules to interconnect to create a flexible system with the highest grade of performance and capability.

“Our X and XC Platforms for primary distribution and contribution encoding deliver low delays, high data rates and high quality, combined with greater rack density and less power consumption per channel,” added Appear CEO Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen. “We’re confident that our X and XC Platforms meet NRK’s needs with a modular and customisable design, high performance, and extensive capabilities. These solutions deliver unmatched real-time performance and power efficiency, and Appear taking on full operation and maintenance of the solution brings a simple and reliable service to NRK. By combining hardware reliability with software flexibility, we have a compelling offering that meets NRK’s encoding needs, both now and in the future.”