With higher bandwidth available in 3G/4G, IP, cable, and Wi-Fi networks, consumers can now stream voice, video, and music content almost anywhere. This proliferation of rich media services provides new business opportunities, as well as certain challenges for cable and satellite operators, IPTV service providers, content owners, and OTT providers.
With the continuous emergence of new technologies and standards, such as the 4K UHD resolution standard, the migration of recording services to the core network and the introduction of virtualized environments, the network requires a new generation of feature-rich, scalable, open, multi-screen media delivery platforms. The SharpStreamer™ 3000 platform from Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a scalable network transcoder appliance designed from the ground up to deliver the highest transcode density in the industry and enable:
- Transition from traditional broadcast and unicast (on-demand) video delivery networks to IP-based networks
- Increased picture quality and overall experience using less bandwidth
- Support for multiple compression and file formats stored in the network and streamed to users without breaking capex budgets
MSO, service providers, and content aggregators to aggressively expand their HD channel lineups in a cost-effective manner by including support for 4K UHD resolution Scalable from as little as 44 simultaneous transcodes (1080p 30fps) to as much as 616 simultaneous transcodes (1080p 30fps) in its most dense form, the SharpStreamer 3000 enables true real-time transcoding at the edge of the network that can be expanded as new technologies emerge and your business needs change.
This transcode density is made possible with GPU acceleration technology, enhanced using Live/Linear and VoD transcoding software provided by Vantrix. This software provides ingestion, decoding and encoding, processing, delivery, and distribution of multimedia streams that address the needs for OTT Internet TV, mobile TV, UGC and IPTV solutions. For hosted and cloud-based solutions that must handle a significant video content, and for networks seeking to reduce the cost of OTT, the SharpStreamer 3000 is the ideal scalable choice. By using Artesyn SharpStreamer PCIe blades, the same scalable resources in the SharpStreamer 3000 can be used interchangeably within other server architectures in the network, and the SharpStreamer 3000 allows the use of 3rd party PCIe content in combination with its processing and media blades.