NexPlayer and Videon Leverage AWS to Build an End-to-End Workflow

NexPlayer and Videon Leverage Amazon Web Services to Build an End-to-End Workflow Supporting Low Latency and Synchronized Video Arrival Time

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — April 3, 2019 — NexPlayer and Videon today announced support for the synchronization of OTT video arrival times for all end users, featuring interoperability between NexPlayer’s Android and iOS player SDKs, AWS Elemental MediaStore and Amazon CloudFront, and Videon’s edge compute encoders.

Media organizations wanting to launch interactive services in order to increase audience engagement and grow their subscriber base face two major hurdles: high latency and unsynchronized video.

NexPlayer is a media player for Android, iOS, smart TVs, set-top boxes, and mobile and desktop browsers, providing high-quality playback and advanced feature sets. To support low latency and synchronization with both HLS and DASH, NexPlayer has dedicated APIs to ensure immediate playback upon arrival of the video segments and to manage buffer size. Other advanced features supported by NexPlayer include offline playback, Widevine DRM on all Android and iOS devices, time-shifting, 360-degree video, and dynamic thumbnails.

Videon’s edge compute encoder platform moves compute and time-intensive cloud processes such as transcoding, transrating, and format packaging to the edge and reduces latency by outputting HLS and DASH directly from the encoder. Extending these features to include integration with NexPlayer adds another level of capability thanks to NexPlayer’s device synchronization technology.

AWS Media Services make it fast and easy to transport, prepare, process, and deliver broadcast and over-the-top video from Amazon Web Services (AWS). These pay-as-you-go services offer the video infrastructure users need to deliver great viewing experiences on multiple screens.

Services supported by this workflow include AWS Elemental MediaStore and Amazon CloudFront. AWS Elemental MediaStore is an AWS storage service optimized for media. It gives users the performance, consistency, and low latency required to deliver live and on-demand video content. AWS Elemental MediaStore acts as the origin store in the user’s video workflow. Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.

“It’s simply a matter of letting each piece of the workflow do what it does best,” says Todd Erdley, CEO of Videon. “We take care of the computationally intense processes with our hardware and let the cloud handle storage and distribution. Enabling this with AWS Elemental and NexPlayer ensures a great experience for customers.”

“As an increasing number of live events are viewed via OTT platforms, it has become essential for video service providers to implement low latency and video synchronization to match broadcast quality,” says Carlos Lucas, general manager of NexPlayer. “These features can also be used to launch innovative services built around interactivity, like live trivia, polls, and betting.”

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About NexPlayer

NexPlayer is the market-leader media player SDK for premium video apps. NexPlayer is a player for Android, iOS, Smart TVs, STBs, and mobile/desktop browsers. NexPlayer is integrated into the OTT platforms of tier 1 video service providers including HBO, Sky, Turner, BT, and AT&T. NexPlayer is the only media player supporting Widevine DRM on all Android and iOS devices, with both HLS & DASH. NexPlayer’s code is 100% developed and controlled in-house, differentiating it from alternative solutions based on risky open-source technology.

About Videon

Videon Central is a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD encoding and streaming products that enable prosumers and professionals to move media from any source to any screen. While the company’s streaming systems enable simpler, more economical streaming of high-quality video, its modules and services help manufacturers bring their products to fruition. Through partnerships with leading silicon and software companies, Videon technology has been incorporated into over 30 million devices. Videon simply moves media. More information is available at www.videon-central.com

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Videon at NAB 2019

Come see us at Booth C2733

Videon Products at the 2019 NAB Show

Videon will showcase its latest innovations in live streaming solutions for both the broadcast and event streaming markets. The company will highlight two innovative new product lines: the VersaStreamer encoder and the award-winning EdgeCaster edge compute encoder.

 

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Videon’s EdgeCaster Earns Best of Show Award at ISE 2019

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Feb. 21, 2019 — Videon, a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD streaming products that enable users to move media from any source to any screen, today announced that its new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder earned a Best of Show award at ISE 2019 from AV Technology Europe.

Recognized by the magazine as one of the year’s latest and greatest products, Videon’s EdgeCaster addresses professional and prosumer demand for lower-cost, lower-latency live streaming by reducing latency to less than four seconds from camera to playback and by cutting the average user’s streaming costs by 50 percent.

“We’re pleased that ISE 2019 attendees, including a panel of expert judges, recognized the remarkable performance of our new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder in enabling economical high-quality streaming,” said Todd Erdley, Videon co-founder and CEO. “We believe that the EdgeCaster encoder’s ease of use, low latency, and low price point will transform live streaming — and streaming business models — across a wide range of use cases.”

The new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder line made its debut at ISE 2019. Videon will begin shipping the EdgeCaster HD and EdgeCaster 4K during Q2.

More information about Videon and its technologies is available at https://videon-central.com/.

About Videon

Videon Central is a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD streaming products that enable prosumers and professionals to move media from any source to any screen. While the company’s streaming systems enable simpler, more economical streaming of high-quality video, its modules and services help manufacturers bring their products to fruition. Through partnerships with leading silicon and software companies, Videon technology has been incorporated into more than 30 million devices. Dedicated to being more than just a technology company, Videon actively supports its employees, its community, and the environment.

Videon simply moves media. www.videon-central.com

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

AWS Elemental Blog Features Videon Low-Latency Solution

AWS Elemental recently posted a blog on their site about low-latency streaming. It states: What if every broadcaster (no matter the size) could achieve less than 4 seconds of latency at scale? An entirely new set of applications would become possible. It goes on to explain how this is possible with the AWS Elemental and Videon. Click here read all about it.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/media/low-latency-live-streaming-with-videon-and-aws-elemental/

The Bandwidth Problem

We have been on a multi-week exploration of the dynamic changes happening in streaming. We have talked about the evolution of video standards. We have talked about the workflow. So where does this one word, bandwidth, come into play? Let’s walk back a bit to see just how big of a problem bandwidth is.

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4K: Revolutionary, Evolutionary, or What?

As you likely know, Videon has been in the digital video business for over twenty years and with that comes a lot of exposure to a lot of different technology.

I recently got back from a major industry trade show (NAB – National Association of Broadcasters) and I wanted to share with you my observations and thoughts regarding technology and market trends associated with the ongoing evolution of digital video solutions. To start this, let’s first think about the revolution and evolution of digital video by rolling back the clocks to the start of time in the world of digital video.

 

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It’s All About Workflow. Duh!

 

We recently attended the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB trade show. It was a huge coming out party for the overall 4K workflow as the number of announcements regarding pricing and products showed a very, very, very interesting trend. Remember back to the blog post about the biggest changes in video in the last 20 years? NAB represented that evolution in a big way for 4K. To understand, let’s think through what is needed to make a true 4K workflow.

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Videon Announces Interoperability of Greylock 1080p H.264 Encoder/Decoder with AWS Elemental MediaLive

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.Aug. 29, 2018 — Videon, a leader in live streaming video encoding technology and cutting-edge 4K HEVC/H.264 solutions, is integrating its solutions with offerings from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure interoperability between its Greylock and Sonora products (1080p, H.264 encoder/decoder) and AWS Elemental MediaLive video processing.

Together, the two solutions support broadcast-grade live video processing for the professional AV and IT markets as the need for live streaming of events rapidly accelerates.

“By bringing together the power of AWS Elemental MediaLive and Amazon CloudFront, the AV/IT market now has access to a product that is simple to set up, easy to use, and enables confident delivery of live streamed events. Simply put, it is an opportunity for end users to experience live streaming with quality and confidence that is not typically possible,” said Todd Erdley, CEO of Videon Central.

Interoperability with AWS Elemental MediaLive is enabled through a RTMP output from Videon’s encoder products. AWS Elemental MediaLive creates multiple video streams for delivery to other AWS Elemental Media Services including AWS Elemental MediaStore and AWS Elemental MediaPackage and then is distributed to end users via Amazon CloudFront.

Videon will demonstrate its entire line of live streaming encoding solutions, including Shavano, a 4K HEVC/H.264 encoder, during IBC 2018 from Sept. 14 -18 in Amsterdam at the RAI. Videon’s team will be available for product demonstrations and meetings in booth 9.LP9.

About Videon

Videon Central, Inc. creates cutting edge streaming products that directly address industry needs. Our 4K and HD streaming products move media from any source to any screen, while our modules and services help manufacturers bring their products to fruition. Thanks to partnerships with leading silicon and software companies, Videon technology has been incorporated into more than 30 million devices. Videon simply moves media.

Videon’s product information and sales channel information can be accessed at www.4Kunder2k.com.