2016 Archive - AWS Elemental Blog

Video Processing Perspectives

2016 Archive - AWS Elemental Blog
2016 Archive - AWS Elemental Blog
Submitted by Alyssa on September 6, 2016

Receiving one’s favorite television show via satellite requires the seamless integration of multiple service providers. STN (Satellite Telecommunications Network) provides a vast array of service solutions, one of which supports the on-the-ground technology needed to broadcast content over satellite to multiscreen devices.

As a teleport operator, STN plays a crucial part in the satellite television workflow, offering essential uplink, downlink and turnaround capabilities to help its customers deliver premium content to consumers and to make content widely accessible on connected devices.  STN is a global service provider that was named independent teleport operator of the year and is renowned for its quality of service and attention to client requirements. The company’s state-of-the-art technical facility based in Slovenia also provides channel distribution in SD, HD and UHD, media services, playout, point-to-point IP backbone, IP trunking and data service solutions.

“We perform an increasing amount of transcoding to stream our output in various profiles. At STN, we are always technically prepared to meet customer requirements and we needed to choose our system wisely when it came to supporting OTT services for our clients,” said Anver Anderson, General Manager, STN. "Elemental is a company that has considered the needs of teleports and broadcasters and provides a high grade, efficient and adaptable system to deliver OTT services."

The Slovenian teleport uses Elemental video processing solutions to power a unified headend for delivery of broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) TV content using high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265). For STN, increased investments in both physical capacity and software-defined video solutions from Elemental have built a solid foundation for highly efficient content distribution to millions around the world.

Learn more about how STN uses Elemental solutions to power the delivery of more than 650 broadcast and OTT channels in this video, captured at STN headquarters in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Submitted by Alicia on September 2, 2016

Our crates are packed, our flights are booked and our tech demos are up and running. At IBC this year, Elemental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) exhibit together in Hall 5, Stand C80 to showcase end-to-end video solutions running both on-premises and on secure cloud infrastructure. Visit us at the show to see and learn about advancements in video delivery, including unified digital video broadcast (DVB) and multiscreen workflows, 24/7 live channel playout, dynamic ad insertion and immersive virtual reality.

Migration to the Cloud

Elemental solutions are deeply integrated with AWS services, giving media and entertainment leaders the ability to quickly, easily and economically migrate video workflows to the cloud. At IBC, Elemental will demonstrate broadcast-grade video processing and delivery hosted on AWS infrastructure for multi-channel linear TV services. Get a first-hand look in the Elemental-AWS booth at how Amazon S3, Amazon CloudFront and AWS Direct Connect all enable premium media workflows in conjunction with Elemental Cloud services.

Technical Talks

IBC Show attendees are invited to learn more about digital video broadcasting at two Elemental-hosted Tech Talks, with Nevion and Teleste. Discussions will focus on unified DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/CS, DVB-T/T2 and multiscreen headend reference architecture and the benefit of combining and streamlining DVB and multiscreen video delivery workflows in a single software-based infrastructure.

Join Elemental’s Lionel Bringuier at the IBC technical papers program on Sunday, September 11, between 12:30 and 14:00 during the Advances in Technology track. Lionel will present in the Emerald Lounge of the RAI about monetizing streaming video using server-side ad insertion.

4K 4Charity Fun Run

Sign up today for the 4K 4Charity Fun Run at IBC 2016! Join us at 7:30 am on Saturday, September 10 for a leisurely run or walk through Amstelpark, and do some good for yourself and those in need. We encourage all show attendees and employees of participating companies to run, walk or simply donate to help support Heifer International and Jeugdsportfonds. Register now at 4k4charity.com/ibc.

Schedule a Meeting

If you plan to attend IBC, consider scheduling a meeting with an Elemental representative. Also, tune in for updates from the IBC show floor on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Submitted by Heidi on August 31, 2016

Montevideo, Uruguay
A look back at August 18, 2016

At 5:00 pm local time, the Uruguayan state-owned telecommunications company Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) and Elemental co-hosted a press event in Montevideo, Uruguay that was broadcast live over the Antel VeraTV OTT platform.

Replays of the event are now available on demand in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The two companies described their work together in enabling live streaming coverage of the world’s biggest sporting event to millions of viewers across the country. It was also an opportunity to highlight the new Antel TIER III Datacenter, which is one of the most advanced in the Latin American continent and is powered by Elemental video processing.

Speakers during the event, which took place in the Antel business center, included: from Antel, Andrés Tolosa, President; Daniel Fuentes, Vice President; Gustavo Delgado, Board of Directors; plus a number Antel executives and managers. Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining for Uruguay Carolina Cross and Sam Blackman, Elemental CEO and Co-founder, also shared insights.

Tolosa expressed his pride in Antel being one of the first providers of streaming technology for the world’s biggest sporting event using the company’s Vera, VeraPlus and VeraTV services.

Blackman remarked on the advanced technologies innovated by the Antel team. “What Antel has built in Uruguay with its TIER III Datacenter is one of the most forward-looking architectures in the world.” Additionally, he added that the performance of the VeraTV app, when switching channels, is unsurpassed. “This is the fastest switching time I have ever experienced for a live streaming application,” said Blackman. “This is a significant achievement. There is anopportunity to scale this performance – it is valuable for consumers on a global basis.”

Carolina Cross spoke of Uruguay’s commitment to innovating for the future. She highlighted recent advancements including the opening of a Uruguayan chip manufacturing plant, an incubator for electronics and the National Development Agency’s angel fund to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, all in the spirit of advancing the well-being of the Uruguayan country and people.

The passion of the Antel team is pervasive – for their state-of-the-art facilities, for providing a superior viewing experience to their subscribers, for their generosity in ensuring equal access to broadband by providing laptops to every Uruguayan child, their ambition for expanding regional services, and finally, their enthusiasm for collaboration, which Elemental has experienced first-hand.

For more information, read key press coverage from Broadcast Beat, Rapid TV News and Prensario Internacional. Or read related Elemental blogs: Elemental Advances the World’s Largest Sporting Event to the Multiscreen Era and Meet the Press in South America.