Real-Time Linear Segmentation, Packaging and Encryption
Given the ever-expanding variety of consumer devices in the multiscreen world, video service providers need state-of-the-art solutions that can easily adapt to the complexities of an ever-changing landscape. Our customers are facing a variety of challenges related to packaging solutions – increased infrastructure costs, need to reach more audiences on more devices, content security and the diverse ever changing ecosystem.

By using our Packager, our customers will rest easy knowing their content is being encrypted using the latest standards and supports a variety of formats like HLS, DASH and CMAF. Our Packager is unique in the market by being pre-integrated with leading digital rights management (DRM) servers and manifest manipulator for DAI workflows. Our Packager is also CDN agnostic to support your Multi-CDN and low latency strategy.

• Real-time linear segmentation, packaging, and encryption
• Packages linear content for live, on-demand and just-in-time delivery
• Minimizes the need for multiple stored copies
• Reduces operational and network bandwidth costs
• Supports easy migration to new packaging formats
• Enables timely distribution of live captured assets
• Allows video providers to cost-effectively expand their TV Everywhere libraries
• Offers flexible deployment options — available as software license or appliance

• Linear segmentation, packaging, and encryption
• Cloud-ready for virtualized deployments
• Ingest H.264/H.265-encoded video streams carried in a MPEG-2 transport stream (TS) and MPEG-2 encoded video streams carried in a MPEG-2 transport stream (TS)
• Supports all leading delivery protocols — HLS, CMAF, MSS, HDS, MPEG DASH, RTMP
• Outputs segmented “packaged” streams or files with full VOD manifests suitable for HTTP delivery
• Support for Closed Caption and DVB subtitles in HLS and MSS output
• IGMP v3 Source Specific Multicast (SSM) ingest
• Integrates key exchange with leading digital rights management (DRM) servers
• CDN-friendly — Origin server, reverse proxy, expires headers
• 1+1 active / active redundancy
• Flexibility of software or hardware can be deployed in Virtual Machine environments


Software-Based HTTP-to-UDP Gateway
To accommodate shifting video consumption patterns, video service providers have been building out next-generation networks to stream video programming and commercials to Internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and connected TVs.

With advancements in OTT delivery technology and improved IP networks, it is now possible to provide cost-effective, flexible, and forward-looking architectures for both contribution and primary distribution of linear broadcast video channels.

Imagine’s Video Delivery Edge (VDE), an HTTP-to-UDP gateway, was developed by Imagine Communications to help video service providers reduce the cost and complexity of their networks by seamlessly bridging next-generation and legacy video delivery infrastructures. The VDE is designed to enable cable operators and programmers to improve the efficiency, performance, and revenue-generating potential of video delivery and ad insertion infrastructures, at the same time paving the way for the transition of operations to a fully virtualized environment based on generic computing and networking resources. By leveraging manifest manipulation, programmers are able to enhance revenue by regionalizing ads and competing in local markets, and maintain compatibility with their secondary distribution to STBs and smart TVs.

• Enables service providers to focus new investments on next-generation infrastructure while leveraging existing investments in QAM-based subscriber devices
• Provides a path to deployment of next-generation ad insertion infrastructure, allowing the use of manifest-based ad insertion instead of legacy MPEG-2/4 ad splicing hardware
• Enables the retirement of expensive-to-maintain hardware-dependent ad insertion and video delivery equipment
• Accelerates the consolidation of multiple infrastructures into a single, HTTP-based service delivery network, eliminating the cost and operational burden of maintaining separate networks
• Sharpens ad-targeting capabilities and provides operators with the flexibility to quickly modify, change and move ads and channel line-ups
• Serves as a catalyst for the migration to an IP-based, data-center environment based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment
• Introduces new levels of agility that elevate the subscriber experience by improving video quality and delivering a more personalized video service
• Increases resiliency and efficiency of the network through migration to HTTP-based infrastructure

• Converts HTTP-based content to MPEG-2 TS UDP
• Supports both MPEG-2 and MP4 video
• Supports decryption of AES-128 encryption as well as 3rd party DRM solutions
• Leverages investments in next-generation video delivery and ad insertion infrastructure
• Software-based and compatible with COTS platforms
• Compatible with SCTE-130 HTTP-based ad-insertion systems
• Supports both centralized and distributed deployment models