RGB Networks and Pi Telecom Partner on OTT Solution

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Addressing the needs of operators to stream to mobile viewers and save money with a cloud-based workflow, RGB Networks and Pi Telecom (a part of Russian system integrator BCC) are partnering on what they call a full, end-to-end software-based OTT (over-the-top) solution.

The offering combines RGB's software-based transcoding and packaging solutions with Pi's interactive TV solutions line. RGB's transcoding and packaging is part of its CloudXtream initiative, which works in both public and private clouds, and can scale to meet demand. Pi's MediaStorage line of products lets operators create their own interactive TV offerings and integrates with existing OTT services.

"By supporting the delivery of essential multiscreen technologies like high-performance packagers and transcoders in a virtualized setting, our solution ensures operators can maximise on the agility of the cloud," says Andy Salo, vice president of product management for RGB Networks.

Citing conversations with video providers, Pi says that customers are looking for well-priced cloud solutions that can stream to any device no matter the network. "MediaStage -- integrated with RGB's transcoding and packaging products -- enables rapid introduction of services," says Arie Aig, Pi Telecom's CEO. "We chose RGB Networks for its broad, operational experience, and the high-quality and reliability of its product portfolio."

The combined solution is already being used by the Russian mobile operator Megafon. Which is streaming 200 live channels and video-on-demand to set-top boxes, tablets, and smartphones.

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