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Edgeware launches distributed TV repackaging function at NAB

Repackaging on-the-fly slashes bandwidth and storage costs and improves viewer experience

Stockholm(19 Apr 2017)

At the NAB Show, Edgeware (SU9602CM) will launch a significant enhancement to its TV CDN architecture, allowing its customers to repackage and re-encrypt TV content at the edge of their TV CDN.

Edgeware’s unique Edge TV Repackager product enables distribution and caching of TV content in a single common file format, then repackages it on-the-fly, into DASH, HLS or MSS formats, for example, as required by the client device. This will reduce the backhaul bandwidth and the amount of NAS and cache storage required for most VOD services by a factor of two to three. Edge TV Repackager builds on Edgeware’s existing capabilities, which can already perform on-the-fly repackaging at the origin location of a TV delivery system.

“Reducing the strain on network and storage is especially important as viewers begin to adopt 4K TV,” said Edgeware CTO Göran Appelquist. “Edge repackaging will offset the higher requirements for network and storage capacity required by UHD services. It’s another benefit of building your own TV CDN, rather than buying a standard third party CDN service. With a CDN optimized for TV, operators and content owners can retain the savings in delivery bandwidth and storage, rather than simply paying for more and more bytes to be delivered every month.”

Distributing the repackaging function to the edge of a TV CDN also improves the viewing experience. Network capacity is less congested because only a single format of the content needs to be delivered, with the additional benefit of extra available caching memory, freed up by saving files in one format, which improves the cache hit ratio, all leading to even less chance of buffering. 

Edgeware’s repackaging product supports HLS, MPEG-DASH, MSS, MP2, MP4, HEVC and progressive download formats in SD, HD and 4K. DRM support includes Verimatrix, PlayReady and Widevine and other leading DRM providers.

Attendees can find out more about Edgeware’s TV CDN technology on booth SU9602CM at 2017 NAB Show. For more information about Edgeware’s repackaging products, click here.

About Edgeware
Edgeware offers leading operators and content owners the tools to deliver modern TV services on a huge scale and at a low cost. Edgeware’s unique technology gives control and insight back to the content provider as well as an outstanding viewing experience. In recent years Edgeware has experienced rapid growth, reaching sales of SEK 252 million in 2016.

Edgeware is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, has a subsidiary in the US and offices in Hong Kong and Mexico. Edgeware also has sales and technical sales support staff in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.