SOURCE: Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications

March 14, 2012 07:30 ET

Imagine Communications Releases Unified Platform Upgrade for IPTV and Multiscreen Transcoding on a Single High Density Appliance

Industry Leading Transcoding Solution Delivers up to 16 1080p Services Plus an Additional 64 Multiscreen Profiles in a Single 1RU Server

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2012) - Imagine Communications, a leading innovator in advanced digital video solutions and member of the newly formed DASH Promoters Group, today announced a system upgrade to their award-winning ICE® Video Platform. The new platform upgrade provides system operators with a single unified appliance for processing HD and SD IPTV streams as well as Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams for multiscreen delivery.

Built with Imagine's industry-leading ICE-Q® Advanced Video Compression, the high density platform doesn't sacrifice on picture quality or reliability features. Full decode/encode with metadata pull-through on all channels enables optimized scene change detection while making full utilization of original encode parameters. Also introduced are granular PID-level redundancy mechanisms, enabling new levels of service protection, both upstream and downstream, from the ICE Video Platform transcoder.

"We believe in convergence across the network and are building platforms and solutions to facilitate that transition," said Imagine's CEO Richard Stanfield. "Imagine has always led the market with best picture quality and system reliability, and with this upgrade we're bringing those core attributes together with high density, low power consumption and converged service delivery -- every screen, one box."

Available in a dense 1RU (Rack Unit) package or as a NEBS-compliant Blade System, the Imagine ICE Video Platform is the ideal solution for IPTV service providers who need to deploy more channels with higher picture quality, and then rapidly and seamlessly add support for multiple device types such as the iPad3, and other new mobile platforms with 1080p support. By integrating audio and video transcoding in the same platform as PIP (Picture in Picture) creation, multiscreen transcoding and multi-format media streaming, the ICE Video Platform provides an all-in-one solution for quality, scalability and reliability.

Imagine's ICE Video Platform is a widely deployed video processing solution that gives service providers the ability to deliver an unparalleled viewing experience for linear IPTV broadcasting and multiscreen transcoding, while realizing the most efficient network resource consumption. This powerful, multi-codec, multi-rate, multi-resolution video processing platform currently serves thousands of live streams to over 20 million North American households.

About Imagine Communications
Imagine Communications is a leading innovator in digital video solutions, enabling content providers and system operators to deliver bandwidth-intensive services with optimum video quality and Quality of Experience (QoE). Imagine's products serve the digital cable, IPTV and broadcast providers as well as PersonalizedTV® Transcoding and Streaming markets such as Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) TV Anywhere, Network PVR (nPVR) and Mobile Video. Imagine is based in San Diego, California with R&D in Israel. Imagine's management team includes industry leaders with decades of experience delivering innovations in video communications.

The Imagine logo, ICE-Q, ICE, ICE Illustrate, Enabling PersonalizedTV and PersonalizedTV are registered trademarks of Imagine Communications, Inc. Other company, product and service names mentioned herein may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.