‘Reliable and Scalable’ IP Video Delivery Heads To Hiawatha


Content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming platform provider Broadpeak has teamed up with video delivery tech firm Inca Networks to provide Minnesota-based internet service provider Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) with “a reliable and scalable IP video delivery solution.”

The subscriber management and user experiences? They are powered by Espial’s Elevate Cloud IPTV platform, which is a TV-as-a-service solution that enables HBC to offer IPTV and app-based TV services to its customers.

AMT served as the reseller on the project.

“HBC operates an advanced fiber-optic network that delivers gigabit broadband, feature-rich telephone, and video services with a selection of more than 300 channels, VOD, and extensive local high school and college sporting events produced by HBC Studios,” said Jim Kronebusch, VP/Technology and Engineering at Hiawatha Broadband. “Recently, we deployed IP ABR delivery for its ability to support OTT video, among other benefits. Broadpeak and Inca Networks provided us with a future-rich solution for preparing and distributing video content via IP applications.”

HBC is using Broadpeak’s BkS350 Origin and Packager to ingest live video channels sent by the Inca adaptive-bit-rate (ABR) transcoder 3840.

The ABR transcoder 3840 uses Inca Networks’ hardware transcoding engine to transcode MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC video sources into frame-aligned, multibit-rate outputs in MPEG-4 AVC using less than 200 watts in a 1-RU, power-efficient chassis.

Upon reception from the Inca ABR transcoder 3840, the BkS350 packages the video content in the requested ABR format (i.e., HLS or MPEG-DASH) and sends it to Broadpeak’s BkS400 video cache server for streaming to subscribers.

Broadpeak’s BkM100 supervises the BkS350 and BkS400 servers in addition to managing the streaming requests and redirecting them to the servers.

“Broadpeak’s solutions are part of a strong partner ecosystem that makes IP video delivery simple and affordable for operators,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Working with Inca Networks and Espial, we are helping HBC deliver high-quality video on any device and on any network with maximum scalability and minimal investment.”

Espial, Inca Networks and Broadpeak are exhibiting at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, through October 25.