CES 2017: Live TV Everywhere Gets A New Tech Boost


Among the many tech companies making a big splash at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, which concluded Sunday (1/8), was a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies and live and video-on-demand (VOD) servers for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide. Another is the creator of software solutions for leading pay-TV operators.

The two companies, Broadpeak and Wyplay, respectively, used the world’s largest tech conference to unveil a joint solution.

“Designed to revolutionize the distribution of live TV Everywhere services over managed networks,” Broadpeak’s nanoCDN technology has been integrated with Frog By Wyplay middleware on set-top boxes (STBs) to make multi-screen delivery scalable and cost efficient for telecom, cable, and satellite direct-to-home (DTH) operators.

The joint solution, the companies say, addresses the new challenges pay-TV operators face in today’s OTT multiscreen world.

In particular, the “unicast” nature of traffic streamed to secondary screens causes latency and unstable video quality.

Broadpeak’s nanoCDN and Frog By Wyplay middleware offers operators an easy migration path to a fully converged HTTP video delivery infrastructure, enabling them to guarantee a high quality of service on all devices, Broadpeak’s top executive says.

“The solution we’ve developed with Wyplay is especially groundbreaking for satellite DTH operators, who have controlled the main TV screen battleground by providing amazing video quality for years,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “By deploying Broadpeak’s nanoCDN technology on satellite set-top boxes running Frog middleware, they can now extend the exceptional video quality they are known for to PCs, tablets, smartphones, and secondary WiFi boxes in the home.”

Combining Frog with Broadpeak nanoCDN enables operators to contain their bandwidth requirements to only a few megabits per second for live multiscreen delivery. Broadpeak’s nanoCDN application converts multicast streams into unicast via multicast ABR technology, removing all of the hurdles related to peak hour consumption. With nanoCDN, operators may stream high-quality telecom, cable, and satellite services to millions of simultaneous devices and transition to a fully converged HTTP video delivery architecture.

“When it comes to live streaming in the home, today’s television viewers demand superior video quality on all screens,” said Dominique Feral, CMO at Wyplay. “Broadpeak’s nanoCDN technology drastically decreases latency, making it the perfect companion to our Frog middleware solution, which is known for its high-quality and rich feature set. We’re excited to extend the Frog capabilities with Broadpeak’s nanoCDN solution and give pay-TV operators a competitive edge in the marketplace.”