Software-based V-Cinema Stream Switcher supporting HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a perfect solution for building fast and efficient multimedia streaming servers, which receive multicast streams and broadcast them as unicast streams to end-user devices via IP networks.
V-Cinema Stream Switcher makes it possible to stream live multicast video as unicast over the Internet and networks, where live multicast streams and UDP traffic are not allowed, and where detailed control and subscriber statistics are required.
The server can be efficiently applied for live streaming between two work stations with Internet connection for further content broadcasting to end-users. This cost-effective solution can ultimately replace TV channel transmission through satellites with the image quality solely depending on the network bandwidth.
The HLS support provides adaptive streaming in the networks with unstable bandwidth such as 3G and ensures smooth distribution of the media content of different quality to the users with variable bandwidth. The server can be effectively applied for live distribution of the media content via Internet to different types of end-user devices such as set-top boxes, smartphones or HD displays. This feature enables IPTV-providers to reach a wide range of subscribers which used to be an impossible task due to peculiarities of their Internet connection.
Features • Live broadcast streams reception and playback via IP Networks as TCP or UDP unicast, controlled by HTTP or RTSP respectively • Receiving media streams over HTTP from the source server • MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 video formats support • AC-3, AAC, MPEG-1/MPEG-2 audio formats support • RTP and RAW/UDP protocol support, with RTP headers added automatically • SAP/SDP announcements support • Live multimedia streams reception and playback via HTTP with the support of HLS protocol providing automated and smooth changing quality of the received picture in order to avoid disconnections or delay in the process of broadcasting • Settings for a number of streams of varying quality for each streamed channel • Flexible settings for minimal length of constant quality stream • Settings for overall buffer length for each channel, stored on server
Specification • Various interfaces for integration with CA/DRM, Billing and Middleware systems • Sigma iTVWeb Configurator remote control interface for V-Cinema product line • Unlimited number of streams with different quality for each channel • Live Internet streaming support • Advanced user rights management and broadcast access system • Number of simultaneous client requests limited only by server hardware configuration