IBC 2017: Harmonic, Imagine Communications expand partnership with Zixi
Zixi expands partnership with both Harmonic and Imagine Communications to work toward the goal of completely virtualized television operations as well as to deepen their development efforts focusing on broadcast quality live IP video platforms, and further integrate broadcast industry standards and safety protocols in hybrid cloud infrastructures.
“Live IP-based video distribution over the open Internet is not easy, but broadcasters rely on Zixi and Harmonic to provide operational efficiency and dependability that rivals traditional satellite systems,” says Chris Noe, Execute Chairman of Zixi. “We recognize that reliability and interoperability are key issues for the media industry. We are committed to work together to make sure widely used formats and industry standard protocols to enable flawless ingest to playout for our mutual customers.”
“Harmonic and Zixi are long-time partners providing best-in-class solutions for high-demand, broadcast quality IP-based delivery,” says Bart Spriester, Sr. VP video products at Harmonic. “Zixi’s team has years of experience providing rock solid technology relied on by many of Harmonic’s largest customers. We are solidifying our mutual expertise within our VOS platform moving video preparation and delivery into a hybrid cloud operation, accelerating time to market for new OTT services.”
Imagine Communications offers content owners and service providers opportunities to further monetize content by providing next-generation OTT solutions. These solutions enable broadcasters and service providers to streamline the delivery of revenue-generating content wherever and however viewers are consuming media. Together Zixi and Imagine Communications’ partnership is helping reduce cost and expand opportunities for Cloud ingest and delivery.
“Imagine Communications’ customers are seeking solutions to bridge the gap between yesterday’s television distribution dependability and today’s hybrid cloud and premises based requirements,” says David Heppe, VP of Product Management, Imagine Communications. “Zixi understands that our Cloud-based ingest and delivery services require the perfection of hardware systems of years past, with today’s ability to cut costs with increasing scale. Zixi’s technology makes sure we’re compliant with industry standards, so we can provide our customers with fast and truly dependable solutions.”
“Zixi is the logical enhancement for Imagine Communications’ service residing in Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure. We support industry standards for optimal integration and opportunity, which means that Imagine’s SelenioFlex Live multi-screen encode for OTT will make it easier for clients to ingest and encode nearly anything, for any distribution need.” says Eric Bolten, VP of Business Development, Zixi
Zixi can be added to any hardware and software platform by leveraging the free Zixi SDK and API. This allows all partners and customers to become standards-based compliant. The SDK and API enables all partners, and their customers, to have a cost effective, proven, and secure method for delivering true broadcast quality live content over the open Internet. Imagine has integrated Zixi’s solution with it’s encoding and transcoding offerings to optimize delivery to and from cloud-based media workflows. Demonstrations will be held at the upcoming IBC2017 show at Zixi booth (Hall 14 Stand E13), Imagine Communications booth (Hall 4 Stand A01) and Harmonic booth (Hall 1 Stand B20).