Harmonic Expands Cloud Playout Ecosystem and Automates FAST Channel Creation
Harmonic announces that it has further expanded its cloud playout ecosystem and automated the creation of FAST channels. Through a new technology partnership with Spideo, Harmonic’s VOS360 Media SaaS enables video content providers to automatically create schedules for FAST channels and offer groundbreaking personalization.
“One of the most significant challenges in the FAST market is scheduling,” says Thibault Dorso, CRO and co-founder at Spideo. “Teaming up with Harmonic, we’re making FAST channel scheduling and personalization a breeze. Harmonic has extensive expertise in cloud playout and when you add Spideo’s innovation in content recommendations and personalization, it’s exactly what the FAST market needs to increase operational efficiencies and boost monetization.”
Bringing Spideo’s Personalized FAST solution into Harmonic’s VOS360 ecosystem enables content providers to leverage features such as automatic break and channel scheduling as well as content personalization for FAST channels. With automatic scheduling, content providers can quickly and cost-effectively generate entire thematic channels from a VOD library and identify appropriate break points for advertising. Channel personalization capabilities powered by Spideo enable content providers to create FAST channels personalized to individual users or a qualified cluster of users.
“The FAST market is rapidly evolving and media companies are continuing to adapt to the changes,” says Gil Rudge, senior vice president, video products and solutions at Harmonic. “Harmonic’s open cloud playout ecosystem, further bolstered by the new collaboration with Spideo, demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the FAST market. Together with VOS360 Media SaaS, content providers can now analyze and automatically populate their content libraries into channels tailored toward specific audiences for seamless streaming, increasing viewership and opening up new revenue sources.”
Harmonic’s VOS360 Media SaaS simplifies all stages of media processing and delivery for premium video streaming. Running on all major public clouds, the end-to-end, cloud-native playout solution speeds up the creation of linear channels, sports events and streams for direct delivery to consumers or syndication partners.