23 AUGUST, LONDON Simplestream, innovators in live and on-demand OTT services, today announced that it will unveil its enhanced suite of modular cloud-based solutions at the International Broadcasting Convention 2017 (IBC), including the official launch of “VOD-in-a-Box”, Network PVR and enhanced live video editor (stand #14.D11, Amsterdam, 15-19 September).

“The cloud has truly come of age for the broadcast industry,” commented Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer of Simplestream. “Broadcasters, platform operators, content owners and distributors are undeniably hungry to tap into the OTT market and syndicate next-generation services to expand their footprint with meaningful, relevant content. To do this, these players want a diverse range of end-to-end video delivery and syndication capabilities under one umbrella that can quickly respond to market trends and customer insights – this is exactly what we provide and what visitors can expect to see in action at IBC.”

Being unveiled at IBC 2017, VOD-in-a-Box delivers fast time to market – typically 6 to 12 weeks – for broadcasters and content owners who need to roll out a video-on-demand service in a single territory or internationally. The solution includes support for all OTT platforms, and a range of monetisation options, allowing any combination of subscriptions (SVOD), advertising (AVOD) and pay-per-view and other transactional models (TVOD). Flexible and cost-effective customer management, packaging and billing options are also fully supported.

Simplestream will also be showcasing its new cloud-based Network PVR (nPVR) offering at IBC 2017. Viewers can “record” their favourite shows, and watch them at any time on any device. It offers operators significant cost-savings, flexibility and scalability compared to traditional systems where recordings are held in-home on a set-top box.

IBC 2017 will also see Simplestream unveil its enhanced Live Video Editor, which allows clips to be created in real time from a live feed, together with enhanced metadata linked to events in the stream, and distributed within seconds. The clips generated can be shared via social media, or instantly syndicated to media partners. The Live Video Editor is an optional module within Simplestream’s Media Manager platform and utilises the latest web technologies, completely eliminating the need for Adobe Flash. As well as real time editing of live streams, the same editor can also be used to edit any existing video asset held within Media Manager.

IBC on-stand product demonstrations include:

  • Live Video Editor: Real-time data ingest, clipping, transcoding, and one click sharing. Now optimised for news, teleshopping and sports, the demo will feature Racing UK.
  • VOD-in-a-Box: Live deployments from Simplestream customers, including Trace Play (SVOD), Marquee (SVOD) and Blaze (AVOD).
  • Network PVR: Live demo of TV Player – showcasing new viewer functionality including setting, watching and managing recordings.
  • Media Manager: Showcasing the powerful cloud service that underpins some of the most compelling and interactive OTT video services in the industry. Media Manager modules include: Live, Live-to-VOD, Virtual Playout, Asset Management, User Management, Live Video Editor and Syndication.

Dan Finch will be speaking on the IBC Content Everywhere Hub’s “OTT platforms: what do new online video service providers need?” panel session on Friday 15th September from 15:30 – 16:15.

Note to Editors: To arrange a briefing with a Simplestream spokesperson at IBC 2017, or ahead of the show in-person or over the phone, please contact Lauren Alboini at simplestream@platformcomms.com or +44 (0)207 486 4900.

About Simplestream

Simplestream, a London-headquartered company, are innovators in live and on-demand TV services across all OTT platforms. Founded in 2010, Simplestream enables broadcasters, platform operators, content owners and distributors to quickly launch next generation TV services, increasing reach and revenues. Simplestream provide a simplified workflow and cloud-based solution to industry leaders, including A+E Networks, News Corp, Sony, MTG and QVC.