Live Streaming

From scene to screen – anytime, anywhere. Harness the power of cloud-based encoding, low latency streaming, and DRM to deliver live content to your audience - anytime, anywhere.


From anywhere

Get any source – managed by you, a third party, or us – to your audience, with ease.

Simplestream can ingest live streams from a variety of sources. These include remote feeds such as Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), or Amazon S3 locations in the cloud, as well as satellite or terrestrial downlinks from our London data centre.

Thanks to source flexibility, we can perform the routing of inputs as straightforward as remote third party HLS, to the transcoding of incoming feeds into your required formats. With support for single bitrate RTMP, seamlessly transcode into multi-bitrate HLS and Dash feeds serving up to 14 platforms.

Encoding & Transcoding

Flexible formatting ‘on the fly’

Encode and transcode your way: cloud-based, or onprem, with simultaneous inputs, taking advantage of enterprise reliability, robust redundancy, or low latency. Choose from encoding essentials (subtitles/closed captions, multiple audio tracks), or unique file formats. We have got you covered.

Handle any input format for encode, transcode to your required codec. Take advantage of real-time packaging of encoded streams, into HLS, Dash, Smooth formats. Out-of-the-box, with support for subtitles/closed captions, multiple audio tracks, along with both standard web, mobile, and specialist video file formats.

We ensure enterprise reliability, with uptime guaranteed at 99.9% and an over 99.9% success rate. Fully adaptive input redundancy support, low latency comes as standard.

Choose adaptive bitrate encoding (ABR), using AWS Media Live encoders in the cloud, best-of-breed onprem encoders, or a combination of the two. Maximise resources and realise cost efficiencies in the cloud with the ability to scale up or down encoder capacity as required – handling a large number of simultaneous input feed encodes at peak time, and scaling back capacity when you do not require it.

Blackouts & Rights Restrictions

Retain complete control

Simplestream provides you with full operational control on ‘blackouts’, whether planned or a last-minute requirement. If your live streams need to be blacked out due to territorial restrictions, you will retain the flexibility and control of the entire workflow. Schedule blackouts in advance for auto-implementation, or manually trigger them with slate control. We support both player and encoder-based blackouts.


Enhance your live stream

Your audience is hungry for information, on what’s on and what’s next, on their screen of choice, at a glance. Electronic Programming Guides (EPGs) are essential for live streaming and traditional linear TV services.

EPGs power your live schedules, supporting a full spectrum of formats: JSON, API, XML. Simplestream pre-integrates EBS, Global Listings, Gracenote, and Press Association are integrated as standard.

Harness EPG metadata to bring your channel guide to life. Create a responsive environment for your audience: your viewers’ next choice is just a click away.

We quickly turn your live content into VOD utilising EPG metadata. EPG-supported blackouts, analytics, and rights information utilisation come as standard with custom EPG parsers fully supported too.

Rely on a clean generation of VOD assets, with timecode/timestamp precision; dynamic ad insertion accuracy; match external assets to programmes using broadcast IDs.

Global Delivery

Go live globally, stress-free

Deliver premium video experiences to any screen. Global, highly scalable, Simplestream’s live streaming solutions meet all your needs.

Our robust, distributed cloud-based infrastructure ensures a full-featured broadcast-quality live stream for your audience – from any scene to any screen – anywhere in the world. Live streaming solutions come pre-integrated with Akamai, and Amazon Cloudfront – out-of-the-box. Full support is provided for Centurylink solutions too.

We automatically scale your service to your audience size, meaning you never pay for more bandwidth than you need. Minimise costs, maximise results, and monitor efficiency with the most comprehensive analytics suite available.


New revenue opportunities, one click away

Give your audience the content they crave, the way they want it. Enhance your revenue growth opportunities with the monetisation model of choice. Whether you are considering ad-supported (AVOD and live ad-insertion), subscription (SVOD and live), transactional (TVOD and Pay-per-view), or hybrid monetisation solutions, we deliver highly responsive, simple to navigate workflows. We tailor them to your business objectives and integrate with over 30 payment gateways.

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On demand content, moments after broadcast

The Live2VOD module lives within Media Manager and allows operators to seamlessly clip short and long-form video content, either manually or as part of an automated process. Clips can be generated via metadata-incoming markers, as part of the feed, or supplementary data sources. The module creates frame-accurate files just moments after broadcast. Once converted to multiple MP4 file renditions, the content can be automatically published to any platform via MRSS/JSON/XML feeds, or an embeddable player.


Protect your content

With Simplestream you get unrivalled stream security. Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions are provided by market-leading Intertrust. A vendor-agnostic approach, grants support for Fairplay, Playready, and Widevine, as well as many others. The choice is yours. From blackout screens to prevention of attempted content usage breeches, our DRM solutions enable you to maximise revenues in a secure environment, with AES 256 tokenisation provided as standard.