Teaming up for growth

 In Live & Multiscreen Transcoding, Media Excel, Over The Top (OTT)

By continuing to work closely together, Garland, Simplestream and Media Excel have each been able to evolve their offerings.

There may not be an ‘I’ in team, but there must be a number three in their somewhere — the cooperative approach to problem solving by three digital-solutions industry leaders proves it. Since 2014, Simplestream, a leading provider of video services for the media and entertainment industry, has been working with the experts at digital video solutions provider Garland and multi-screen encoder/transcoder provider Media Excel to expand their offerings to their customers.

Simplestream provides Over the Top (OTT) Live and Video on Demand (VOD) streaming solutions, including fully automated catch-up services for desktop, mobile, tablet and TV. They have a diverse customer base, which includes shopping channels, horse racing, gaming, sport, news and entertainment. Ever the innovator, at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam running from 15-19 September, they will be unveiling their enhanced suite of modular cloud-based solutions, including the official launch of “VOD-in-a-Box”, Network PVR and enhanced live video editor.

Media Excel’s product line has developing in line with the needs of Simplestream’s customers and their own white label live, on demand and catch-up offering.  Earlier this year, Garland supplied Simplestream with two Media Excel HERO DS9 8 x HD-SDI platforms running with HMS management in the cloud. Each HERO is running five services, meaning a total of 10 services are operating. The HERO DS9 is a 1RU, 8 x HD-SDI input channel, adaptive bitrate, multi-format encoder.

In turn, Simplestream was able to assist urban music urban music and entertainment company, Trace, in building its new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), live TV and radio offering called TracePlay. In less than 12 week, Simplestream had completed the project, which includes completely cloud-based content ingest, transcoding and service management.

“We saw many advantages to this encoding platform,” says Lorna Garrett, Commercial Director at Garland. “Not only does it offer a wide set of features, but it is an excellent means to future proof through the use of HEVC encoding and 4K/UHD.”

“TracePlay is a great example of a truly global offering: it is multi-device, multi-lingual and it appeals to a huge audience in more than 200 countries,” says Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer of Simplestream. “By working together with Garland, Media Excel and are customer on such a highly complex projects, we were able to provide the needed solution fast, as well as the support needed. In turn, we all were able to grow our offerings and our expertise.”

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