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Harmonic adds capabilities to VOS Cloud

Video technology provider Harmonic has added new media management and scheduling capabilities to its VOS Cloud platform.

The company has acquired software technology from cloud-based traffic systems provider Chyro.

According to Harmonic, the new technology, which has been deployed by a US broadcaster, streamlines the process of scheduling blackouts and the replacement of ads or programing, said to be a significant hurdle that has prevented broadcasters from being competitive in the OTT environment.

“A key challenge that broadcasters face today is how to prepare and distribute OTT-ready local channels to MVPDs,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice-president of video products at Harmonic.

“Adding Chyro scheduling functionality to our award-winning VOS Cloud solution provides the broadcast community with an innovative approach to primary distribution – what we call ‘Distribution 2.0.’ This is a managed way for moving content, either from point A to point B or from many sources to many endpoints, over the public internet. Using the cloud as a centralized resource, broadcasters can efficiently aggregate feeds and schedules from hundreds of stations, resolve content rights and decorate the channels with signaling information critical for OTT fulfillment.”