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Swisscom taps Ateme for virtual headend project

Swisscom has tapped TV technology provider Ateme to provide its Titan virtual encoding platform for its MediaCloud project.

Swisscom’s MediaCloud project is designed to create an IPTV virtualized video headend system based on video transcoding to manage numerous TV input formats.

Ateme said that its virtualised and containerised transcoder enables Swisscom to enhance its MediaCloud project with virtualised, cloud-based technology, delivering lower operating costs and flexibil8ity through its ability to run on private and public cloud infrastructure both on and off premises.

According to Ateme, Titan is a pure software-based encoder that can run on any commercial off-the-shelf or virtualised server.

“Ateme is a leader in the world of cloud-based transcoding. The team understood our needs to build an IPTV virtual video headend which offers rapid channels set up and tear down, along with providing agility to keep up with consumer demand and technology changes. Our new virtualized headend has the ability to onboard a new channel in minutes, enabling it to match consumer technology demands by rapidly adding popular new programming, offering dedicated channels for big events, upgrading channels to 4K and adding new compression standards to support the latest TV-watching device,” said Bruno Haug, head of TV development, Swisscom.

“We are very proud to be Swisscom’s trusted partners and support them in building a virtualized video headend to dynamically adjust channel line-ups very quickly,” said Claude Stoffel ATEME EMEA director.