), Inc., a provider of IP
video convergence encoding solutions from mobile to HD, has announced a new agreement that enables digital entertainment services company RealNetworks (News
) to resell the Envivio 4Caster Mobile Series hardware encoding platform.
The platform includes the real-time M2 and M4 encoders and 4Manager redundancy system. The agreement enables RealNetworks to offer a complete carrier grade mobile streaming solution, according to Envivio officials.
Officials explained that the 4Caster M2 and M4 encoders support the full range of 3GPP and 3GPP2 video and audio codecs, as well as advanced encoding features for mobile streaming including live bit stream switching and the Envivio Network-Aware (News
) Rate Control feature for low bit rate bandwidth smoothing.
When combined with the 4Manager headend management system, the Envivio solutions provide a fully automated M:N redundant mobile TV encoding platform with the same quality of service
capabilities as a Tier 1 satellite or cable TV video headend.
Noting that mobile TV streaming is moving to the next level, Scott MacKenzie, director of mobile solutions at RealNetworks, said in a press release, “The continued uptake of mobile streaming services makes it clear that we now need to offer our customers an encoding solution that provides the very highest levels of compression
, performance, and service availability.” He said that the 4Caster Mobile Series platform provides his company with that solution.
He believes that the new agreement with Envivio will give his company’s customer base access to a real-time encoding solution that’s more suitable for the coming expansion phase of the mobile streaming market.
Rudi Polednik, vice president marketing and global alliances at Envivio, indicated that there is no doubt that mobile streaming is coming of age, and said, “Operators are no longer satisfied with non-redundant encoding platforms based on standard PCs and software.”
Pointing out that they are now demanding more professional solutions that support reliable, high quality content delivery on which fee paying services can be justifiably based, he added, “Consequently, we are delighted to be expanding our relationship with RealNetworks in the Mobile TV market to help these operators gain access to the solutions they’ll need today and tomorrow.”
Envivio and RealNetworks have a longstanding relationship in the mobile streaming market. RealNetworks provides video streaming
infrastructure for over 100 leading mobile operators around the world including Vodafone, AT&T (News
), TIM and Telefonica.
MacKenzie added, “Ever since our collaboration began in 2002, Envivio has repeatedly demonstrated that it’s fully committed to supporting RealNetworks and our customers.”