At this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, more than 103,000 broadcasters, content creators and service providers gathered to experience the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. Many of those attendees visited the Harmonic booth, the one place to see how next-generation, innovative technologies can benefit their business. Following are some of the highlights.

Pushing OTT QoE to New Heights

We demonstrated several groundbreaking solutions for OTT delivery, enabling broadcasters and service providers to drive growth in OTT video consumption with improved quality of experience (QoE) for their customers.

Stunning Native UHD 360-Degree VR Experience

We showcased cutting-edge innovation in 360-degree immersive virtual reality (VR) technology with a demonstration featuring prerecorded content of Blue Man Group from their stage at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.The 360-degree VR demonstration featured 8K production by Digital Immersion and Tiledmedia’s Tiled VR Streaming technology, integrated with the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™ encoding technology, Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel Player for secure playback and Samsung Gear VR headsets.

AIMS Demo

As a member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Harmonic played host to an end-to-end playout and distribution demo with other technology innovators, including Arista, Embrionix, Lawo, Tektronix and Vizrt. This demo illustrated how interoperable IP interconnectivity can deliver reliable, flexible and real-world workflows.

Playout Capabilities for the Cloud

New playout functionality for our VOS™ Cloud application and VOS 360 SaaS, leveraging technology original developed for our industry-leading Spectrum™ media servers, allows broadcasters to speed up their operations and enable additional types of monetization, such as brand reinforcement, pop-up channels, rapid platform deployment and expansion, graphic avails and more.

Video Compression for Channel Sharing & ATSC 3.0

North American broadcasters are facing disruption on two fronts: the spectrum repack and the transition to ATSC 3.0. We demonstrated how broadcasters can compress their existing ATSC 1.0 channels with greater efficiency to accommodate channel sharing, as well as transition to ATSC 3.0 advanced services via a simple software license.

Thought Leadership in Action

Our team of experts took to the stage to present on a host of topics at the concurrent Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC). Presentation topics covered the move to IP, advanced compression and next-gen TV, OTT innovation and, last but not least, cybersecurity. In addition, Thierry Fautier, VP Business Development & Innovation, participated in four panels focusing on next-generation video technologies.