Digital TV Labs launches Ligada iSuite for DASH at IBC

Digital TV Labs, the digital media testing company that specialises in testing tools and services for validating digital media and device conformance, is launching Ligada iSuite for DASH. Designed to run on the widely adopted and highly versatile Ligada iSuite Test Harness, it can be used for compliance testing of the DASH264 profile on any compliant video player on any device, offering interoperability for streaming of adaptive, high-quality, media over IP networks.

MPEG DASH seeks to simplify and unify adaptive bitrate streaming by building on existing bespoke variants that are currently deployed. The technology is rapidly being supported by encoder / decoder manufacturers and CDNs. To tackle existing interoperability issues, the DASH Industry Forum recently released a DASH264 profile to enable any device manufacturer and video platform to support the open ISO specification, deployed as an application client or video player on a device. Ligada iSuite for DASH seeks to aid in the development and deployment of interoperable clients and video players.

Alongside testing the functionality of the DASH264 profile as created by the DASH Industry Forum, the series of test cases offered by Ligada iSuite for DASH include conformance testing for MPEG DASH segmented video streaming such as the insertion of advertisements in both on-demand and live cases. It will also provide audio and video codec support for live and on demand MPEG DASH profiles, containing over 100 ISO BMFF files as well as network manipulation functionality to simulate live networks and test bit rate adaption.

Ligada iSuite for DASH will support the development of the DASH264 profile for CE manufacturers, device client and video player developers and operators by ensuring continued, uniform compliance across the distribution chain enabling high speed quality video streaming.

Keith Potter, Digital TV Labs, said, “ Video content providers require confidence that the entire workflow chain, from encoder, distribution network to video player and end device, are interoperable in order to maximise reach to the end consumers or viewers. Ligada iSuite for DASH is a unique tool designed to tackle these interoperability issues and spur the deployment of more IP video services to more platforms by more content providers.”

Digital TV Labs will be offering demonstrations of Ligada iSuite for DASH in Hall 2, Stand A29 (2.A29) at IBC.

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