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Harmonic boosts Kartina OTT multiscreen delivery

Video delivery infrastructure specialist Harmonic has confirmed that Kartina TV, a German-based service provider serving Russian-speaking individuals around the globe, has deployed Harmonic’s Electra XVM virtualised media processor for OTT multiscreen delivery.

Utilising the software-based media processing platform for real-time HEVC encoding, Kartina TV can deliver 150 SD and 30 HD channels to subscribers on a variety of devices using less bandwidth, with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) and industry-leading video quality. Powered by Harmonic’s VOS virtualised media processing platform and architecture, which operates on common hardware platforms in IT data centre environments, the Electra XVM media processor simplifies Kartina TV’s infrastructure, increasing flexibility, scalability and operational efficiency.

“Currently, Kartina TV offers over 150 channels from countries located around the former Soviet Union, more than 2,000 on-demand movies and a large selection of HD channels. As we expand our OTT multiscreen offering, bandwidth efficiency, video quality and flexibility are key,” said Dimitri Dietrich, CTO, Kartina TV. “When tested against a variety of other solutions on the market, Harmonic’s Electra XVM virtualised media processor provided superior video quality, higher density and less power consumption. By offering a new approach to encoding, Harmonic enables us to distribute additional video content in a fraction of the time and cost by leveraging IT economics.”

“Kartina TV’s vision for OTT delivery is quite disruptive, comprising virtualised media processing, HEVC encoding and MPEG-DASH packaging. Ultimately, Harmonic was chosen for this project because we delivered an infrastructure solution that supports these next-generation technologies at a low TCO,” said Michael Salomon, regional sales manager at Harmonic.

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