On the heels of its release of Cablecast Screenweave for bringing community TV content to OTT devices, Tightrope Media Systems has unveiled version 6.5 of the Cablecast Community Media platform. Designed to help PEG broadcasters improve their online viewer experiences, the new update elevates the quality of VoD clips while providing new tools to help users measure the impact their content is making online.
Foremost amongst the enhancements are new adaptive bitrate options for VoD, enabling the publishing and distribution of on-demand content at full 1080p HD resolution through the Cablecast Pro VoD system and Cablecast Reflect cloud-based delivery service. VoD outputs at multiple resolutions and bit rates are created automatically for each clip by Cablecast Pro VoD, with adaptive bitrate streaming using the HLS protocol dynamically delivering the optimal version for each viewer’s Internet connection speed and device.
“Our customers frequently receive compliments from their audiences on the stunning quality of their Cablecast-powered 1080p live streams, and with Cablecast 6.5 we’re bringing that same visual fidelity to VoD clips,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “The improvement is particularly striking on large TV screens in viewers’ living rooms, but adaptive bit rate delivery ensures that the results can be watched reliably on any device at the best possible quality.”