Harmonic: Free access to video streaming innovation
April 16, 2020
The current global health crisis has given rise to rapid growth in network traffic, resulting in strain across global broadband networks. In order to address the recent surge and to support its many customers during these unprecedented times, Harmonic has announced it will provide its EyeQ content-aware encoding (CAE) technology free for the next 90 days to help alleviate the current network constraints.
Harmonic’s EyeQ technology leverages artificial intelligence to reduce streaming congestion on broadband networks by up to 50 per cent without impacting quality. It serves as a highly effective tool to combat the recent surge and a step above recently utilised methods, such as resolution and bit rate reductions. EyeQ CAE is available on all Harmonic media processors, through a software license, and the VOS 360 Live Streaming Platform.
“Due to the nearly global lockdown, the demand for high-quality streaming services has exploded and as such has led to excessive constraints on broadband networks. Adding our EyeQ technology to the mix can greatly decrease bandwidth consumption for high-quality video and alleviate strain on local and national broadband networks,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic. “By offering free licences for the expected lockdown timeframes, Harmonic is providing an effective tool to help both media companies and broadband networks alike.”