Cgates goes live with Synamedia
January 18, 2022
Video software provider Synamedia has confirmed that Lithuanian multiplay telco Cgates has gone live with Synamedia video network solutions across its pay-TV services. These technologies will support live and time-shifted viewing on set-top boxes and OTT, aimed at ensuring Cgates has the flexibility and scalability to meet its future growth plans while optimising the delivery of high quality video streaming across all platforms.
During the first part of the engagement, Cgates went live with Synamedia virtualised DCM to support the encoding of its 200 cable channels, in HD and 4K. Cgates chose Synamedia’s virtualised DCM because it maximises picture quality yet minimises hardware requirements thanks to Synamedia’s VIVID Compression. By optimising bandwidth and latency with content-aware encoding, the virtualised DCM now delivers a superior viewing experience to Cgates’ subscribers, even at peak times.
Complementing the virtualised DCM, Cgates is now deploying Synamedia’s Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) headend, including packaging and storage for VoD and catch-up, as well as Synamedia’s private CDN supporting both HLS and MPEG-DASH. By using Synamedia’s video network technologies for its entire delivery ecosystem, Cgates will aim to give subscribers an immersive and consistent high quality viewing experience across its TV mobile app and its pay-TV service including its new Android set-top boxes.
An important factor in Cgates’ decisions was the cloud-native architecture of both the virtualised DCM and the ABR headend that gives it the flexibility to deploy on-premise then move to a hybrid or cloud models as required. Both also share the same interface that simplifies configuration and uses Synamedia Video Services Manager (VSM) to provision and manage cloud resources.
Cgates is now working with Synamedia on future enhancements including low latency for live sports streaming, and disaster recovery.
“With bold plans to grow our services, particularly streaming, we needed a technology partner who could share our vision with future-proofed, flexible, scalable solutions,” explained Tomas Burovas, CEO of Cgates. “Synamedia stands out from the crowd with its attention to innovation, particularly its latest compression techniques.”
“As a technology partner Synamedia went above and beyond our expectations,” added Marius Dabrisius, CTO at Cgates. “For example, we wanted a special feature for when time-shifted content is presented to the player. None of the vendors we were talking to had this feature. We were blown away when Synamedia’s engineering team developed the feature for us in less than a week.”
“We get a lot of attention for our big name customer wins, but our powerful yet cost-effective solutions are also well suited to smaller and medium sized video service providers,” declared Julien Signès, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Network at Synamedia. “By deploying our video network solutions across its entire data plane, Cgates is optimising the delivery of quality video today and is primed for the next stage of its growth.”
Synamedia worked with its regional partner Scansatec for the Cgates deployment. Based in Finland, Scansatec specialises in pre-sales, integration and support for video solutions across the Baltics and Nordics.