Espial MediaBase Achieves Breakthrough VOD Performance - Sets New Benchmarks for VOD, Timeshift TV and Network DVR Performance



    OTTAWA, June 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Espial(R) (http://www.espial.com),
(TSX:ESP), a leader in the delivery of TV software, today announced the
release of the Espial MediaBase (http://www.espial.com/products/media_base/)
version 9.0 Video-On-Demand (VOD) platform. Building on proven capabilities
serving millions of live IPTV (http://www.espial.com/solutions/large_telco/)
and cable subscribers (http://www.espial.com/solutions/cable_companies/),
Espial MediaBase 9.0 achieves breakthrough performance and extends support for
cable operators.

    
    Key new features and benefits of Espial MediaBase include:

    - Exceptional performance on next-generation, commercial-off-the-shelf
      (COTS) hardware

      - Large operators can deliver up to 1,000 captures, 150 TB of storage
        and 265 Gbps video streaming from a single rack
      - Smaller operators can achieve streaming throughput from 400 Mbps up
        to 37.5 Gbps with up to 100 captures on a single server
      - Demonstrated high volume streaming and captures through rigorous
        stress tests that support 30,000 time-shift TV (TSTV), Network DVR
        (NDVR), Remote Storage-DVR (RS-DVR) and VOD sessions per hour on a
        simulated large system deployment
      - Packet loss recovery for excellent video quality over networks with
        high packet loss

    - Unified services platform

      - Single platform supports simultaneous VOD, NPVR, RS-DVR, and
        Timeshift-TV services (Start-Over, Catch-up, Replay and Delayed TV)

    - Cable back-office support

      - Compliance with ISA/NGOD standards
      - Integration with latest version of the OpenStream(R) Digital Services
        Platform from TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson group
    

    Espial has achieved a 400% performance increase with up to 37.5 Gbps
streaming from a single next-generation HP or IBM server with Intel Xeon 5500
series processors and 10 Gbps Network Interface Cards (NICs). Operators can do
more with less using the dramatic performance and efficiency increases from
the latest multi-core Intel(R) processors. They can improve vital day-to-day
operations with better performance while using less power and space, getting
higher server utilization and the flexibility to quickly deploy new services.
    "Espial and Intel have worked closely together optimizing Espial
Mediabase for the latest Intel Xeon server platform," said Kirk Skaugen, Vice
President and General Manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group. "As a result,
Espial is able to take full advantage of the performance and capabilities of
the Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5500 platform, including the Intel(R) X25-E Extreme SSD
and Intel(R) 10Gb Ethernet controllers, enabling them to provide a highly
competitive product to the IPTV and cable marketplace."
    "With Espial MediaBase 9.0, our telco and cable customers can deliver
more captures and streams than ever before. They can leverage the power of
Espial MediaBase to achieve optimal economics by running VOD, Timeshift TV and
Network PVR/RS-DVR services from a single platform," said Sanjay Mehta, VP
Engineering of Espial. "We're continuously optimizing our products to leverage
the ever-increasing power and performance of COTS server and storage devices.
This means our customers can plan to double their storage capacity and
streaming performance at least 200% every 18 months. At the same time, they
will also dramatically reduce the physical rack space and power requirements
required for their on-demand services".

    Espial MediaBase Overview

    Espial MediaBase is a high performance, high availability video-on-demand
platform. It has several core video patents and is deployed across millions of
TV subscribers globally. Key features and benefits of Espial MediaBase
include:

    
    - Operational simplicity with simple installation processes; easy to use
      management tools; COTS hardware and software with global warranty and
      support; and, multi-year hardware roadmaps to simplify infrastructure
      planning.
    - Highly customize VOD system performance with many storage (RAM, hard
      disk drives and Solid State Drives), network interface cards and
      server/storage options.
    - Broad ecosystem support - tested and deployed with industry leading
      middleware systems, conditional access system and set-top boxes.
    - Excellent video support - H.264 and MPEG2 for SD and HD services.
    - Offers full range of basic on-demand services including VOD, Near VOD,
      Subscription VOD and as well as advanced services like Timeshift TV,
      Startover TV, Network PVR, Remote-Storage DVR, advertising and PC-based
      VOD.
    - The MediaBase Services API (MSAPI) simplifies ecosystem integration and
      allows advanced service development for applications like interactive
      games, DVDs and advertising.
    - Automated content work flow to manage ingest and workflow of content
      between middleware, VOD and DRM systems.
    - Simplifies deployment into cable architectures with ISA, NGOD, and MHA
      compliancy.
    - Intelligent Content Delivery Network (CDN) automates movement of
      popular assets via multicast/unicast networking and automatic demand-
      based asset distribution for multi-tier deployments.
    - Edge-Based TSTV, NPVR and RS-DVR captures to maximize storage and
      network efficiency.
    - Packet loss recovery allows operators to confidently stream over
      networks affected with link-level bit errors, packet drops and packet
      re-ordering.
    

    About Espial (http://www.espial.com)

    Espial provides intelligent and open TV software to service providers in
the cable, telecommunications and hospitality industries. Its middleware and
video-on-demand solutions provide superior service delivery, advanced service
innovation tools and the ability to serve a wide range of market segments -
including over-the-top, IPTV, hybrid IP, multi-dwelling unit and enterprise.
With over 2.5 million licenses of its patented software technology in use,
Espial is a leading supplier of TV software. Espial is headquartered in
Ottawa, Canada. For more information please visit the Espial website @
www.espial.com (http://www.espial.com).

    About Espial MediaBase (http://www.espial.com/products/media_base/)

    Espial MediaBase (formerly branded as Kasenna MediaBase XMP) is an
intelligent content delivery platform powering VOD, Timeshift TV, Network PVR
and other lucrative services in the cable, telecommunications, enterprise, and
hospitality industries. It is a robust, highly-scalable software system for
managing, distributing and delivering video on-demand content for IPTV, hybrid
IP and other video services. Using off-the-shelf servers, it is easily
customized to support small to very large deployments. Combining multi-tiered
networking, intelligent content delivery and wide ecosystem support, it
ensures operators can deliver and maintain their VOD projects on-time and
on-budget.




For further information:

For further information: press or analysts: Kirk Edwardson, Director,
Marketing, Espial Group Inc., (613) 230-4770 x1145, kedwardson@espial.com

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