CastUP ingest VOD workflow management system automates the ingestion process of content, metadata and rich metadata. Once the customer defines a workflow that meets his operational and business needs the automated process ensures the content is ready for use in multiple formats and for multiple devices.The workflow includes:
The ingest workflow system is scalable and built for large scale operations. Using smart resource management the operator can effectively add additional transcoding and encryption machines when the service grows.
CastUP Channel Management System is the ideal choice for TV operators and TV stations that are interested to leverage and monetize their linear content assets.
CastUP takes the complete responsibility in setting up the live system including setting up the encoding and CDN origin site(s) and integrating with the live encoding appliances and with customer’s headend.The Channel Management System key functionalities include:
The Channel Management System employs a modular design and is scalable to support hundreds of channels with different level of redundancy. The product is designed with a distributed architecture and resource management enabling the from control multiple sites and the required level of redundancy.
The CastUP Media Management System (Nile™) virtually automates the entire process of managing high quality video content (SD and HD), along with its metadata and rich metadata. Connecting to your existing headend systems, it enhances your ability to manage and monetize content.The rich set of functionality includes:
The system can be managed via a web based GUI and or can be fully driven via APIs. The access to the system data, media and functionality is controlled through a hierarchy of permissions, enabling the operation by multiple users and permission groups and from multiple sites.
CastUP CUAnalytics Solution aggregates billions of video related events notifications every day. This vast amount of real time data is used for generating analytics reports, for monitoring the system and for optimizing the video delivery.
Client side analytics provide real time and accurate insights on the service quality, content consumption and end users. Relying on client side (player side) notifications the solution provides analytics independently from the CDN while incorporating the last mile effect.CUAnalytics rich set of reports includes:
CUAnalytics (client side analytics) can be also delivered as a product, providing an independent credible source for analyzing the service consumption trends and the video streaming quality.
The CUAnalytics client side code can be easily integrated with any video player (Flash, Smooth and HTML5), whereas the headed side can be provided as a product or as a service.
Server side analytics provide real time and accurate insights on the CastUP Private CDN performance and are used for continuous optimization of the growing and changing OTT service.CUAnalytics rich set of server side reports include:
CastUP is committed to optimize your video streaming quality and cost by building for you the CDN and or by working with 3rd party CDN services.
If you’re a large or medium-sized TV operator that is planning to offer a multi-platform OTT service, selecting a private CDN tailored for your needs gives you both technical and commercial advantages.
Launching a Private CDN gives you full control and flexibility. With this flexibility you can optimize the video streaming quality in your key region(s) and launch new services quickly. The result is a superior video streaming quality in your focus area(s), optimized cost and fast time to market.
CastUP’s Private CDN is designed to bring live streaming and VOD OTT to all types of IP connected devices using state of the art smart distributed cache management and load balancing algorithms. It supports streaming, adaptive streaming, progressive download and download in all popular formats and includes a rich set of monitoring tools and an advanced NOC.
The CastUP private CDN includes a CDN management layer capable of routing video streaming request to 3rd party CDN services according to geographic rules, load rules and business rules. The CDN management layer enables you to optimize the cost and video streaming quality across CDNs (Private CDN and 3rd party CDN services) and is usually used for cost optimization, back up management and or global distribution.
The CastUP OTT solution and Private CDN include a rich monitoring system. All of the CastUP software modules and applications, and each service and server, continuously send prioritized status reports to the central monitoring system. These monitoring reports cover every standard action, as well as every problematic action in the system. The monitoring system alerts the support staff (including by SMS) of any critical issue that arises and enables them to analyze the system performance, predict and prevent failures and cope with unexpected failures.
The monitoring system includes a set of graphical user interfaces assisting in following traffic patterns in real time (per content, server, data center, ISP and CDN). It also includes live monitoring for channels enabling the NOC staff to track problems that can be only evaluated visually, such as a blue or black screen, low display quality, or an incorrectly aimed camera.
CastUP TV Anywhere Portal is a group of components providing a rich browser based player experience for VOD, Live, nPVR and catch-up TV services. It includes a video player and components (such as static and dynamic playlists, list of related content, list of most popular content, search engine, social widgets, and much more) that provide the end user with a remarkably convenient and easy-to-navigate platform.
The modularity of the components permits using them as independent building blocks to be combined or embedded separately, as desired. The components recognize each other and synchronize automatically, regardless of where they are placed. In addition, the components are capable of receiving dynamic input from any data source, any API, and any CMS.
TV Anywhere Portal enables many monetization opportunities, employing banners, overlay ads, interactive ads and companion ads with different configuration and skinning options.
TV Anywhere portal supports playing content in any of the common media formats and is available in Flash, Silverlight or HTML5 technologies.