MAXICASTER incorporates a full array of features and functionality off-the-shelf including:
A full linear, VOD and advanced network recording capability supporting IPTV and OTT delivery
Advanced content management and campaign management engine
Fully hosted content security (DRM) including players per device type
Advanced nDVR, Catch-up and Start Over TV functionality
User friendly Consumer portal to manage a full service array
Intuitive User Interface across screens including STB, phones, tablets and PC/Mac
EPG engine including aggregation
Private CDN functionality integrated into core streaming architecture
The solution supports multiple operational models including hybrid (cloud based back end with local streaming infrastructure), cloud based (complete service delivered from the cloud) and local deployment (all infrastructure delivered in a customer environment). In this way the solution is able to adapt to the local conditions as required by the customer. Regardless of the model the solution offers the benefits of rapid time to market, optimized operations and service agility without compromising on security, Quality of Service or service autonomy.
The MAXICASTER Media VoD / nDVR server utilises a single server footprint to deliver complete VoD, nDVR and Catch-up functionality. The combined capabilities rank amongst the most feature rich and scalable on the market. The system is built on a software principle and resides on off-the-shelf hardware, offering advanced VoD and recording functionality at a fraction of the standard solution cost.
This is achieved by leveraging non-real time business logic from the MAXICASTER back end and utilising the local Server for anything specific to the Service Provider or their subscribers. This significantly reduces the local server CPU usage and enables superior performance and scaling when compared to traditional stand-alone recording solutions.
Maxicaster media consist of two major components:
MAXICASTER Media back-end hosted environment
Contains the business and service logic including the nDVR scheduling and channel management
Tools for simple management and offer construction
Customizable open API for all peripheral solution components
MAXICASTER Media VoD/nDVR local server housing
Used for VoD packaging, Catch-Up TV and nDVR functionality
Recorder - input 1 Gbps and output is 9 Gbps of live streams as they are being delivered for Catch-up/Time Shift TV
Complete system is 100TB/2RU
DRM Key Server for secure stream delivery
MAXICASTER incorporates advanced nDVR functionality which makes available the following functionality:
Recording space by hours/time
Live TV Start over service (if program has started consumer can start watching from beginning )
Pause live TV
Record multiple channels in parallel (no limit on number of simultaneous channels recorded)
Historic EPG / each channel can have historic EPG which goes back x hours of time (defined by the main or sub-operator) and customer can view any program from the historic EPG
Support for single and shared copy
Advanced functionality such as Word search for content recording “look-up” and automatic “Catch-up to VoD” taking the service to another level
The MAXICASTER local Live HLS Server handles all streaming, content protection and caching requirements for linear channels. As a further enhancement advanced CDN functionality has been built into the core server design. Leveraging the hosted MAXICASTER back-end for channel management and load balancing and the local server environment for live streaming, packaging and caching, MAXICASTER Media provides state-of-art functionality which is both scalable and feature rich.
As a case-in-point a single off-the-shelf server delivers in excess of 9Gbps output via HLS streaming. Traffic is cached and distributed between MAXICASTER Media servers, automatically re-distributing traffic between sites based on peaks and serving channels from the closest server to the specific request.
As a result, distributing MAXICASTER Media Live Servers across key usage areas with bandwidth between sites will automatically offer all the functionality of a Private CDN. This effectively saves a Service Provider the costs, operations and ongoing management of a separate CDN infrastructure.
This ”two for one” capability results in a business case which is significantly optimised.
MAXICASTER solution supports all major device types ensuring usability and discovery anywhere, anytime
To complement and enhance the usability of the service, MAXICASTER have developed a suite of reference clients for the major device types and Operating Systems. The MAXICASTER reference client provides an off-the-shelf advanced interface which can facilitate a rapid service launch. The User Interfaces have been designed with a key eye on usability as well as providing a premium experience for the end user.
These clients can be customized according to a customers’ requirements. Alternatively a client can be re-designed based on an operator’s requirements.
Reference clients are available for the following device families:
The MAXICASTER includes an advanced Content Management System as well as tools to create and manage versatile packages and services tailored to target subscribers. Channels, advanced network recording such as nPVR and Catch-up TV, SVOD libraries and other content types can be easily bundled together to create compelling subscriber offers whilst ensuring content requirements and restrictions are tightly enforced. This capability is fundamental when considering the complexities in a multi-device, multi-network environment.
Business rules can be established to link bundling and up-sell options to the core service based around specific usage criteria (i.e. offering a subscription based sports package once a user watches a pre-determined number of football-related programs in a week). In the same way services and packages can be tied to specific time settings – ideal for establishing service packs around specific events.
MAXICASTER incorporates an automated campaign tool which “houses” the business logic around the formation of services and packages. This tool has been designed to offer flexibility around campaign creation options providing the main operator (and sub-operator) with complete service autonomy.
The Consumer Portal provides an intuitive “first point of contact” for subscribers into the service and subscriptions. The self-management portal allows subscribers to subscribe, set, manage, edit and personalize all services available from the Service Provider. This provides both operational savings (less direct-touch required to manage services) as well as a simple up-sell tool for additional services (i.e. “you have subscribed to the basic package + sports but why don’t you take our Premium pack for only 1 euro more”).