Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company pioneered the use of software-based video processing to distribute video over IP networks. Solutions from Elemental provide the flexibility, scalability and performance required to deliver high quality video via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment models. Powering video experiences for more than 400 leading media franchises worldwide, Elemental helps pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters and enterprise customers bring video to any screen, anytime – all at once. The company has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, Russia, India and Brazil.
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As new media platforms proliferate, content producers like ABC are increasingly challenged to supply archived and first-run video for playback in a variety of formats on a wide range of devices over bandwidth-constrained networks. When a new device like the iPad is introduced into the market, large content providers must be prepared to convert video assets for compatible format and display. But formatting and display are only part of the equation. In the past, a single transcode was sufficient for progressive video download to a desktop or laptop computer; today multiple copies, and therefore multiple renditions of the same content, are needed to deliver the highest possible quality experience on a wide array of devices. Video compression is an extremely compute-intensive task, and with the increasing need for media multiplication across a variety of display platforms, often proves to be a significant pain point or bottleneck for content providers and distributors.
Co-Chair Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television GroupVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
The iPlayer service has proven to be incredibly popular with viewers consuming BBC content and has enjoyed unprecedented growth since its release. Such success is not without challenges however, and the BBC began to find it difficult to keep pace with the increasing demand using its original hardware-based video transcoding and delivery platform. So the BBC embarked on building Video Factory; a robust next generation content delivery platform using fully elastic video processing resources provided by Elemental® Cloud. This has enabled the BBC to instantly scale processing resources in line with consumer demand and deliver more content to more devices more quickly.
By embracing the notion of choice and allowing consumers to watch the news stories they care about most, CNNgo creates a more dynamic user experience for viewers as compared to watching traditional cable news. CNNgo’s start-over capabilities eliminate the problem of tuning into a news report mid-story by enabling the viewer to watch a live broadcast from the beginning, while catch-up capability allows the viewer to select from other recently-completed shows. With a traditional linear TV broadcast a viewer may be inclined to change the channel on a live news report that has become repetitive; however, the CNNgo platform curates and provides additional content in real time for every story or show, keeping the viewer engaged with CNN for longer periods of time.
Vice President of Next Generation Business & Product StrategyVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
Gone are the days when people crowded around the family television set, adjusting schedules so as not to miss the six o’clock news, their favorite sitcom or a rerun of a much-loved movie. Modern day consumers are demanding the ability to watch any TV show or movie at anytime of the day or night. They also expect to watch content from any device, including their television, PC, tablet or smartphone. As a telecommunications company that prides itself on “enabling the future,” Columbus Communications wanted to offer its cable subscribers unparalleled access to TV and video on-demand from a variety of Internet-connected devices. Yet, it also wanted to offer the new service in a way that simplified life for its customers. How is Columbus delivering high-performance, low-cost multiscreen video services while surpassing the competition?
Chief Technology Officer, Columbus CommunicationsVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
DeChant deployed Elemental Server based on its small footprint relative to competitive systems, video processing speed, and ability to process large volumes of material simultaneously. There are the additional benefits of great service and ease-of-use. “Elemental and its staff have been very responsive, willing to build a conforming solution to meet our particular specifications. The speed and performance available with the Elemental solution has eliminated a serious issue for us,” said DeChant. NPG’s use of Elemental Server saves time, effectively boosts productivity and creates tangible value for the company.
Director of Technical OperationsVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
The ease of management offered by Elemental Live allowed for quick and easy integration of the system into Stanford’s existing in-game workflow. With Elemental Live in place, highlight clips can be created and delivered without additional control room staffing or overhead, a key requirement for the Stanford Athletics department. The deployment of this streaming solution from Elemental helps the university further the goal of attracting more fans to live events. Higher attendance at games and bettering the stadium atmosphere, in turn, drives recruiting and leads to perennially contending teams, ultimately culminating in the biggest prize of all: alumni contributions. Each piece of this puzzle is significant – and Stanford’s mobile products create a unique and unmatched in-stadium experience for fans as part of a larger strategy for executing on these objectives.
Editor, MacworldVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
Recognizing it needed to harness the latest in video technology to continue to grow its audience beyond the walls of its historic building, Vienna State Opera turned to products from Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions. This decision allowed the opera house to quickly implement a flexible, scalable and easily upgradable video architecture.
Director of Digital Development, Vienna State OperaVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
With the goal of becoming Switzerland’s leading OTT and multiscreen TV service provider, Wilmaa decided to offer a wide selection of live broadcast channels available from web browsers, smartphones and tablets. To succeed in a market with four official languages and a large international community, the company needed to offer consumers as much live content as possible. How was Wilmaa able to deliver live TV to so many different types of audiences and devices while continuing to expand its user base?
Every year World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) goes to the top rope to enhance its deep experience broadcasting live sports entertainment to its loyal fan base. The multi-billion dollar company produces spectacular televised events with programming reaching more than 14 million viewers each week. When WWE brought its exclusive pay-per-view television programming to the web, the digital media group needed a first-class streaming solution to deliver live video to an online audience. WWE deals in complex content punctuated with fast motion, quick scene changes and bursts of light that is tricky to encode for web-based viewing. To compress and deliver this type of video in real time over the Internet, the company needed a new encoding platform capable of generating a wide range of outputs simultaneously while maintaining superior video quality. How did the digital media group at WWE ultimately tap a streaming solution to extend its premium content to fans tuned in online?
VP, Interactive Technology WWE, IncVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
The multiscreen video revolution is a global phenomenon, as viewers worldwide seek access to broadcast content beyond their television sets. When Media Prima Berhad (‘Media Prima’ or ‘the Group’), Malaysia’s No. 1 integrated media group and owner of four television stations, began running into frequent technical issues with its incumbent encoding systems, the company prioritized finding a partner that kept a keen eye towards effective delivery of multiscreen video to smart phones, tablets, PCs and other Internet-connected devices. The company knew it would take a top-notch solution to set its streaming offerings apart from competitors and it was determined to deliver nothing less than an optimal user experience. Where did Media Prima find a video processing solution capable of satisfying its innovation, quality, support and pricing requirements?
Manager of new Media support, Management information Media primaVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
To deliver massive amounts of premium content to millions of customers, Sky needed a platform for both live and VOD streaming that provided an excellent viewer experience and could efficiently scale with the company’s growing content database and infrastructure. The company currently processes tens of thousands of hours of assets a month, offers catch-up channels on Sky Go, and maintains and optimizes more than 20 different profiles for its VOD content. In delivering this content, the company’s goal was to maintain high picture quality, ubiquity across bitrates, high availability, and scalability to manage peaks in demand. To meet these requirements, Sky turned to Elemental for its software-defined video solutions.
Director of Broadcast Services, SkyVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
Elemental provided TeraLogics with the perfect marriage of low-latency video processing and best-in-class video quality. To provide FMV to DOD deployments over bandwidth-restricted networks, TeraLogics deployed Elemental Live at one of the DOD’s centralized computing centers. Elemental Live is a powerful encoding solution that leverages the power of commercial off-the-shelf hardware to deliver unprecedented video processing performance, functionality and flexibility. The system generates the multiple resolutions and bitrates needed to support TeraLogics’ dynamic video streaming requirements for the wide range of devices and screens utilized by the DOD.
Manager of the UVDS Project, TeraLogicsVERIFIED REVIEWVERIFIED CURRENT USER
As a fan, one of the most exciting places to experience a sporting event is standing on the sideline. You can hear the on-field chatter, the pump-up speeches and even bits of in-game strategy. Imagine if a similar perspective could be produced for an online audience. When the NexGen Network (NGN) had the initial spark to launch an online network, it was driven by the idea of revolutionizing coverage of the top Ultimate Frisbee (“Ultimate”) events and making the tournament experience accessible to fans everywhere. Ultimate is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and NGN set out to give fans the ability to live stream games, see instant replays from multiple camera angles, listen to color commentary and view high quality on-demand footage of their favorite teams. NGN had a clear picture of the streaming experience it wanted to provide, but could it find a video processing system powerful enough to make it a reality?
With Elemental Live and Elemental Server, TF1 and deltatre were able to create all the streams they needed for this international event. The performance advantage offered with Elemental solutions compared to competing products is clear, but other features and benefits available with Elemental systems made the difference for these two respected companies. TF1 needed a highly flexible platform to meet the complex video requirements of its service providers and they found it in the Elemental Live software. Deltatre expected the highest quality video for coverage of this premier sporting event, which Elemental Server was able to deliver.
While The Great Courses has enjoyed success in selling its video content on DVD, it was eager to explore additional distribution channels and open up new sources of revenue. The company knew it made sense to capitalize on fully produced content by making it digitally available on a broad variety of platforms, allowing The Great Courses to tap into a wider audience than ever before. But, with a library of daunting size to convert, the project needed a powerful transcoding system in place to execute it in a timely fashion.
Technical Advisor, The Great CoursesVERIFIED REVIEW
The Elemental Live Smart Archive feature gives operators real-time controls that are not available with other live encoding solutions. With Elemental Live, content can be easily edited on-the-fly with the ability to manually start, stop and pause a video stream in real time. Alternatively, an archive interval can be set to automatically rollover at specified time periods, eliminating the need for a hands-on operator to monitor file creation. When producing a live event, these controls provide an essential time-saving feature during scheduled breaks or for the creation of VOD content.
To make its content as widely accessible as possible, NASA has a continuous mission to bring its television channel lineup to online viewers. The agency went into the project build-out with a number of important criteria for selecting a partner to help achieve this goal, including solution extensibility, reliability, ability to meet technical requirements and, of course, cost of total acquisition, installation and yearly maintenance. Meeting these criteria was essential in enabling the high quality viewing experience expected from one of the world’s most distinguished agencies.
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