Global telco Orange has upgraded its IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video delivery architecture with a Harmonic live encoding and transcoding platform.
Orange’s channel offering includes 160 standard-definition (SD) and 30 high-definition (HD) channels for OTT, and 126 SD and 40 HD channels for IPTV. At the heart of the workflow is the Electra software-based system, which offers Orange a unified solution for both IPTV and OTT delivery to approximately 6.6 million subscribers in France.
The new infrastructure is said to allow Orange to streamline operations and gain the flexibility to reuse system capacity as its needs evolve over time. Harmonic claims that by using Electra convergent workflows, Orange can grow its OTT revenues while still powering its traditional IPTV business. By supporting next-generation codecs like HEVC and offering clustering capabilities, Orange will be able to deliver higher video resolution in the future, up to Ultra HD HDR, at low bit rates.