WISI ABR transcoding approved for Minerva YourTV Now cloud video

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 
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WISI Powers ABR Transcoding at the Edge for Minerva Networks & Com Net Inc Cloud Service

  • Minerva Networks and Com Net Inc (CNI) recently approved WISI, a leading provider of carrier-grade video solutions, for customer installations within their cloud video service Minerva YourTV Now.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Minerva Networks and Com Net Inc (CNI) recently approved WISI, a leading provider of carrier-grade video solutions, for customer installations within their cloud video service Minerva YourTV Now. WISI’s Inca Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) Transcoder 3840, a high-density and power-efficient OTT transcoder with market-leading cost per stream, provides telco and cable operators with significant cost and space savings compared with other transcoding vendors.

CNI has operated as a centralized headend for 22 companies in Ohio and Michigan for 15 years. They have recently started an exclusively nationwide partnership with Minerva Networks, a leading provider of advanced pay television services, to power their white-labelled, centrally hosted ABR solution, which delivers advanced pay TV services to set-top boxes and multiscreen devices, nationwide.

Minerva YourTV Now features an optional full channel lineup of ABR streams, allowing operators to launch new OTT TV services.

Operators add local content to the Minerva YourTV Now cloud service by receiving and transcoding these channels on-prem and then delivering them to CNI’s centralized headend. Processing these local services can be costly for operators depending on the transcoder selected.

“Transcoding at the edge can really eat up space and power if you’re not careful. The Inca 3840 ABR gives our customers the benefit of a smaller footprint,” said Randy Plaisier, CTO at CNI. “WISI’s product provides substantial power and cost savings for transcoding local services to multiple bitrate profiles.”

CNI’s longstanding relationship with WISI and the Inca product line was a factor in choosing WISI for this new service. CNI has enjoyed working with Inca products over the past 8 years because of the sophisticated, easy-to-use user interface and unparalleled, responsive technical support.

“The ease of configuration is a bonus when choosing WISI. With the Inca product line, set-up and deployment is very intuitive,” said Plaisier.

“From the first time we dealt with Inca (WISI), support was unbelievable. If we had any issue, we could contact support and get results almost immediately. It was unbelievable then and still unbelievable now,” said Plaisier.

The 3840ABR is available now for OTT video delivery and includes options for chassis redundancy, automatic source failover and dual redundant AC or DC power.

The CNI powered Minerva service is available now in North America.

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