NexPlayer and Videon Leverage Amazon Web Services to Build an End-to-End Workflow Supporting Low Latency and Synchronized Video Arrival Time

Date: 08/04/2019
NexPlayer and Videon Leverage Amazon Web Services to Build an End-to-End Workflow Supporting Low Latency and Synchronized Video Arrival Time
NexPlayer and Videon today announced support for the synchronization of OTT video arrival times for all end users, featuring interoperability between NexPlayer's Android and iOS player SDKs, AWS Elemental MediaStore and Amazon CloudFront, and Videon's edge compute encoders.
Media organizations wanting to launch interactive services in order to increase audience engagement and grow their subscriber base face two major hurdles: high latency and unsynchronized video.
NexPlayer is a media player for Android, iOS, smart TVs, set-top boxes, and mobile and desktop browsers, providing high-quality playback and advanced feature sets. To support low latency and synchronization with both HLS and DASH, NexPlayer has dedicated APIs to ensure immediate playback upon arrival of the video segments and to manage buffer size. Other advanced features supported by NexPlayer include offline playback, Widevine DRM on all Android and iOS devices, time-shifting, 360-degree video, and dynamic thumbnails.
Videon's edge compute encoder platform moves compute and time-intensive cloud processes such as transcoding, transrating, and format packaging to the edge and reduces latency by outputting HLS and DASH directly from the encoder. Extending these features to include integration with NexPlayer adds another level of capability thanks to NexPlayer's device synchronization technology.
AWS Media Services make it fast and easy to transport, prepare, process, and deliver broadcast and over-the-top video from Amazon Web Services (AWS). These pay-as-you-go services offer the video infrastructure users need to deliver great viewing experiences on multiple screens.
Services supported by this workflow include AWS Elemental MediaStore and Amazon CloudFront. AWS Elemental MediaStore is an AWS storage service optimized for media. It gives users the performance, consistency, and low latency required to deliver live and on-demand video content. AWS Elemental MediaStore acts as the origin store in the user's video workflow. Amazon CloudFront is a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment.
"It's simply a matter of letting each piece of the workflow do what it does best," says Todd Erdley, CEO of Videon. "We take care of the computationally intense processes with our hardware and let the cloud handle storage and distribution. Enabling this with AWS Elemental and NexPlayer ensures a great experience for customers."
"As an increasing number of live events are viewed via OTT platforms, it has become essential for video service providers to implement low latency and video synchronization to match broadcast quality," says Carlos Lucas, general manager of NexPlayer. "These features can also be used to launch innovative services built around interactivity, like live trivia, polls, and betting."
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About NexPlayer
NexPlayer is the market-leader media player SDK for premium video apps. NexPlayer is a player for Android, iOS, Smart TVs, STBs, and mobile/desktop browsers. NexPlayer is integrated into the OTT platforms of tier 1 video service providers including HBO, Sky, Turner, BT, and AT&T. NexPlayer is the only media player supporting Widevine DRM on all Android and iOS devices, with both HLS & DASH. NexPlayer's code is 100% developed and controlled in-house, differentiating it from alternative solutions based on risky open-source technology.
About Videon
Videon Central is a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD encoding and streaming products that enable prosumers and professionals to move media from any source to any screen. While the company's streaming systems enable simpler, more economical streaming of high-quality video, its modules and services help manufacturers bring their products to fruition. Through partnerships with leading silicon and software companies, Videon technology has been incorporated into over 30 million devices. Videon simply moves media. More information is available at www.videon-central.com
All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.


Tags: NexPlayer | Videon | Amazon Web Services | End-to-End Workflow | Low Latency | Synchronized Video | Arrival Time | NAB 2019 | NAB 2019
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