Archive for February, 2014

Adobe & RDK – Powering Next Generation In-Home TV Experiences (Part 2)

Adobe has a rich legacy of leading the delivery of Internet video (IP video), with Adobe Flash Player powering the vast majority of desktop video experiences. Today, Adobe Primetime’s IP video leadership powers numerous live and on-demand video experiences across iOS and Android devices, such as NBC Sports Live Extra and Comcast’s XFINITY TV Go apps. However, what is less known is that Adobe Primetime technology is pre-integrated with the next generation set top boxes including the Comcast X1 Platform based on the Reference Design Kit (RDK).

       

Comcast has integrated Adobe Primetime inside of its shipping set top box implementation of the RDK Media Framework and actively uses Adobe capabilities for full-featured TV experiences delivered over the Internet. Adobe provides critical capabilities that enhance the viewing experience including:

  • DRM and content protection

  • Live and Video On Demand playback

  • Offline playback

  • HD video playback

  • Adaptive bitrate

  • Trick play

  • DVR

  • Alternate audio

  • Closed captioning

  • Support for SCTE-style digital program insertion (DPI) signaling

  • Dynamic ad insertion with blackout signaling

Adobe is proud of the contributions we’ve made to IP video delivery over the past 12 years and watching the incredible experiences that our customers offer to push the industry forward. Adobe’s support for the next generation set top boxes and the evolution of video delivery innovation is changing how we engage with video in and beyond the living room.

Video operators considering using the RDK can easily leverage the core features of Adobe Primetime as part of their RDK implementation. To learn more about RDK, visit the website. To learn more about Adobe Primetime, visit our website. If you would like to experience Adobe Primetime in action, check out The X1 Platform by XFINITY from Comcast.

[View part one of the blog post here.]

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Adobe & RDK – Powering Next Generation In-Home TV Experiences (Part 1)

The way we all watch TV is changing, and lots of people in the industry are excited about playing a part in the transformation of how video is delivered and consumed. It’s no longer about the 1000 channel universe – it is now much bigger and more relevant to the consumer.

The relationship with our TV is changing and we demand more from the big screen that sits in the center of our living room — and from the companies who provide news and entertainment. Additionally, our relationship and expectations with those who we pay for access to video is also changing and there are more and more ways to get great content on that big screen.

Adobe is coming to a living room near you to help pay-TV servce providers deliver the experiences you want. Through long-standing partnerships with video operators, chipset vendors, set top box manufactures and an industry group known as RDK Management, LLC, Adobe is leveraging its core DNA in video delivery, video experience, protection, analytics and advertising to help change the way consumers enjoy TV.

Cable companies, telcos, satellite companies and industry groups are responding to consumer demand and changing how they think about the delivery of video services into the home. Large broadcasters are not the only source of TV programming now — the staid set-top box (STB) is getting a whole lot smarter.

The evolution of pay TV will affect everything from how you interact with your channel guide, record shows, search for video-on-demand (VOD), and watch TV on mobile devices. So how do we make the experience better? First, STB manufacturers like Pace, Arris, Cisco, and Technicolor agree to a common set of standards. Then, leading pay-TV service providers, such as Comcast, DirecTV, and Liberty Global, and leaders in TV Everywhere and IPTV delivery such as Adobe, collaborate and develop a common software framework that can evolve as fast as your mobile phone. The result is delivering the best video experience in your living room. So the industry collaborated, and the result is the Reference Design Kit (RDK).

Image courtesy of Reference Design Kit (http://rdkcentral.com/about-rdk/)

Image courtesy of Reference Design Kit (http://rdkcentral.com/about-rdk/)

Companies like Comcast that took the lead in this development use RDK to power its X1 operating system, delivering a much richer experience to their subscribers, and expand the traditional cable box into an intelligent gateway that can support video apps. Other top-tier global companies such as Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable and Kabel Deutschland are also leveraging the RDK to significantly improve the viewing experience.

In this video, Comcast discussed how they’re working with Adobe to create next-generation television experiences for their subscribers:

[View part two of the blog post here.]

 

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Adobe Primetime Wins 2013 Digiday Video Award

It’s been quite a week for the Adobe Primetime team – from receiving a 2014 SIIA Content CODiE Award in the “Best Video Platform for Media & Publishers” category to announcing that NBC Sports is using Adobe Primetime to power the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the U.S. across desktops and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, and others. We also released a Q4 Digital Video Benchmark Report, which looks at digital video viewing trends and offers some predictions based on 22.5 billion online video starts, 574 million authenticated streams (TV Everywhere), and survey results from 400 U.S. sports viewers about their new viewing habits. All of this momentum further validates the work we’re doing with Adobe Primetime to deliver an amazing broadcast TV experience to every IP-connected device.

To cap off a great week, we’re thrilled to be a recipient of a 2013 Digiday Video Award for “Best Video Technology Innovation.” The Digiday Video Awards honor overall excellence and breakthrough achievement in video media, marketing and advertising by recognizing brands, agencies, publishers and technology providers. Winners were announced at an award ceremony in New York City on Thursday night. We would like to thank the judges for honoring our achievements with Adobe Primetime alongside our industry colleagues. There’s a lot of innovative work happening with TV Everywhere, and we’re glad to be part of it by leading the industry forward.

For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, and check out the website.

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Adobe Primetime & NBC Sports Go for the Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Adobe Primetime has been powering NBC Sports across screens since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. By gathering feedback directly from NBC and its viewers, we’ve continually enhanced Adobe Primetime — and the result is a more dynamic, more engaging viewing experience, on more screens, for sports fans everywhere.

Today, we announced that NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Adobe Primetime to power the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the U.S. across desktops and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, and others.

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Here are some highlights of the upcoming Olympics experience for viewers:

  1. Comprehensive coverage across more screens and device types. For the first time, every event will be available on every connected screen, live and on-demand. This means that viewers will be able to watch the action as it unfolds on any device, or view it later with full event replay. With the Sochi Games, we’ve expanded coverage to the X1 Platform by XFINITY from Comcast — the first IP-based set-top box to deliver live coverage through Adobe Primetime.

  2. Simplifying the authentication process. We’re working with five MVPDs to make watching the Games on devices as easy as changing the channel. Subscribers of Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Midcontinent pay-TV services will be able to bypass the login page of the NBC Sports Live Extra experience when accessing the site and apps from within their homes.

  3. Delivering on the promise of dynamic advertising. In another industry first, broadcast television commercials will be replaced dynamically across every screen for live and on-demand viewing. NBC Sports is leveraging its legacy ad serving infrastructure for campaign management and ad decisioning, while Adobe Primetime will handle the ad insertion process to manipulate and weave content and ads together into a single stream. The result is more-relevant ads, a buffer-free viewing experience, and more ad revenue for NBC.

In addition to all the enhancements to improve the viewing experience, we’re also continuing to work hard to scale our offering for NBC and other broadcasters and MVPDs. Advancements like enterprise-grade outage protection will ensure uninterrupted delivery for NBC’s broadcast operations team, and our work with Microsoft via Windows Azure Media Services (see press release) makes it even easier for programmers and operators to embrace cloud-based video delivery.

Our Adobe Digital Index team also released a Q4 Digital Video Benchmark Report, which looks at digital video viewing trends and offers some predictions based on 22.5 billion online video starts, 574 million authenticated streams (TV Everywhere), and survey results from 400 U.S. sports viewers about their new viewing habits.

We hope you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics as never before — on the IP-connected screen of your choice, live and on-demand — and that the Adobe Primetime-enabled viewing experience shows you that the future of TV is here.

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