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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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Sky TV New Zealand Launches Sky Go on iOS with Adobe Primetime

Sky TV NZ launched its new Sky Go application for iOS leveraging Adobe Primetime Player SDKs and Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM. The iOS app provides viewers with instant access to 10 premium live-streaming channels and the Android version is scheduled to be released later this year.

Sky TV App

Adobe Primetime DRM recently launched a cloud-based deployment option to complement the on-premises solution. All major studios have approved apps and services that use Adobe’s DECE-approved DRM, which provides an easy-to-deploy, end-to-end DRM solution integrated with the Adobe Primetime Player SDKs. Adobe now offers the ability to run the same DRM-protected video stream on all Adobe Primetime enabled platforms, including desktops (see demo), iOS, Android, Roku, and Xbox — with more to come. The single publishing and monetization workflow leads to significantly lower operational costs.

If you are located in New Zealand, please download the Sky Go application directly from the iOS App Store and let us know what you think. For more information on Adobe Primetime, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, or check out the website.

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Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service and Hardware DRM Support

Today, we announced two exciting new features to the Adobe Primetime DRM (formerly Adobe Access) offering. 1) Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service, and 2) Hardware DRM support on AMD chipsets. DRM is a critical component to enable premium content in early release windows on the web and across mobile devices. This means earlier access to better content for viewers.

Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service

The Primetime Cloud DRM Service makes Primetime DRM easy to deploy. A DRM server requires security knowledge and hardware to be properly installed in a data center environment to fulfill compliance and robustness requirements. DRM deployments now get significantly easier with our new Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service.

This new service is completely managed by Adobe, including robust security through hardware Security Modules (HSMs), redundancy, and scalable architecture are always up-to-date with the compliance and robustness rules. With the Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service, a customer doesn’t need to worry about content delivery because they are out of compliance. Instead, customers can focus on creating and distributing the most engaging content. 

The Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service also dramatically simplifies the DRM operations. Once subscribed, the only step required is local DRM packaging of the content. Adobe Primetime DRM supports desktop, Android, iOS, XBox, Roku and Digital Home devices, and provides broad reach with a single DRM workflow.

Hardware DRM Support on AMD Chipsets

Adobe and AMD partnered in bringing the next level of content protection to desktop computers with AMD APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) or discreet GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). Hardware DRM increases the level of DRM security and robustness. Adobe and AMD believe this is better for consumers, programmers and distributors.

AMD_E_RGBTo learn more about Adobe Primetime DRM, please visit our website.

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M6 Group, Leading TV Programmer in France, Adopts Adobe Primetime to Extend TV Experiences Beyond the Living Room

Speaking with a broad range of the largest television programmers and MSOs recently at IBC and dmexco, it’s clear that consumers across the UK and continental Europe are hungry to watch television and film across devices.

We’re excited to announce that M6 Group, a leading French television broadcaster and member of RTL Group, has selected Adobe Primetime to support its Android-based applications for smartphones and tablet devices. iOS support powered by Adobe Primetime is expected to be available later this year, along with other platforms in the future. With Adobe Primetime, M6 Group can easily and securely deliver simulcast, live and on-demand TV content from its top networks to its customers via mobile apps across devices. We are thrilled to work with M6 Group as our first major TV programmer in France bringing its leading TV brands to audiences across mobile platforms.

(From left to right, M6, W9 and 6ter screenshots from M6 Group’s Android applications, now available for download. Images courtesy of Google Play.)

(From left to right, M6, W9 and 6ter screenshots from M6 Group’s Android applications, now available for download. Images courtesy of Google Play.)

M6 Group, which serves nearly a quarter of the broadcast audience in France, has incorporated some of Adobe Primetime’s components across three of its properties: M6, France’s second most popular channel for viewers under 50; W9, a channel with content for young adults; and 6ter, a channel featuring broad content for the whole family. M6 Group is implementing various Adobe Primetime capabilities, including the Adobe Primetime Player and DRM to provide the best viewing experience of protected premium content. Consumers in France running devices with Android version 2.3.3 and higher can download these applications today to watch content live and on-demand. Future deployments of Adobe Primetime for M6 Group’s iOS applications are expected later this year along with added integration of Adobe Primetime’s ad insertion component.

[UPDATED, 9/25/13] Check out the video testimonial on Adobe Primetime from M6 Group below and stay tuned for more Adobe Primetime updates coming soon!

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Adobe Primetime Ad Serving with IAB VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 Support

Adobe is continuing to invest heavily in our core ad serving capabilities with the general availability launch of Adobe Primetime. As part of our ongoing efforts to lead the industry in video monetization for content programmers and distributors, we’re rolling out significant enhancements to Adobe Primetime Ad Serving (fka Adobe Auditude) to comply with the latest VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 standards. We’re excited to be the only video ad server in the market today that’s capable of both generating and reading VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 ad calls.

The IAB’s Video Ad Serving Template, or VAST, was developed to provide publishers and advertisers with a common language for video player technology. In parallel, the Digital Video Multiple Ad Playlist, or VMAP, was created to detail ad insertion possibilities in instances where a programmer doesn’t control the video player or end-point distribution channel for content it owns.

The purpose of these two standards is to make video advertising more scalable and straightforward for industry participants, and Adobe is happy to announce that our Adobe Primetime Ad Serving is fully VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 compliant. It is capable of both generating and reading VAST 3.0 ad calls, and allowing for inventory rights sharing among programmers and distributors with VMAP 1.0.

Before the introduction of VAST and VMAP, publishers using different players for different playback environments required advertisers to create unique ad responses for each site or device they wished to target. This created significant operational headaches, and limited the amount of money that media buyers were willing to spend on digital video. While earlier versions of VAST allowed advertisers to address these challenges, the standard also laid the groundwork to enable content programmers and distributors to communicate among themselves more efficiently. VAST 3.0 builds further on this foundation.

The latest versions, VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0, add a number of features and enhancements, including new details for the ad response format and how video players interpret and return signals to and from an ad server. According to the IAB:

With VAST 3.0, video players now have the ability to declare which ad formats they support. Five formats are provided as options: Linear Ads, NonLinear Ads, Skippable Linear Ads, Linear Ads with Companions, and Ad Pods (a sequenced group of ads). Skippable Linear Ads and Ad Pods are new formats offered with this release. Some video players choose to only support certain VAST ad formats in accordance with their publishing business model. With VAST 3.0, the guesswork of which VAST ad format a player supports is eliminated.

The VAST ad-­serving process when ads are served directly from a publisher’s system to the video player (Image credit: IAB)

The VAST ad-­serving process when ads are served directly from a publisher’s system to the video player (Image credit: IAB)

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With VMAP, video content owners can exercise control over the ad inventory displayed in their content when they can’t control the video player, to capitalize on advertising while maintaining the integrity of their program content. VMAP enables the content owner to define the ad breaks within their content, including the timing for each break, how many breaks are available, what type of ads and how many are allowed in each break.

A simplified example of the VMAP serving process (Image credit: IAB)

A simplified example of the VMAP serving process (Image credit: IAB)

The primary advantage of VAST 3.0 is that it enables monetization of breaks with multiple ads via a single ad call. This third-party ad server can control the entire ad experience for the break. In combination with VMAP 1.0, this is ideal for full-length TV episodes, which typically have several breaks with more than one ad, and for which inventory splits between the programmer and the distributor are common. With the prior versions of VAST, the ad server could only request and respond to one ad at a time – it wasn’t possible to efficiently support breaks with more than one ad. VAST 2.0 was built for short clips, but VAST 3.0 has been designed for true broadcast-to-IP TV.

Without a VAST 3.0-compliant ad server, a broadcaster will typically have to manually traffic ads against individual ad positions in a single commercial break to prevent an ad from appearing more than once. Implementing competitive blocking and enabling robust analytics and forecasting are similarly labor-intensive. This presents a trafficking nightmare for ad operations – and doesn’t scale.

VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 are especially important for driving broader adoption of TV Everywhere because these protocols enable shared inventory rights between programmers and distributors. Inventory rights sharing requires interoperability between partners’ video players and ad servers, which VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 provide. A distributor who deploys and controls the video player typically has to call a programmer’s ad server to insert ads that the content partner has sold. For example, a programmer may give two of every 20 minutes of ad space to a cable operator for local spots; this type of inventory sharing is made possible with VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 redirects between the content programmer and distributor’s ad servers.

Global broadcasters and distributors like NBC and Comcast are increasingly turning to Adobe Primetime for its unified workflow across publishing, advertising and analytics. Adobe Primetime now features the industry’s only video ad server that can both generate and read VAST 3.0 and VMAP 1.0 ad calls, making the process of fully monetizing broadcast video even simpler for both content programmers and distributors.

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Introducing the Primetime Media Player – A New Way to Distribute, Monetize and Analyze Online Video Content

As part of the major updates announced to Project Primetime today, we’re thrilled to introduce a beta of the Primetime Media Player. At the core of Primetime, this is the industry’s first technology enabling TV content owners and distributors to reach the broadest audience while immediately monetizing online video experiences through seamless ad insertion and analytics. We’re taking several Adobe video technologies and putting them under a single framework to provide a SDK for video content playback on Mac OS and Windows, plus native iOS and Android apps.

The Primetime Media Player allows for a richer, more robust viewing experience on desktops and mobile devices within apps. With seamless ad insertion and native support for protected playback built into the Player, consumers will enjoy faster video load times, fewer playback errors, and a less obtrusive advertising experience.  In short, it just feels like TV.  Consumers will also enjoy greater control over their content experience with support for closed captioning and multiple audio tracks (e.g. Spanish or English) when provided by the video publisher.  The end result is a positive online video playback experience where the consumer gets what they want – when and how they want it.   And, importantly, Primetime Media Player gives publishers and distributors a clear way to drive revenue from their online video experiences, without compromising user experience or audience reach.

Some benefits of the Primetime Media Player include:

  • High-quality Multiple Bit Rate (MBR) video playback support.
  • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support on iOS and Android.
  • HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) support on desktop and Android.
  • Content monetization, including ad insertion capabilities and seamless ad insertion with native integration through Adobe MediaWeaver.
  • Better insight into your consumer viewing habits and stream quality with native integration with Adobe SiteCatalyst.
  • Content Protection and Business Policy Enforcement through Adobe Access – Full DRM and Protected Streaming with selectable output control and key rotation for linear, live and on-demand video.

The Primetime Media Player also offers fully compliant Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) features:

  • Render in-stream closed captioning with built-in support for user-based rendering overrides
  • Native support for multiple audio tracks

We’ve designed the Primetime Media Player with ease-of-deployment in mind. Consumers can take advantage of the Player now with very little effort. The only requirement for desktop experiences is installing Adobe Flash Player (version 11.1 or higher). With iOS and Android, it’s already bundled within native apps so no additional plug-ins or downloads are required.  Content formatting and encryption for desktops, iOS and Android is made easy via Adobe StreamKit, which can be integrated into a third party encoder or run as a separate tool. We will continue to announce support for more web-connected platforms in the future, such as game consoles, Over-the-Top (OTT) devices, and connected TVs. We’re excited to see the Primetime Media Player deliver an improved broadcast TV experience online while consumers reap the benefits.

Check out the video overview of Project Primetime below and our other blogs posts around other Primetime updates: Adobe MediaWeaver, our new ad insertion service, and full integration with Adobe advertising and data solutions. Stay tuned for more updates around Project Primetime coming soon!

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