Elemental Provides Unified Headend and HEVC Delivery Platform for STN
STN, which was founded in 2004, has grown significantly to become a global telecommunications hub, or teleport, leader. The privately-owned business, which has scaled from a European to a global customer base and to more than 650 channels in just 11 years, reported a year-over-year revenue increase of 15 percent in 2015. STN provides a broad portfolio of broadcast and media solutions to clients around the world, including playout, multicast and uplink. At the core of the company’s offer is an extensive fiber infrastructure which powers the most efficient delivery possible of services to different geographical markets, global CDNs, and for uplink connections in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia as well as to local satellite dishes in Europe.
“Consumers around the world have a rapidly increasing requirement to consume content in all formats on all platforms. STN is expanding quickly to help our customers meet this demand,” said Tomaz Lovsin, Chief Technical Officer for STN. “The ability of Elemental software to support multiple compression and adaptive bitrate formats within a unified headend for broadcast and OTT delivery is driving massive efficiencies for STN. Choosing technology from Elemental affirms our reputation for using the highest quality.”
STN is working on an expanding project to deliver more than 20 high-definition (HD) channels of general entertainment content for a single client, with the goal of reaching as many screens as possible. To achieve this, STN will use Elemental Live managed by Elemental Conductor to transcode channel content in six different profiles for adaptive streaming. To optimize the workflow for the highest possible quality, feeds from a local playout system will be used. To assure that quality, reliability and security requirements for content delivery networks are met, profiles are published on Elemental Delta origin servers where CDNs can pick up the content for multiscreen OTT delivery.
“Elemental is the last device on a signal path and it can materially affect the image quality,” said Lovsin. “Good compression should deliver video that closely matches the original while simultaneously achieving the smallest bitrate, and this is exactly what Elemental gives us.”
“STN has achieved remarkable success very quickly, because it delivers the highest service standards,” said John Nemeth, Vice President, Field Operations - EMEA for Elemental. “With our HEVC transcoding capability, a core requirement for STN – we are able to deliver quality and efficiency STN requires. Furthermore, Elemental provides a flexible architecture that allows STN to grow rapidly, and to develop new services like high quality OTT and, in the future, Ultra HD.”
Since its foundation in 2004, STN, the Satellite Telecommunications Network, has significantly grown to become a leading global teleport. With world-class facilities that elevate industry standards, it provides a vast array of modern broadcast solutions. STN’s clients are from all around the world, and receive superior quality services that include multiple solutions, satellites and platforms. By using the most effective technology on the market, STN is able to maximize the broadcasting possibilities and deliver cost-effective solutions. STN serves regional markets in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Elemental Technologies, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) company, empowers media companies to deliver premium video experiences to consumers. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company pioneered the use of software-based video processing to distribute and monetize video over the internet. As the leader in software-defined video solutions, Elemental powers video infrastructure for more than 850 top-tier media franchises worldwide and helps pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters and enterprise customers bring video content to any screen, anytime – all at once. Elemental solutions are deeply integrated with AWS services, giving video providers the ability to quickly, easily and economically scale workflows on-premises or in the cloud.