Motama GmbH

2010-08-16

Motama extends TVCaster series to drive advanced IPTV services

Motama's product family now provides high density servers with up to 10 tuners and support for descrambling of Pay-TV

Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), meaning the transmission of digital television over the Internet or local area IP networks, is becoming increasingly important. IPTV not only allows for serving millions of users with broadband content, but also provides transmission of content in hospitality and health care, in universities, schools, and corporations, and in IP networks in private homes.

Motama, a leading supplier of distributed multimedia solutions, presents the next generation of rack mountable 19" server appliances for IPTV, called TVCaster. TVCaster is a turn-key solution offering all cutting-edge functionality you expect from an integrated DVB receiver, descrambler, remultiplexer, and IP streaming server.

Two new products available as of today extend the TVCaster product family: TVCaster 300-S2 CI and TVCaster 1000-S2 CI. Both allow for the streaming of SDTV and HDTV channels received by DVB-S/S2 in IP networks. As new feature, these products support descrambling of TV streams: Both appliances provide two Common Interface (CI) slots to hold Conditional Access Modules (CAM) for Pay-TV. TVCaster 300-S2 CI offers an entry-class server with 3 satellite tuners in a 2U rack mountable unit. TVCaster 1000-S2 CI represents the flagship of the product family. Its 10 satellite tuners within a 3U appliance offer optimal costs-per-tuner and highest density. It allows for streaming up to 80 SDTV or 50 HDTV channels with a single system.

All TVCaster servers (200-S2, 300-S2 CI, and 1000-S2 CI) can be seamlessly combined to create a scalable cluster of streaming appliances. The number of tuners can simply be extended with additional appliances at any time. Set up and control of the cluster is available with a single log-in to a streamlined Web interface. The redundancy and failover management features of the TVCaster product family allow for meeting the requirements of large installations and greatly reduce operational costs.

While traditional DVB gateways only support re-transmission of content, all TVCaster appliances support different modes: When set up to Corporate Mode, streaming live TV as UDP or RTP streams serves large groups of users using unicast or multicast networking. In Home Mode, each tuner can be assigned to a specific user or client device, which allows to access the full selection of TV channels with ultra-fast channel switching times. In Middleware Mode, the TVCaster acts as freely programmable stream processing appliance which can be seamlessly integrated into customized IPTV workflows, also including a TCP based reliable and optimized transmission of Live-TV.

The free Software Development Kit (SDK) allows customers to easily access and configure all these features. It also includes source code for a streaming client demonstrating ultra-fast channel switching. The SDK is based on the award-winning Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) by Motama and available Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Visit Motama at www.motama.com/tvcaster.html and order your TVCaster appliances starting from today.

Motama GmbH

Motama is specialized in designing and developing distributed and networked multimedia systems - spanning from embedded and mobile systems, to PCs, to large-scale computing clusters. The company's key technology provides a ground-breaking new software solution - called Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) - that drives innovative products of world leaders in the areas of home entertainment, building technologies, and content processing and distribution. Motama's middleware technology operates cross-platform, meaning that arbitrary networking technologies and various operating systems are supported in combination. Founded in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2005 as spin-off company from the Computer Graphics Lab at Saarland University, Motama today offers commercial and Open Source versions of its software. Further information about Motama is available from www.motama.com

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