WISI is introducing a new professional broadcast platform for small and regional TV broadcasters, and TV and video service providers.
Firefly, which makes its debut at ANGA COM is an end-to-end solution from playout to headend, complementing the delivery of video via satellite and dedicated lines.
The Firefly solution uses HLS for cost-effective linear TV delivery to headends over the internet. It also provides new options for cable network operators, and enables the hospitality industry to enhance existing offers with additional content and video services. This could include bringing overseas channels that cannot be received via satellite to international audiences.
At the heart of the solution is an http based protocol that provides a robust transfer of video data streams over the internet. The Firefly HLS IRD can receive HLS file segments in a headend through IP streaming, and convert these to outputs such as QAM, DVB-T, ASI, ISDB-T and FM radio.
Optional features for the Firefly HLS IRD include an integrated modulator for digital and analog distribution (QAM, PAL, NTSC, SECAM, FM, COFDM etc.), scrambler, descrambler, IP multicast and unicast, multiplexer and de-multiplexer.
Broadcasting and streaming products have been developed by WISI’s Canadian subsidiary Inca Networks. The INCA 4400 transcoder and the INCA 5420 packager and origin server transcode and package the channels and transmit them as unicast HLS stream via the public Internet to the Firefly HLS IRD.