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MediaKind Integrates the Zixi SDVP for IP Video Delivery

Tue 13, 04 2021

Ensures reliable and cost-effective broadcast quality video using flexible deployment architectures

WALTHAM, MA Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any-IP, and award winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced an integration and partnership with MediaKind, a global leader in media technology and services whose mission is to continuously improve the ability of service providers, operators, content owners and broadcasters, to acquire and dynamically deliver high-quality content that transports viewers towards truly extraordinary experiences.

MediaKind has integrated Zixi in the CE Mini contribution encoder, a cost effective, low power, small form factor device that enables TV Service Providers delivering broadcast-quality live video reliably over managed or unmanaged IP networks. Part of MediaKind’s leading end-to-end portfolio of contribution and direct-to-consumer video service distribution media solutions, which can connect to professional or pro-sumer cameras via SDI or HDMI interfaces, and provides MPEG-4 AVC or HEVC video encoding as well as a range of audio encoding options. The CE Mini provides the compression performance expected from a MediaKind professional contribution encoder making it ideal for many live video contribution use cases and is particularly suited to delivering live video into public cloud instances or social media platforms. The CE Mini provides the video and audio compression together with the security and error protection required to provide a reliable contribution link.

With the increasing adoption of remote production and the use of cloud-based video production tools, many content creators must address the challenge of how to push high quality video and audio into the cloud over unmanaged IP links, reliably and at an acceptable latency. To overcome these issues, Zixi is natively integrated in, and standard on all MediaKind CE Mini encoders, able to stream to any deployed Zixi Broadcaster. Zixi ZEN Master is also integrated to enable users to manage large-scale configurations and orchestrate, analyze, monitor, alert and report on live video streams and devices across the Zixi Enabled Network of customers, integrated hardware and software applications and platforms and service providers standardized on Zixi.

Low latency error free transport over IP networks is critical to TV service providers contributing and delivering live video over unmanaged IP networks. The Zixi protocol is a resilient congestion and network-aware protocol that adjusts to varying network conditions and employs patented, dynamic Forward Error Correction techniques for error-free video transport over IP with 99.9999% uptime at minimal latency. It provides best-in-class security with DTLS and AES encryption, allows for protected multicast transport, provides bandwidth efficiency and enables encoder backpressure.

“With Zixi’s excellent reputation for delivering live, broadcast-quality video our customers have asked that we integrate the SDVP,” said Boris Felts, Head of Products, MediaKind. “We are happy to partner with Zixi and deliver best in class solutions to the market, that will allow our customers to seamlessly leverage proven architectures with market tested technology.”

“Some of the world’s biggest brands have been asking for the Zixi-integrated MediaKind offering,” said John Wastcoat, SVP Alliances and Marketing, Zixi. “This is a great first step in our partnership, and we look forward to expanded collaboration with incremental products later in the year.”

About Zixi

Zixi provides a cloud based and on-premises Software-Defined Video Platform that enables reliable broadcast-quality video delivery over any IP network, any protocol, any cloud provider and any edge device. The company offers technologies for broadcasters, enterprises, over-the-top video providers, and mobile service providers around the world. The SDVP makes it easy and economical for media companies to source, manage, localize, and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels in broadcast QoS, securely and at scale, using any form of IP network or Hybrid IP environments. Zixi provides enhanced control in large complex networks with ZEN Master, a live video orchestration and telemetry control plane  that provides visual tools to configure, orchestrate, and monitor live broadcast channels and events across industry protocols.  Over 10+ years, the Zixi Enabled Network (ZEN) has grown to over 250 OEM and service providers and serves well over 700 customers representing most of the top media brands around the world with 20,000+ channels delivered daily. www.zixi.com

About MediaKind

MediaKind is a global change leader in media technology and services. Its mission is to deliver transformation by building a continuously better media universe alongside its customers and partners. Drawing on a pioneering industry heritage and fueled by innovation, MediaKind embraces and champions new standards, methodologies, and next-generation, immersive live and on-demand media experiences worldwide. Its end-to-end media solutions portfolio includes Emmy award-winning video compression for contribution and direct-to-consumer video service distribution, advertising and content personalization, high-efficiency cloud DVR, and TV and video delivery platforms.  For more information, please visit: www.mediakind.com

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