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April 02, 2012

Microsoft News - Imagine ICE Video Platform Qualified for Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV

By Sujata Garud, TMCnet Contributor

Imagine Communications announced its ICE Video Platform IPTV transcoder has successfully qualified for both 1.0 and 2.0 versions of Microsoft (News - Alert) Mediaroom Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) platform. The platform is the perfect solution for IPTV service providers who want to deploy more channels with higher picture quality, and then quickly add support for multiple devices such as tablets, PCs and smartphones.

The ICE Video Platform integrates audio and video transcoding in the same platform as Picture-in-Picture (PIP) creation, multiscreen transcoding and multi-format media streaming. As a result, it provides an all-in-one solution for quality, scalability and reliability.

 Imagine's ICE Video Platform currently serves thousands of live streams to over 20 million North American households. It is a powerful, multi-codec, multi-rate, multi-resolution video processing platform. Service providers can deliver an unparalleled viewing experience for linear IPTV (News - Alert) broadcasting and multiscreen transcoding.

“We're excited to be the first few transcoding solutions qualified for the Mediaroom 2.0 platform,” said Scott Solovei, Imagine's Director of Market Development. “As our IPTV customers and partners are planning their own migrations to Mediaroom 2.0, we're ready to assist that transition and ensure the highest quality of experience for their customers and subscribers.”

The Microsoft Mediaroom Interoperability and Qualification Lab (IQ Lab) program is designed to facilitate flawless interoperability and compliance of equipment used in Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0 deployments. As a part of IQ Lab program, the test was administered by Tech Mahindra Corp.

“Best picture quality, system density and reliability are still the calling cards for the ICE Video Platform, but as the IPTV ecosystem continues its upgrade cycle, it's just as important to ensure we're meeting our customers' demands for flawless interoperability, so Mediaroom 2.0 qualification is critical," Solovei added.

Imagine Communications was recently in the news when it announced a system upgrade to its ICE Video Platform, the video processing solution.

Edited by Braden Becker

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