DAILY NEWS Apr 24, 2013 8:35 AM - 0 comments

CBC Implements Video Stream Performance, Optimization Tools

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Canada’s national broadcaster is working with a California based Video-over-IP firm to provide viewer analytics and optimized broadband content delivery.

The CBC is working with video stream optimizer Conviva on the integration of its pre-emptive optimization and per-viewer performance analytics tools for an enhanced TV experience on any device.

The agreement with CBC and Conviva adds Conviva’s flagship pre-emptive adjustment product, Precision Video, and also provides instant visibility with its analytics offering, Insights. The goal is online video delivery without buffering and stuttering for a better customer experience, the companies describe, leading to increased viewer engagement and monetization opportunities.

This new solution will provide CBC with the most in-depth view into what individual viewers are seeing and how content is performing for them. Additionally, it will take action to improve the delivery of every stream to avoid quality degradations and outages. CBC will integrate analytics inside their control room, allowing them to monitor the user experience 24/7.

Conviva says that, in the U.S. alone, roughly 60% of all streams experience quality degradations; what's more, viewers watch 250% more when they have an optimal experience with fast start-up, little buffering and a high sustained bitrate.

“Providing a quality experience online, one that properly reflects the premium content and brand of CBC, is imperative for our success,” explains Rob Fullerton, Platform Product Manager, CBC. “Real-time visibility and providing exceptional video quality without buffering and stuttering is important to our brand and our viewers, and Conviva provides a solution for these challenges.”

Conviva’s Precision Video utilizes the real time, per-viewer intelligence and develops advanced algorithms to foresee how a viewer’s local environment and the Internet at large will affect their picture quality and viewing experience.

“We are delighted to expand our global presence and support one of Canada’s largest providers who is delivering the quality experience viewers expect and deserve in a TV Everywhere society,” said Darren Feher, CEO, Conviva. “The only way to protect viewers from the volatility of an IPTV offering is a pre-emptive solution, everything else is too late, as viewers have already been impacted by poor quality.”

Conviva provides pre-emptive video stream optimization and viewer analytics for leading media brands, including HBO, ESPN, VEVO, MLB, NBCU, Turner and ABC. Conviva is based in Silicon Valley, with offices in New York and London.

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