Streaming for Video

StReam any format and bit rate over global IP networks

Today’s live video opportunities demand new transport solutions that use Internet (IP) networks in place of legacy satellite delivery and dedicated fiber networks. As a result, various kinds of technologies and services have been introduced over the past several years that have attempted to deliver video reliably over the Internet such as services that use forward error correction (FEC) over UDP and TCP-based distribution. However, these technologies have not been able to provide the consistently exceptional broadcast quality and “zero-delay” experience provided by traditional satellite backhaul and transmission: Neither FEC over UDP nor TCP networks can guarantee live transmission rates over commodity Internet with variable round trip time and packet loss, and unlimited data rates. Aspera's video streaming software built on top of the FASPStream protocol is the world's first terrestrial solution to provide as good or better transport results as satellite and fiber delivery, but at a much lower cost. 

The Streaming for Video software solution was created from the ground up by Aspera with the potential to revolutionize the way that live and near-live video is transported. Broadcast video transport over long distances (ingest and backhaul, pitch and distribution) has traditionally relied on linear satellite systems. However, satellite and fiber transport has significant limitations for today’s Internet video demands, where video is produced anywhere and everywhere, and consumer appetite for live and interactive second-screen video is explosive. 

USE CASES

MEDIA Contribution, DISTRIBUTION and Processing

  • Accelerate media ingest delivery and/or content distribution
  • Inline transcoding: Begin encoding process while the transfer is still in progress
  • Remote production of live events in near-real time

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS 

Saves considerable costs by reducing or fully replacing satellite delivery services with much more affordable terrestrial IP networks.

EXTRAORDINARY VIDEO DELIVERY QUALITY OVER COMMODITY INTERNET

Guarantees timely arrival of live video and data with glitch-free play out and negligible start up delay/pre-buffering, independent of network round-trip delay and packet loss .

SEAMLESS WORKFLOW integration with CLOUD and HYBRID environments

Enables video on demand and production workflows for transcoding and distribution by seamlessly integrating with modern cloud computing environments, unlike satellite delivery systems that require huge investments of capital or long startup times that are impractical for one-time events and modern on-location original programming and news.

EXCEPTIONAL SPEED AND BANDWIDTH

Fully utilizes the available bandwidth of commodity IP networks to send and receive broadcast quality video streams at maximum speed, regardless of distance or network conditions.

SECURE Streaming WITH PRECISE MONITORING AND CONTROL

Achieves high-speed, robust and reliable streaming with end-to-end progress reporting and performance monitoring. All FASPStreams are encrypted in transit and security authenticated using standard public/private key authentication or Aspera's multi-tenant access key system.

Aspera Streaming for Video is built on the FASPStream transport, a new breakthrough alternative for Internet video transport. At the core of this software is Aspera's patented FASP transport technology that now provides fully reliable in-order byte stream delivery for live feeds over commodity IP networks using the new FASPStream architecture.

QUALITY VIDEO DELIVERY

  • Glitch-free play out with negligible start up delay at “any” Internet distance
  • Less than 2 seconds of delay from live for 50 Mbps video sources over global Internet networks with round-trip delays of 200 milliseconds and 2% packet loss and for 10 Mbps sources over networks with 500 milliseconds round trip delay and 5% packet loss

Stream Provider and Receiver interoperability

  • Transport any live video source available on local multicast, unicast UDP, unicast TCP, or growing file source and will output video to the same options.
  • Provides a uniform lossless, in-order byte stream transport that equally supports constant bit rate and adaptive bit rate formats with performance independent of video encoding details

RELIABILITY AND MULTI-ENDPOINT CAPABILITY

  • One stream source can be sent to multiple destinations concurrently and provides built-in path redundancy
  • Server hosts are natively clustered; stream sessions failover automatically to another host
  • Aspera management services automatically reconnect and restart failed streams on network outage 

Robust SECURITY and authentication 

  • All FASPStreams are encrypted in transit and security authenticated using standard public/private key authentication or Aspera’s multi-tenant access key system
  • Built in access control policies can be used to restrict stream providers and consumers by stream protocol, IP address, and ports

Aspera Interoperability and Management

  • FASPStream sessions are designed for full interoperability with the Aspera file transfer stack including writing to cloud based “object” storage.
  • RESTful APIs allow production workflow and broadcast management systems to manage streams and provide status
  • Stream sources can include cloud and on premises transcoders / encoders that read from stream and file, or provide stream outputs or growing files.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEMS

  • Linux 64-bit: Ubuntu 12-14, RedHat 6-7, CentOS 6-7, Fedora 16-20, Debian 6-7, SLES 11-12 Kernel 2.4 or higher and libc version GLIB 2.3.4+

ASPERA SOFTWARE PREREQUISITES

  • All host computers or appliances need a Streaming for Video license, please contact Aspera Sales for more information.

PACKAGING of Streaming for Video's CONNECTION MANAGER (Preview only)

Connection Manager will be available as a set of capabilities included in the next release of the Aspera Streaming for Video offering. The Connection Manager capabilities will serve as the primary user interface and will be packaged and installed as a web application with a containerized deployment.

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What's New in StreamING for Video 3.8

Aspera Streaming for Video includes a user interface for starting, stoping and viewing streams with support for bi-directional streaming protocols/formats such as RTMP.

Connection Launching and Visibility

  • Easy configuration of FASPStream (ascp4) sessions via a simple web-based user interface (mode, source, destination, rates, security credentials, etc.)
  • Instant control to start, stop and monitor your connections and streams
  • View all of your streams and their status, with thumbnails of the content and key metadata (source, destination, resolution, bitrate, frame rate, video and audio codecs, format)

Integration and APIs

  • Aspera Streaming for Video includes full suite of API's that allow for easy embedding into 3rd party applications and workflows.

Preview of Streaming for Video 3.9 with Connection Manager

A preview of the upcoming Connection Manager showcases a robust, easy-to-use web application in Streaming for Video that enables:

  • Auto-discovery of network streaming devices for fast, simple set up 
  • Centralized monitoring of streaming network devices (online/offline) 
  • Location status (online/offline) and management features 
  • View devices, streams and connections from any vantage point (both sending and receiving locations)