What is Cloud to Cable TV?
Use Case : Music for Cable | Amplify your Reach®
First Patent is Allowed and will be granted
The patent filed for an important component of the “CloudtoCableTV” architecture has received a “Notice of Allowance” meaning that a patent will be granted as soon as fees are paid by me. I will also file for continuations and other divisional, including the European Patent Office action that is also pending as part of a PCT Filing. This is the first patent created and issued at the “EGLAVATOR”
Creating any “TV/Cable Network” is difficult. The complexity of content distribution to cable/mobile operators (“affiliates”) is enormous and requires time, effort, lots of capital, and the use of multiple complex technologies. As one example, satellite time required to distribute TV/music content cost thousands if not millions of dollars per year. In the case of music distribution, this is more complex, as revenues may need to be split among multiple brokers and intermediate agents.
Additionally, current cable TV subscribers want to consume their TV and music content ontheir mobile devices and tablets. Users want to enjoy their cable TV subscriptions at home, school and office, — any time, any where.
Over-the-Top Platforms (OTT) are widely used today to sell individual subscriptions but not that many systems can reach out to millions of viewers without Cable TV’s help. Hence, Cable TV distribution provides a volume monetization outlet by tapping into millions of subscribers worldwide. Cable TV is the best monetization outlet for new networks including music channels, TV, and video Video on Demand (VOD) content.
In this white paper, we introduce MEVIA as a novel platform solution for content distribution to mobile, web, and Cable/Satellite TV systems. MEVIA effectively reduces cost and maximizes returns.
MEVIA is a unifiedmultimedia platform that enables quick and easy distribution of TV, video, and music package content to cable and mobile operators. MEVIA connects the worlds of web/mobile with Communications Service Provider (CSP) or Multi-System Operator (MSO) content distribution headends.
Our “Cloud to Cable” technology is a patented system that distributes and delivers TV, music, and video channels to satellite and cable TV operators as well as to mobile/web, providing a unified user experience. MEVIA is true to our “Amplify your reach®”slogan.
When a content owner decides to distribute their content with MEVIA, the first step is to load TV feeds, music assets, and/or video content into MEVIA storage or ingest servers. The content is then made available securely in all the affiliate systems on Cable TV and mobile/web distribution via our mobile application. Finally, a content ownermay define special playlists and grid programming.Different pricing structures can be enables such as on aper subscriber-basis,per download, or a flat rate.
What Type of TV, Music, and Video Offers are Available?
The range of multimedia services that can be offered are:
- VOD or Video On Demand
- Linear Television Networks
A media owner could offer, for example, a Cable TV and Mobile package that includes:
- Thousands of VOD files
- 50+ Music channels with customizable screens
- 5+ Linear concert channels
What Type of Formats?
MEVIA uses all commonly available encoders and transcoders for audio and video, hence any file from any format can be ingested, processed and broadcasted. The most popular formats are MPEG, MP4, with encoding in H.264,. H.265, AAC, AC-3, and MP3.
How does MEVIA Work?
In essence, MEVIA connects to any web-based platform, rendering its contents and preparing multiple broadcast-ready streams for operators, mobile, and web.
These streams can deliver:
- Music with enhanced metadata
- TV/Video with real-time enriched web-based information, such as twitter feeds
- Music-only content
In summary, Cloud to Cable and MEVIA provides three main delivery mechanisms:
- Applications – Mobile and Web
- Linear streams – Cable Systems and Satellite Operators
- Over-the-Top Applications for Apple TV, Chromecast, Smart TVs,and private systems
We will present howthe business model works, some case studies. and our mobile application.
The business model used by MEVIA issubscriber-based and perfectly aligns with the proven “Multichannel Video Provider Distributor” (MVPD)business model. In this model, operators purchase packages from companies such as Time Warner, SONY, ESPN, Disney, CNN, and many others at prices that range from cents to several dollars paid per subscriber. The MVPD generates revenue through adding targeted distribution capability. In this case, an MVPD will use MEVIA to purchase TV, Music, and Video content, pay the content owner and resell that content rights to all their subscribers as part a “Digital” or “Premium” package, or as any format that the operator chooses to use. For Example a Cable TV Operator may purchase ESPN package for $3.95/subscriber and sell a premium package with ESPN For $29.99/subscriber, it is likely that other similar network would cost the operator between cents per subscriber to a few dollars. Package pricing depends on volume and in some cases, years of negotiations and agreements.
MEVIA will provide as many channels as are included in an agreement with a specific provider,and will deliverthat contentto the operator in the format that their system supports– Linear TV, VOD, or Interactive.
Case Study: CABLEVISION MEXICO
As an example, CABLEVISION MEXICO needed 50+ music channels branded under their name “CABLEVISION”in market. They provided a set of backgrounds that were used for customizable screensbroadcasted to their users on channels 800-850. The broadcast should include their logo and artist/song metadata, as shown here:
MEVIA created all the music channels simultaneously and broadcasted a lineup ready for more than 1 Million subscribers in Mexico City. Similar screens were made for AXTEL TV, a smaller operator in Mexico City.
Sample Set Top Boxes for DMX and CABLEVISION Music
Case Study: MOOD MEDIA
MOOD MEDIA ingested thousands of song files into MEVIA’s storage platform via secured FTP (SFTP). The files were stored in 256Kbps format in some cases where stored in MP3 in others AC-3.\
The multimedia content might be hosted within MEVIA’s storage platform and content management. In this case study, a product was created for DMX Music/MOOD Media in 2013-2015 timeframe where all the assets were hosted by MEVIA. MEVIA applications and platform was used to synchronize up to 10+ Cable Operators broadcasting multiple packages with 50+ music channels,some with audio-only some others with video and metadata. MOOD MEDIA had over 20M subscribers in operators that included TIGO, CLARO, and many others.
In this case, a customized HTML web application and native applications were used together for mobile/web and OTT that complemented the Cable Operator offering.
Demonstration: Case Study Using Spotify (Internal Test)
Assume a CSPhas decided to make a deal with “Spotify” and would like to broadcast music to 2M subscribers with a package composed of 50 music channels from Spotify and a few music video channels from a different provider,VEVO.
Without our Cloud to Cable technology, this would be a daunting task, besides the associated cost for satellite fees, and additional complications. In this figure, MEVIA facilitates distribution of a web application to be part of the Cable TV channel line-up.
MEVIA Cloud will connect to the web-provider and retrieve all required webassets that are currently in use by Spotify. The authentication and authorization can also be linked in connection with the Cable Operator and MEVIA provides a method for single sign-on.
MEVIA can accommodate 50-100 music channels broadcasting in SD, HD, or even 4K depending on the bandwidth that the operator may have available for this service.
Now, an Operator will be able to offer a particular set of Spotify playlists to its subscribers and increase Spotify® music viewership by 2M subscribers.
Similarly, VEVO has no cable TV product offering, MEVIA can enable both VOD and Linear Programming streaming from the same appliance using our caching and distribution network that has been put in place for Spotify®
Case Study: SKY Brasil and SKY TUNES Application
SKY BRASIL® created SKY TUNES,a product that was powered by MEVIA from 2013-2015. MEVIA provided all OTT streams for thousands of customers in that part of the world. SKY TUNES mobile applications were downloaded by millions of subscribers in IOS and Android. MEVIA provided to SKYTUNES APIs, streams, and playlists for the application, as well as analytics.
Ingest of media can be done to our cloud storage in our platform, by simply adding and dropping all the required music files in MP3, AAC, or AC-3 Formats.
Movies can also be uploaded and ingested by accessing the storage and uploading all the required MP4, MPEG-2, or any other format encoded in any known video encoder, suchas H.264, H.265, MPEG2 Video, and many others.
Mobile Apps for MEVIA
MEVIA provides two middleware components, one for music content that was branded initially as “Mediamplify Music” and MEVIA Apps. The fist app is music-centric only, and is capable of handling thousands of music channels in linear format, including“keyword” seed stationscapability. MEVIA is more video and music centric, in other words playback of video and music for IOS and Android. The sample implementations and can be customizedwith any additional branding or screens as the operator requires.
Patents and Trademarks
Amplify your Reach ® is a registered trademark of EGLA COMMUNICATIONS
US15/538,911 and PCT/US2015/067464 METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DELIVERY TO CABLE TV AND SATELLITE OPERATORS
US PATENT 7339493MULTIMEDIA CONTROLLER
For a PDF version of this document: What is Cloud to Cable
- July 13, 2017 Cloud, cloud to cable, EGLA, EGLA MEDIA PLATFORM, IPTV, Mediamplify, Mevia, Music for Cable TV, Patents
Music for Cable and CLOUD TO CABLE
Sites Relaunched: cloudtocable.com, cloudforcable.com, musicforcable.com and ubiquicast.comCloud to Cable enables a music or video streaming service to be delivered to CABSAT systems. Our platform can cover 10, 50, 100+ music or radio channels that are directly obtained using your HTML5 web interface and sent directly to a Cable TV System and to subscriber’s set top boxes.
Music for Cable TV is then as quickly as signing a partnership agreement with EGLA COMMUNICATIONS and creating a selection of stations for CABSAT. Licensing should be fast an easy to obtain directly from SoundExchange, BMI, ASCAP and other providers.
We will power your music streaming service and protect all your content with appropriate Digital Rights Management (DRM) as suggested by the industry using encrypted and authenticated secured lines to our cloud or yours directly. Read more
Cloud to Cable
Sites:[spiderpowa-pdf src=”http://edwinhernandez.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Mevia-Cloud-to-Cable-Music-TV-for-Cable.pdf”]Mevia – Cloud to Cable – Music, TV for Cable
A Cloud to Cable TV™ Platform for Music, TV, and Video
Dr. Edwin A. Hernandez
Chief Technology Officer – EGLA COMMUNICATIONS
Mediamplify® is the one stop shop multi-platform media distribution for web, mobile, and Cable TV systems. Mediamplify® enables a cloud-based infrastructure to be connected with Cable TV head ends or Multi-System Operators (MSOs), just as Comcast, AT&T, CLARO, TIGO Home, among thousands of Cable/Satellite systems around the world with over 1 Billion viewers.
As such, EGLA’s has coined the term “Cloud to Cable™” which means that content available in that cloud platform can also be broadcasted to Cable TV as well seamlessly and with minimum Cable TV content can also be available in the cloud and to any connected device, all in one unified platform, Mediamplify®.
Mediamplify® is the platform that merges the cloud and Cable TV facilitating the offering of TV and Video Cable TV content in mobile devices and any other connected platforms as well as delivering Music, Video, and TV content commonly available in connected devices and mobile to Cable TV systems.
What is Cloud to Cable™?
Cloud to Cable™ is a patent-pending technology that brings HTML5 generated content to a cable operator head end in the format and reliability required in a traditional MSO. Hence, any HTML5 website or service with video, TV, social media, can be broadcasted to a Cable Operator without major technological challenges.
How Cloud to Cable™ Music Works?
The Cloud to Cable™ Music Platform uses the power of the cloud to scale and create server instances that handle music/audio playlist management, music encoding, playlist, Digital Rights Management (DRM), while delivering audio with the highest quality assurance. Additionally, metadata and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) assist with the development of mobile applications to stream music from multiple music genres that are mastered by a DJ, a machine learning algorithm, or created by end users.
Broadcasting to Cable TV™
Our Cloud to Cable TV™ technology includes a cloud storage platform and all the required software and intelligence to broadcast content from the cloud to any cable TV operator. Once content, playlists, and music are available in our cloud the music is delivered to the Cable TV headed to our edge servers co-located in the cable operator premises.
Streaming to Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices (Internet TV)
The music available in Medianplify® can be streamed to mobile devices, web, tablets, Smart TVs and any connected devices such as the Chromecast® and Apple TV®. Internet TV is a reality with Mediamplify.
The same music selection is also available in any of our mobile applications: MEVIA (iOS and Android) that includes TV/Video, and Safety, or Mediamplify Music™. On the web, music playlists are used to create a web interface with HTML5 content that can also be injected into a Cable TV broadcast.
Mediamplify® can also be integrated to third party applications using a JSON / REST API interface. As examples of third party developers, we can mention SKY TUNES and DMX2GO.
Mobile Applications for Music
The music application reference implementation of iPhone is customizable providing a great User Interface (UI), Bluetooth Audio, Metadata Integration, as well as social support. Our mobile software is flexible and portable.
MEVIA : Internet TV with a Mobile Application for TV, Video, and Safety
MEVIA brings together video, music, and safety all in one mobile experience. MEVIA connects to our MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform and provides a rich multimedia experience designed for: Education and Learning, Corporate Branding and Image, Cable TV broadcasting, and more.
Our patented technologies are unique having our target markets in Latin America and the United States.
MEVIA Music brings over 1000+ music channels without commercials or with commercials with casting capability for Chromecast® and AirPlay® devices. The Music is available thru a rich menu experience for Android and iPhone. Ads can be programmed and injected, we also have a solution for buildings, corporations, and organizations with WiFi or their own Cable TV network. The same music can also be licensed to Cable TV in packages of 50, 100, 200, or more music channels in DVB format, this is all connected with our MEDIAMPLIFY Platform, bring effective Cloud to Cable TV™ experience.
Music Content Available for Cable TV, Mobile, Web
We classified our music content in over 200 different music channels and more than 2400 playlists available without commercial or with advertisement insertion when requested by the customer. Some of the sample music genres:
- Latin Music
- Rock/Classic Rock
- National / Particular country
- TOP 40
- Christian Music
- 70s’, 80’s, 90’s, POP2K
MEVIA video provides over 1000+ TV Channels of Internet TV, Movies, Educational Content, and more. Ads can also be injected as part of this offering, additionally Custom TV network (Internet TV or Cable TV or both) can be created and casted in buildings, boats, and any other organization. APIs are also available for Video Streaming and 3rd party apps thru our MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform.
Video Content available for Cable TV, Mobile, and Web
We have access to over 1000+ TV channels in SD/HD from different countries and genres around the world that include: Al-Jazeera America, Russian Times, AFP, EdgeSports, MED TV, TV5 France, EuroNews, PressTV, Voice of America, BBC. There are also thousands of videos from several providers that can be packaged and resold, including BBC Documentaries, Independent movies, and FILMON Movies, this source provides content to iTunes and others.
We are incorporating for LATAM and US markets, the security function that enables sending emergency messages to a loved one. This functionality is very helpful for LATAM markets where robberies and theft of mobile devices is prevalent. Hence your multimedia experience will be covered by the MEVIA Safety feature.
MEVIA Safety is triggered with the power button on device or using the Bluetooth Low Energy device.
Additionally, corporate customers of MEVIA Music or MEVIA Video will be able to enjoy of this particular functionality.
The integration of MEVIA with MEDIAMPLIFY and all Cloud to Cable capabilities makes MEVIA a unique value proposition for consumers.
Hence, MEVIA is a better offering over Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, and Netflix; assuming you were able to license their platforms, a comparative analysis of MEVIA is shown in this chart:
As mentioned early, MEVIA also offers all MEDIAMPLIFY® capabilities including Cloud to Cable, delivering all the content available in Music/Video to any Cable Operator. Hence all MEVIA music, TV, and video content can be broadcasted to a Cable TV MSO all over the world.
Benefits to Broadcasters and Media Companies
Our platform enables broadcasters to sell direct to MSOs bypassing all distribution channels and creating a-la-carte alternative packages for Cable TV subscribers while at the same time offering mobile and casting options as Chromecast® and Apple TV®.
- Tap into a market of millions of consumers worldwide on Cable TV systems
- Tap into consumers with mobile, web and connected devices
- Decrease costs for end-customers and increase revenues
- Bundle content from our existing repertoire with yours, creating a better offering to consumers.
- Provide additional features to your offering, music, videos, and casting.
Cable operators in the US can partner with COMCAST and TV Everywhere ® services to allow mobile broadcast to mobile. MEDIAMPLIFY® is a similar offering with a greater selection of services for operators. The MEVIA App uses Encryption Media Extension services (EME) and also supports other Digital Rights Management (DRM) that facilitate the access to live and pre-recorded contents. In the rest of the world, cable operators may partner with MEVIA to handle the delivery of TV and Music content to all their subscribers. MEVIA sill protect all DRM content and facilitate viewership in any device.
Telco’s and Operators that are still in transition to digital can integrate MEVIA as a mobile “play” and bring all the content in cable plus all the additional content from our wide range of TV offerings.
Universities usually own a TV channel or series of TV channels and are offering e-Learning content to their students and communities. MEVIA and MEDIAMPLIFY are hence great tools to enhance e-Learning. MEDIAMPLIFY truly amplify your reach to all potential e-learners.
Bing music, video, news, some sports, and choose what your students and faculty may have access to. Universities and training academies may bundle content to their audiences with TV, Music, and other relevant content in addition to training and educational videos, as such these bundles can offer great avenues for revenues to Universities, Technical Institutes, and any other educational system.
Small businesses and brands can truly amplify their reach with consumers. Brand association is then done with MEVIA, MEVIA brings video, TV, music, and safety to consumers in small business. MEVIA Amplify your reach with multiMEVIA experiences.
For more details the full white paper:
- July 24, 2016 Cloud, EGLA, Entrepreneurship, Inventions, Mediamplify, Mevia, Mobile Development, software
MEVIA: EGLA COMMUNICATIONS Updates
We have done tremendous progress on MEVIA, the message, the branding and overall improved to a responsive site our corporate image. Focusing on the CLOUD TO CABLE TV message and our mobile app, MEVIA.
We decided to build a new site to cover all technology offerings and services offered by EGLA COMMUNICATIONS. The new website uses a parallax, HTML5 responsive interface with great integration to social networks, our own cloud and although released about a week a go, still is ongoing new updates, and more improvements to come.
The new responsive design incorporates HTML5 Video and also provides support for Open Graph integration to Facebook and Slideshare. You can still access the old site at blog.eglacomm.net
We enforced and support the following areas for EGLA that include our products in:
- CLOUD to CABLE Platform (Mediamplify)
- MEVIA Application, and
- Wireless Products
EGLA offers its Cloud to Cable product. Cloud to Cable is a technology that connects cloud-based platforms and all its content in HTML/Video/Music and distributes them to Cable TV systems in a seamless and effortless manner. You can then distribute the same content to mobile, desktops, and other connected devices
Cloud to Cable has enabled EGLA to distribute our music content to MSOs and cable operators around the world (http://eglacomm.net/platform)
Our team prepared some illustrative videos on what CLOUD TO CABLE is, and how it enables both mobile and Cable TV experiences all in one platform at an affordable rate.
The first video is in english:
And a translation in spanish:
Music for CABLE
Our CLOUD TO CABLE platform (MEDIAMPLIFY) provides us with a great place for a Music service that is offered from our platform to any Cable TV system or IPTV network. These music product is also available thru our MEVIA APP, in both Android and IOS.
Our music content is diverse and unique, we prepared a video introducing our content.
Our platform is available for licensing enabling any Music streaming service to connect with millions of Cable TV subscribers.
TV for Cable
Just like Music, our TV/Video offering is available both for web/mobile and Cable TV. We count with 1000+ TV Channels and networks from all over the world. We offer this content to our customers in CABLE TV or thru our mobile app, MEVIA.. The TV/Movies are available in all formats and ready for distribution to your MSO or IPTV system.
Similarly, Cloud to Cable Video Platform is available for licensing to any TV Broadcaster. We include a playback and real-time video production for your broadcasting needs.
Mevia is a great application to deliver multiMEVIA content to costumers in mobile apps or tablets, also enables the control of connected devices like the Chromecast and Apple TV. MEVIA is our mobile app and CLOUD TO CABLE extension for smartphones and smart TVs. The MEVIA App experience is available consumers but also available to businesses and universities. The market segments where MEVIA fits are:
- Retail businesses
- Coffee Shops and Restaurants
You can associate your brand with Music and Video content easy with MEVIA.
This is part of our feature set for LATAM, an announcement on platform and services will be done soon. We use our own custom Bluetooth Low Energy button to support MEVIA Safety features on MEVIA. Quickly send your current GPS location to a friend or family member in case of emergency or simply asking for assistance.
Our Wireless Products Portfolio was revamped and stylized with:
- MobileCAD (http://eglacomm.net/mobilecad)
- MobileCAD with RF Simulation (http://eglacomm.net/mobilecadrf)
- MobileIPP Protocol (http://eglacomm.net/mobileipp)