SotalCloud is an instantly activated video platform offering a full suite of OTT video solutions for media companies, content owners and content aggregators.
SotalCloud enables to bring linear channels, live events and video on demand (VOD) content to Internet connected devices such as STBs, Connected TVs, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones anywhere in the world.
Watch your favorite content at any time on any device
STB (H.264 and HEVC)
iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Android (wide range of smartphones, tablets, 4.2+)
SmartTV (Samsung, LG)
PC/Mac (Browser based client – Chrome/IE11)
User Friendly Backend
Easy to setup rules for subscribers activation, tariffs, payment
Real-time activity monitoring
Integration with external systems (IMDB, Google Analytics, etc.)
Automated content ingestion (VOD, Live)
Pre-integrated business intelligence QoS/Qoe solution
Predict and reduce churn and increase revenue per user
Optimize recommendations algorithms
Subscriber management and OTT service visibility
Flexible ad delivery via banners, videos, tickers
Ad campaign management
Ad campaign analysis
SotalCloud offers flexible implementation options ranging from cost-optimized full cloud solution to private cloud option with deployment at the operator’s network. The main concept is to start the running service from the cloud and as it grows introduce various cost optimizations. There are many options possible. Here are three key ones:
Traffic is provided by SotalCloud DC (Level3) or through leading CDNs (Akamai, Level3, EdgeCast). Live and VOD encoding is provided as EaaS (Encoding as a service).
In this scenario we offer you the option to setup SotalCloud as full-fledged local installation. Private Cloud mode allows to gain full control over your OTT video project. This option can also be implemented as Edge (cache) servers to help localize most of Linear TV and VOD traffic inside operator’s network.
Local Linear TV encoding
This is most complex scenario where encoders are installed on your network. It allows you to enable operations with minimal bandwidth requirements from local network to SotalCloud cloud platform.
SotalCloud key features
1. Fast and secure content publishing
Live and VOD content ingestion via file drop folders, ftp, http, hls, multicast, rtp, HD-SDI. Automated workflows simplify metadata preparation (for both live TV EPG listings and VOD catalogs). Monitoring of the processes is available at every stage with management tools or third party apps via APIs. Content is protected by CAS/DRM platforms like Google/Widevine DRM, Conax, Nagra, Verimatrix, Microsoft Playready.
2. Video delivery to every device
Wide range of adaptive streaming protocols (MPEG-DASH, HLS, RTMP, Smooth Streaming) allow continues streaming in IP networks (wired broadband, WiFi, cellular) without pauses or long re-buffering. Applications are ready to use out of the box, with minor branding modifications or integrations. Source code is provided for custom in-house development and customization.
3. Cloud video encoding
Highly efficient encoding cloud built on hardware-accelerated encoders offers real-time, multi-bitrate output of VOD and Live. No encoding queue due to load balancing and optimal resource utilization. Many pre-defined video profile templates as well as fine tuning of individual parameters (h.264 codec levels, bitrates, resolutions, GOP sizes, interlacing etc.).
4. Scalable backend platform
True cloud – core infrastructure is extensible according to load, geography and volumes.
There are two main datacenters providing core functionality and direct CDN publishing. Remote edge video servers can be installed closer to end-users for low latency/price optimized content delivery. Clustered application servers and databases provide high level of service availability.
5. APIs for developers
Client applications available in source code for your own development and customization. Also hundreds of JSON/REST backend APIs are open for integration with your systems – provisioning, offer and tariff management, asset management, billing, authentication. Test API console with functions manual and sample calls are provided for quick learning. Statistics data of service use and subscriber behavior is available in xDRs or via APIs.
Your project deserves to excel and be successful. Simple, cloud activated video service may take a few hours to start while some highly customized solutions require months of hard work. We offer you professional service when and where needed to supplement your in-house expertise. We offer end-to-end project management, custom client application development (including UI design), integration to OSS/BSS systems, payment platforms, content encoding. We are capable of managing all aspects of the project as required, allowing you to focus your resources on the priority items.
1. Plan project
Project plan, resource allocation, technical design, price estimation
2. Set up infrastructure
Video delivery infrastructure ready to cache or store content
Live and VOD content prepared for streaming to end-users
4. Customize apps
Customized and branded applications ready for publishing
5. Integrate with OSS/BSS
Authentication and provisioning interfaces fully integrated; tariffs, sales packages and subscriptions defined
6. Monitoring and support
Service is ready for delivery and under control, problems are solved in timely manner without service outage