SkyStream, a leader in IP video delivery solutions, announced movies-on-demand provider MovieBeam(TM) is using its zBand(TM) content delivery platform to deliver the latest Hollywood movies to customers in most major metropolitan areas in the U.S.
zBand--the popular PUSH video-on-demand (VOD) software platform with more than 30 deployments worldwide--is the end-to-end system that ingests, packages, schedules and delivers movies to MovieBeam players in customers' homes across the country. zBand is used to create a revolving library that includes standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) movies that customers can access instantly, on-demand. MovieBeam customers always have 100 movies to choose from, including every new release from virtually every Hollywood studio, with up to 10 new movies automatically delivered each week.
"zBand enables MovieBeam to bring blockbuster movies from Hollywood into millions of homes, and to keep a fresh selection of titles available for its customers in both SD and HD formats," said Scott Dougall, general manager of content delivery software for SkyStream. "By pre-positioning movies directly on the customer's MovieBeam player, zBand allows viewers to enjoy movies at the click of a button, while avoiding the video-quality limitations of traditional VOD networks."
"We chose zBand as MovieBeam's content distribution system because it is extremely reliable and field-proven through its large number of successful deployments. It can scale with the growth of our service to serve most of the US population while providing a consistent quality of service," said Tres Izzard, president and CEO, MovieBeam, Inc. "SkyStream shares our vision of continuously evolving the technology to enhance the consumer experience, and we are pleased to be working with them as a technology partner in our new service."
zBand pushes MovieBeam's weekly movie line-up over distributed servers via an over-the-air broadcast network to customers' MovieBeam players. zBand manages the reliable transmission, presentation, and deletion of content on the player in support of MovieBeam's commitment to providing customers with a convenient, high-quality movie-rental experience. As part of its core function, zBand delivers movies in high-definition format, enabling MovieBeam to provide select movies in native HD format.
MovieBeam customers have instant access to movies because the files are pre-positioned on the MovieBeam player and appear in the user interface, ready for rental, at 12:01 a.m. on their availability date, eliminating the wait time or denial of service often associated with traditional video-on-demand during peak hours, not to mention the drive to the video store and back.
Full Control of Content Protection and Quality of Service
zBand is integrated with Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) to offer content protection and secure playout options for MovieBeam's licensed Hollywood movies. By maintaining constant encryption of movie streams, service providers are assured their content is safe from theft.
The viewer's experience is also enhanced by zBand's Forward Error Correction (FEC), which can repair damaged packets in the distribution, reducing the need to carousel content, making more network bandwidth available to deliver HD movies and ensuring DVD-like picture quality.
"We are erasing the notion that movie lovers can only get the latest movies from movie rental stores and online DVD rental services," added Dougall. "SkyStream and MovieBeam are not only bringing movies directly to the movie lover's living room, but also redefining the on-demand model by introducing a continually replenished selection of movies, including select titles in HD."
Demonstrations, Pricing and Availability
zBand 5.0 is available today. SkyStream will offer demonstrations of zBand's functionality March 6-8 in Booth No. 41 at the IPTV World Forum conference and exhibition in London. To arrange for a demonstration, or for pricing and additional information, please contact SkyStream at email@example.com or +1 (408) 616-3300.
The zBand Content Delivery Platform - Home Entertainment Edition - from SkyStream enables PUSH-based Video-on-Demand with integrated support for the HDTV format. zBand's client-server software architecture offers the security, control, reliability and cost-effectiveness needed to deploy IP video and data dissemination services to millions of subscribers simultaneously. zBand is integrated with Hollywood-approved digital rights management solutions to provide the most secure delivery platform and is available on leading PUSH-enabled set-top boxes. zBand can target and PUSH video and data content over the Internet and any multicast network to connected devices with hard disk storage, including Personal Video Recorders, PCs, Personal Digital Assistants, and TVs. The zBand system also includes an advanced media cache for optimizing the take-rate of locally stored video on demand.
SkyStream provides IP video delivery platforms that enable service providers to transform their business by offering IPTV and MPEG-4 video services. SkyStream's products lower opex and capex costs and optimize video delivery over any last mile network, and include zBand(TM) content delivery software, Mediaplex-20(TM) and iPlex(TM) switched digital video headends and the Source Media Router series of IP encapsulation solutions. SkyStream is the fastest-growing provider of IP video solutions with over 300 customers. SkyStream's Web site can be found on the Internet at www.skystream.com.