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C&W Lime Streams TV Everywhere with AnyView

Cable & Wireless Communications will be the first service provider to deploy AnyView, a new IP-based video distribution platform from Avail-TVN that uses adaptive bit rate techniques to pipe services to IP-connected set-tops, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

The operator's Lime division, which delivers Internet and mobile services in 14 Caribbean countries, will enter the video market initially in Jamaica and Barbados by mid-October or early November, and introduce the service in its other properties sometime in 2012.

Introduced in June, AnyView uses a hybrid terrestrial fiber/satellite content delivery network (CDN) that originates IP-based MPEG-4 streams from its centrally-managed "super" headend in Burbank, Calif., to smaller headends and cache sites operated by Lime. The operator will deliver about 130 live standard-definition channels (such as Discovery, CNN, Cartoon Network, WealthTV and HBO) and about 2,000 video-on-demand selections to subscriber homes over DSL lines to Entone Inc. -made IPTV boxes and PCs.

Lime is expected to let subscribers access live and on-demand video services outside the home on its wireless network sometime next year as it adds support to a range of mobile devices. AnyView already supports PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices, Roku Inc. boxes, and some connected TV models made by LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) and Samsung Corp.

To keep the streaming experience smooth as the bandwidth on Lime's DSL lines fluctuates, AnyView and Lime have set up 11 different streaming profiles, ranging from 3.4 Mbit/s to 450 Kbit/s, according to Avail-TVN COO Jon Romm.

There's also an "emergency" mode that notifies customers when video service quality is being degraded because of network congestion. Lime's current DSL services currently have a maximum downstream speed of 8 Mbit/s (and 1 Mbit/s upstream).

Why this matters
Lime is the first service provider to deploy AnyView and use Avail-TVN's adaptive bit rate system not just for on-demand content but live TV feeds too.

This initial deployment should pave the way for AnyView's debut with a number of U.S.-based telcos and cable operators. Romm says Avail-TVN has trials set up with four different U.S. service providers, and expects domestic deployments to start in 2012. Avail-TVN has already set up points of presence (POPs) in Chicago, New York, Miami and Atlanta to support the Lime deployment and its coming U.S. launches.

Lime's decision to use AnyView may lead to further deployments across the C&W Comms group, which has operations around the globe in markets including Panama, Fiji and Senegal.

For more
Read more about AnyView and the promise of adaptive bit rate technologies.



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



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