has selected Envivio's
Three Screens solution as the delivery platform for its subscription TV offering. The FetchTV service employs Envivio 4Caster-C4 video encoders, featuring Extreme-codec technology, to deliver visually stunning standard and high definition content over capacity restricted broadband networks without degradation. The 4Caster C4 allows FetchTV to create a high quality alternative to incumbent services that can be delivered by Australian ISPs over consumers' existing broadband connections. The systems have been deployed at two head-ends located in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Envivio IPTV head-end on which the FetchTV service is built is an all IP-based solution, which simplifies integration and routing while enabling easy scalability. This provides FetchTV with the flexibility to add channels as needed, and the potential to move into mobile and web based formats if required. The head-end includes the Envivio 4Stream-IP gateway, which ingests content from satellite, cable and terrestrial networks and feeds it directly to Envivio 4Caster C4 systems for encoding/transcoding. 4Caster systems directly transcode MPEG-2 and H.264 input, eliminating the need for costly ingest equipment such as IRDs for satellite sources and video matrices for signal routing. The Envivio Extreme compression codec enables the delivery of top quality video at the very low bitrates required for IPTV, including HD video at only 4 Mbps. The 4Caster C4 can be configured to deliver streams for any consumer screen including IPTV, Mobile TV and Internet TV.