16 May 2023, Oslo, Norway – Appear, the global leader in media processing and delivery technology, has been chosen by A1 Croatia to transform and optimize its live OTT channel encoding and distribution workflow to include fully on-premise transcoding.
A1 Croatia, one of Croatia’s largest telecommunications companies owned by A1 Telekom Austria Group and serving over 24 million customers, has migrated its existing ABR transcoding and distribution platform to Appear’s NEO Series server-based transcoding platform, powering 300+ high-capacity live channels to any device or platform across the region.
“Migrating to ALL-IP OTT distribution, Appear’s server-based NEO Series was the ideal fit for our live channel encoding and distribution,” said Vedran Krhač, Head of TV and Video Services, A1 Croatia. “The NEO Series’ ease of integration, cost efficiency, and scalability means we can more effectively manage the transcoding and delivery of our live channels to our customers, while significantly reducing shipping and energy costs. Appear’s support team made the consultancy, initial installation and ongoing monitoring a seamless process.”
Appear’s NEO Series is a high-capacity, scalable, energy-efficient server-based compression solution that is denser and up to 10x more energy efficient than a pure software transcoding solution. The plug-and-play solution offers accelerated HEVC transcoding simultaneously with AVC transcoding, simplifying server deployment and operations and thereby reducing TCO.
“We’re seeing more customers migrating away from the cloud when it comes to always-on, processing-hungry applications like ABR transcoding, due to the cost and resource efficiencies a server-based solution brings,” said Thomas Bostrøm Jørgensen, CEO at Appear. “Our NEO Series offers a seamless integration and easy future upgrade path, giving A1 Croatia the flexibility and stability needed to deliver its hundreds of live channels back on-premise. We look forward to working with them to help simplify their deployments and operations and reduce overall TCO.”
The NEO Series will manage software-powered video compression for the delivery of A1 Croatia’s live media experiences, supporting IPTV, OTT or combined applications. It can be deployed as appliances or software, delivering high-quality compression and packaging to ensure the secure and reliable delivery of content. It is used by tier one telcos and operators globally to remove the complexity found in traditional server-based solutions, with management, transcoding, and streaming functions all fully integrated into Appear hardware.
Appear will be showcasing its NEO Series at ANGA COM 2023 (Cologne, 23-25 May). To learn more, visit Hall 7, B35.
Appear is a leading provider of media processing and delivery technology. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway and with customers in over 100 countries. Appear provides the backbone that production companies, telcos and broadcasters rely on to make immersive live experiences possible for their viewers. With world-class products and expertise, Appear’s focus on modularity, efficiency and high quality helps customers stay ahead of competition in a market where expectations and requirements are constantly changing and evolving.
About A1 Croatia
A1 Hrvatska is part of A1 Telekom Austria Group – the leading provider of digital services and communication solutions in Central and Eastern Europe. A1 Telekom Austria Group operates in seven countries and provides services for approximately 24 million customers. A1 Hrvatska employs about 2000 people, and take care of the needs of 2 million customers on an everyday basis.