At IBC, Telestream Unveils Project Orchid, a New Generation of Self-Aware, Self-Healing Infrastructures for Live Streaming

Telestream’s most radical R&D initiative delivers revolutionary platform-agnostic architectures for high-demand streaming services
Publish date:

Nevada City, California, September 10, 2018 – “Our move to self-aware architectures is the most strategically important research & development initiative that Telestream has implemented in the last decade. The results will be significant for broadcasters, content owners and service providers who are ready to aggressively engage in the business of sophisticated, video streaming. And, at IBC, Project Orchid represents the first time our industry has seen a single technology provider developing self-healing, self-scaling and self-optimizing video service networks,” said Scott Puopolo, Chief Executive Officer of Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools, quality monitoring and workflow solutions.

Puopolo was speaking to the announcement of the company’s development initiative to support the next generation of high-demand streaming operations by capitalizing on orchestrated, integrated media processing, monitoring and analytics. Telestream is currently engaged in the development of agile, “self-aware” video delivery architecture that allows for automated decision-making and adjustment up and down the media supply chain.

Competition amongst content creators and content aggregators is proliferating in an increasingly fragmented OTT video market. At the same time, consumers expect to be able to access content at any time, in any place and on any platform that they wish, and they demand a consistent Quality of Experience (QoE) throughout. For content creators and aggregators to win and hold the attention of consumers, they need to ensure quality, rapidly adjusting to maintain performance, and they must do so nimbly and efficiently to stay competitive.


Automating functions such as self-diagnosis, re-routing streams, bursting channel availability and capacity, and more, businesses can offer the highest quality streaming service possible while still reducing operation cost and complexity. The new architecture is built on modular, flexible design principles that work across both cloud and on-premise virtualized networks.  

Telestream will demonstrate the first instance of this development project on its IBC booth (7.C16), code-named Project Orchid. Project Orchid integrates live adaptive streaming production with live monitoring and actionable analytics in a completely virtualized deployment. What results is one-click live channel origination that supports real-time self-optimization. It can fully automate and dynamically respond to conditions impacting service performance.

The fully containerized encoding, packaging, delivery, and monitoring components give live and OTT operations managers the ability to rapidly launch and scale any part of their content ingest, encoding, origin, delivery or monitoring service, either in a multi-vendor containerized environment or in an integrated, systemic deployment that unlocks additional capacity: while able to be deployed independently, each module is designed to provide greater scalability and deeper “self-awareness” when deployed in concert.

At IBC, the Project Orchid showcase will highlight Telestream’s platform-agnostic approach to network implementation, introducing the next generation of hybrid architectures which seamlessly integrate cloud, NFV (network function virtualization), and on-premise infrastructure in ways that are customizable to each user’s specific needs.

 “Today’s audiences demand ‘always on’ performance from their streaming services, and providers need assurance that they’re meeting customer demand,” commented Stuart Newton, VP Strategy & Business Development at Telestream. “The architectures we are now developing, exemplified by Project Orchid, marry visibility and accountability to the efficiency and economy of virtualized architectures. This is what today’s content holders and service providers must have to gain OTT market share.”

Telestream will show Project Orchid by appointment during IBC. To inquire, visit



SMPTE's Latest IMF Plugfest Makes Significant Progress Toward Interoperability

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) plugfest, held Oct. 18-19 in Hollywood, California, marked another milestone in the development of the IMF family of international standards (SMPTE ST 2067), with more than 48 participants making progress toward interoperability.

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.