‘Revolutionary’ is the word Steve Reynolds, CTO at Imagine Communications, is using to describe what is effectively a multiscreen-to-broadcast gateway that enables platform operators to unify their core infrastructure for video around HTTP delivery, using chunked video with manifest files that are then either made available from the edge of the network as adaptive bit rate (ABR) streams for multiscreen devices or converted into standard (non-chunked) MPEG Transport Streams for delivery to broadcast set-top boxes. This approach means the same video streams at the core can be used to feed a tablet, laptop, Smart TV, IP set-top box, satellite STB or cable STB (the latter taking RF signals over a QAM network).

Source: Major cable operator converges multiscreen and broadcast in core network, in vision of future – Videonet