Extending DVB One-Way with
OTT and DVB-Hybrid Services

VCAS for DVB-Hybrid offers a novel approach to traditional broadcast content security by integrating OTT video services to a range of hybrid set-top boxes and mobile CE devices.


SI Server

Middleware Independent EPG Data Spooler

The Verimatrix Service Information Server (SIS) is an optional component of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System for Digital Video Broadcast applications, VCAS™ for DVB. It builds and plays out standards-compliant DVB event information tables (EIT) with TV program schedule information containing the name of the event (program), start and end times, and an optional event description such as movie plot and names of the director and actors.

The EIT data is broadcast in the MPEG-2 Transport Stream, via the DVB multiplexer, and used by each set-top box (STB) to fill the electronic program guide (EPG) with the pertinent information. The subscriber chooses events to watch or record from the EPG. The EIT data can also trigger automatic recording by a digital video recorder (DVR).

The SIS ingests an XML file containing program schedules, from which it extracts the information and builds the EIT tables. The tables are played out, timed, and repeated according to the event schedule, so that the information is available at any time on-air.

SIS is completely middleware-independent and offers several data ingestion methods:

  • Programming package providers such as HBO
  • Free Internet data sources such as TV.com
  • Third-party providers, like Tribune Media Services and ReporTV (pre-integrated)
  • XML interface facilitates data import

Several options for creating and editing data include:

  • HTML interface to create event data from scratch
  • GUI can be used for on-the-fly edit of imported data
  • External editing tools can be used via the XML interface

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Product Features:

  • Platform OS:   Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • Standards:   DVB, ETSI TR 101 211 V1.6.1
  • Database:   PostgreSQL (open source)
  • GUI:   Web based
  • Head-end interfaces:   IP input and output; optional DVB/ASI output via adapter
  • File import:   XML
  • DVB multiplexer compatibility:   AppearTV, Arris, Cisco, Ericsson, Harmonic, RGB Networks, Thomson and others
  • Hardware:   Runs on Verimatrix BCSM hardware platform or, optionally, on a stand-alone server (1RU)
  • EPG database range:   Up to 64 days look ahead
  • Max. no. of multiplexes per network:   Limited only by DVB specification, and output bandwidth
  • Max. no. of services per multiplex:   Limited only by DVB specification, and output bandwidth
  • Max. size of the event description:   Limited only by DVB specification, cycling time and output bandwidth