May 27, 2016 1:44 AM ET

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Company Overview of Imagine Communications Corp.

Company Overview

Imagine Communications Corp. provides video and advertising solutions worldwide. The company offers an enterprise system that enables agencies to manage various aspects of broadcast, network, print, and digital campaigns; software systems; advanced advertising, rights and programming, and integrated software solutions; billing and invoicing software; and analytics for media companies. It also provides software-based playout solutions that include integrated playout; automation and asset management solutions; HD/SD video servers, storage solutions, and compressed stream products; master control, graphics, and branding solutions; and digital signage. In addition, the company enables media orga...

3001 Dallas Parkway

Suite 300

Frisco, TX 75034

United States

Founded in 1922

Phone:

469-803-4900

Fax:

469-803-4899

Key Executives for Imagine Communications Corp.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 49
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 61
President, Global Operations and Services
Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific
Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Imagine Communications Corp. Key Developments

Imagine Communications to Exhibit Solutions from Across its Multiscreen Distribution and Ad Management Portfolios at INTX 2016

Imagine Communications will be exhibiting solutions from across its multiscreen distribution and ad management portfolios at INTX 2016, an annual exhibition of the latest technology innovations for the Internet and television industries. The three-day event, which begins May 16 in Boston, will be the venue for Imagine Communications to showcase solutions optimized to help video service providers accelerate the modernization of their networks and pursue new business opportunities. Imagine Communications will be demonstrating advanced advertising monetization, management and distribution portfolios targeted at video service providers. Recognizing that cable operators and other content distributors have the opportunity to seize a prominent position in the future media and entertainment industry value chain, Imagine Communications offers a comprehensive portfolio of monetization and delivery solutions that enable video service provider to deliver to consumers a unique and personalized video consumption experience. At INTX 2016, Imagine Communications will introduce a major strategic initiative designed to assist video service providers and other content distributors in expanding their prominence in the media and entertainment industry value chain. The company will be showcasing the centerpiece of that initiative, the Selenio™ Video Delivery Edge (VDE), an HTTP-to-UDP gateway that creates the opportunity for video service providers to reduce costs and the complexity of their networks by seamlessly bridging next-generation and legacy video delivery infrastructures.

Imagine Communications Introduces Selenio Video Delivery Edge to Accelerate Evolution of Content Delivery Networks

Imagine Communications introduced the Selenio™ Video Delivery Edge (VDE), an HTTP-to-User Datagram Protocol (UDP) gateway that creates the opportunity for video service providers to reduce costs and the complexity of their networks by seamlessly bridging next-generation and legacy video delivery infrastructures. Selenio VDE is designed to enable cable operators and other content distributors to improve the efficiency, performance and revenue-generating potential of video delivery and ad insertion infrastructures, while paving the way for the transition of operations to a fully virtualized environment based on generic computing and networking resources. To accommodate shifting video consumption patterns, PayTV operators are building out HTTP-based networks that use Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) technology to stream video programing and commercials to Internet connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, PC and connected TVs. These networks often run in parallel to legacy networks that use Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) technology to deliver programming to subscribers through set-top boxes. Selenio VDE enables distributors to use the same HTTP-based core infrastructure to support both sets of customer devices, enabling ABR streaming and software-based dynamic ad insertion capabilities to deliver signals to set-top boxes using the traditional QAM-based RF transmission infrastructure. In addition to helping to accelerate the consolidation of multiple networks into a single, next-gen infrastructure, the deployment of Selenio VDE makes it possible for cable operators to accelerate the deployment of a next-generation ad insertion platform, enabling the retirement of hardware-dependent ad insertion and video delivery equipment. Selenio VDE leverages technology from across Imagine Communications’ Networking and Cloud solutions portfolio, including the company’s fully virtualized dynamic ad insertion ecosystem. The software-based gateway works by allowing cable operators to leverage recent investments in HTTP video and ad delivery infrastructure to feed linear programming and ads to existing STBs, which may number in the millions. By bypassing legacy infrastructure, Selenio VDE provides the following potential benefits: Accelerates the consolidation of multiple infrastructures into a single, HTTP-based service delivery network, eliminating the cost and operational burden of maintaining separate networks; Enables service providers to focus new investments on next-generation infrastructure, while leveraging existing investments in QAM-based subscriber devices; Provides a path to deployment of next-generation ad insertion infrastructure, allowing the use of manifest-based ad insertion instead of legacy MPEG-2/4 ad splicing hardware; Sharpens ad-targeting capabilities and provides operators with the flexibility to quickly modify, change and move ads and channel lineups. Serves as a catalyst for the migration to an IP-based, datacenter environment based on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment. The replacement of hardware-dependent systems with a software-based ad insertion ecosystem provides unprecedented deployment flexibility. The software-based nature of Selenio VDE empowers cable operators, which may maintains hundreds of head-ends and thousands of ad zones, to optimize efficiency by locating ad insertion functionality anywhere in their networks. Selenio VDE is compatible with both centralized and edge-based deployment models and executes across a broad range of generic computing resources. Selenio VDE is also capable of helping broadcasters and service providers reduce costs by enabling the replacement of expensive satellite and terrestrial links that deliver compressed video to service providers, as well as links between facilities. Selenio VDE allows operators to replace multicast delivery networks with Internet-based, HTTP links that are more reliable, consume less bandwidth and are less-expensive to operate.

Imagine Communications Introduces EPIC, a Next-Gen Operational Management Platform

Imagine Communications introduced EPIC™, a next-generation operational management and orchestration platform designed to facilitate the seamless assimilation of IT-based environments into the broadcasting realm. The company also unveiled the EPIC Multiviewer (EPIC MV), an operational monitoring solution and the first product built on the EPIC platform. The software-based and UHD-ready IP multiviewer is optimized for hybrid and high-powered production, acquisition, origination and distribution requirements, providing broadcasters and other media companies a single solution for SDI, IP and hybrid environments. Powered by Zenium™, the media processing platform from Imagine Communications, EPIC MV is designed to seamlessly scale and evolve to meet future monitoring requirements. The Imagine Communications EPIC MV establishes new benchmarks in versatility, scalability and adaptability. Capable of handling an array of formats — from production to multiscreen delivery — the next-generation monitoring solution empowers broadcasters, content distributors and other media companies with a single system for scaling their multiviewer capabilities to unprecedented levels. The software-based nature of the advanced monitoring system also guards against obsolescence, as the EPIC MV is able to seamlessly incorporate new formats and technologies as they are introduced into the market. EPIC MV is a fully integrated IP multiviewer with out-of-the-box support for displaying UHD signals. Its ability to handle both SDI and IP signals will help enable broadcasters to significantly simplify their monitoring environments, while at the same time unleashing unprecedented performance, scalability and adaptability to future technologies. Designed with rapidly evolving operational environments in mind, the EPIC MV was built to provide broadcasters, content distributors and other media companies with cutting-edge performance for years to come. The new EPIC MV is powered by Zenium, the groundbreaking software framework that enables media companies to future-proof their infrastructure investments through seamless and continual integration of new technologies and formats. EPIC MV delivers all of the features of the award-winning Platinum SX Hybrid and select features from Platinum SX-Pro multiviewers, while raising the bar for all-in-one monitoring solutions. Advanced capabilities include: Delivery of exceptional Video Quality (VQ); Support for high-capacity SDI over IP, 3G-SDI and linear compressed IP sources; Scaling to thousands of sources and hundreds of displays; Support for UHD outputs and UHD-capable inputs; and providing sophisticated monitoring-by-exception functionality. The new multiviewer runs on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) servers and other standard commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms, leveraging hardware-acceleration options to provide the density and performance required for facilities of any size. The system provides native support for MPEG2 and H.264/AVC compressed video streams delivered over IP-connected networks. Hardware acceleration provides advanced display processing, along with Imagine Communications’ own pluggable input modules for high-capacity SDI over IP, and 3G-SDI baseband video reception. Scheduled for commercial availability in June, EPIC MV will debut at NAB Show 2016.

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