Net Insight Nimbra VA 210 offers video contribution over unmanaged IP networks

Net Insight has introduced the Nimbra VA 210 video appliance, which is designed to enable remove video feeds over standard Internet connections. The product is designed to bring contribution-quality video transmission capabilities to over-the-top (OTT) and other content providers who don’t have their own dedicated fiber-optic networks, as well as expand the locations from which video programming can originate.

Nov 15th, 2012

Net Insight has introduced the Nimbra VA 210 video appliance, which is designed to enable remove video feeds over standard Internet connections. The product is designed to bring contribution-quality video transmission capabilities to over-the-top (OTT) and other content providers who don’t have their own dedicated fiber-optic networks, as well as expand the locations from which video programming can originate.

According to Per Lindgren, CTO and vice president of business development at Net Insight, “first-mile connectivity” has proved a limiting factor in delivering contribution-quality video content. Frequently, a dedicated first-mile network has been required to provide the robust transmission characteristics necessary to ensure this video quality, particularly in comparison to the “best effort” schemes of typical Internet connections. The Nimbra VA 210, through a combination of “content aware” forward error correction and selective retransmission, provides a more robust connection over standard IP links, opening the door to use of unmanaged IP networks for transmitting contribution video.

Lindgren says he foresees the 1-RU Nimbra VA 210 enabling the broadcast of sports, concerts, and other events at remote locations, as well as increasing the availability of regional and niche content. The comparatively low-cost of both the unit and the connections it enables also should make video production more affordable for OTT content providers. The VA 210 is designed to be used in conjunction with higher-end Nimbra media switch routers (MSRs), extending video contribution networks by feeding content from remote sites to a nearby Nimbra MSR point of presence.

“Until now, the high cost, availability issues, and lease times associated with managed first-mile connectivity has made the contribution and production of Tier 2 and Tier 3 events, such as regional sports, a prohibitive venture,” Lindgren was quoted as saying in the press release announcing the VA 210. “With the launch of the Nimbra VA 210, there is now a way for operators, service providers, and broadcasters to overcome these challenges and begin addressing new markets suitable for cost-effective new media production.”

Net Insight is taking orders for the Nimbra VA 210, deliveries scheduled to begin at the end of March 2013.

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