ATX adds OTT capabilities to media distribution solution DetailsEditor | 05 June 2019 ATX has introduced an enhancement to its MD16 bulk media distribution gateway designed to enable service providers to offer hotels, hospitals, universities, apartments and other commercial customers streaming media capabilities.The digital access and media distribution solutions firm believes that streaming linear video in a private network presents multiple challenges. The ATX streaming media blade is designed to overcome these challenges to allow access to live, linear television programming on personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, without the requirement to install multi-rack solutions with standalone encoders and Web servers.The new streaming media blade consumes a single slot in the MD16. A single blade is capable of streaming 24 HD channels to as many as 250 devices. Content streamed from the MD16 is viewable on Apple (HLS) and Android (MPEG-DASH) devices. The streaming media blade interfaces with the existing Wi-Fi Internet-delivery infrastructure and includes an integrated HTML-5 Web server, enabling end users to make streaming content selections through a Web browser. Near real-time encoding capabilities reduce delays of nearly a minute that are typical of commercial OTT services. End users play the video in their Web browsers, eliminating the need to download or install a separate app.The streaming solution is also said to be able to reduce power consumption, space and operational complexity. The integrated streaming blade also reduces on-premises bandwidth requirements, as fewer residents and guests will need to connect to Internet-based streaming services using external servers.Cited use cases including enabling universities, for example, to offer a campus-wide broadcast television experience to students on their mobile devices anywhere Wi-Fi is available, including dorms, gyms and common areas. In hotel, apartment and hospital settings, the streaming blade could allow guests, residence and patients to watch live TV on their own devices.