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Patrick Gendron

Patrick Gendron is Director of Innovation at Harmonic for Digital Television applications. He joined Harmonic with the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks. Patrick recently moved from managing the Harmonic R&D Innovation team to the Marketing Innovation & Evangelism team and is Harmonic’s representative at DASH IF, DVB TM and Streaming Video Alliance. Previously, Patrick held senior program and engineering management positions in the digital television headend domain, with international R&D management activities, at Grass Valley and Nextream. He started his career as a research engineer at the Laboratoires Electronique de Rennes (Thomson CSF) where he developed new technologies for professional video transmission over optical fiber (long-haul, single-mode links). As digital technology was maturing for television applications, he moved to Thomson Broadband Systems in a project management role for a number of first-generation digital TV products such as satellite modulators and contribution MPEG codecs. Patrick is a graduate in Computer Science and Telecommunications from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec).

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How Context Adaptive Delivery Improves Video Quality and Reduces Costs

  Due to the COVID-19 global health crisis, we saw Internet traffic surging by 20-40%. More people at home means increases in online video content consumption. Networks are buckling under the pressure of sudden increases in video streaming consumption. Yet, it seems that the consumption surge we experienced in the last few months was mostly caused by subscribers viewing VOD assets. 

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How to Deploy a Unified Delivery Model for DASH and HLS at Scale

The video industry has been working hard to create a unified delivery workflow for the predominant streaming formats HLS and DASH that can provide the same quality level as traditional broadcast. Having separate delivery workflows for the different streaming formats creates additional costs related to processing, caching and storage. It also means more complexity.

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Optimizing Live Video Delivery in Today’s Connected World

Today, live video is a key source of news and entertainment for many consumers. What is driving the consumer appetite for live news, sports and other events on TV? Research shows live events are the main reason viewers choose to watch on an actual TV (according to 44% of polled audiences). The second most mentioned reason (37%) is that it's easy to access a TV for live events. Consumers enjoy being able to watch sports events on a large TV screen, with no delay, and from the comfort of their own home. Also, staying on top of news as it happens is important in today’s highly connected world.

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Top 5 Video Delivery Innovations to Watch in 2020

The opportunities are growing for many players in the video industry, and consumers are seeing more offers every month. Disney launched the Disney+ OTT streaming service and already has more than 10 million subscribers. Apple TV+ is also now available. And there are more launches to come, such as AT&T HBO MAX. The proof is already on your screen: OTT can scale for massive viewing audiences.

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How to Improve QoE for Broadcast Quality Live OTT Streaming – Part 2

In May, we started a blog series on how to improve quality of experience (QoE) in an OTT environment in order to match the quality of broadcast. Part 1 covers what you can do on the video compression side and reduce latency to improve the user experience.

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DASH and HLS: An Update on Low Latency OTT Delivery

With a growing number of OTT service providers counting live sports as an attractive part of their offering, many consumers are now willing to watch live events through their video streaming service. The gap in QoE between a traditional broadcast and OTT is starting to narrow. An important ingredient for delivering exceptional QoE for live sports coverage is end-to-end latency, so it’s no surprise that this topic is often ranked by users as one of the most critical parameters of a good live OTT service.

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