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Reacting to what it says is the rapid growth and increased strain on broadband traffic, Harmonic is to provide its EyeQ content-aware encoding (CAE) technology free for the next 90 days to help alleviate the current network constraints.

EE TV TV guide lifestyle shot 15 Nov 2016 sm The technology firm say that it is aiming to it aims to address the recent surge and to support its many customers during these unprecedented times. In Europe, The mass increase in home working has resulted in the leading online video services, first Netflix and then almost immediately YouTube and Amazon Prime, to dial down the resolution of output in order to reduce the strain on infrastructures.

EyeQ uses artificial intelligence to reduce streaming congestion on broadband networks, by up to 50% claims Harmonic, without impacting quality. Furthermore Harmonic describes it as a step above other similar methods such as resolution and bit rate reductions.

“Due to the nearly global lockdown, the demand for high-quality streaming services has exploded and as such has led to excessive constraints on broadband networks,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic. “By offering free licenses for the expected lockdown timeframes, Harmonic is providing an effective tool to help both media companies and broadband networks alike.”