Cast4All is a Belgian company offering Satellite Multicast Services in the Business to Business market. One of the future applications is the distribution of movies to the projection locations. EVS Broadcast and Cast4All agreed to work together informally in this ARTES 4 project. EVS Broadcast is a Belgian company that develops, manufactures and markets digital systems for the video and audio industry. For the Digital Cinema market, EVS is developing the Cinestore complete solution. The objective of EVS is to offer a complete, modular solution for distribution and storage of digital cinema content on the projection location. The contribution of Cast4All is the development of a multicast management platform including an advanced Forward Error Correction (FEC).
The key issues of the project are:
In the Digital Cinema world it is of key importance that the movies can be distributed quickly and reliably in a multicast mode. This will result in a considerable cost saving in the distribution process. Apart from Digital Cinema, Cast4All will apply the developed software in its Multicast Network and services offered to the business to business market.
The global structure of the Multicast Communication Management platform is presented in the System Architecture figure.
The network architecture is based on the distinction between:
The Multicast Communication Management or MCM software deals with the transport control or management tasks. Persistent state is maintained in a central fault-tolerant database. This database is accessed through an application server, providing scalability and transactional integrity, and containing the actual MCM business or application logic. Four different components or server modules implement the different functionalities to interface with the application services and the communication network.
The development plan consists of three phases:
The developed software has been reviewed and accepted.
Currently we are working on:
We plan the final pilot demonstration on April 18th in the cinema theatre at the Barco premises in Kortrijk, Belgium.