Niefern-Öschelbronn, August 30, 2018Video Network Operators dependent on the reception of video streams from satellite, terrestrial, cable or IPTV in closed networks, now have a new option in WISI’s Smart Broadcast Platform Firefly. WISI is a global innovator of products and solutions for video and broadband networks based in Germany. The company plans on introducing the Firefly platform at IBC Amsterdam 2018 (stand B50 in hall 5). This professional end-to-end solution from playout to headend uses HLS, the proven http-based streaming protocol and is a well-suited and cost-effective alternative to video delivery via satellite, antenna and dedicated lines. Linear TV channels and video content are delivered to headends as HLS streams over the Internet with minimal quality losses.

The WISI solution is ideal for broadcasters and TV and video service providers aiming to significantly reduce distribution costs. The unique Smart Broadcast Platform Firefly also offers new options for cable network operators and enables the hospitality industry to enhance existing offers with additional content and video services. Service providers, for example, can now supply viewers from abroad with TV channels from their home countries that cannot be received via regular service offerings. The platform also offers new and efficient opportunities for corporate TV systems to reach employees located at different national and international sites.   

Firefly HLS IRD/Receiver
The heart of this compact solution is the Firefly HLS IRD/Receiver which WISI developed for alternative delivery applications. It receives the HLS file segments in a headend through IP streaming, and converts them to QAM, DVB-T, ASI and/or ISDB-T outputs. Using a single Firefly chassis, operators can receive up to six HD or SD TV channels streamed via the Internet, then decrypt and process them for the video network.

WISI offers the Firefly in a 1RU, 19-inch, stand-alone device with different models available to receive up to two or six HLS streams. This low power consumption receiver has options for IP and ASI output, an integrated modulator for digital and analog distribution (QAM, PAL, NTSC, SECAM, FM, COFDM etc.), scrambler and descrambler, IP multicast and unicast, multiplexer and de-multiplexer, and more. It also features an intuitive web-based user interface for maximum operation and control.

End-to-End Delivery
WISI offers an extensive catalog of carrier-grade solutions for the secure distribution of quality video streams from the central headends of TV broadcasters and content providers to set-top boxes. The Inca Modular Series 4400 together with the Inca Multiscreen Packager & Origin Server 5420, can transcode and package video/audio services and transmit them as unicast HLS streams via the Internet to the Firefly HLS IRD/Receiver. To secure the stream delivery, operators can encrypt streams at the source and decrypt them at the receiving headend.

As one of the world’s pioneers in broadband reception and distribution technology, WISI understands the video business. The Smart Broadcast Platform Firefly is a key product to help video operators deliver highly-valued content securely and reliably end-to-end.


 WISI Communications GmbH & Co. KG (WISI)

Wilhelm Sihn Jr. founded WISI in 1926 in Niefern-Oeschelbronn (Germany). More than 90 years later, the high-tech company is one of the world’s pioneers in broadband reception and distribution technology. Today, WISI is active globally in the business fields: components for broadband networks, fiberoptics for broadband, digital signal reception, processing and modulation for TV and radio, and in-house multimedia. WISI currently employs 600 people at production sites in Germany, Europe, Canada and Asia. The company has subsidiaries in France, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Spain, Canada, Dubai and China. In addition, WISI works with more than 100 partners in major international markets. For more information, visit


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