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Vantrix Boosts Videotron's Multiscreen Video Capabilities

High Performance Transcoding Paves the Way for Enhanced Multiscreen Capabilities

LOS ANGELES, CA and MONTREAL, QC -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/14 -- (The Cable Show 2014) Vantrix, a global provider of high performance media delivery solutions to service and content providers, and Videotron, a leading Canadian integrated communications company, today announced that they will showcase enhanced capabilities for delivering multiscreen video services to subscribers during The Cable Show 2014. The conference opens today at the Los Angeles Convention Center and runs through May 1.

Driven by the recent launch of their iPhone smartphones, Videotron needed to encode thousands of hours of existing video content adapted to the new devices and applications. The Vantrix Multiscreen VoD Transcoder, operating on the Kontron SYMKLOUD Media 2U platform powered by the Intel® Core™ i7 processor, anchored the solution.

"Videotron has been a longtime multiscreen video customer of ours and they proposed a challenge to us that we jumped at," says Vantrix CTO, Jean Mayrand. "In addition to the new service delivery, we were able to offline process 22,000 hours of media required in just 15 hours using a cluster of 8 Kontron SYMKLOUD platforms. Using the Intel® Media SDK in the Iris™ Pro Graphics processor and Kontron's high density packaging, our scalable architecture was able to accelerate the transcoding operation by more than 1400 times. This platform helped us to meet the tight deadlines for launching the new devices."

"We are very pleased with our ongoing partnership with Vantrix in delivering the best multiscreen video experience to our subscribers," states Videotron's Mr. Pierre Roy, VP of Research and Development. "Their entire team delivered the full solution with software, hardware and integration that enabled us to launch our new service in a timely manner."

Robert Courteau, Executive Vice-President, Kontron Communications Business Unit, adds, "The multiscreen offerings from Videotron represent some of the most advanced technology available today. We are delighted our high density SYMKLOUD Media platform with low power Intel processors is part of the Vantrix video processing solution that will jointly enable Videotron to massively scale its video workloads."

"The Intel Core i7 processor offers improved speed and flexibility needed for media delivery solutions, like the Vantrix transcoder," says Bill Rollender, Intel Director of Marketing. "With the improved performance results, Videotron will now be able to more efficiently adapt more media to more screens in a much shorter period of time."

Visitors to The Cable Show 2014 can come to booth #2454 (Vantrix/Kontron) during exhibition hours to view a demo featuring the new Vantrix Multiscreen VoD Transcoder and Multiscreen Live Transcoder products.

About Vantrix
We're media specialists in the delivery of digital content over wireless or wired networks to connected devices striving for the best performance, highest quality, and most cost-effective solutions available. Vantrix provides systems that adapt rich content -- streaming video, audio, images and more -- to deliver the best customer experience on any screen over any network. We also enable deep analysis into the media journey from end-to-end and provide insights for better delivery and monetization strategies. With a heritage in video and image optimization, Vantrix has developed a high-performance, scalable platform to meet the unique needs of service providers today and into the future. Our solutions are deployed in more than 65 networks worldwide. Visit us at www.vantrix.com.

About Videotron
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of December 31, 2013, Videotron was serving 1,825,100 cable television customers, including 1,531,400 subscribers to Digital TV. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,418,300 subscribers to its cable service as of December 31, 2013. As of the same date, Videotron had 503,300 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,286,100 Québec households and organizations. For the ninth consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company, based on a Léger survey.

About Kontron in Communications
Kontron SYMVIO series of integrated COTS platforms are designed to bring any infrastructure application to life deployed in telecom and cloud networks. We are experienced system architects who match our clients' network application requirements with the right hardware and software solutions for the 4G LTE Evolved Packet Core, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud infrastructure. Kontron is listed on the German TecDAX stock exchange (KBC).
www.symkloud.com, or, www.kontron.com/communications

Intel, Core and Iris are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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