Remote Storage DVR

A Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) application enables network operators to offer a DVR service without the need of deploying DVR boxes at the subscriber site. By locating the storage and streaming at the network operation center and running an RS-DVR client software at the subscriber site, operators can offer a full DVR service without the need of hardware upgrades at the subscriber.

In Home DVR

  • Deployment of new set tops with integrated storage
  • All recording are local to the DVR settop
  • No recovery in case of DVR failure
  • Requires home network for sharing between rooms

Remote Storage DVR

  • Software download in legacy settops and other devices
  • No hardware upgrade needed on the settop
  • DVR content library virtually accessible from any room and any device
  • Virtually unlimited number of concurrent recording sessions (limit is set by the operator)
  • Ability to upgrade storage vault dynamically
  • All DVR content is automatically backed up at the network operation center
  • Ability to run the service on additional CPEs (beyond the settop box)

RS-DVR Benefits to the subscriber

  • No hardware upgraded needed – full DVR service on non DVR hardware
  • DVR content library virtually accessible from any room and any device
  • Virtually unlimited number of concurrent recording sessions (limit is set by the operator)
  • Ability to upgrade storage vault dynamically
  • All DVR content is automatically backed up at the network operation center
  • Ability to run the service on additional CPEs (beyond the settop box)

RS-DVR Benefits to the Network Operator

  • Reduced overall operating costs.
  • Centralized data center.
  • Reduced equipment failures at the subscriber site (no hard drives in homes).
  • Enables targeted advertising / ad refresh
  • Ability to up sell additional services such as:
  • Personal media storage
  • User generated content sharing
Networked based video recording requires vast amounts of high performance storage capacity. In addition, operators need to insure that their investment in networked based DVR generates rapid return on investment across all elements including not only capital expenses (CAPEX) but operational expenses (OPEX) such as power, cooling, deployment etc.

Fabrix Offering for RS-DVR

Fabrix’s modular architecture is ideal for RS-DVR applications as it scales to support petabytes of video storage with an industry leading cost / capacity ratio. The Fabrix system utilizes arrays of commercial off the shelf SATA drives and has no single point of failure facilitating low operational cost.

The Fabrix platform provides a wide range of advantages such as:

  • Shared video ingest and streaming resources
  • Capability to perform a high volume of concurrent recordings / ingest
  • High performance streaming; can stream single different asset to each user
  • Live stream support with low turn around time (start over, catch up etc)
  • Dynamic splicing for Ad insertion and Ad replacement for DVR content (targeted advertising)
  • Full on-the-fly trick play support - no trick files needed
  • Easy migration from personal cabinet (RS-DVR) to content sharing (nPVR)
  • Interface to back office
  • Scalable storage Fabrix Clustered File System
  • Integrated processing AD insertion, statmux, live tail play etc
  • Ability to play / stream content to different devices over different network infrastructures