Wyplay, which provides the open Pay TV middleware platform ‘Frog By Wyplay’, has teamed with Alpha Networks (a company that specialises in back-end services) and Spideo (the recommendation engine provider) to provide Frog Premium, a complete service platform, with applications, for Linux and Android set-top boxes and mobile devices. The technologies from the three companies have been pre-integrated. Wyplay is acting as prime contractor and system integrator for Frog Premium.
Frog Premium provides a cross-device user experience, seamlessly blending multi-source video content including live, recordings, catch-up TV, subscription and transactional VOD, as well as third-party OTT services. Dominique Ferral, CMO at Wyplay, explains: “Joining forces with Alpha Network and Spideo, we are making it easy and affordable for operators to launch personalized video services that can be delivered over multiple networks and to any device type.”
Alpha Networks provides the tucano back-end platform, which is designed to simplify management of subscribers, offers and content types including VOD, live and catch-up TV. Featuring an open CMS/CRM architecture and software as a service (SaaS) business model, tucano ensures trouble-free deployment within any new or existing workflow.
The Frog Premium product also includes a recommendation module from Spideo for live TV and VOD services with semantics features and voice recognition. “Working with Alpha Networks and Wyplay, Spideo is enabling operators to provide personalized, conversational experiences and better monetize their service through analytics,” the companies say.
Gabriel Mandelbaum, CEO at Spideo, says, “User and content data is extremely valuable, in terms of enabling Pay TV operators to deliver targeted content, build subscriber loyalty, and boost revenues. Personalization, however, is not just about interpreting existing metadata for recommendation purposes, it is first and foremost creating smart user-related data for business intelligence. Working with Alpha Networks and Wyplay, we are providing operators with a one-stop shop solution for multiscreen service delivery, with state-of-the-art content recommendations.”
Kris Warreyn, CEO at Alpha Networks, says: “The Pay TV environment is very competitive nowadays, and operators must look for ways to add value to their existing services, as well as differentiate themselves. With our technology partners Wyplay and Spideo, we are simplifying the distribution of personalized, multiscreen content, enabling operators to gain an edge in the marketplace.”