The IPTV giant has been using Zenterio OS for new set-top boxes in Romania, Hungary and Croatia. At OTE in Greece, Zenterio OS has been used to power a new hybrid platform and upgrade the legacy satellite STBs. Now Deutsche Telekom has deployed the software in Germany for its new ‘Start’ service.
Multicast ABR means you can stream popular live channels, including sports and 4K, across a managed CDN and keep a lid on bandwidth costs. Low-latency means multiscreen viewing, including on widescreen connected TV sets, feels like broadcast. Two of the hurdles have been cleared if you want to unify all video delivery around HTTP-ABR.
Do multiscreen providers operating their own virtualised platforms gain a ‘best-of-breed’ advantage?
Virtualisation has many benefits, starting with increased agility, but what about the argument that it will turbo-charge best-of-breed flexibility and give long-term competitive advantage to multiscreen providers who operate their own headends? Barry Flynn has been asking whether the theory stands up, and if the OVP managed operations alternative can compete.
The unified headend, which combines previously separate broadcast and multiscreen video processing platforms, is the natural next step for television operations and can have a significant impact on operations costs, agility and therefore competitiveness. Codec convergence and the performance of software-based video processing are leading media companies in this direction. A non-live shadow workflow can be used to prepare for the migration.
The new online video offer from Amazon represents a new kind of aggregator, a super-app that pulls together multiple subscription online services under a single brand, bill and user interface, with some content appearing a la carte for the first time. Analysts do not agree on the threat it poses to Pay TV, with one dismissing the likelihood of increased cord-cutting and another saying it threatens Sky’s dominance in the UK and Germany.
NOS in Portugal will launch an all-IP version of its UMA next-generation gateway next year, also based on RDK. Liberty Global will deploy the Horizon UX on top of RDK on its new all-market EOS/V6 hardware platform later this year. These companies, Vodafone Germany and Comcast have all been revealing how RDK has improved their lives.
A soon-to-be-named telco wanted to unify its service offering across two previously separate operating environments and provide a common and updated user experience to all legacy STBs, thus avoiding the cost of a set-top box upgrade. It has achieved this, thanks partly to the Enable set-top box software from Amino, which virtualizes the underlying hardware.
MoCA Access opens way for new broadband revenues thanks to dedicated, guaranteed per-apartment bandwidth
The basement-to-apartment fibre extension solution, which uses existing coax to distribute services around residential or commercial buildings, can dedicate a guaranteed 400+ Mbps per apartment in a typical European MDU. Guaranteed bandwidth tied to services, like a gaming channel with 100Mbps of non-shared capacity, could generate new revenues.
The company that counts MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central among its brands knows how to make original content and is learning how to exploit it in new ways, including via Snapchat Discover. The company has been explaining where ‘social’ fits into its distribution strategy.
esports is the ultimate cross-over content, a born-online phenomenon that is now available on broadcast TV. It is one of the best genres for Pay TV operators or channels that want to broaden the appeal of traditional TV, skewing young and male. It can even compete with traditional sports channels for audience sizes.