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Megacable harmonizes STB software across six models to ease migration to hybrid cable-IPTV-OTT

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As part of a major transformation project that introduces IPTV alongside cable distribution, Mexico’s largest MSO, Megacable, will deploy the independent Zenterio OS and HTML5 UI framework – JetUI – on both its legacy set-top boxes and on all new set-top boxes. The use of the independent OS means Megacable can harmonize its software environment across different set-top box models. Having the same OS on every box will mean that Megacable will only need one integration for any new service once the migration is complete. In total, Zenterio OS will run on six different STB models initially (three with DOCSIS and three with Ethernet).

With the new TV platform, Megacable is adding both IPTV and OTT applications to its offering, making it a fully hybrid distributor. Zenterio OS supports live DVB-C, OTT, adaptive streaming, network PVR and time-shift as well as start-over TV, catch-up TV, VOD and social sharing. Making full use of Zenterio’s JetUI framework will enable Megacable to provide a unified user experience across all devices.

The overall transformation project being undertaken at Megacable also involves changing out the back-end, the CAS provider and launching new OTT services. The first launch of new services is expected in early 2017 and will mean an improved TV experience for all of the company’s nearly 3 million subscribers.

Henrique Yamuni, CEO at Megacable, says: “Through our agreement with Zenterio, we will be able to provide a superior user experience and make it easier and more intuitive for our subscribers to find and enjoy their favorite shows. The solution will also give us a unified user experience across all platforms and the opportunity to monetize additional content models.”

This is Zenterio’s first direct deployment with an operator of this magnitude in the LatAm market. “It shows the global appeal of an independent operating system as well as the importance of being able to offer a customizable UI that can be adapted to local requirements,” the vendor declares. 

According to Jorgen Nilsson, CEO at Zenterio: “Harmonizing the software environment means that the TV operator will cut costs on operations, maintenance and support, and that is a major improvement in itself , but the most important thing is that having the same OS on every box also means that you only need one integration for any new service.”

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