Dutch Pay TV provider Youfone has launched what the company and its vendor partners say is the first Android TV service in the Netherlands. The next-generation platform, with converged OTT, VOD and live TV across televisions and mobile devices and featuring restart and nPVR functionality for around 100 channels, launched in early August. Speed-to-market was a key feature of the deployment, which took just five months to finish.
The Youfone service is powered by a comprehensive solution from sister companies 24i and Amino and is the first joint deployment announced since 24i became an Amino Technologies group company in July 2019. It combines the 24i Video Experience Platform and set-top boxes (the 7x Android model) from Amino running on AminoOS, all managed through Amino SM Engage, Amino’s cloud-based service management platform. The UI layer is part of the solution provided.
“The unique power, flexibility and breadth of the integrated 24i and Amino solution meant that Youfone launched the Netherlands’ first Android TV service in just five months, rather than embarking on a major engineering project of a year or more if we had followed another path,” comments Valentijn Rensing, CEO of Youfone.
“A key advantage of the 24i and Amino solution is that it is truly end-to-end: covering all the functions we need from content ingest, encoding and transcoding, management, customer care, content distribution, all the software required from front-end to back-end and even the set-top boxes serving our TV viewing customers,” Rensing adds.
The turnkey multiscreen solution provides Youfone with the operational flexibility to deliver local or hosted live and on-demand streaming content to any device and platform, including Linux and Android TV. The solution is a hybrid cloud deployment taking advantage of on-premise private cloud services for 24/7 headend services that minimize infrastructure cost and public cloud services to maximize flexibility.
“This provides Youfone with nimble, modular operational services, ranging from content ingest, infrastructure, capacity, load, API and front-end monitoring, to change management and third-party support,” Amino Group says.
Donald McGarva, Chief Executive Officer at Amino Group, says: “Traditionally, launching an advanced modern converged OTT, VOD and live TV service would take a year or more and would be technically demanding. Before the 24i Video Experience Platform (VEP), companies such as Youfone were faced with the choice between over-engineered single vendor systems, smaller single-vendor solutions with gaps in functionality, or the complications and delays associated in dealing with multiple vendors.
“Getting Youfone up and running with the Netherland’s first major Android TV service so quickly proves that VEP is the ideal solution for today’s multiscreen market conditions,” McGarva believes.