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Canal Digital taps 3SS for Android-based next-gen TV platform

Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital has tapped 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) to design and develop a new set-top box user interface for its new combined Android TV-based UHD satellite and OTT platform, OnePlace.

OnePlace is now available to Canal Digital subscribers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

3SS’s UI is based on the Android N OS. The Canal Digital service includes integration o f the user experience between linear satellite, streamed and on-demand content, presenting all relevant and available channels in one single channel array, personalized to each customer, the integration of a backwards EPG for catch-up content, access to video-on-demand and DVR capabilities, harmonised search across multiple sources, including third-party Android apps and Google Cast support.

It also includes the integration of the Google Store into the Canal Digital platform, as well as Google Assistant-enabled voice control and unified search.

“We are proud and happy to provide OnePlace to our customers in the Nordics, with its unique user experience combining both linear and on-demand content tailored in a personalized way. OnePlace is based on Android TV, and the open ecosystem will ensure future innovation to the benefit of our customers. A number of suppliers have cooperated on developing the product,” said Tone Krohn Clausen, Canal Digital’s chief product and digital officer

“Being a successful super-aggregator of content requires us to seamlessly combine and display content to individual customers based on their preferences. The user experience is crucially important, and we are very happy for the support from 3SS to overcome these challenges and get it right.”

Kai-Christian Borchers, managing director at 3SS, said: “We are very proud to have been entrusted by Canal Digital to deliver the next generation of service offerings to subscribers across the Nordic countries. Android TV is bringing a revolution to TV, empowering service providers to realise unprecedented business opportunities to attract and engage viewers with capabilities and content they love. We congratulate Canal Digital for demonstrating such commitment to innovation and to delighting subscribers.”