Eutelsat KabelKiosk has selected Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform to power a new wholesale OTT TV offering for its network operators.
KabelKiosk, operated by Eutelsat Germany, is using the Tvinci platform to allow about 300 affiliate companies to provide an internet-based TV service to more than 3.5 million German homes.
Using the KabelKiosk infrastructure and content, these affiliates can operate pay TV networks under their own brand and provide linear, EPG, restartTV, VOD and catch-up TV to their end users.
The move marks an extension of Eutelsat KabelKiosk’s hybrid DVB & IP platform into a new multiscreen solution.
Eutelsat KabelKiosk will make content available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Hbb TV set-top boxes and PCs or Macs, and KabelKiosk’s network operator partners can choose to customise the service as much or as little as they want.
“Consumers are looking for a more immersive TV experience – something more than just a straightforward multi-screen service. Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform enables us to deploy a fully managed solution with an exceptional user experience,” said Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of Eutelsat visAvision, which operates KabelKiosk.
Other partners involved in the development include Harmonic for ingestion, Broadpeak for CDN and Playready and Marlin for DRM. Rovi and PPS also helped supply VOD and EPG solutions, while Farncombe, a provider of product strategy and technical consultancy to the TV industry, helped to develop the solution.
Tvinci sales VP Adina Eckstein told DTVE that the KabelKiosk service is designed to serve small and medium-sized operators. “In terms of market potential, we foresee this to be very, very successful. We have good reason to believe that it will be adopted by a very high number of operators,” she said.
The service is expected to roll out for customers later this year.
Eutelsat is exhibiting at ANGA COM on Stand H11, Hall 10.2
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