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Quickplay teams with Alcatel-Lucent on next-gen TV services

Online video technology specialist Quickplay is working with Alcatel-Lucent to enable pay TV operators to evolve legacy IPTV platforms to the next generation of TV services.

The combination uses both managed and unmanaged networks to offer a user experience across different screens – both in the home and on the go.

The partnership combines Alcatel Lucent’s Cloud DVR and Velocix Content Delivery Network (CDN) with Quickplay’s virtual head-end and 24/7 managed service model.

The alliance provides a migration path from legacy pay TV middleware to a modular, multi-vendor approach that gives service providers an option to bypass vendor lock-in and innovate to meet market demands, according to the firms.

“The pay TV industry as a whole is clearly accelerating its adoption of cloud technologies to improve operations, provide innovative services as well as satisfy users’ growing appetite for anytime, anywhere video. We are delighted to partner with Quickplay to build an end-to-end TV platform for our customers that combines in a full managed service option, the agility of the cloud with the robustness of the network,” said Paul Larbey, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP video business.
Wayne Purboo, CEO of Quickplay said: “This strategic partnership is a game changer. Combined, Quickplay and Alcatel-Lucent truly enable best of breed approach with a level of unparalleled experience and a winning managed service model that will ensure pay TV operators can react rapidly to market changes.”

Alcatel-Lucent and Quickplay at IBC will present a demonstration based on a proof-of-concept deployment for a major IPTV provider, and plans to add the additional capabilities to the platform in the first half of next year.

Quickplay will be exhibiting at IBC 2015 on stand 14.D27