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Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic tap MediaKind for TV technology

Deutsche Telekom-owned Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic have chosen MediaKind, the former Ericsson Media Solutions, to provide technology for IPTV services across the two countries.

The agreement with Slovak Telekom involves an upgrading of the latter’s existing Magio IPTV service, while T-Mobile Czech Republic is using MediaKind to power its new IPTV service in the Czech Republic.

MediaKind will upgrade and further extend its Mediaroom platform, which currently enables the existing Magio IPTV service in Slovakia, to provide a pathway for future cloud migration and the introduction of virtualised architectures in both countries, according to the company.

MediaKind said that its platform would enable Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic to deliver a range of personalised services to subscribers, including linear and on-demand video, extensive metadata, archive TV, advanced privacy and parental control.

Slovak Telekom currently has 607,000 TV customers across all distribution technologies in Slovakia, while T-Mobile Czech Republic grew its TV base from 25,000 to 68,000 in the year to September.

Andrej Pinak, director of IP and service platforms in Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic said: “Viewers have more choice and access to content than ever before and it’s increasingly on their own terms. Following the successful deployment of Mediaroom and the delivery of our Magio IPTV service in Slovakia, we are delighted to increase the scope and breadth of our collaboration with MediaKind by expanding our service into the Czech Republic. By working alongside a trusted and proven strategic partner, we are able to invest in the best possible infrastructure and ensure our customers receive the most exciting and extensive range of rich, immersive and highly personalized viewing experiences across all screens.”

Angel Ruiz, CEO, MediaKind, said: “Consumers today are embracing a wider range of converged and seamless multiscreen content. Service providers must find new ways to evolve their offering and deliver ever-more immersive media experiences. This latest deployment of Mediaroom will enable Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic to modernize software and introduce new high quality, live, video on demand and time-shifted services to its viewers. We look forward to further enhancing the IPTV service capability and introducing new, flexible and cost-effective methods of video delivery in the Czech and Slovak TV markets.”