Swisscom Broadcast and 24i team up for TVaaS offering

Aferian-owned video streaming technology outfit 24i has teamed up with Swisscom Broadcast, the media services arm of the Swiss telco, for the Swiss launch of FokusOnTV, 24i’s new TV as a Service (TVaaS) streaming offering. 

The cloud-based FokusOnTV solution is a managed service built on 24i’s middleware. It will be offered as a pre-integrated solution with Swisscom Broadcast’s headend infrastructure to give third-party operators operators in the region access to over 600 national and international TV channels.

Operators who use the service will also be able to lean on 24i’s 24/7 monitoring from a dedicated European Network Operations Centre (NOC).

FokusOnTV consumer applications are available for web browsers and mobile devices running iOS or Android as well as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TVs, Chromecast, and a range of set-top boxes.

The apps give consumers the ability to pause, resume or restart live TV channels on any of their devices. They can also record and replay up to 1,000 hours of content in the cloud via a network DVR facility.

The service comes with an optional, pre-integrated launcher for Android TV, enabling operators to deploy a managed set-top device that aggregates content from other streaming service providers as well as their own.

This will be demonstrated at IBC next week on Amigo 7x Android TV set-top boxes from 24i’s sister company, Amino. The Amigo 7x devices can be supplied as part of the end-to-end TVaaS solution if required, but FokusOnTV is also compatible with both Linux and RDK devices.

“At 24i, our mantra is ‘streaming made simple’ and Pay TV doesn’t get much simpler than FokusOnTV. We offer access to a fantastic range of TV content and network PVR functionality as part of this fully hosted, end-to-end solution. It’s a cost effective and hassle-free way for Pay TV operators to bring a superior streaming service to consumers on a wide range of devices and to scale for their future growth” said Neale Foster, CEO at 24i.

“We have been working with the team at 24i for many years now, so we are very familiar and impressed with the stability and reliability of their middleware and applications. We are delighted to be part of this hosted TV as a Service solution that gives operators a fast, flexible and high quality next-generation streaming service without having to invest in their own infrastructure,” said Dominik Müller, CEO at Swisscom Broadcast.

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