Ziggo (News - Alert), the largest cable system operator in the Netherlands, has selected CloudTV virtual set-top box platform from ActiveVideo Networks to deploy its video-on-demand (VoD) navigation and guide functionality entirely from the network cloud.
This establishes the cable system operator as the first European service provider to deliver advanced VOD user interfaces from the cloud.
Ziggo will now be able to leverage the ActiveVideo CloudTV H5 platform to offer rich, consistent user experiences to its subscribers that include the ability to search, discover and preview content. The CloudTV H5 platform is highly scalable and ensures service velocity of user experiences by delivering a graphically-rich UI to a variety of devices rendered entirely in the cloud.
A beta version of the Ziggo VoD interface and the navigation user interfaces are in trial with Comcast (News - Alert) in the States and a demo is currently being shown at IBC stand 1.A52.
“Service providers deploying advanced navigation, guides and other content need long-term, flexible solutions that will support any current or future device,” according to managing director for ActiveVideo Networks in Europe, Ronald Brockmann. “The selection of CloudTV will allow Ziggo to deliver rich, engaging services without replacing existing set-top boxes.”
Ziggo serves over three million households. It has almost 1.8 million internet users, 1.4 million telephone subscribers and 2.2 million digital television customers. The company owns a next-gen network that is capable of providing enough bandwidth for business-to-business operations such as data communication, telephony, television and internet for all future services.
The CloudTV platform is an optimized HTML5 browser technology that runs in remote servers and lets subscribers control their cloud experiences using a remote control.
This innovative and patented technology is not device-specific and interfaces seamlessly with existing cable network infrastructure that drives personalized, on-demand video to customers, as television operators move away from a unicast distribution network.
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Edited by Braden Becker