Metrological and ActiveVideo, a joint venture of Arris and Charter Communications, said they are working together on a platform that enables pay TV operators to integrate OTT fare on existing set-top boxes.
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The technology link-up, they said, will give service providers the ability to deploy OTT content and advanced interfaces to older set-tops that “have limited resources and lack full HTML5 support.”
Early on, two operators in the Caribbean and Latin America region plan to launch the integrated solution next year, they said. They didn’t identify those operators, but Liberty Puerto Rico is among ActiveVideo’s existing customers in that region. Metrological, meanwhile, has already teamed up with Liberty Global to help the operator bring Netflix to IP-capable set-top boxes. Comcast has a similar agreement with Metrological.
The vendors said the coming joint solution will tie together ActiveVideo’s CloudTV product with the Metrological Application Platform. They plan to demo the joint offering at this week’s SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo at the Metrological booth (#1638).
“By leveraging the cloud to virtualize CPE functions, we enable operators to quickly deploy and easily manage new OTT services on the millions of STBs that already are in the field,” Joroen Ghijsen, Metrological’s CEO, said in a statement.
“Working with Metrological gives operators a new way to unify the customer experience across their entire CPE footprint, by using cloud-based technology to bring the latest OTT content and applications to their subscribers,” added Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo.