Kabel Deutschland Picks Vendors For Multiscreen Video Play


Kabel Deutschland, the largest cable provider in Germany, is going über the top.

KD inked a deal with Concurrent Computer to deploy the vendor's MediaHawk video-on-demand platform to deliver content to an array of consumer electronics devices. The MediaHawk VX software works with off-the-shelf commercially available hardware to combine traditional TV VOD and HTTP content-delivery network features.

The cable operator will integrate Concurrent's solution with SeaChange International's EventIS back office system and NDS's client solution. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

The deployment is designed to let KD deliver video to both traditional set-top boxes as well as IP-enabled consumer devices, such as tablet computers, smartphones, IP set-top boxes and gaming consoles.

"KD's goal is to provide our customers with new and innovative video services that span an increasing array of consumer devices," Lorenz Glatz, the operator's chief technology officer, said in a statement. "We tested several platforms and decided on Concurrent's solution based on its performance and unique multiscreen features. We believe Concurrent's ability to support both Internet video delivery and traditional TV delivery on the same platform provides us with the flexibility to expand our business to new screens and to take advantage of more efficient content delivery models."

KD has 8.7 million subscribers and approximately 2,700 employees, operating cable networks in 13 German federal states.