ThePlatform Powers Sky TV New Zealand's 'TV Everywhere'


Sky TV, New Zealand's biggest pay-TV provider, has selected Comcast's thePlatform subsidiary to provide back-end video management for its iSky online service for subscribers.

Seattle-based ThePlatform also runs Comcast's Xfinity TV and Rogers' On Demand Online in Canada.

Content available through Sky TV's iSky is based on subscribers' existing TV packages and features live streaming channels including Sky News New Zealand, CNN and Sky Sports channels. On-demand content is also available including "catch-up" TV episodes and movies.

In addition, the iSky portal offers several thousand movies and TV episodes for rent on a pay-per-view basis.

"Our primary focus for the iSky service is to provide a seamless entertainment experience for our subscribers," Sky Television CEO John Fellet said in a statement. "ThePlatform's proven expertise in supporting large ‘TV Everywhere' deployments in North America made them the right choice to deliver the scale required to support our back-end video management."

Sky is using thePlatform's TV Everywhere solution to authenticate subscribers for iSky and authorize online playback on individual videos based on a user's paid TV subscription package. ThePlatform's mpx video management system lets content partners publish video to the iSky website.

On the broadband front, Sky Television's current broadband partners include Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot, Farmside, Xnet, Woosh, Snap and WIZwireless. Sky subscribers who have one of these Internet service providers will be able to take advantage of unmetered plans, so iSky viewing will not count toward users' monthly data allowance on these ISPs, according to the company.

As of June 30, 2010, Sky TV had a total of 802,397 subscribers.