OTTAWA, Canada--Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced a Software License and Distribution Agreement with ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) to integrate and resell Espial’s product portfolio, further extending ARRIS’s expansive portfolio of IP Video solutions for global service providers.
“Our combined solutions will seamlessly integrate IP and linear video, enabling service providers to easily deliver the next generation of personalized and connected entertainment.”
As part of the agreement, Espial and ARRIS will jointly deliver end-to-end, next-gen IP Video solutions to new and existing customers. The agreement broadens ARRIS’s reseller portfolio to now incorporate Espial’s popular software-based products and services, integrating them with ARRIS’s RDK-based set-tops and other IP video solutions. The resulting combination will offer Service Providers another comprehensive solution set to address the Next-Generation IP Video market.
The Espial software-based products and services included in the agreement include:
• Espial G4 STB Client software and UX (RDK-based)
• Espial Media Service Platform Cloud back-office software
• Espial Whole Home Solution hosted video solution (acquisition recently announced)
• Espial G4 HTML5 UX as integrated with ActiveVideo for legacy set-tops
The companies also will work together on joint integration and co-marketing activities.
The agreement builds upon a successful history of collaboration between the two companies, including Espial’s recent acquisition of the Whole Home Solution platform from ARRIS. This year, the two companies also came together to power the launch of Europe’s first RDK-based 4K video service, by Portugal's NOS, combining Espial's G4 STB Client software and ARRIS's 4K Hybrid ZD4500 set-top.
“ARRIS is committed to the long-term success of our customers worldwide. By combining Espial’s software-centric portfolio with ARRIS’s leading video platforms and global services capabilities, we can offer current and new customers an even greater range of solutions to quickly meet growing demand for advanced services,” said Bruce McClelland, ARRIS President and CEO. “Our combined solutions will seamlessly integrate IP and linear video, enabling service providers to easily deliver the next generation of personalized and connected entertainment.”
“Service providers need complete solutions and trusted partners to help them launch a new generation of IP video services to their subscribers,” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO, Espial. “Leveraging ARRIS’s global services, distribution, and support teams will expand Espial’s footprint worldwide. We look forward to collaborating with ARRIS on both software and hardware roadmaps to accelerate new service velocity and innovation for video service providers going forward.”
Industry Analyst Quote
“With video competition from the Web/OTT mounting, Pay TV operators are shifting to IP, HTML, and open-source software to enable rapid innovation cycles,” according to Tom Morrod, senior director of TV and broadcast technology, IHS Markit. “As the resulting pressure to develop breakthrough hardware and software has accelerated, we increasingly see partnerships and collaborations important for innovation that delivers competitive advantage.*”
About ARRIS (www.arris.com)
ARRIS International plc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) is a world leader in entertainment and communications technology. Our innovations combine hardware, software, and services across the cloud, network, and home to power TV and Internet for millions of people around the globe. The people of ARRIS collaborate with the world's top service providers, content providers, and retailers to advance the state of our industry and pioneer tomorrow's connected world. For more information, visit www.arris.com.
About Espial (www.espial.com)
With Espial, video service providers create responsive and engaging subscriber viewing experiences incorporating powerful content discovery and intuitive navigation. Service providers achieve ‘Web-speed’ innovation with Espial’s flexible, open software leveraging RDK and HTML5 technologies. This provides competitive advantage through an immersive and personalized user experience, seamlessly blending advanced TV services with OTT content. With customers spanning six continents, Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, has R&D centers in Montreal, Silicon Valley, Cambridge UK, and Lisbon, and sales/support offices in N. America., Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.espial.com.
*Information based on IHS Markit Technology Pay TV & Video Analyst Research. Information is not an endorsement of Espial or ARRIS International, plc. Any reliance on these results is at the third party's own risk. Visit www.technology.ihs.com for more details.