14 September 2014
Amsterdam – 14 September 2014, SoftAtHome (4.A51), provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the Digital Home and end-to-end DVB/IPTV/OTT platform provider Zappware (1.A81), announced today the intensification of their partnership. The hybrid end-to-end cable platform they both deliver through their partnership allows viewers to zap between cable and OTT content and will be deployed across a Tier-one cable network in Europe in the coming months. The HEVC enabled platform for cable TV operators was first released at IBC last year.
The solution has the most advanced end-to-end unified cable solution and features SoftAtHome’s Universal Player, which enables viewers to zap seamlessly between cable (DVB-C) channels and OTT content (HLS, DASH, Smooth Streaming) including HEVC.
SoftAtHome’s SOP7 set-top-box and home-gateway software has been integrated with the Zappware platform to produce a hybrid IP/Cable DOCSIS 3 compliant HTML5 solution on the STB side. This enables advanced features such as decoding Ultra HD 4k content, recording via up to 8 parallel tuners or building video libraries with PodcasTV™. It also supports the latest UI concepts including smooth animation and remote control from connected devices.
Through the integration with the Zappware platform, cable operators now have access to an advanced end-to-end hybrid cable/OTT solution that allows them to enrich their cable STB service with multiscreen services while optimally combining broadcast (DVB) and broadband (OTT) technologies to efficiently deliver content to subscribers both on and beyond their network.
SoftAtHome and Zappware’s partnership aims to tackle the challenges of migration for cable operators into the competitive IP multiscreen world.
“This partnership shows Zappware’s capability to deliver our best-of-breed user experience and service delivery platform across multiple devices and on different networks. The flexibility of our partner SoftAtHome’s underlying SOP product ensures that features can be ever evolving compromising neither time-to market or budget,” said Patrick Vos, Zappware’s CEO.
“SoftAtHome’s unique Universal Player and embedded software expertise combine with Zappware’s intuitive, content-driven UI to enable cable operators to deploy latest generation TV solutions to embrace OTT sources without losing control or compromising quality,” said Michel Degland, SoftAtHome’s CEO.
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SoftAtHome is an operator-backed software company delivering the best of connectivity, Pay TV and digital services to the home. Through its SOP product SoftAtHome empowers operators to compete against local competition and global players alike by leveraging the ecosystem to deliver outstanding services. SOP is central to delivering standard based cost-effective solutions that are simple and long lasting. SoftAtHome solutions are already deployed on over 20 million Home Gateways and Set Top Box throughout the world in multiple broadband and broadcast deployments. The company is headquartered in France with development and sales teams also in Belgium and the UAE. For more information, visit our website at www.softathome.com or follow us @SoftAtHome.
About Zappware NV
Zappware, headquartered in Belgium, uniquely combines creativity and technology into powerful digital TV solutions for pay TV operators exploiting DVB, IPTV, OTT and hybrid networks. Its proven platform, currently deployed on millions of devices around the world, provides an intuitive and personalized multi-screen TV experience across set-top boxes, connected TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs. It includes a powerful service management system that allows the operator to manage the complete experience and monetize the service. With its Zappware Design custom user experience service, Zappware also designs fully custom user experiences, which can be custom built on top of Zappware's platform or on custom environments.
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