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Cable Technology Feature Article

September 15, 2008

EventIS and OpenTV Create Advanced VoD Solution for Cable Operators

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

OpenTV (News - Alert), a provider of advanced television services and eventIS, the Eindhoven-based Video on Demand (VoD) solution specialist, are synchronizing efforts to deliver an end-to-end cable VoD system.
The partnership has resulted in a proven VoD solution, which incorporates functionality such as high-definition, start-over TV and catch-up TV. The new solution allows cable operators to differentiate their services with advanced features, according to officials.
The new end-to-end cable VoD system is based on the eventIS VoD back office solution featuring PRODIS and TRAXIS, as well as on OpenTV Core2 middleware and the OpenTV HTML browser solution, explained the companies. Looking after content and transaction management, the eventIS back office includes pre-packaged VoD content available on a free, subscription and pay-per view basis. In addition, this solution includes off-air content capture, accessed through both start-over and catch-up TV services.
The OpenTV client middleware solution can support quick deployment of visually rich applications across a diverse range of set-top boxes. According to OpenTV sources, this includes support for HTML-based applications, which offer cable operators the ability to create VOD store fronts using the latest Internet technology.
The eventIS and OpenTV solution is becoming popular already and is being deployed at a number of major cable operators worldwide including Ziggo in the Netherlands, VOO in Belgium and Starhub in Singapore. Talks are on for the deployment with a large Austrian operator.
Tracy Geist, OpenTV’s senior vice president of Market Development emphasized that this demonstration is another example of how OpenTV continues to lead the television transformation through key partnerships like the one they have with eventIS. Together, the companies are offering a proven VoD solution that supports advanced features and enables cable operators to differentiate their services.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi