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June 17, 2013

Espial and Cisco Demonstrate Espial's Multiscreen Companion App

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

The newly released Espial advanced multiscreen companion app integrated with Cisco (News - Alert) Videoscape 9800 series multiscreen gateway is going to be demonstrated at The Cable Show 2013.

The Espial app will be installed over the Apple (News - Alert) iPad tablet and its advanced set of multiscreen use cases including metadata sharing, channel changing, tuner streaming and DVR streaming will be demonstrated.

The combined prowess of Espial (News - Alert) and Cisco’ features will enable consumers to add a second screen functionality to their devices along with enjoying a customized user interface and extended metadata.

Paul Claussen, director of business development at Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group, commented, “With Espial’s advanced companion app, we are able to demonstrate the many ways service providers can enrich the consumer TV experience. Using an Apple iPad, users can easily and seamlessly access electronic programming guide information, DVR lists, and more.”

Connecting directly to TVs and STBs via Wi-Fi, the Espial multiscreen companion app allows consumers to stream live TV and VOD, manage recordings and also access traditional program information.

Espial claimed that its offering of integrated middleware and video-on-demand solutions provide superior service delivery, advanced service innovation tools and the ability to serve a wide range of market segments – including over-the-top, IPTV (News - Alert), hybrid IP, multi-dwelling unit and enterprise.

Cisco explained that its Videoscape Multiscreen Gateways expand entertainment experiences and they are capable of decoding, and then distributing IP video, hybrid, or digital video broadcasting (DVB) and Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)-based live, on-demand, online, and recorded video content services to other devices.

Cisco asserted that the demonstration at The Cable Show will serve as an example of the successful business relationship that Cisco and Espial have developed over the years. Cisco STBs deployed by major multinational operators leverage Espial’s advanced STB client middleware and browser technology. The company is eager to show connected TV manufacturers, broadcasters and cable operators the enhanced multiscreen user experience that can be achieved with Espial and Cisco multiscreen solutions.  

In related news, Telenet selected Cisco Videoscape Snowflake to provide multiscreen Yelo TV user experience and Espial MediaBase powered VOD services for Taiwan’s largest CATV operator.

Edited by Alice Koganova

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