Viaccess-Orca and Broadpeak Power New NPVR Service for Orange Poland, Increasing Audience Engagement

Using VO’s Service Delivery Platform and CloudPVR Solution From Broadpeak, Orange Poland Can Deliver NPVR, Catch-Up TV, and Start-Over Services on All Devices

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it is powering a new NPVR service for Orange Poland in partnership with Broadpeak, a leading provider of CDN and video-streaming solutions. VO’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) has been integrated with Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution, enabling Orange Poland to launch NPVR, catch-up TV, and start-over features on set-top boxes (STBs) and iOS and Android™ devices, with a fast time to market.

“Within the Polish TV market, there’s a high consumer demand for NPVR capabilities. To be competitive, we needed to introduce an NPVR service quickly and cost-effectively,” said Piotr Jaworski, CTO at Orange Poland. “VO and Broadpeak joined forces, creating a simple and efficient solution for managing and delivering NPVR. Being able to launch this new NPVR offering in just eight months, from kickoff to commercial launch, is a huge benefit for us as it enables our subscribers to enjoy the content they love more comfortably and intensively.”

VO’s SDP enables Orange Poland to manage subscribers and service delivery efficiently from a single platform whilst reducing costs. Using the comprehensive capabilities offered by VO’s SDP, Orange Poland can effectively manage the limits on the number of recordings, storage, and time duration, which are critical to a successful NPVR service. Broadpeak’s CloudPVR solution includes the BkM100 to manage recordings and the BkS350 origin packager to ingest and record ABR live streams. The BkS350 also records live content in one video format and then packages and encrypts it on the fly in any ABR format, providing massive storage savings.

“Orange Poland is the fastest-growing pay-TV operator in Poland,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO, Broadpeak. “We are extremely proud to build, together with VO, a solution that delivers Orange Poland’s vision for the future of television.”

“Today, users want the flexibility to watch television shows at any time, and services like NPVR are a great way for operators to address those subscribers’ demands,” said Paul Molinier, Viaccess-Orca CEO. “Working with Broadpeak, we’re helping Orange Poland to communicate and interact with audiences on all devices and deliver personalised recordings, including programs that have already been broadcast, improving audience engagement.”

VO will demonstrate its SDP and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting and to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

Broadpeak will demonstrate its Cloud-PVR and other solutions at IBC2019 at Stand 5.B78. To learn more and book a meeting, visit https://broadpeak.tv.

Viaccess-Orca Secures New Android TV STB for Orange Spain IPTV Offering

Using VO’s DRM, Orange Spain Can Meet the Strict Content Protection Requirements for Live, VOD, and Ultra HD Content

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange Spain has deployed a new Android™ TV set-top box (STB) secured by VO’s DRM solution for its IPTV service. This new STB will enable Orange Spain pay-TV subscribers to access a wide range of premium content, including Ultra HD, live, and VOD, protected by VO.

“Android TV offers a quick time-to-market for new services and a rich set of applications, which is exactly the type of experience we want to provide to our subscribers. The key is ensuring that content is well-protected,” said José Antonio Guzmán, Director of OrangeTV at Orange Spain. “VO’s DRM relies on powerful hardware-based content protection mechanisms, allowing us to meet the most demanding studio security requirements in the world.”

Orange Spain is now using security agents from VO within both its legacy Linux-based STBs and new Android TV STBs, ensuring a superior television experience for all subscribers. VO’s proprietary DRM and a multi-DRM backend platform are currently in use by more than 30 leading operators around the world and successfully deployed on Android STBs for IPTV and OTT services. VO’s DRM passed a rigorous assessment by Cartesian, proving that it is a robust content security solution.

“Content security requirements are continuously changing and increasing in complexity, and VO’s wide range of security services and solutions are made to address these challenges. Our DRM solution ensures that operators can deliver a rich offering in any ecosystem, including Android TV,” said Paul Molinier, CEO of Viaccess-Orca. “VO DRM is available on Android TV STBs from a variety of manufacturers, and we have significant deployment expertise in this environment, making us attractive to operators like Orange Spain that want to quickly launch and monetize a new television offering.”

VO will demonstrate the solution deployed at Orange Spain at IBC2019 Stand 1.A51. To set up a meeting to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Zodiac Systems, Enabling Advanced Services on Existing STBs

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Zodiac Systems, a global leader in cloud and device video service-delivery software. The partnership will offer a joint solution making it easier and more cost-effective for TV operators to deploy VO’s cloud-hosted TVaaS and Service Delivery Platform (SDP) with existing legacy STBs. The Zodiac Stack device software and Matrix cloud integration platform support both legacy and next-generation environments, empowering service providers to rapidly deliver feature-rich content on every screen.

With the jointly designed solution, any STB — including IPTV, hybrid, cable, and OTT — can be connected to VO’s SDP and TVaaS. The Zodiac Stack currently supports a growing list of over 150 STB models, making this solution more attractive over time. The comprehensive solution also acts as a cloud integration platform for any existing CAS/DRM or any other BSS/OSS system, enabling service providers to retain their existing third-party vendor ecosystem once integrated with Zodiac Matrix.

“The combined VO and Zodiac solution simplifies back-end migrations, allowing operators to provide a blend of services across STBs, smoothly handling the transition between existing backends and the SDP, whether on-premises or cloud-hosted,” said Derek Harrar, CEO at Zodiac Systems. “By enabling computational off-loading into the cloud, the solution opens up the possibility of launching new services on lower-end devices, which is an exciting opportunity for service providers.”

The Zodiac Stack device software and Matrix cloud integration platform target any STB, no matter how old. In fact, STBs over 10 years old have successfully been integrated with VO’s TV platform, so that all subscribers, even those with vintage STBs, can benefit from new features like advanced search, VOD, catch-up TV, NPVR, and advanced advertising models. Combined, the Zodiac Stack and Matrix include all necessary components that integrate with the target device’s hardware abstraction layer and the device drivers to enable customization, innovation, and feature replacement in the future.

“The jointly developed solution delivers an unprecedented value proposition for operators, helping them reduce churn by enhancing the user experience across the entire installed base of legacy STBs. Now, they can also easily launch attractive new services offered by VO’s TV platform, including browser-based applications and popular OTT services,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Marketing Security and Partnerships at VO. “By extending the lifespan of the STBs, our solution helps operators maximize ROI and reduce support costs while providing uniform consistency across the installed base of devices.”

The jointly designed solution from VO and Zodiac Systems will be demonstrated at IBC2019 at the Zodiac Systems stand 1.D11. To set up a meeting to learn more, click here: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2019.

Viaccess-Orca and Smart Bring Together the Best of TV and Programmatic Worlds in New Targeted TV Advertising Solution

End-to-End Solution Features Innovative TV Usage Data-Based Segmentation Capabilities, Offers the Optimal Mix of Openness, Security, and Control to IPTV and OTT Service Providers

At DMEXCO 2019 and IBC2019, Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, and its programmatic advertising partner Smart Adserver, the leading independent ad monetization platform, will introduce an end-to-end, targeted TV advertising solution. Using the preintegrated solution, service providers can generate revenues through data and inventory monetization, in particular, for linear multicast and on-demand TV. The solution notably allows the creation of granular audience segments leveraging VO’s AI-enriched TV data-management capabilities and the activation of these segments on Smart’s advertising platform. It further allows the distribution of targeted ads on any screen through VO’s secure player, which offers versatile ad replacement and insertion capabilities.

“Leveraging Smart’s and VO’s unique awareness around data privacy and security aspects, service providers can now enjoy new revenue channels generated by our targeted TV advertising solution while keeping control over vital data assets,” said Romain Job, Chief Strategy Officer at Smart Adserver. “This alliance between two recognized specialists allows service providers to access a single, preintegrated solution for managing ad campaigns, activating audience data, and distributing targeted ads on any device, including on the fast-growing Android TV-enabled market segment.”

The end-to-end solution supports the entire targeted ad cycle and offers seamless integration with Smart’s programmatic advertising environment. This includes data management enablers that are natively compliant with GDPR regulations and ensures full-service provider control from segment creation to monetization. In particular, VO’s behavioral insights on TV-usage data, the results of VO’s extensive AI research, provide an elegant and innovative route to TV audience monetization while alleviating reliance on legacy, controversial, third-party, data-based targeting techniques. The solution’s holistic ad monetization capabilities also cover cross-channel advertising, from direct IO management to programmatic transactions. It also supports KPI-focused advertising implementations, with real-time ad analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of ads and make advertising content as relevant as possible to the audience.

VO’s playback solutions, combined with Smart’s performance optimization techniques including peak management, ad-call pacing, local creative storage, validation, and provisioning, enable targeted ad delivery for any TV use case (e.g. linear, on-demand, or catch-up) onto any device (including Android TV-enabled) over IPTV or OTT.

“Targeted TV advertising is a huge revenue opportunity for operators and broadcasters that can help turn viewers’ experiences into personal ones, thereby driving higher engagement,” said Alain Nochimowski, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “This partnership between two mature technology providers results in an easy, fast, and secure way to enter the targeted TV advertising market and generate a new line of revenue. It’s exactly the kind of targeted TV advertising solution the industry needs to succeed.”

VO and Smart will demonstrate the targeted TV advertising solution at:
• DMEXCO, Sept. 11-12 in Cologne at Smart’s Booth Hall 6 – C061, and
• IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Viaccess-Orca Stand 1.A51 and Harmonic Stand 1.B20.

Viaccess-Orca Inks System Integrator Agreement with Divitel

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Divitel has joined VO’s new system integration partnership program. Based in the Netherlands, Divitel has over 20 years of experience as a solutions provider for all things video, offering cutting-edge technologies, end-to-end deployment support, and continuous data-driven operational improvements for pay-TV operators and service providers.

“Our goal is to work towards achieving superfast, low risk, and future-proof convergence between our customers’ networks and their advanced video services. By combining our unified video SI expertise, AI-driven data strategy, automation, and Divitel’s NOC, together with VO’s multiple state-of-the-art, proven products, we look forward to shortening the delivery time of flexible and robust converged solutions. This partnership is an important step in our mission to form strategic alliances with different video solutions vendors,” said Reuven Elmalem, Director of Service Strategy and Business Development EMEA at Divitel.

“Partnering with Divitel is a strategic decision that increases our competitive advantage across EMEA in project life cycle management, managed operations, and maintenance,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Partnership and Product Security at Viaccess-Orca. “Teaming up with Divitel will help pay-TV operators quickly launch revenue-generating TV Everywhere offerings with a high quality of service.”

VO’s global network of system integrators is designed to deliver the best OTT and TV experience to operators through the company’s enhanced solutions, including its Service Delivery Platform, multi-DRM, recommendation engine, analytics, secure video player, Anti-Piracy Center, and more.

Datacom and VO Sign System Integrator Partner Agreement for APAC

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Datacom is the first company to sign under VO’s new system integration partnership program. An international supplier of satellite communications equipment based in Hong Kong, with strong pay TV and SI skills, Datacom will play a crucial role in bringing VO’s world-class content protection and TV platform solutions to Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, including Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Australia, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

“With VO’s solutions, operators can solve the inherent challenges involved with providing a smarter and safer digital TV and OTT experience, and we look forward to bringing these innovations to the APAC region,” said Bo Guan, Manager, Multimedia and Broadcasting Division at Datacom. “As one of the leading resellers in Asia, we have worked on a wide range of pay-TV deployments and specialize in providing complete turnkey solutions for simplicity, efficiency, and reliability purposes. VO completes our portfolio, enabling us to deliver an end-to-end solution.”

Datacom has more than 20 years of experience in system integration services, with a staff of around 200 people and offices in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Congo, along with distributors throughout the Asian region.

VO’s global network of system integrators is designed to deliver the best OTT and TV experience to operators through the company’s end-to-end, cloud-based TV Platform as a Service TVaaS, secure video player, anti-piracy protection services, and other solutions.

“OTT video consumption is rising steadily across the world, especially in the APAC region, and we are looking for resellers to help us address that area of business growth,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Partnership and Product Security at VO. “Datacom is a results-oriented leader in the media communications industry with extensive project management experience and a one-stop shop service that includes design, procurement, delivery, installation, and maintenance, which will help our customers launch revenue-generating TV Everywhere services quickly.”

Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Technicolor, Bringing New Security Features to the Android TV Environment

VO’s DRM and Secure VO Player Fully Comply With Android TV Input Framework, Simplifying STB Integration

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has teamed up with Technicolor to simplify the delivery of Android TV experiences. VO’s DRM solution and its secure VO Player have been integrated on Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) from Technicolor in full compliance with the TV Input Framework (TIF). By making the plug-in for its DRM available in the media DRM format, VO ensures seamless integration into Android TV platforms and minimizes complexity for STB device manufacturers.

“Pay-TV operators are increasingly embracing the Android TV environment because of how immersive and engaging it is,” said Gaëtan Delcroix, Vice President, Video Product Unit at Technicolor. “The open and defined approach that VO has taken with its DRM solution significantly decreases integration costs for device manufacturers, enabling us to focus efforts on system on chip specificities and better meet the global demand for Android TV experiences.”

VO’s DRM and secure VO Player solutions have been integrated on Technicolor Sapphire STBs featuring an Android operating system and Broadcom 7271 chipset. Through universal integration of its DRM on Android TV devices, VO allows for de facto support of the various Android TV apps and players, including the VO Player. By combining Technicolor STBs, VO DRM, and the VO Player, pay-TV operators gain a fully integrated Android TV solution that is easy to deploy and that provides the highest security levels for premium video content protection. Thanks to a security renewal feature on VO’s DRM solution, operators don’t need to worry about compromised devices.

As part of its open approach to content security, VO provides its reference application code to all ecosystem partners.

Technicolor is leading the Android TV market worldwide. Technicolor STBs are certified for Android TV distribution with full DVB extensions, addressing both telco operators and broadcasters’ requirements.

“Thanks to this new partnership, operators can now take advantage of VO’s extensive portfolio of security services, such as digital rights management and security renewal, on Technicolor Android TV STBs,” said Chem Assayag, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “The end result is that viewers around the world can enjoy premium video content from Hollywood studios they desire on Android TV.”

At CES 2019, Jan. 8-11, in Las Vegas, VO and Technicolor will demonstrate a Technicolor Sapphire STB integrated with Android TV and VO’s DRM in Technicolor suites 30-315 and 30-317 at The Venetian.

Viaccess-Orca Selected by Guigo TV in Brazil to Power Its Live OTT Service

VO’s Cloud TV Platform, DRM, and App Solutions Ensure Secure Delivery of Live Content, Including Sports Events

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Brazil’s Guigo TV is launching a new OTT offering powered by VO’s TVaaS cloud-based TV platform, VO’s DRM solution, and VO’s applications. Using VO’s end-to-end, fully managed, and cloud-based TV service solution, Guigo TV can securely deliver live channels, including ethnic, finance, kids, fashion, and sports content, to subscribers on every screen.

“As the operator of Brazil’s first and only OTT subscription service with live television channels, we are setting a new precedent for superior TV Everywhere experiences,” said Renato Svirsky, Director at Guigo TV. “We chose VO’s end-to-end TV platform because it is flexible and cost-effective, speeding up the time to market for our new service. Hosting our offering on the cloud will allow us to seamlessly add features in the future, as we continue to enhance the streaming experience for customers.”

VO’s TVaaS platform provides Guigo TV with a complete solution for secure OTT delivery, including applications for smartphones, tablets, and computers. Being a fully managed and cloud-based video service delivery platform, TVaaS will allow Guigo TV to quickly monetize its new OTT service and provide the highest protection for its content offering.

“Guigo TV’s OTT service is raising the bar for streaming experiences in Brazil, and we are excited to play a pivotal role in this project,” said Carlos Ramos, Vice President of Sales, Americas, at Viaccess-Orca. “Our cloud TV platform, DRM, and app solutions not only streamline OTT content delivery, they make premium content more accessible to viewers, providing operators with the foundation for a successful streaming service.”

Viaccess-Orca and SoftAtHome Demonstrate End-to-End Addressable TV Solution

Best-of-Breed Solution Brings Data-Enabled Advertising to the TV Screen In Accordance With GDPR Regulations

At IBC2018, Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, and SoftAtHome, the technology company dedicated to the digital home, will jointly demonstrate an end-to-end, best-of-breed solution for addressable TV with their partner Viznet. The preintegrated solution enables household targeting on operator-controlled devices, including frame-accurate Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) on set-top boxes (STBs) for linear multicast and on-demand TV.

“With TV advertising revenues being challenged by digital advertising, channels see addressable TV as a new growth opportunity. For this opportunity to come to fruition, operators must offer notably granular audience segmentation capabilities across their footprints. However, subscribers’ data privacy and security must be a top priority, especially in the wake of EU’s stringent General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR,” said Alain Nochimowski, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “VO is proud to contribute its proven, hands-on data science and security expertise to help operators extract cross-screen TV audience insights and pave the way to innovative data-enabled TV advertising models.”

The addressable TV solution integrates VO’s audience management capabilities, which pushes the envelope for the enrichment of TV viewership data beyond the requirements of TV business analytics (namely, content promotion, upselling, or churn detection) to fuel the programmatic advertising value chain with unique AI-extracted insights.

The SoftAtHome DAI solution for STBs provides the core technology enablers to implement simultaneous targeted ad insertion for millions of households, including frame-accurate ad insertion on live and on-demand content. With its Eyes’ON TV-ad audience measurement solution, SoftAtHome also delivers an advanced tracking solution to monitor and monetize inserted ads.

“The ability to provide a frame-accurate dynamic ad insertion technology to meet the demanding requirements of TV services providers — notably in terms of user experience and service scalability both for linear and on-demand content — will be key to the success of addressable TV,” said David Souhami, Marketing Director, Innovation and STB, at SoftAtHome. “The TV industry, including content owners, has recognized the unique benefits of our DAI and audience-metering solutions, already being tested by leading European TV operators.”

Viznet brings to the table its combined advertising and TV industry expertise, providing technology solutions to facilitate ad decisioning and bridge the programmatic ad world with the TV world, enabling players to access substantial addressable TV revenue opportunities.

“Addressable TV is an amazing opportunity for TV channels and advertisers while improving ad relevancy for users,” said Stephane Bismuth, Co-founder and Co-CEO at Viznet. “By working together with VO and SoftAtHome to create a world-class targeted advertising solution, we are helping all players to benefit from this fast-growing market.”

The addressable TV solution will be demonstrated at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam on both VO Stand 1.A51 and SoftAtHome Stand 1.C29. Those wishing to view the demo may request a meeting at https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2018.