OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Middleware vendor Wyplay has launched a new voice assistant cloud platform supporting voice technologies from Google, Amazon, Nuance and more. Operators can integrate the voice assistant cloud platform directly on set tops or make use of smart speakers with predeveloped tools, also known as skills or actions, to ensure an operator’s key use cases are accessible via a voice device.


Content protection and OTT software supplier Viaccess-Orca has won a renewed deal at Andorra Telecom to improve its existing IPTV service as well as launch a new next-gen TV offering using VO’s TV Platform and DRM technologies. The IPTV service is getting pampered with personalization software as well as enable Andorra Telecom to manage subscribers and content delivery from a single platform. Andorra Telecom has been a VO customer since 2013, maybe even earlier, working with other vendors including Broadpeak, Huawei, Netcracker and Astellia.

A few days prior, Viaccess-Orca also won a deal with iKO Media Group, deploying the VO Conditional Access system in its Rome-based teleport. VO says a major content provider and customer of iKO is already relying on the CAS to deliver new content.

Streaming specialist Net Insight has partnered with Bambuser, also a Swedish live video technology vendor, to offer a remote production tool to combine mobile and professional TV cameras for creating multi-camera live productions. The duo claims Net Insight’s Nimbra platform combined with Bambuser’s mobile live streaming platform will drastically reduce the costs of streaming live events while opening up avenues for new content types.

French encoding firm Ateme has landed a deal for its Titan compression software and Ateme Management System (AMS) at Brazilian educational organization Kroton Educacional, to expand the combined IPTV and OTT operations. Kroton Educacional distributes live content to 1,200 reception sites and Ateme says Titan can also be used for content generation from the distance learning center to Kroton Teleports.

OTT software firms Accedo and Brightcove say one of their joint customers, Vietnamese VoD service Funbox, aims to add 1 million new users when it launches on iOS, Android, Roku, smart TVs and the web in 2019. Using the OTT Flow X technology, Funbox will expand outside of YouTube where it currently enjoys 4 million daily views.

UK processor IP provider Imagination Technologies, now owned by private equity group Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, has teamed with South Korean SoC video encoding company Chips&Media, to develop new IP for GPU and video codecs.

A few months after entering Italy, France’s Iliad reported second quarter revenues down 0.5% year on year to €1.2 billion amid a decline of 70,000 mobile subscribers in Q2 and almost 500,000 in a year – the telco’s first subscriber decline since disrupting the French mobile scene in 2012. Broadband also declined with 47,000 fleeing in the first six months of 2018, to total 6.4 million, of which 734,000 are FTH. In Italy it has picked up 635,000 mobile subscribers.

Spanish media asset management technology firm Tedial will be showcasing SmartLive at IBC, claiming to be a European trade show first and promising a major revolution in sports production. Tedial says SmartLive marries AI to a metadata engine to bring the back office and archives closer to live, with integrated speech-to-text capability called Speechmatics. It has also added an AI-based auto-logging tool for automatically creating information for every event, as well as providing video recognition of action and players. SmartLive is apparently best suited for less popular sports where data feeds may not be available, therefore avoiding costly manual logging.

Spanish AI start-up Jump TV Solutions has released its new Data-Driven UX software to give video service providers a dynamic process of customer insights, combined with the Accedo One CMS. It aims to provide a more personalized service and ultimately improve engagement and retention levels.

More action from Sweden as video QoE company Agama Technologies has announced a collaboration with video technology firm castLabs to deliver a pre-integrated player SDK for OTT service providers. Agama’s video service assurance software will work with castLabs’ PrestoPlay video player SDKs for 24/7 monitoring, assurance and analytics.

Next door in Norway, multiscreen technology vendor Norigin Media has been selected by an unnamed “leading cable company” in the Scandinavia region, bucking the trend by migrating all 100 of its linear TV channels from AWS to Norigin Media’s Cloudncoder. The fiber broadband and premium TV operator is using Cloudncoder to capture, transcode and package its 100-channel live OTT video offering, as well as to create catch-up content.

UK recommendation engine pioneer ThinkAnalytics reported some lucrative results for the financial year ended June 30, with turnover up 40% and profits up 50% year on year, now reaching 250 million subscribers with 3 billion recommendations served every day. ThinkAnalytics says the main drivers include depth of functionality and proven scalability with deployments in the tens of millions now a common occurrence.

Panasonic has committed to the 4K HDR Ultra HD logo from quality assurance company Eurofins Digital Testing on its latest range of TVs. The certification scheme is used to identify TVs which have been fully tested to receive and display content in HDR, UHD and WCG simultaneously, from broadcast and broadband.

AI for video recognition start-up Valossa had its technology tested by online tool provider Dataturks and was found to have the best in market nudity recognition software for visual imagery.

Media quality control and monitoring provider Interra Systems has added AI and machine learning capabilities to its Baton QC platform for content classification and compliance. The Baton Winnow software is now powered by algorithms implemented using widely adopted open source TensorFlow framework and computer vision algorithms – designed to save time and money for broadcasters.

Austrian electronics company Ruwido has partnered with hospitality entertainment group Sonifi Solutions to roll out a remote control with a more “at-home feeling” for travelers. Deployed initially in the US, the remote features a more modern design with high quality metal dome membranes and buttons focused on important functions.

IBC next week will see UX vendor Massive Interactive unveil its customizable Android TV Operator Tier Launcher following high demand from operators to bring Android TV into their multi-platform device suites. It soft launched during the World Cup with a major Asia Pacific telco and will now be made widely available, enabling on the fly UX redesign, layout personalization and content prioritization.

Suitest, a provider of object-based test automation tools for OTT apps, claims to be one of the first companies in the world to offer a comprehensive test automation suite for the Roku platform. It allows app developers to API-based test scenarios, either codeless or Javascript, for the latest Roku devices.

Nielsen has completed its acquisition of market intelligence provider SuperData Research, which specializes in gaming, VR and AR across mobile, PC and consoles. SuperData claims to analyze the spending of over 160 million paying digital gamers globally.

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America has released its first-generation 8K Ultra HD 70” Class LCD monitor called the 8M-B70AU. Featuring HDR, more than 33 million pixels and resolution 16x Full HD, Sharp says the display “provides for images so realistic, and with such a sense of depth, that it feels as if objects aren’t just on the screen but are actually the real thing.”

21st Century Fox has made a questionable $100 million investment in social streaming platform Caffeine, a rival to Amazon’s Twitch. Fox says it plans to help Caffeine create exclusive esports and other live events content.

Apple’s video streaming service, which hasn’t even launched yet, will pick up 50 million subscribers by 2025 and will be worth $4.4 billion by this time, according to Morgan Stanley.

Live sports providers are licking their lips at the prospects for VR and AR use cases, a feeling which is not mutual among consumers, according to a survey from BSS supplier CSG International. It found 69% of consumers are not at all interested in VR/AR for in-home viewing, although 44% of Generation Z and millennial respondents in the US are interested in VR/AR as a way to get the in-stadium experience at home.


Ex-Disney exec Christie Fleischer has been employed by Netflix as global head of consumer products, focusing on boosting original series and movies. She will oversee retail and licensee partnerships, publishing, interactive games, merchandising and experiential events.

The YouSee TV service from Danish operator TDC is now available on Apple TV as well as TDC’s own set tops and will soon be rolled out on LG smart TVs.

Finnish operator Elisa has revealed it signed a cooperation deal with China Broadcasting and Television Media back in July, to provide Nordic TV to 245 million Chinese cable TV households.

Hathway Cable and Datacom in India has integrated Netflix on its set tops, making the SVoD service available to 800,000 cable subscribers. It will soon roll out a remote control with a dedicated Netflix button.

Canadian cinema chain Imax is launching a new certification and licensing program for consumer electronics products and content, in partnership with audio firm DTS. Working in Imax digitally reversed 4K HDR, Imax says its proprietary postproduction process can produce more vibrant colors, greater contrast and sharper clarity, while the DTS:X audio codec technology will bring an improved home audio experience.

Czech media platform provider nangu.TV is powering a new set top-based OTT service for Orange’s Slovakian operation. Orange subscribers can view Orange TV online on standard TV sets, using components customized for the Slovak market.