Tele Columbus Selects Espial to Transform Video Experience
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OTTAWA, Ontario — September 8, 2015 — Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced that Tele Columbus has licensed Espial’s G4 STB Client and MSP solutions, as well as selected Espial to integrate their next generation IP video platform. Totaling over 2.8M subscribers with their recent acquisition of Primacom, Tele Columbus AG is one of the largest German cable network operators. Tele Columbus is currently preparing a new video service and interactive TV platform, with a first launch expected towards the end of the year 2015.
As part of their growth strategy, Tele Columbus is implementing an advanced video infrastructure – including innovations such as a Reference Design Kit (RDK) based set-top, advanced back-office systems and CDNs – to drive a new wave of interactive video services including time-shift TV, multiscreen, HbbTV and OTT video services. The Espial G4 STB Client will provide an immersive, world-class viewing experience for Tele Columbus subscribers. It will blend advanced TV functionality, including linear and on-demand content, with OTT video into a single, consistent experience. Espial will also act as the Master Systems Integrator for Tele Columbus’ next generation IP video platform.
Tele Columbus has also chosen the Espial Media Services Platform (MSP), which is a field proven, cloud-based video service delivery system that allows operators to provision, manage and deliver next generation Pay TV services including Live TV, on-demand TV, Time Shift TV, Interactive and multiscreen TV applications. MSP is an open, flexible, multi-network platform that enables IPTV, OTT and hybrid TV services to any connected device, in the home or on the go.
“In collaboration with Espial, we are creating a market-leading IP video service which will surprise and delight our expanding base of subscribers and push Tele Columbus towards the top of the market,” said Ronny Verhelst, CEO, Tele Columbus. “The Espial G4 STB Client, Espial Media Service Platform and the Espial Experience professional services team were selected based on their industry leading software and expertise in RDK and user experience. We are determined to be among the most innovative European network operators.”
“Tele Columbus is a visionary force among European network operators, and we are honored to be selected for their next generation platform,” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO, Espial. “The Espial G4 and MSP solutions lead the market in delivering a world-class UX and are highly scalable. They will support our partner Tele Columbus’ growth strategy and provide them with a flexible, open UX platform which can be customized for regional and demographic based market segments.”
More information about Espial solutions and services is available at www.espial.com.
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About Espial (espial.com)
With Espial, video service providers create responsive and engaging subscriber viewing experiences incorporating intuitive content discovery and instinctive navigation. Service providers achieve ‘Web-speed’ innovation with Espial’s flexible, open software leveraging RDK and HTML5 technologies. This provides competitive advantage through an immersive and personalized user experience, seamlessly blending advanced TV services with OTT content. With customers spanning six continents, Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, has R&D centers in Silicon Valley, Montreal, and the UK, and sales/support offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
About Tele Columbus (telecolumbus.com)
The SDAX listed Tele Columbus Group is one of Germany’s largest cable network operators. Via its origins – individual regional cable network operators that were merged into Tele Columbus – the company dates back to 1972. About 2.8 million connected households in Germany use Tele Columbus’ TV signals and, increasingly, digital broadcast packages, Internet and voice connections provided via high-performance broadband cable. As a national provider with a regional focus and a partner of the housing industry, the Group is present throughout its core markets Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia as well as in numerous key regions in western Germany. In tune with current demand trends, the company is upgrading its networks in a hybrid fibre-optic infrastructure for superfast Internet connections of up to several hundred megabits per second with the state-of-the-art Internet transmission standard DOCSIS 3.0. The broadband cable caters to the entire range of innovative media applications from analogous, digital and high-definition TV to high-speed Internet and voice connections to telemetry services, tenant portals and interactive services. Beyond merely transmitting signals, Tele Columbus uses its own product platform in order to actively increase the programme offering and to develop additional services.