NDS and Cisco collaborate to launch cloud TV platform

MUMBAI: NDS, now part of Cisco, and Canal Digital, the leading DTH pay-TV provider in the Nordics, have collaborated to launch a next-generation cloud TV platform as a hosted, managed service.

Enabling both satellite and Over-the-Top (OTT) service delivery, the new platform will allow Canal Digital subscribers to access content anytime, anywhere and on multiple devices – whether in the home or on the go.

The premise for the new service is to provide an immersive TV experience that is personalised to the individual, the two companies said in a joint statement.

As an end-to-end hybrid infrastructure, delivered, hosted and managed for Canal Digital by NDS, the new platform will provide a scalable and flexible service that will allow for additional innovative features to be deployed quickly and easily after launch.

NDS Snowflake, the user experience framework, will provide the basis for the User Interface to be implemented across all devices as part of the Canal Digital service.

Powered by a hosted NDS Unified Headend, which will reside outside of the Canal Digital network, the subscriber’s home will be connected through a multimedia gateway that distributes content and metadata-based services around the home over IP to complement satellite delivered programming.

To enable advanced functionality throughout the home, the gateway and multi-tuner hybrid zapper boxes will be powered by NDS’ MediaHighway middleware, utilising Jungo Panorama remote management technology to reduce support costs and improve the subscriber experience.

Canal Digital CEO Patrik Hofbauer said, "Our new platform will provide what can only be described as a new generation of TV entertainment for our subscribers. With NDS, we are investing in our future to provide the ultimate user experience and the best possible infrastructure to support the growth of our business."

Cisco SVP & GM, service provider video technology group Jesper Andersen said, "In providing a wholly managed service for Canal Digital we are combining our experience and technical capability to extend our role as solutions provider further than ever before. But more significantly, the approach taken by Canal Digital shows market innovation and progression to hosted and cloud-based technologies that will enable future-proofed platforms, optimised resources and scalability."

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