First European customer for Videoscape Unity

gunnar-evensen-2CABLE CONGRESS 2013 – LONDON. Cisco has announced the Norwegian cablenet GET is to adopt the Cisco Videoscape Unity video services delivery platform, the first European customer to be announced since the integration with the former NDS product line.

It has also been confirmed that Telenet has deployed the Snowflake multiscreen user interface for its Yelo platform.

The GET video service is built around flexible viewing both in the home and on the go, using multiple screens to access a line-up of linear channels, on demand content and personal video recorder functionality.

Cisco Videoscape Unity will provides a unified infrastructure for the management of video content and applications delivered over cable, IP and over-the-top (OTT) to multiple devices. Content in the home will be managed through a connected video gateway powered by the MediaHighway middleway for set-top box and gateway functionality.

The Norwegian operator recently signed an agreement with Pace to supply a media gateway product.

The Snowflake interface, already adopted across the Liberty Global network as part of the Horizon product will provide a unified feel across devices. VideoGuard Conditional Access (CA) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology will secure the GET platform on devices both inside and out of the home, including set-top boxes and connected media-ready devices like the iPad.

“We want to deliver our customers access to entertainment and information services at the touch of a button, seamless across any device. Through the project with Cisco we will fulfill this vision and provide GET customers with the most rich information and entertainment in the easiest and most convenient way,” said Gunnar Evensen, CEO, GET. The operator was a previous customer of both Cisco and NDS.

“We are experiencing a wave of innovation in European cable. The industry is going through a transition which is largely catalyzed by the exponential growth in connected devices and OTT services,” said Yves Padrines, vice president and general manager, EMEAR, Service Provider Video Technology Group, Cisco.
“The Cisco Videoscape Unity platform uniquely addresses the changing needs of our pay-TV customers now and into the future. GET is a leading and collaborative partner, and we are proud to support them as they lay the foundations for their next-generation TV experience.”

The introduction of Snowflake on Yelo has cemented the association with the more well-publicised Horizon elsewhere within the Liberty Global family of companies.

Users will have the ability to navigate into the ‘past’ or ‘future’ with easy navigation of both catch-up and on-demand content, all through a consistent Telenet-branded experience.