CABLE CONGRESS 2013 – LONDON. Ziggo has launched its cloud based multiscreen, multiroom service, using cloud-based technology from ActiveVideo Networks to provide a consistent look and feel on even the most elderly of set-tops.
Using a combination of IP protocol and DVB-C, Ziggo has created a world first by providing interactive services such as video on demand without built in hardware.
Initially the service will run on Humax (5100, 5200 and 5300) and Samsung (7140A) and (7140B) digital receivers.
Murali Nemani, SVP and CMO of ActiveVideo Networks told Broadband TV News that an initial 500,000 homes would be covered with a second phase bringing in one million TV sets fitted with a CI Plus module.
The Graphical User Interface is based on HTML5 and through a “temporary personal TV channel” to the user streamed over the DVB-C network.
Nemani said that in moving to a cloud-based user interface module Ziggo had proven that it was possible to use the cloud for large-scale deployments. “By using the cloud you don’t have to put in support capital in the hope the customer will embrace it.”
ActiveVideo has worked with Ziggo to create its own cloud, while smaller operators might opt for one hosted by the technology company.