Tele Columbus selects Espial for next generation IP video platform

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 
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Tele Columbus Selects Espial to Transform Video Experience

  • New Video Solution and Services Enable Immersive, Engaging Subscriber Viewing Experience

OTTAWA, Ontario — 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.”