Conax Launches Conax Xtend Multiscreen With Cubiware and MPS Broadband

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
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Delivering a Highly Cost-Effective Eco-System Enabling Pay-TV Operators to Boost Their Consumer Offering With Rich OTT Multiscreen Services

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — NexTV Summit 2012 — Conax, global security specialist for video content distribution, announced the launch of Conax Xtend Multiscreen™. The new solution developed together with strategic partners Cubiware and MPS Broadband will provide pay-TV operators with a groundbreaking, pre-integrated ecosystem. The highly cost efficient solution will considerably reduce time-to-market for delivering new services to connected devices such as Catch-up, VOD, Live broadcast and more. Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ will enable operators of all sizes to easily integrate support for multiscreen and OTT services to broadcast operations.

Why Conax Xtend Multiscreen™?

Until now, the challenge for pay-TV operators looking to harness the opportunities and demands presented by Over-the-Top content distribution has been identifying a full-featured, secure multiscreen solution. Combining the combined technology and expertise provided by Conax, Cubiware and MPS Broadband has made it possible to offer the market a truly unique solution for making the transition to advanced multiscreen services.

Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ will enable operators reduced cost and time-to-market for delivering new services to connected devices like hybrid client devices, tablets and smart phones. Subscribers will reap the benefits of full control of their viewing schedule and a rich, live broadcast entertainment experience available at any time, any place and on any device.

“The Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ approach is unprecedented in the market today, says Tom Jahr, EVP Products & Partners, Conax. Working with strategic partners Cubiware for advanced user interface technologies, and MPS Broadband for content management, the benchmark Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ solution has the potential to set a new standard in terms of price/performance for multiscreen solutions. We are combining best-of-breed technologies to deliver a world class solution that will enable operators to capitalize on the new multiscreen television environment.”

Partnership for taking pay-TV operations to the next level

Conax Contego Unite™ provides streamlined protection of content across media consumption devices, employing Conax Contego Unite™ as a common CAS/DRM system. CubiTV middleware (User Interface Technologies) provides a rich user experience and a consistent look and feel across client devices, with high efficiency that enables advanced services on low-cost clients. MPS Publishing Platform® (MPP) is a full end-to-end content management system for managing, publishing, and distributing live and on demand video services. MPP controls the content and metadata workflows. Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ is integrated with a range of multiscreen encoding solutions and Content Delivery Networks.

Key operator benefits:

  • Easily extend offering to include OTT content and connected devices
  • Reduced risk, operational complexity, cost and time-to-market
  • Highly cost-effective solution
  • Easy integration with pay-TV operator’s existing infrastructure

Contego Xtend Multiscreen™ features:

  • Video-on-Demand, catch-up and Live-TV
  • Support for STBs, smart phones, tablets, PCs and Macs
  • Consistent and intuitive user experience across all devices
  • Follow-me functionality and smart remote control
  • Peer2View® technology from MPS Broadband

“Conax Xtend Multiscreen as a pre-integrated solution offers short time-to-market and significantly reduced deployment risk. This is what the market is waiting for today,” says Maciej Grzonkowski, CTO at Cubiware.

Pontus Eklöf, COO at MPS Broadband comments, “We are pleased to include our technologies for workflow simplification and distribution enhancement in Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ to enable a unique end-to-end eco-system for OTT services.”

The Conax Xtend Multiscreen™ solution will reduce technical complexity for operators, exposure to the risks of untested solutions and decreased time to market — making the introduction of new and advanced services manageable and profitable.