Liberty Global taps ActiveVideo CloudTV to complement cloud UI strategy

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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AMSTERDAM — ActiveVideo® and Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA) today announced that ActiveVideo’s CloudTV™ software platform has been enlisted by Liberty Global to expand the reach of user experiences offered by Horizon TV, Liberty Global’s revolutionary media and entertainment platform, currently being deployed in Europe and Latin America.

CloudTV decouples the user experience from device dependencies, enabling IPTV, telco, cable and other pay-TV providers to reduce costs and time-to-market for multiplatform television experiences. CloudTV™ H5, the latest version of the platform, features key innovations in product and network scalability that are supporting the accelerated deployment of differentiating user interfaces and applications written in HTML5.

“Consumers are seeking new enhanced experiences for their video entertainment all the time,” said Aamir Hussain, managing director and CTO, Liberty Global Europe. “Liberty Global is constantly innovating and leading in delivering compelling and differentiated TV experiences leveraging cloud-based architectures. Liberty Global is using ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform to complement its cloud UI strategy and expand Horizon-like experiences, including cloud DVR, VOD navigation and advanced applications, to STBs and connected devices.”

“Moving the user interface into the cloud reduces operational costs and time to market for advanced services and simplifies future software releases,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo. “We look forward to working with Liberty Global as they continue to accelerate the evolution and availability of the Horizon user experience to devices that cannot run it natively.”

Using highly optimized browser technology, CloudTV massively scales to render the complete UI in the cloud to enable consistent multiscreen delivery of advanced user interfaces. The CloudTV H5 platform streams user experiences with low latency in either H.264 or MPEG2 via IP or QAM networks to any STB, CI Plus television or connected device. The cloud-based execution and rendering enables rapid, cost-effective development of complex animations and functionality for any connected device, regardless of processing capability.

CloudTV is available on more than 10 million devices in the United States and abroad with Cablevision Systems, Ziggo, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and other operators and with Comcast in a multi-stage trial in one of the country’s most competitive markets. In addition, Charter Communications is using CloudTV to support its cloud-based UI strategy. CloudTV also is on Philips-brand NetTVs and is powering advanced user experiences for Net2TV, a virtual service provider.