Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica bring network DVR to Movistar TV in Spain

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica bring network DVR services to nearly one million Movistar customers in Spain

  • Award-winning cloud-based DVR technology enables personal online recording and innovative TV features

PARIS — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Telefónica have enabled a new cloud-based TV feature for Telefónica’s pay TV service, Movistar TV.

Using Alcatel-Lucent’s award-winning Cloud DVR solution, Movistar subscribers now have access to up to 350 hours of personal online recording through their set-top boxes with a service that allows simultaneous use of all channels. An innovative ‘mosaic’ TV feature for major sporting events also allows customers to select between six different streams of the live action.

  • Telefónica was among the first service providers in Spain to launch a pay TV offering in 2001 and now reaches nearly one million subscribers.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is providing its Cloud DVR solution, enabling new pay TV features and multi-screen online recordings which give Telefónica a clearly differentiated offer in the Spanish marketplace. These features include:
    • Personal online recording, launched commercially in February 2014, provides each Movistar customer with unlimited simultaneous channel recording and up to 350 hours of network DVR storage.
    • Mosaic, launched in March 2014, is an interactive service for major sporting events which uses Alcatel-Lucent’s 5910 Video Services Appliance to enable customers to switch instantly between six different streams of the live action.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is also supporting Telefónica in its fiber-to-the-home deployments as part of the Movistar Fusión service.
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s deployment with Telefónica and Movistar in Spain underlines the company’s specialist focus on IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband technologies. With video the predominant traffic in any IP-based network infrastructure, Alcatel-Lucent’s unique understanding and expertise is enabling customers like Telefónica to unlock revenue potential from new services by adding intelligence to networks and moving to cloud-based infrastructures, such as the Cloud DVR platform.

Roque Lozano, President of Alcatel-Lucent Spain and Global Account Manager for Telefonica, said: “As Telefónica expands its fiber-to-the-home network it is also expanding its Movistar TV customer base. The success of the new features has been such that we are already exploring how we can increase the capacity and efficiency of the platform to handle the rapid growth in subscribers expected in the next year.”