Amino deploys TimeShift pause live TV in the Netherlands

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Major operator in the Netherlands first to deploy Amino TimeShift pause live TV solution

CAMBRIDGE, UK — Amino, leaders in IPTV, today announces a major operator in the Netherlands as the first customer for its Amino TimeShift pause live TV (PLTV) solution. The solution has been developed to ensure that viewers will never miss a moment of their favourite TV.

The operator will offer the solution to its customer base throughout the Netherlands, where the company provides innovative IPTV services across fibre and copper networks.

The new local PLTV recording solution is optimised to deliver a highly responsive and seamless consumer experience irrespective of network type. Amino TimeShift intelligently buffers video for up to one hour and has been specifically developed to enable middleware providers to offer ‘pause on demand’ or ‘instant rewind’ functionality, depending on operator requirements.

The device has been optimised for write intensive applications – such as instant rewind – where reliability and extended lifetime are critical, enabling IPTV operators to offer PLTV without the need for a hard disk drive enabled set-top box (STB). It is particularly relevant for high latency networks where “network-based” PLTV would be problematic.

The new solution combines 8GB of trusted, high endurance flash storage from SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, with Amino’s best-in-class Aminet IPTV software. Available in a small USB flash drive interface, the PLTV solution can be deployed as a simple “plug and play” upgrade. Measuring less than 2cms x 1.5cms, the flash drive slots neatly into the USB slot on the STB enabling consumers to instantly pause, rewind and resume live TV.

Amino’s CEO Donald McGarva said: “We are constantly looking for ways to increase the performance and practicality of our set-top boxes. The new Amino TimeShift device follows co-operation with SanDisk, a leader in flash storage system design, to develop a robust, quality solution that will add real – and instant – value to an operator’s offering. TimeShift ensures viewers never miss a minute of their favourite shows and operators have told us they see pause live TV as a valuable addition to their service offering. ”

“SanDisk is focused on storage solutions for connected devices, providing a unique offering for Connected Home applications. By bringing together SanDisk’s deep expertise in flash storage management for PLTV and Amino’s understanding of the network operator ecosystem, the new Amino TimeShift offers a smart, local storage solution that enables operators to deliver the same quality to time-shifted viewing that was once only possible with live TV watching,” said Oded Sagee, senior director and general manager of Connected and Computing Solutions at SanDisk.