SeaChange powers TTNET IPTV in Turkey

Monday, May 9th, 2011
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SeaChange Powers TTNET IPTV for Multi-Screen Video Service in Turkey

ACTON, Mass. — SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC), the leading global multi-screen video company, today announced details of its role in TTNET’s nationwide IPTV service, Tivibu Ev (Tivibu Home), part of its multi-screen video service that is currently available in 30 cities across Turkey. As the systems integrator and a primary technology provider for Tivibu Ev, SeaChange assembled a multinational team of engineers, project managers and technology partners to build one of the world’s newest and most advanced television services.

Tivibu Ev consists of more than 100 linear multicast channels of standard- and high-definition television; 3,100-plus hours of standard- and high-definition video-on-demand (VOD) content; start-over TV functionality; and up to 90 minutes of pause time for live TV. Commercially launched on Feb. 23, 2011, Tivibu Ev is marketed and sold by TTNET, a Turk Telekom company and operator of television, broadband and mobile communication services throughout Turkey.

“Our new era TV platform Tivibu will change TV-watching habits, finally offering the experience of international standard TV,” said Tahsin Yılmaz, General Manager of TTNET. “SeaChange has proven to have been the right choice of systems integrator for TTNET thanks to its unique ability to leverage the proper combination of technology and services that helped bring our vision to a commercial reality.”

SeaChange’s professional services group has played an integral role in Tivibu Ev since the inception of the service, having developed the operational processes and procedure designs to support the rollout along with any future releases and features. The group also trained Turk Telekom staff on system operations and is currently providing remote managed services, which consists of daily, weekly and quarterly proactive checks that identify, isolate and rectify potential system issues before they could affect customers.

Among the critical projects to take place while building TTNET’s IPTV platform was the integration of SeaChange’s TV Navigator set-top box client middleware with back office software from Argela, the combination that forms the functionality and user interface for the Tivibu Ev experience. Other key technologies comprising Tivibu Ev include Envivio encoders, Verimatrix digital rights management and encryption, Motorola, Airties and Vestel set-top boxes. A combination of SeaChange MDS and FMS disk- and flash-based storage servers provide on-demand streaming for the Tivibu EV VOD service.

“SeaChange is extremely proud of our role in helping TTNET build and launch its Tivibu Ev television service, particularly given the scale of the project,” said Yvette Kanouff, President, SeaChange. “The successful rollout of Tivibu Ev is a powerful testament to the relationship that SeaChange has with TTNET along with each of the technology partners. This collaboration and shared desire for success is the reason Turkish consumers are enjoying one of the most technologically advanced television services available in the world today.”

Built using SeaChange’s TV Navigator set-top box client middleware, the Tivibu Ev user experience realizes the true potential of IPTV, offering a customizable interface along with an attractive and intuitive electronic program guide (EPG). Consumers also have access to a host of enhanced TV applications such as on-screen polling and shopping as well as popular Web services including Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

SeaChange earlier announced that its On Demand Group subsidiary is TTNET’s international video-on-demand content management partner. On Demand Group is assisting the operator in developing a compelling lineup of blockbuster and classic movies, favorite TV series and kids programming, and the latest music videos for its IPTV and Internet video platforms.