Unicoms offers white label OTT in the Balkans with Conax and Appear TV

Monday, March 27th, 2017
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“UnyQTV” provides Balkan pay-TV operators with white label OTT cloud offering based on Conax GO Live and Appear TV’s ABR packager

  • Unicoms Services launches end-to-end, hosted OTT service for pay-TV operators tapping turn-key OTT streaming platform Conax GO Live and Appear TV processing technology supporting Android and iOS devices

OSLO, Norway — Conax, part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S), and a leader in content and service protection for pay-TV and digital entertainment services worldwide, and Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation video processing platforms, today announced that Bulgaria’s Unicoms Services has deployed its UnyQTV hosted OTT platform for pay-TV operators deploying advanced technology provided by Conax and Appear TV.

A Conax customer since 2010, the new platform supports Unicoms services expansion into the OTT arena, supported by award-winning, feature-rich OTT streaming platform Conax GO Live, pre-integrated with Appear TV’s premium content processing platform. Unicoms Services is already hosting over 50 operators from the Balkans region with Conax Contego conditional access and is the first professional white label OTT solution available in Bulgaria.

The UnyQTV platform enables two business models: (i) a white label technical solution that allows for simple rebranding leveraging the operator’s existing assets and (ii) the UnyQTV “Revenue Share” model. The latter provides a complete pay-TV operator ecosystem for low-risk entry to OTT services, significantly reducing operating cost and investment for quickly launching Live-TV channels on smartphones and tablets, including support for catch-up TV. The Conax GO Live OTT platform provides a user-friendly app and exceptionally fast deployment. The Unicoms Services hosted solution offers mid to smaller DVB-C, DTH and IPTV operators a Live-TV offering enabling subscribers access to over 60 of the most popular Bulgarian and foreign channels.

On March 30th, at the TV Connect Conference in London, Nastya Popova, Executive Director, Unicoms Trading, and Einar Vågmo, Director Product Management Multiscreen at Conax will share a comprehensive customer case study and valuable insights on “Speeding Up Time-to-Market with Pre-Integrated OTT Solutions” during the Morning Plenary session (11am).

“The TV screen is no longer just the traditional TV set,” confirms Nastya Popova, Executive Director, Unicoms Trading. Smart devices have become a part of daily life, with consumers demanding new applications of traditional TV services. Tapping the agility of the Conax and Appear TV technology, the new UnyQTV cloud OTT platform enables small and mid-size operators to compete with and best offerings on the market, providing secure, rapid deployment of value-added services – at an affordable price. Operators can tap an OPEX based model to deploy highly desirable OTT content without initial upfront hardware investments and expertise or offering the UnyQTV application’s “revenue share” model.”

Daniel Johansson, EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Conax, “In a market eager to access live content on a variety of devices, Conax and Appear TV are helping Unicoms Services provide their service operators with a viable, user-friendly over-the-top content distribution service they can earn money on. The hosted platform enables operators to rapidly deploy OTT services and stream content securely. By making it easy for viewers to consume desired content legally and at an affordable price also reduces competition from illegal streaming services.”

“OTT not only offers the most flexible way of delivering content to any device, but does so via a range of new business models, offering significant potential for monetization. The partnership between Conax and Appear TV delivers complete, highly functional and expandable solutions that make OTT deployment easy by design, since every component is pre-tested and pre-integrated – that transforms OTT delivery into a simple, quick time to market option. Rather than battle with technology, this frees customers to concentrate on delivering high quality, highly innovative new services such as the UnyQTV Cloud OTT platform”, says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV.