Metrological unveils Lightning partner programWednesday, March 23rd, 2022
Metrological Unveils Lightning™ Partner Program
- Program includes tracks for app development firms as well as individual developers to serve as part of a global network of resources for TV operators and content providers
- Aims to accelerate the development and deployment of high performant Lightning-based TV apps and UXs
- Metrological reach now exceeds 80 million households across operator networks worldwide
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Metrological, a Comcast Company, today unveiled its new Lightning Partner Program. The program provides TV operators and content providers a worldwide network of resources to help bring high-performing Lightning-based TV apps and UXs to market faster and cost efficiently. The program will further drive Lightning as a key global standard for TV app and UX development.
Lightning™* is an open-source, lightweight framework and Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing high-quality UX and TV apps with great performance. It provides native-like user experiences for high-performant, browser-based TV apps on next-gen set-top boxes, as well as memory constrained legacy devices. Lightning reduces the complexity of designing, developing, onboarding, and maintaining apps across devices. A single Lightning app can be deployed across TV operators, OTT platforms, smart TVs, and streaming devices, which reduces costs and time-to-market.
Metrological’s Lightning Partner Program
Metrological’s Lightning Program consists of two tracks: the “Lightning Partner Program” and the “Lightning Developer Program”. Specifically, the “Lightning Partner Program” designation is for select app development firms, recognized by Metrological to have displayed consistent expertise with the Lightning development framework and SDK. Today, the program launched exclusively with its first two Lightning Community Partners: TV2Z and Amdocs. Additional companies are expected to gain accreditation in the coming months. Inclusion in the Lightning Partner Program is by invite-only. Companies must have successfully deployed Lightning-based apps in the Metrological App Library and contribute new Lightning apps annually. Additionally, companies must have at least one Lightning-Certified Developer employed or under contract and meet Metrological’s quality standards.
The “Lightning Developer Program” track is designed for individual developers. Those participating in the program will gain recognition as a Metrological Certified Lightning Developer, demonstrating their proven ability to develop highly optimized TV apps, offering a competitive edge as they join more than 100 developers who currently hold this industry-recognized skill. Individuals will be able to receive accreditation by completing the 3-day Lightning Training Program, led by Credersi, Metrological’s preferred Lightning Training partner.
“We are extremely excited to launch our Lightning Program, beginning with Community Partners Amdocs and TV2Z, and an existing talent pool of more than 100 individual developers,” said Greg Riker, head of the Lightning Partner Program for Metrological. “The program creates a specialized community of trusted and experienced TV app development firms and app developers. Our TV operator and content provider customers can leverage this network to speed up development for Lightning-based apps, and reduce development and maintenance costs. As such, we are pleased that TV operators will be able to source more state-of-the-art Lightning-based TV apps from the Metrological App Library as the community grows.”
“At TV2Z we are committed to helping TV operators and content owners provide the best possible digital experiences on any platform around the world,” said Wouter Schreur, CEO of TV2Z. “We are honored to be named a Community Partner in Metrological’s Lightning Partner Program for our ability to deliver high-performant, browser-based TV apps across next-gen and legacy devices. As part of the program, we are excited to help captivate audiences with new and exciting Lightning apps.”
“We’re pleased to be a launch partner in Metrological’s Lightning Partner Program, which recognizes our expertise in helping content and service providers deliver ground-breaking digital and video offerings,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President of Technology and Head of Strategy at Amdocs. “Collaborating with Metrological, we are excited about the possibilities of re-imaging the future of content, and bringing our global expertise to empower superior customer experiences.”
Lightning Community Partners and Certified Developers will benefit from access to the Lightning Community and resources therein, enhanced email support and the right to market themselves with the associated accreditation or partner level. In addition, Lightning Community Partners will benefit from joint marketing programs and be listed as a partner on the Metrological website.
With the Metrological Application Platform, TV operators can choose content from the Metrological App Library, consisting of premium OTT services, as well as niche and localized TV apps. The Lightning Partner Program is designed to enrich the Metrological App Library with even more high-quality Lightning-based apps. The Metrological Application Platform is deployed at multiple Tier 1 cable and telco companies globally. The company today disclosed that it now offers a cross-operator reach to more than 80 million households worldwide through the Metrological Application Platform.
To be considered for inclusion in the Lightning Partner Program, or for questions, contact Metrological’s Lightning Partner Team. Developers can sign up for the Lightning Training to become a Metrological Certified Lightning Developer at Credersi.
* Lightning™ is a trademark of RDK Management, LLC