The company formed from the remnants of Cisco’s old Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business is taking shape with the appointment of its first CEO, although it has yet to be named. European private equity firm Permira bought back the business in May 2018 for $1 billion from Cisco and has now appointed Yves Padrines as CEO to take over formally once the deal closes.
There is an unprecedented transformation occurring in the TV platform, from a rigid, linear TV experience to one of flexible fluidity in the OTT and multiscreen worlds. More than half of today’s TV viewers say they now watch their favourite show via an online TV platform. For providers such changes mean the consumer’s needs must be the focal point for new services.
The traditional bundle that has been the common currency of pay TV almost since its inception will change beyond recognition over the next five years. That is one conclusion of a panel of European pay TV executives polled by Kudelski Group’s revenue security and multiscreen software subsidiary Nagra, as part of its Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2018.
Android TV is finally being adopted on a large scale by pay TV operators three years after its launch and seven years on from the original unveiling of its predecessor Google TV. One casualty could be the RDK (Reference Design Kit) platform introduced by Comcast around 2012 with a similar goal to accelerate deployment of next-generation video combining broadcast and broadband services through pre-integrated, open-source software to drive customer-premises equipment (CPE) including set top boxes (STBs).
Com Hem, Sweden’s largest cable operator, has revealed that Germany’s 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) played a key role in project development and systems integration for its TV Hub, a hybrid set top box (STB) based on Android TV. 3SS also supplied its 3READY Android TV client with custom launcher to control the STB.
The showcase was designed to highlight the technical capabilities of the technologies involved, and to clearly show the greatly enhanced audio and video quality that ATSC 3.0 facilitates along with additional interactive applications.