Australia's FetchTV Selects Orca Interactive IPTV Middleware

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive, said Wednesday that Australia's FetchTV (note: the Australian FetchTV is not related to the UK service of the same name) is using its RiGHTv IPTV middleware platform to power its wholesale subscription TV service, which is set to launch shortly.

FetchTV, whose content is secured by Verimatrix, plans to offer the full range of Australia's free-to-air digital channels, along with subscription channels, new-release pay-per-view VOD movies in standard- and high-definition, PVR functionality, and interactive TV and social network applications. The company says its offering will be available via leading Australian ISP's, and will be delivered to the TV as an unmetered service via a standard broadband connection and a special set-top box. It claims to enjoy a "wealth" of content partnerships that will allow its ISP partners to tap into a comprehensive selection of VOD content that can be made available over fixed and mobile broadband connections. "FetchTV is a wholesale provider of subscription TV services to ISP's," FetchTV CEO, Scott Lorson, said in a prepared statement. "Our business model requires maximum flexibility for development, for both ourselves and our ISP partners, and needs to support both IPTV and mobile applications. RiGHTv provides a world-class solution that meets our complex requirements for both capability and flexibility." Added Orca Interactive CEO, Haggai Barel: "In today's competitive market, new TV operators must differentiate themselves and update their service with new services on a regular basis. Orca's advanced capabilities and unique SDK enables FetchTV to innovate with minimal time to market and optimized cost. Orca provides them a unique, field-proven combination of flexibility, innovation."