Ericsson Powers VOD for Portuguese Cable Operator, Cabovisao

--Provides OTT Interactive TV Solution for Singaporean Media Company, MediaCorp

Ericsson said Monday that it has been tapped by Portuguese cable operator, Cabovisao, to power its VOD service. "We recognize that consumer behavior is changing and they are demanding more flexible television services," Alexandre Fonseca, Cabovisao's executive director of technology and systems said in a prepared statement. "Video-on-demand presents a significant opportunity for us to provide the viewing experience that our subscribers are increasingly looking for, so we are delighted to work with Ericsson for this important deployment. The Ericsson solution proved to be flexible and very cost-effective."

Ericsson says that Cabovisao is using its OpenStream Digital Services Platform (was originally developed by N2 Broadband, which was subsequently acquired by Tandberg Television, which in turn was acquired by Ericsson), which it claims allows the operator to enhance its subscriber relationships and expand its VOD services revenue while minimizing deployment costs. According to the company, OpenStream is based on open, published interfaces and offers service providers everything they need to deliver a comprehensive VOD solution, as well as an infrastructure for providing advanced digital services beyond VOD.

In other Ericsson news: The company announced last month that it has been tapped by Singaporean media company, MediaCorp (operates seven TV channels--including the pan-regional Channel NewsAsia International--and 13 radio stations, as well as newspapers, magazines, digital and out-of-home media, and movie studios) to enable and manage its new interactive TV- and VOD-enabled OTT service. The deal represents Ericsson's first managed services deal with an Asian media company and, according to Ericsson, includes a broad range of Ericsson TV solutions that are designed to enable consumers to watch their video content at any time, anywhere, on a wide range of devices. Among the solutions Ericsson is providing to MediaCorp are its OpenStream Digital Services Platform, its WatchPoint Content Management System, its TV Portal, its iPlex video processing platform, and its DRM and automated playback solutions. It is also providing and managing a billing and subscriber-management system.

According to Ericsson, MediaCorp has developed its OTT service in order to diversify its business and help build "direct, interactive relationships with consumers." The company says that its deal with MediaCorp will see it supplying, integrating, managing and operating a complete end-to-end solution for a five-year period. "MediaCorp is pleased to have Ericsson as our solutions provider and partner, as we embark on this very important and strategic initiative," MediaCorp CEO, Lucas Chow, said in a prepared statement. "Together, we are confident in providing unprecedented interactivity and innovation, by offering a suite of exciting services on multiple platforms to our local consumers. We will set the future direction of interactive TV in Singapore by riding on the next-generation national broadband network, and herald a new era of TV experience." Added Fadi Pharaon, head of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei: "We are excited to support MediaCorp in delivering their new interactive service. Ericsson will design, integrate and operate a customized solution for MediaCorp based on our portfolio of products, which will allow consumers to access content via specific set-top boxes, connected TV's, tablets, personal computers and mobile devices."