April 8, 2013
The first customer for the pre-integrated multi-screen TV solution from Conax and partners, Conax Xtend Multiscreen, has been announced at NAB. The platform will be commercially deployed with Columbus International Inc., a retail and wholesale telco servicing 25 countries throughout the greater Caribbean, Andean and Central America region.
Conax Xtend Multiscreen comprises Content Security/DRM from Conax, a Content Management System from MPS Broadband and middleware from Cubiware. Columbus will use it to provide live TV, VOD and network PVR, all using adaptive bit rate streaming technology. These features are being made available on hybrid set-top boxes and multiscreen devices.
Darren Richer, CTO at Columbus, explains: “In order to expand our reach across the region and be able offer new enhanced services in cost-effective ways – both on managed and unmanaged networks— we choose vendors who bring their respective strengths in products and knowledge, ultimately allowing us to deliver future-proof, adaptive bit rate technology to provide next generation TV services to our customers.”
“Connecting a TV head-end and numerous content consumption devices to the open internet, triggers a multitude of security challenges for operators like Columbus” explains Tom Jahr, EVP Products & Partners, Conax. “Together with strategic partners Cubiware and MPS Broadband, Conax has created Conax Xtend MultiscreenTM, an end-to-end multiscreen broadcast platform with focus on security, flexibility and cost efficiency. I firmly believe the highly skilled teams at Columbus are pioneers in IP based TV distribution and will experience great success and take market share in their region,” continues Tom Jahr.