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Ocilion and XroadMedia join forces to deliver advanced content discovery functionalities

XroadMedia, specialists in building innovative content discovery and recommendation solutions, and Ocilion, a solution provider with a clear focus on delivering an all-in-one interactive IPTV platform to service providers, today announced a strategic partnership. In this partnership Ncanto, XroadMedia’s content discovery solution, will be powering Ocilions IPTV platform to deliver recommendation and advanced personalization functionalities to consumers and service providers.

Ocilion’s technology is recognized as cutting edge for creating and delivering interactive TV services via HFC, FTTH and VDSL broadband networks, as well as over the top. The IPTV solution shows content from all relevant release windows, from premium home, day&date, current and library video-on-demand, to Pay TV and Free TV, and it offers a rich set of personal video recording features including serial recording and catch-up/replay. A stylish user interface with a powerful electronic program guide provides easy access to all content. Clients supported are set-top-boxes, tablets, smartphones, PCs and web. Mobile devices can also act as companion devices for set-top-boxes, providing advanced remote control features. In addition to technology and services, Ocilion also provides a fully pre-certified premium VoD content service for service providers, including media encoding and encryption, licensing, reporting and metadata delivery.

XroadMedia’s content discovery and recommendation solution, Ncanto, provides advanced content discovery, recommendation and personalization services to technology partners and service providers. Ncanto enables service providers to more efficiently monetize their content offerings and related products and services by serving highly targeted content discovery and recommendation functionalities, based on user information, viewing behavior and social graphs. To minimize the effort to customize and operate the solution, Ncanto offers a modular architecture that provides automatic metadata services, a complete set of recommendation algorithms and intelligent business management tools.

The partnership between the companies will see XroadMedia’s Ncanto solution deeply integrated into Ocilion’s IPTV platform, which will allow Ocilion’s customers to simply activate the new content discovery functionalities with the quickest time to market possible. First features of the new platform will include personal recommendations across Ocilion’s VoD and TV content, advanced content discovery use cases to help the users to easily find content they are interested in and intelligent business rules and management functionalities for service providers. These functionalities will allow service providers to better align their consumer products and services more closely with their business requirements as well as the preferences and interests of their users.

“We are extremely proud to be chosen by Ocilion to power their products and services. This partnership will not only provide us with a route to a new market segment, but it is also great to work with a partner that shares our passion for personal TV services. In the past years, Ncanto has proven to increase both loyalty and satisfaction rates of consumer as well as revenues and profits of our technology and service provider partners. Hence we are looking forward to working with Ocilion to deliver IPTV platforms including Ncanto recommendations to service providers in Europe”, says Adolf Proidl, CEO & Co-Founder of XroadMedia.

“With XroadMedia we found the right partner for enhancing our IPTV solution with advanced media discovery and recommendation features. Ncanto allows us to cross recommend between both TV and recordings as well as all video on demand content and thus perfectly combine the broadcast and the video-on-demand content universe to a unique viewing experience. XroadMedia provided both exciting recommendation technology and professional integration services”, states Hans Kühberger, Ocilion CEO.

Ocilion’s new IPTV platform powered by Ncanto will be introduced to the market at the ANGA COM 2015 in Cologne from 9th – 11th June 2015, Booth 10.2 / A17. From Q4/2015 onwards, Ocilion’s customer will be able to use the new content discovery and recommendation functionalities through a software upgrade of their IPTV platforms.

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