Belgian triple-play operator Telenet has launched Yelo, a multimedia platform designed to enable its digital TV customers to watch their favourite television programmes and videos wherever they are. Yelo makes it possible for the viewer to not only watch his favourite programmes on the familiar TV screen, but, from now on, also on an iPad, an iPhone. In addition, Yelo offers a range of convenient services, such as an electronic programme guide, programming a digicorder from a distance, and videos-on-request.
Telenet describes the innovation as the first step in the implementation of a platform which, working together with broadcasters, will embrace the rapidly changing television landscape.
Ten channels are participating; among them a number with a test period of six months. This number will be expanded further in the coming months. At the end of this period, the project and the experience of the users with the channels will be evaluated. On the basis of this, Telenet will enter into fair, operational and financial agreements with the VRT, as well as other broadcasters.
Yelo can be accessed free-of-charge immediately, and will be available on iPhone and iPad from 18 December 2010. Any customer who has Telenet’s digital television and Internet available can make use of this offer (with the computer application following later).
According to Duco Sickinghe, Telenet CEO, the launch of Yelo fits perfectly into this new era of more multimedia devices than ever before. “It is one of the most exciting developments our company has created. The Yelo platform is a big step towards the small screen, and a milestone in the evolution of the television landscape. From now on, consumers will be able to access one central location for a wide range of interactive video services,” he said.