Advanced Television

Espial media service platform introduces powerful TV everywhere capabilities

March 20, 2012

Espial, an expert in on-demand TV software and solutions, has announced the latest enhancements to its Espial Media Service Platform, a TV service management and delivery solution that enables operators to deliver TV services over managed and OTT networks. The Espial Media Service Platform provides operators with a single platform to manage and deliver TV services across multiple networks and multiple devices including TVs, tablets, mobiles, and PCs.

The Espial Media Service Platform has been enhanced for managing, delivering, and securing TV Everywhere services, including content playback controls, geoblocking, and user authentication. These features allow operators to limit access to content by geography,  users, and devices. The powerful platform also allows users to set global parental controls from any multiscreen device as well as supports placeshifting across devices. Additionally, it now supports registration of multiple users and multiscreen devices per  account – an important feature that allows managing and customizing video services for each person in the household.

The Espial Media Service Platform supports tailoring of TV Everywhere services by market segments based on regional, language, and other requirements. This allows operators to customise TV channel line-ups, pricing models, movies, and services including linear  TV, video-on-demand (VOD), time-shift television (TSTV), digital video recording (DVR), and pay-per-view (PPV) for their target markets.

The open and extensible platform supports multiple devices, multiple networks, multiple content types, and multiple video ecosystem components. It supports TV service delivery to set-top boxes (STBs), tablets, PCs, and smart phones over IPTV, cable, and OTT,  from a unified platform. The Espial Media Service Platform now also handles adaptive streaming video formats to support multiscreen content delivery to PCs, smartphones, and tablets. It has the ability to support multiple ecosystem vendors of the same type  – for example, operators can
implement multiple video-on-demand and digital rights management solutions to handle STB services as well as multiscreen services. The single, scalable, and automated platform offers operators a cost-effective way to expand their services on any connected device  to support millions of subscribers.

“Consumers crave access to a complete multimedia experience, whether it’s from their PC, tablet, or smartphone,” said Jaison Dolvane, president and CEO, Espial. “Our most recent innovations on the Espial Media Service Platform were designed with this in mind,  knowing that operators need a secure and cost-effective platform to deliver an increasingly rich set of TV Everywhere applications and services. Our unified platform is a powerful system that allows operators to easily expand their interactive and multiscreen  services so they can evolve with the rapidly changing media landscape.”

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