Spark New Zealand selects Xstream
August 28, 2014
Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ), a New Zealand- wide communications and Internet service provider, has selected Xstream’s award winning professional video management platform, Xstream MediaMaker, for delivery of their new OTT video service, Lightbox – aiming at offering the best service internet TV service in New Zealand.
Lightbox is the new OTT video services by Spark New Zealand. At launch the service will be available as a subscription based video on demand service (SVOD) with more than 5000 hours of insanely good TV available to all New Zealanders. The service can be used across multiple devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV. With Xstream MediaMaker™ and a set of RestFul API’s, Xstream has had a leading role in creating the OTT service.
“Xstream comes with a proven technical strength, an impressive track record of managing high-end, customized OTT and TV Everywhere services and a software that truly sets the company apart from others, enabling us to take our service to the next level today and tomorrow.” said Mike McMahon, CTO at Spark New Zealand’s OTT service, Lightbox. ” Xstream has met all our rigorous demands for high-quality and flexibility. Their cloud based video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, is one of the most complete and flexible OTT platforms we’ve seen in the market, including everything one need to create and manage a complete OTT solution.
“We’re thrilled to be working with one of the worlds most innovative Telcos on creating and deploying their OTT solution.” said Frank Thorup, CEO at Xstream. “Xstream MediaMaker is designed to work in parallel with legacy TV systems, leveraging existing infrastructure investments while, at the same time, be flexible to integrate with any other third party solution and to enable customers to deploy complete end-to-end OTT solutions like Lightbox.
Some core features in the OTT solution powered by Xstream MediaMaker includes advanced voucher integration and functionality, advanced parental control where the entire frontend has a dimension that’s controlled by parental guidelines enabling parents to filter out content playback according to rating. Xstream MediaMaker also provides an easy and transparent workflow management for content ingest including a OTT loading dock service with screener application, which is integrated with Gracenote and Technicolor, assets management, automated and scheduled publishing across devices, subscriber management, Shop and Payment module enabling Lightbox to create and manage multiple business models. The in built device management allows Lightbox to set up rules on number of devices registered to each Lightbox account as well as control concurrent streams, a service that enables Lightbox customers to use one account to watch different content on different devices.
“We’re delighted to partner up with a company like Xstream who truly understands the complicated OTT/TV Everywhere ecosystem” said Simon Hoegsbro, “Xstream offers more than just an online video platform/video CMS, they offer a cloud based platform with a wide palette of capabilities and features that we see as cost-effective and flexible. Importantly, Xstream MediaMaker is proven and future-proof, enabling us to build a platform we can grow and develop with as we move forward in a rapidly evolving market place. We need to stay ahead of the game and are relying on Xstream to help us do exactly that”
Other partners involved and integrated into Xstream MediaMaker for the Lightbox service include IPPayments, Mandril for e-mails, Amazon for hosting, Akamai for CDN, Gracenote and Technicolor and Accedo for frontend apps.