Kabel Deutschland converges broadcast, IP and OTT
January 6, 2015
By Colin Mann
Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is partnering with Cisco to create a next generation video service that converges search, recommendation and viewing in a personalised, multi-screen, cloud-powered platform, which it claims is the industry’s first comprehensive video-hub for the home.
Subscribers can access all the video they consume through a single immersive user interface which works across all their TVs and personal devices, and is their unified portal to all the forms of video they consume. The next-generation video service presents content choices personalised to the needs of each viewer and drawn both from TV and the Internet.
Kabel Deutschland‘s next generation video service is based on a new cloud-powered TV platform which KD is developing together with Cisco. The platform moves control and functionality into the cloud, making it quick and easy for Kabel Deutschland to update features, and offer new services. In the home, the next generation video service will use connected devices from Cisco, again selected to offer the capacity, connectivity and features necessary to deliver on the open, integrated home-hub concept.
In September at the IFA 2015 Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances trade show in Berlin, Kabel Deutschland will unveil further details of the future TV service that is expected to be market-ready in the course of the fiscal year 2016/17.