End-to-end video entertainment provider Netgem is partnering with Online TV streaming solution Simplestream to provide the company’s TVPlayer Plus service to its client base. The first such deployment was revealed November 13 with the confirmation that UK multiplay operator EE is partnering with TVPlayer to bring 25 premium channels to its EE TV service.
The Simplestream partnership will enable Netgem to provision new pay-as-you go TV services, with 25 premium channels, for its Telco clients quickly and easily and without the need for a large upfront infrastructure investment.
The latest in a series of content partnerships that Netgem has secured this year, the deal with Simplestream will allow Telecom operators to deliver programming across a range of highly desirable premium channels, including British Eurosport, National Geographic and Cartoon Network. The agreement builds on recent deals that Netgem has signed with the France 24 news channel and SPI’s FilmBox Live that enable its Telco clients to offer their audiences an even wider range of TV content again at reduced cost and record time to launch.
According to Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director of Netgem TV PVX, the traditional pay-TV business model is being challenged by the rise of OTT, with Telcos needing to work with a partner that truly understands how to integrate these services to deliver the best of both worlds. “Netgem’s content partnership with Simplestream to deploy TVPlayer Plus on its platform ensures that operators can focus on delivering a great customer experience, rather than having to deal with the challenges of securing compelling content services and building out the infrastructure to manage and deliver such services,” he noted.
Accessible via a dedicated OTT app, TVPlayer Plus will be delivered through Netgem’s #TelcoTV platform, a service that integrates Broadcast TV with IPTV and HTML 5-based OTT content to enable Telecoms Service Providers to deliver a complete experience to their customers across TV and Mobile devices.
“Simplestream is delighted to partner with Netgem to collaborate on the delivery of OTT services to their client base,” said Dan Finch, Commercial Director at Simplestream. “We collectively share the vision to provide industry leading OTT services in this disruptive but exciting time for broadcasters. Consumers expect to be able to access content both in and out of the home and it’s a natural fit with both our businesses.”