Ericsson, Telstra and The Fox Innovation Lab at 21st Century Fox are to unveil what they describe as a “revolutionary, first of its kind” content delivery solution at Mobile World Congress 2017 that will pre-position personalised, premium movie content directly onto consumer devices, with no impact to device performance or consumer data plans.
Participants will receive notifications when the latest movies that match their interests become available. The movies are pre-positioned on the consumer’s device and are available immediately for purchase or rent and play in full 1080p HD and high quality audio without interruption, both online and offline, and irrespective of network connectivity.
Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Business Unit Media, Ericsson, said the live pilot was an example of how Ericsson is partnering with industry leaders across both the content and telco worlds to deliver innovative solutions that would transform viewing experiences and create new business models and monetisation opportunities that help its customers to be competitive and lead the pack as digital pioneers. “This pilot is the first service offering of its kind and an important industry milestone,” he added.
“Our customers love entertainment content and are increasingly watching it on their mobiles,” noted Andrew Penn, Chief Executive Officer, Telstra. “Running this pilot in collaboration with innovative partners is a great way for us to test and learn how we can improve the customer experience while at the same time achieving network efficiencies. It has the potential to offer our customers a truly distinctive video customer experience, delivering studio-sanctioned picture and audio quality. The solution will use Telstra’s Media Optimised Network, including LTE-B capability to pre-position content, and therefore have limited impact on overall network traffic with little to no additional infrastructure cost.”
“Ericsson is a valued partner and has been integral to advancing the Fox Innovation Lab’s mission to develop cutting-edge mobile experiences,” commented Hanno Basse, Chief Technology Officer, Twentieth Century Fox and Managing Director, Fox Innovation Lab. “This pilot is the first step to developing future solutions that will see faster and easier delivery of our content right into the hands of our consumers.”
The pilot begins February 27th and will last for one month. A closed number of Telstra, Fox and Ericsson customers will obtain a mobile device with a trial app, giving them instant access to new-release movie titles provided by Twentieth Century Fox, in full HD 1080p quality.
This is the first service offering of its kind in the market, offering an end-to-end, one-stop solution for media ingest, processing, distribution, monetisation and consumption. It leverages Ericsson MediaFirst’s unique, cloud based media store for content processing and origin; Ericsson’s Unified Delivery Network for global content delivery; and Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, to provide a seamless, personalised, and intuitive experience.
The partners claim the solution provides content providers with a highly secure, one-stop-shop for global content distribution. Studios can retain full control of the quality of experience right down to the viewing device, complete with advanced security (multi-layer watermarking and multi DRM). They get to better monetise high-value content and gain valuable insights into consumer behaviour.
By offering instant access to the latest studio releases with a premium audio visual experience, service providers can increase ARPU, differentiate from competitors and lower content distribution costs. Additionally, there is limited impact to network traffic and resources and little to no additional infrastructure expenditures, they say.