Metrological, a Comcast Company, has unveiled its new Lightning Partner Programme. The programme provides TV operators and content providers a worldwide network of resources to help bring Lightning-based TV apps and UXs to market faster and cost efficiently. The programme will further drive Lightning as a key global standard for TV app and UX development.
Lightning is an open-source, lightweight framework and Software Development Kit (SDK) for developing UX and TV apps with great performance. It provides native-like user experiences for browser-based TV apps on next-gen set-top boxes, as well as memory constrained legacy devices. Metrological says Lightning reduces the complexity of designing, developing, onboarding, and maintaining apps across devices. A single Lightning app can be deployed across TV operators, OTT platforms, smart TVs, and streaming devices, which reduces costs and time-to-market.
The programme launches with its first two Lightning Community Partners: TV2Z and Amdocs. Additional companies are expected to gain accreditation in the coming months. Inclusion in the Lightning Partner Programme is by invite-only. Companies must have successfully deployed Lightning-based apps in the Metrological App Library and contribute new Lightning apps annually. Additionally, companies must have at least one Lightning-Certified Developer employed or under contract and meet Metrological’s quality standards.
“We are extremely excited to launch our Lightning Programme, beginning with Community Partners Amdocs and TV2Z, and an existing talent pool of more than 100 individual developers,” said Greg Riker, head of the Lightning Partner Programme for Metrological. “The programme creates a specialised community of trusted and experienced TV app development firms and app developers. Our TV operator and content provider customers can leverage this network to speed up development for Lightning-based apps, and reduce development and maintenance costs. As such, we are pleased that TV operators will be able to source more state-of-the-art Lightning-based TV apps from the Metrological App Library as the community grows.”
“At TV2Z we are committed to helping TV operators and content owners provide the best possible digital experiences on any platform around the world,” said Wouter Schreur, CEO of TV2Z. “We are honored to be named a Community Partner in Metrological’s Lightning Partner Programme for our ability to deliver high-performant, browser-based TV apps across next-gen and legacy devices. As part of the programme, we are excited to help captivate audiences with new and exciting Lightning apps.”
“We’re pleased to be a launch partner in Metrological’s Lightning Partner Programme, which recognises our expertise in helping content and service providers deliver ground-breaking digital and video offerings,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President of Technology and Head of Strategy at Amdocs. “Collaborating with Metrological, we are excited about the possibilities of re-imaging the future of content, and bringing our global expertise to empower superior customer experiences.”progr