Metrological and Technicolor Speed Delivery of Integrated OTT and IP Experiences with New Browser Architecture for STBs

Earlier this month, Technicolor and Metrological, both members of the RDK Community, announced a joint solution to help operators accelerate the deployment of innovative OTT services.

Under the agreement, Technicolor is adopting Metrological’s Application Platform along with Web-Platform for Embedded (WPE) on its 4K Ultra HD hybrid cable and IP STBs to simplify the onboarding of premium OTT content and support a unified framework for IP-based video delivery for operators.

Metrological initiated the WPE browser project and brought it to the RDK stack in 2015. It currently supports operators such as Liberty Global and Comcast to deploy high performance rendering of HTML5 apps. The browser is part of the recently announced Comcast YouTube integration and delivers next-generation integrated user experiences and third-party services on any STB. Operators can use the WPE and plugins, such as Netflix, to offer new integrated, premium OTT services in months instead of years.

“Operators are making major investments in new generation STBs supporting OTT as one of their main differentiators. This is creating demand for new, flexible and innovative solutions that engage subscribers and generate new revenue streams,” said Mercedes Pastor, President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Technicolor Connected Home.

Pastor continued, “By bringing open solutions to the operator community, Technicolor and Metrological are creating opportunities to literally think outside the box by opening the door for new ways to engage with subscribers, while simplifying and integrating how consumers interact with existing services.”

“We are excited that Technicolor and Metrological share a common goal to ensure that operators have the full range of options for delivering compelling content and integrated TV-experiences to their customers,” said Thijs Bijleveld, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Metrological.

“This open, browser based, approach allows operators to integrate apps and Premium OTT content into a single viewer experience. We are proud that Technicolor is adopting our Application Platform and WPE allowing their customers to leverage modern browser based technologies,” continued Bijleveld.

Metrological and Technicolor recently demonstrated the joint solution at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam September 15-19.

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