Published: 08.55 Europe/London, June 7, 2011
Multi-screen hybrid television platform provider Sezmi Corporation and Netgem have announced a partnership to include Netgem’s set-top-box hardware and software as part of Sezmi’s comprehensive TV offering.
Sezmi brings a differentiated multi-screen TV experience to consumers with a system that adapts to varying network capabilities, alleviating the need for service providers to upgrade their networks in order to deliver next-generation TV services.
For Netgem, whose technology already has strong penetration throughout Western Europe, Sezmi provides a turn-key service platform for operators and broader international distribution building on Sezmi’s deployments in the US, Latin America and South-east Asia.
The first customer deployment resulting from this collaboration is already under way with Grupo Iusacell, one of Mexico’s leading communications and television services companies, whose new Totalplay service will be available to its consumer base later this year. Grupo Iusacell will deliver multiple next-generation video services for its mobile businesses and its fibre-to-the-home business based on the Sezmi platform.
Phil Wiser, cofounder and president of Sezmi, said in a statement: “Netgem was a clear choice for us as we looked to broaden our platform to new end-user devices and deliver the best possible personalized experience for partners like Iusacell who are pushing TV services to the next level. Not only is Netgem’s product technology proven and affordable; this partnership demonstrates the flexibility of the Sezmi platform in extending to third-party end-user devices. Together, we provide our partners with advanced TV offerings that combine the best of both broadcast and broadband content distribution across home and mobile devices. “
Christophe Aulnette, CEO of Netgem, said, “Partnering with Sezmi builds on the strength of our proven solutions and accelerates our international expansion. We are pleased to contribute our hardware and software technologies to the deployment of Sezmi’s innovative solutions – like Totalpay in Mexico – that blend the best of TV and web content for an experience well beyond anything possible on broadband alone.”