GLDS, Clearleap launch cloud-based basis for Netflix-like streaming service

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 16-11-2011

Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) and Clearleap are teaming up to provide a hosted, turnkey solution for midsized communications carriers to implement a Netflix-like, on-demand Internet TV streaming entertainment service.
Orbitel Communications, serving more than 9,500 residential and business cable TV and HSD access subscribers in Maricopa, Ariz. since 2002, is a first customer. The Orbitel Stream-branded on-demand solution offers what the telco says is unlimited hours and titles of on-demand content to branded applications on the Roku box.
GLDS's billing, subscriber management and provisioning system is being integrated with Clearleap’s Stream On Demand Solution, a cloud-based IP content management and delivery system for operator-branded content-streaming directly to connected set-tops, devices and TVs.
The fully hosted, end-to-end advanced TV offering addresses content management and delivery and billing and subscriber management at a fraction of the cost traditionally associated with larger TV operators’ on-demand offerings, because it requires no infrastructure upgrade.
"When compared to traditional MSO on-demand deployments or trying to develop our own mobile application, the Clearleap/GLDS solution gave us a tremendous advantage in terms of ROI and time-to-market," said Orbitel President and CEO Keith Kirkman. "Now our subscribers have access to a vast array of on-demand movies, TV, local and web video―all aggregated, authenticated and managed in one place."
Clearleap and GLDS are showcasing the joint solution at SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo 2011 using a Roku set-top box, an LG Smart TV, a TiVo DVR and an iPad tablet.
"By integrating with GLDS, we’re making it easier for TV operators to monetise new services that are seamlessly connected to GLDS’ popular billing and subscriber management system for independent operators worldwide," said Clearleap CEO Braxton Jarratt.