TelcoTV: Dune STBs, Beenius iTV target operators for IPTV, VOD

Michelle Clancy | 24-10-2012

Set-top box (STB) vendor Dune HD and TV middleware provider Beenius are targeting operators and systems integrators looking to deploy IPTV and video-on-demand (VoD), thanks to a new partnership that the two announced at the TelcoTV event.

Beenius has certified Dune HD's advanced STB and integrated them with Beenius' Beesmart open interactive TV (iTV) middleware platform. The combined solution is backed by the engineering expertise of both partners.

Beesmart enables operators to provide a social TV experience via a comprehensive application layer for providing interactive TV services. It converges TV, phone and Internet services on a single platform. Operators can leverage the platform to build an intelligent content recommendation system, offer home media sharing and provide over-the-top (OTT) support.

"Our Beesmart IPTV/OTT platform today meets the requirements of future-oriented operators where openness of the ecosystem and simple customisation enables them to provide features and services that drive sustainable growth," said Matjaž Bevk, CEO at Beenius. "By certifying Dune HD's advanced range of set-top boxes we are adding them to the choice for our customers and partners and lowering the deployment risk through our close working relationship."

Over the course of the last five years, Dune HD has sold half a million home media players and STBs direct to consumers in 60 countries around the world. It said that the partnership with Beenius is a key part of its new global strategy to extend this leadership into the content delivery market, making the full range of its products available direct to operators and system integrators.

"By working with Dune HD, operators benefit from a proven, available solution with an innovative range of features, customisable interface and a small form factor," Dune HD said in announcing the partnership. "This makes it simple for them to seamlessly deliver compelling content to users, optimising service monetisation by delighting subscribers."

In addition to entry-level IPTV players, Dune HD offers a middle and high range of hybrid solutions with support for Blu-ray and digital TV (satellite/cable/TV).

"In an increasingly competitive broadcast world, successful operators need to provide customers with exciting and innovative new services while ensuring that deployment is rapid, risk free and powered by flexible and customisable technology," said Konstantin Dyshlevoy, CEO at Dune HD. "The combination of Dune HD's strengths in media player and set-top box hardware and the flexibility of Beenius' Beesmart middleware provides the perfect fit for their needs. Together we deliver a ready-to-go, proven solution that is based on our award-winning technology and Beenius' expertise and partner ecosystem, helping operators to turn content into revenue."