ANGA COM 2013: KabelKiosk goes multiscreen

Jörn Krieger | 05-06-2013

KabelKiosk, the German cable TV platform operated by Eutelsat, will in future not only be available on TV sets, but on all screens within a household.

With the multiscreen solution unveiled at the cable, satellite and broadband trade fair ANGA COM 2013 in Cologne, the whole KabelKiosk offering can be used on Internet-capable devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Using an iPad, iPhone and other devices, viewers can access free-TV, pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, the EPG and other services. A replay function allows a currently running TV programme to be set back to the starting point, for example when something interesting has been found during channel hopping which the viewer wants to watch from the beginning. The network operator's router acts as the Wi-Fi transmitter, wirelessly providing the devices with the signals.
The solution mainly targets city carriers onto which KabelKiosk wants to focus more strongly in future, according to managing director Martina Rutenbeck. The white label product is designed as an end-to-end solution through which it can provide its customers with television in addition to telephony and the Internet – all fully IP-based. The signals are sent to the network operator in IP mode through a broadband line. There's no need to install a satellite headend or to convert the signals from DVB to IP. The customer's TV set is provided with the offering through an OTT/IP set-top box which, like the other devices, is connected to the router acting as a central multimedia gateway.
KabelKiosk is also targeting conventional cable operators with its new proposition: They can thereby expand their DVB offering through an IP-based hybrid multiscreen solution. With the service, network operators can attract new target groups, strengthen customer loyalty and increase their turnover, said Rutenbeck.
The central attachment of all devices to the router, which itself is connected to an external data storage centre (cloud), enables interactions: mobile devices like the iPad or iPhone can be used as a remote control for the TV set. Also, programme content can be seamlessly shifted between devices: a movie currently running on the TV set in the living room can, for example, continue to be watched in the bedroom on the iPad.
For the multiscreen solution, KabelKiosk is collaborating with several partners including Tvinci (backend), Harmonic (headend) and Rovi (VOD). The DRM solutions come from Microsoft PlayReady and Intertrust ExpressPlay Marlin, and the set-top boxes are provided by ABOX42 and Netgem. With regard to the mobile devices, KabelKiosk supports the operating systems iOS (Apple) and Android (Google). The market introduction of the service, which is currently in beta test mode, is planned for Q4 2013.