Ziggo reports 150,000 Cloud TV users

August 21, 2013 09.27 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Ziggo UI Screen ShotDutch cable operator Ziggo has said that approximately 150,000 receivers have registered for its Cloud TV service.

This accounts for approximately one-third of Ziggo VOD activity. The 150K total represent a three-month increase of 150% for Active Video’s “browser in the cloud”.

CloudTV’s “write once, deploy everywhere approach” moves the HTML5 browser to the cloud and streams the fully-formed UI to such devices as existing and new QAM and IP STBs, CI+ modules, HDMI sticks and SmartTVs. ACG Research has shown how CloudTV can accelerate the rollout of consistent, branded UIs on any STB or connected device at TCO savings of up to 83%.

Using CloudTV, Ziggo this year became the first cable operator in the world to provide interactive services without built-in hardware. CloudTV also is being used by Charter Communications to support its cloud-based UI strategy and by Net2TV, an online video provider, to power its Portico TV service on connected devices.

“Moving the browser to the cloud eliminates the need to write UIs for every make and model of CE device,” said Ronald Brockman, CTO of ActiveVideo. “The resulting user experiences are less costly to develop, faster to develop and have far greater reach than more limited UIs that rely on device-based browsers and metadata in the cloud.”

At IBC, ActiveVideo (Stand 3.B13) will be showing how CloudTV software platform decouples the user interface from device resources, enabling deployment of consistent, branded experience and applications – with or without a set-top box — on every device.