Dubai to be next centre for Vision247 IPTV operations

Editor | 31-10-2013

Following the opening of offices in Dubai in January 2013, media technology and content distribution specialist firm Vision247 has chosen the city as the hub for its MENA IPTV operations.

From its new base, Vision247 says it will target operators and ISPs in the region who require high quality and cost-effective solutions for the delivery of IPTV. Vision247 already works with content owners across the Middle East, including Al Majd Holy Quran, Al-Sira, Al Majd Al Hadith al Nabawi, Al Nas TVand the Iqraa channels, to deliver a mix of cultural and religious programming in both Arabic and English.

Vision247 feels that the local market is being driven by three factors: regulatory support for over-the-top (OTT) delivery of video; roll-out of fast broadband to the home; and development of 4G mobile phone networks. Such drivers, the company believes, will enable fixed line and mobile operators in the region to deploy new IP-based TV and video services to the home, smartphones and to tablets.

A strong wired and wireless infrastructure combined with investment pedigree gives Dubai the capacity to become the major hub for IPTV services throughout the Middle East, commented Tanya Vidmar, managing director MENA, Vision247.

At the heart of the offerings in MENA will be Vision247s Perception solution. Launched at IBC 2013, Perception enables 4G-connected mobile devices to access hundreds of streamed, linear TV and radio channels, cloud-based catch-up TV and video-on-demand (VOD) channels.

As Perception supports time-shifted viewing of all programming from the previous week or more, users are able to select and watch programmes live or on a catch-up basis. The product also provides users with a cloud-based video recorder allowing them to create a personal TV channel. Vision247 assures that should network capacity issues lead to 4G users being moved to 3G, Perception will kick in automatic adaptive transcoding technology for iOS and Android devices to ensure content is optimised for smooth unbroken viewing.