Liberty Puerto Rico to use cloud UI for discovery

April 23, 2014 20.59 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Liberty Puerto Rico SCN Press ScreenshotWATCH VIDEO. Liberty Puerto Rico and ActiveVideo are showcasing at NCTA’s The Cable Show the launch of a cloud-based user interface that uses real-time viewing metrics to display programme popularity.

Using the power of Cloud UIs, Liberty Puerto Rico is delivering to existing set-top boxes a video-rich mosaic, named Social Content Navigator, that enables content discovery based on what is trending across communities and in areas of personal interest.

The cloud-based mosaic overcomes the limitations of single-tuner STBs to simultaneously display on a single screen up to eight different live video channels. Web-based metadata provides continuously updated rankings of viewership for each of the channels.

“The cloud is enabling cable system operators to quickly and cost-effectively reinvent services to meet the expectations of consumers,” said Naji Khoury, president and CEO for Liberty Puerto Rico.

“CloudTV is playing an essential role in our ability to combine unprecedented scale and service velocity in our deployment of new functionality, such as the Social Content Navigator.”

Liberty has partnered with ActiveVideo to use ActiveVideo’s CloudTV software platform to make the Social Content Navigator available at scale on existing guide and UI platforms, regardless of device limitations. By authoring the UI in HTML5, rendering it in the cloud and streaming it to any STB, Liberty is delivering Social Content Navigator functionality to all set-tops, including those that lack browsers.

“By using cloud TV’s capabilities we’re able to deploy our next-generation UI to all our customers at once, enabling our entire base to enjoy a rich user experience without the need of set top box change,” explained Waldo Hooker, VP of new product development at Liberty Puerto Rico.

Rollout of the Social Content Navigator has begun in Liberty’s Puerto Rico system. Availability to all of Liberty’s 250,000 subscribers in Puerto Rico is anticipated by the end of 2014.

“Cloud UIs are expanding the breadth of new services – including VOD, online video and others – that pay TV providers can offer on any device,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo.

“Liberty Puerto Rico’s Social Content Navigator mosaic shows how CloudTV can increase engagement with every customer without the cost or time-to-market delays of deploying new devices.”