RGB partners with Pi Telecom for TV everywhere platform
Michelle Clancy
| 21 May 2014
RGB Networks has partnered with Pi Telecom, a specialist in the development of interactive IP video solutions, to offer a software-based over-the-top (OTT) solution to deliver video-on-demand (VOD) and network DVR as part of TV everywhere campaigns.

The partnership offers smaller European operators the ability to take advantage of moving applications to agile cloud environments as part of their long-term business plans. Pi Telecom's MediaStage family of products can integrate with existing services for a hybrid IPTV/OTT service, or can accommodate a full scale OTT rollout. When coupled with RGB's software-based transcoding/packaging portfolio, as part of its CloudXtream initiative, providers have a solution that can be hosted in either public or private cloud environments.

"From our conversations with providers we understand that they are looking for a cost-effective, end-to-end solution capable of delivering a full range of services to a myriad of devices, regardless of network," said Arie Aig, CEO at Pi Telecom. "MediaStage integrated with RGB's transcoding and packaging products enables rapid introduction of services. We chose RGB Networks for its broad, operational experience and the high-quality and reliability of its product portfolio."

The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of the Russia's largest mobile operators, delivering more than 200 live channels along with nDVR and VOD, available via the set-top as well as on tablets and smartphones.

"Our CloudXtream initiative is an essential development in the future of 21st century OTT TV delivery. By supporting the delivery of essential multiscreen technologies like high-performance packagers and transcoders in a virtualised setting, our solution ensures operators can maximise on the agility of the cloud," said Andy Salo, vice president of product management at RGB Networks. "By uniting with eminent developers like Pi Telecom, we are offering video service providers (VSPs) a competitive, future-proof solution that buoys the multiscreen business case and ensures operators, and the consumer-focused services they deliver, stay at the forefront of an increasingly competitive market."