German cable operator Tele Columbus has selected multimedia solutions from Canadian video infrastructure provider Espial for its new video service and interactive TV platform expected to launch at the end of 2015.

Tele Columbus will implement an advanced video infrastructure including an RDK-based set-top-box, advanced back-office systems and CDNs to provide its customers with interactive video services such as time-shifted television, multiscreen, HbbTV and OTT offerings.

The Espial G4 STB client will blend advanced TV functionality including linear and on-demand content with OTT video into a single, consistent viewer experience. Espial will also act as the master systems integrator for Tele Columbus’ next generation IP video platform.

Tele Columbus has also chosen the Espial media services platform, a cloud-based video service delivery system enabling operators to provide, manage and deliver next generation pay-TV services including live TV, on-demand TV, time-shifted television, interactive and multiscreen TV applications. The open multi-network platform makes IPTV, OTT and hybrid TV services available on any connected device, at home or on the go.

“In collaboration with Espial, we are creating a market-leading IP video service which will surprise and delight our expanding base of subscribers and push Tele Columbus towards the top of the market,” said Ronny Verhelst, CEO of Tele Columbus.