SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Envivio (Nasdaq:ENVI), a leading provider of live and on-demand multi-screen IP video processing and delivery solutions, today announced that Viaplay, the market-leading online service for TV, film and sport in the Nordics, has deployed Envivio Muse™ software-based encoding solutions to enhance its service. Viaplay is part of Modern Times Group (MTG), an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses.
Viaplay is using Envivio Muse Live software-based encoders on the 4Caster™ C4 Gen III platform to extend streaming of live channels to IP set-top-boxes (STBs), giving customers additional viewing options. This deployment represents one of the first large scale pay-TV projects in Europe to make use of linear over-the-top (OTT) delivery to STBs.
"We constantly strive to develop our service, and offering Viaplay on streaming STBs is part of our strategy to ensure that the widest possible audience is able to access our content, in the most convenient way," said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Viaplay.
Viaplay is the leading online service for TV, movies and sports content on the Nordic market and is the first provider in Scandinavia to launch a full OTT solution with a low cost hybrid set-top-box (STB) available to anyone with an Internet connection, the Viaplay Box. The streaming set-top-boxes were introduced in April as another option for customers to consume Viaplay's premium content on the big screen. The Viaplay service is delivered over the open Internet using Microsoft Smooth Streaming technology to PCs and set-top boxes. This OTT deployment allowed MTG to complement Viasat's traditional IPTV, cable and satellite services.
Commenting on the project, Julien Signès, Envivio's president and CEO, said, "Broadcasters no longer need to implement separate architectures for web and 'traditional' television distribution. By embracing OTT and a streaming set-top box approach, Viaplay has shown that it recognizes the efficiency and scalability it offers both for delivery and storage, and that IP is clearly going mainstream."
Envivio partnered with Nordic market specialist Arco Telesystem for sales and installation support services for the Viaplay deployment.
For more information on Envivio's best-in-class video compression technology for HDTV and OTT, visit http://www.envivio.com.
Envivio is a leader in solutions for multi-screen video-over-IP delivery. We design our solutions to remove the boundaries of traditional television and make the world's video content universally enjoyable by all viewers, on any device, across any network, at any time. Now in its second decade of developing market-leading video convergence solutions, Envivio has more than a dozen patents, has pioneered video-over-IP methods, and led in the deployment of emerging standards and new technologies. Envivio's customers include global tier-1 service providers, including eight of the top 10 mobile operators, seven of the top 10 broadband providers and three of the top four cable operators. Envivio is headquartered in South San Francisco, California and has offices worldwide including France, England, China, Singapore and Japan.
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Viaplay is Scandinavia's leading online service for TV, Film and Sport. Viaplay offers the latest TV series, thousands of popular movies and world class live sport events incl. English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, NHL and Formula 1. Viaplay is currently available on several internet connected devices incl. computers, smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs and Viasat set-top-boxes. Read more at www.viaplay.com.
Viaplay is part of Modern Times Group (MTG) an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. MTG's Viasat Broadcasting operates free-TV and pay-TV channels, which are available on Viasat's own satellite platforms and third party networks, and also distributes TV content over the internet. MTG is also the largest shareholder in CTC Media, which is Russia's leading independent television broadcaster.
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