NOS and Espial Transform Viewing Experience in Portugal
Espial Leads Project to Launch First 4K RDK Hybrid IP Video Service in Europe
OTTAWA, Ontario — June 7, 2016 — Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced the commercial deployment of a next generation hybrid IP Video service by NOS, Portugal’s primary cable operator with over 1.5 million video households, powered by the Espial G4 STB Client and with systems integration provided by the Espial EliteTM professional services team. NOS’ ground-breaking new video service launched in record time to achieve Europe’s first deployment of the RDK 2.1 environment and featuring market leading capabilities including 4K resolution, advanced voice control, and personalization.
The ambitious project brings decisive competitive advantages to NOS, who is facing not only conventional competitors, but also a rapidly growing threat from OTT service providers. Implemented on a timeline measured in months rather than years, Espial and NOS created a wholly new personalized 4K video service that seamlessly integrates live, on-demand, OTT, catch-up, and cloud DVR content with a fast, intuitive and immersive user experience. Among the world’s foremost experts in deploying IP Video solutions, the Espial Elite team completed the client integration in record time: the solution includes the 4K Hybrid IP ARRIS ZD4500 set-top; a state-of-the-art Broadcom BCM7251S chipset; NAGRA anyCAST CONNECT content protection; and, Nuance Dragon TV Voice Recognition, along with the NOS back-office. The resulting solution represents Europe’s most advanced video service offering and incorporates popular video apps, as well as NOS-custom weather and sports applications. Espial helped deliver a range of market firsts for Portugal and Europe with 4K video support, best in class UX, voice control, nDVR, and a 1080p user interface all on top of the RDK stack. Leveraging key Web technologies such as HTML5 and the RDK, the new viewing experience provides a flexible and agile solution to ensure NOS a rapid pace of innovation now and in the future.
“We saw our true competition was emerging from the Internet and recognized we needed to work with an industry leading partner to redefine the user experience for Portuguese consumers,” said Pedro Bandeira, Head of Development, NOS. “After a rigorous selection process, we chose Espial who has been an exceptional integration partner and technology partner. The Espial G4 STB Client, based on RDK, is the foundation of our new, game-changing service.”
“NOS defined an ambitious plan with an end-goal measured in months, not years,” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO, Espial. “Working together, we have achieved a new pace of innovation that positions NOS to succeed both today and going forward.”
“We congratulate the exceptional work of NOS and Espial,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. “NOS’ deployment of the RDK software framework allows everyone to focus more of their efforts on developing the kinds of compelling consumer-facing applications and user experience showcased by this deployment.”
More information about Espial solutions and services is available at www.espial.com.
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About Espial (espial.com)
With Espial, video service providers create responsive and engaging subscriber viewing experiences incorporating intuitive content discovery and instinctive navigation. Service providers achieve ‘Web-speed’ innovation with Espial’s flexible, open software leveraging RDK and HTML5 technologies. This provides competitive advantage through an immersive and personalized user experience, seamlessly blending advanced TV services with OTT content. With customers spanning six continents, Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, has R&D centers in Silicon Valley, Montreal, and the UK, and sales/support offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
About NOS (nos.pt)
NOS is the biggest communications and entertainment group in Portugal. It offers latest generation fixed and mobile phone, television, Internet, voice and data solutions for all market segments. It is leader in Pay TV, new generation broad band services and in cinema exhibition and distribution in Portugal. In the business segment, it has positioned itself as a sustainable alternative in the Corporate and Mass Business segments, offering a broad portfolio of products and services with tailor made solutions for every sector and businesses of different sizes, complementing its offer with ICT and Cloud services. NOS is part of the main Portuguese stock exchange index (PSI-20), with a capitalisation in excess of 3.8 thousand million Euros, and has more than 4 million mobile phone, 1.5 million television, 1.5 million fixed telephone and 1,1 million fixed broad band Internet customers.