Sky is planning to introduce multiscreen IPTV experiences using a cloud-based SaaS delivery model based on the Cisco Infinite Video Platform that will enable its subscribers to watch Sky TV programmes on their phones, tablets and Internet connected set-top boxes/receivers.
According to Cisco, this will be the beginning of a multi-phase technology transformation project that will enable Sky to use cloud technologies for network operations and video delivery and for the consumer side with new services like multiscreen Cloud DVR.
Also coming is the introduction of a hybrid personal video recorder service based on the Kaon hybrid DVR set-top boxes and video-on-demand over IP, extending to iOS and Android personal consumer devices.
Sky’s chief products & technology officer Julian Wheeler, said: "The New Zealand pay TV market is witnessing a lot of different players introducing multiscreen and OTT services, while a large population is still watching TV via satellite dishes. … Sky is uniquely positioned to bring these two segments together and offer a seamless experience that brings the best of the broadcast and IP world, and takes the TV experience to a whole new level.”
Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager, service provider platforms and applications, Conrad Clemson, said Cisco was building a simplified, automated, and virtualised network platform of the future based on industry-leading software, systems, silicon, and services that would enable service providers and media and web companies to reduce costs, speed time to market, help secure their networks, and sustain profitable growth.
"With the Infinite Video Platform, our vision is to make IP video match and exceed broadcast quality and reliability. Sky joins a growing global community of customers who are moving along with this vision,” he said.