SeaChange Powers TTNET IPTV for Multi-Screen Video Service in Turkey
SeaChange’s Digital Video Delivery Systems and Professional Services Play Integral Role in Design and Deployment of TTNET’s Tivibu Ev Service
ACTON, Mass. - SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC), the leading global multi-screen video company, today announced details of its role in TTNET’s nationwide IPTV service, Tivibu Ev (Tivibu Home), part of its multi-screen video service that is currently available in 30 cities across Turkey. As the systems integrator and a primary technology provider for Tivibu Ev, SeaChange assembled a multinational team of engineers, project managers and technology partners to build one of the world’s newest and most advanced television services.
Tivibu Ev consists of more than 100 linear multicast channels of standard- and high-definition television; 3,100-plus hours of standard- and high-definition video-on-demand (VOD) content; start-over TV functionality; and up to 90 minutes of pause time for live TV. Commercially launched on Feb. 23, 2011, Tivibu Ev is marketed and sold by TTNET, a Turk Telekom company and operator of television, broadband and mobile communication services throughout Turkey.
“Our new era TV platform Tivibu will change TV-watching habits, finally offering the experience of international standard TV,” said Tahsin Yılmaz, General Manager of TTNET. “SeaChange has proven to have been the right choice of systems integrator for TTNET thanks to its unique ability to leverage the proper combination of technology and services that helped bring our vision to a commercial reality.”
SeaChange’s professional services group has played an integral role in Tivibu Ev since the inception of the service, having developed the operational processes and procedure designs to support the rollout along with any future releases and features. The group also trained Turk Telekom staff on system operations and is currently providing remote managed services, which consists of daily, weekly and quarterly proactive checks that identify, isolate and rectify potential system issues before they could affect customers.
Among the critical projects to take place while building TTNET’s IPTV platform was the integration of SeaChange’s TV Navigator set-top box client middleware with back office software from Argela, the combination that forms the functionality and user interface for the Tivibu Ev experience. Other key technologies comprising Tivibu Ev include Envivio encoders, Verimatrix digital rights management and encryption, Motorola, Airties and Vestel set-top boxes. A combination of SeaChange MDS and FMS disk- and flash-based storage servers provide on-demand streaming for the Tivibu EV VOD service.
“SeaChange is extremely proud of our role in helping TTNET build and launch its Tivibu Ev television service, particularly given the scale of the project,” said Yvette Kanouff, President, SeaChange. “The successful rollout of Tivibu Ev is a powerful testament to the relationship that SeaChange has with TTNET along with each of the technology partners. This collaboration and shared desire for success is the reason Turkish consumers are enjoying one of the most technologically advanced television services available in the world today.”
Built using SeaChange’s TV Navigator set-top box client middleware, the Tivibu Ev user experience realizes the true potential of IPTV, offering a customizable interface along with an attractive and intuitive electronic program guide (EPG). Consumers also have access to a host of enhanced TV applications such as on-screen polling and shopping as well as popular Web services including Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.
SeaChange earlier announced that its On Demand Group subsidiary is TTNET’s international video-on-demand content management partner. On Demand Group is assisting the operator in developing a compelling lineup of blockbuster and classic movies, favorite TV series and kids programming, and the latest music videos for its IPTV and Internet video platforms.
Founded in 2006, TTNET was established with the ambition to connect the world to Turkey through the Internet. Today, TTNET is a leading company in both the communications and entertainment industries due to its wide range of corporate and individual services, which continue to offer customers current and future communication technologies. Incorporating the three basic components of communication technologies – voice, Internet, and TV - TTNET meets the complete range of communication requirements across Turkey with exclusive corporate, public, and individual solutions for education, entertainment, communication, and security industries. In particular, TTNET’s product line-up includes ADSL/VDSL2 high speed Internet access, WiFi wireless Internet access, TTNET WiFi overseas access services through iPass collaboration, as well as G.SHDSL, Metro Ethernet, ATM and Frame Relay Internet access services. More than this, customers count on TTNET for their television entertainment through Tivibu Web which makes cinema and TV available on the web and Tivibu Ev which provides IPTV services on TVs at home. TTNET also partners with Avea to offer customers an entire range of mobile communication services including GSM and 3G under TTNET Mobil brand. TTNET’s value added services extend beyond Internet access services to include TTNET Müzik, a popular service that provides free access to millions of music tracks, and TTNET Oyun, an online gaming platform. Our focus on smart support tools has broken new grounds in the education industry; TTNET has successfully created TTNET Vitamin İlköğretim for elementary education and TTNET Vitamin Lise for high schools. A host of products and services for secure Internet connections are offered to customers within the scope of TTNET Güvenlik. TTNET also offers TTNET İşyerim packages to roll out numerous products and services exclusively designed for corporations. Providing customers with Internet, TV, fixed line and mobile voice services bundled up in a single bill, TTNET has yet again proven itself to be a vital innovator in Turkey, as the acknowledged first communication and entertainment company to initiate the “quadruple play” era. Identifying new ways to connect Turkey and the world, TTNET will continue lead Turkey into the future. www.ttnet.com.tr
About SeaChange International
SeaChange International (NASDAQ: SEAC) is the global leader in multi-screen video and one of the largest software companies worldwide. The Company provides innovative, Emmy award-winning solutions and services for back office, advertising, content, in-home devices and broadcast to hundreds of media companies, including blue chip companies such as Comcast, Virgin Media, AT&T, Hutchison Whampoa, Vodacom and DISH Network. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange has product development, support and sales offices around the world. Visit www.schange.com.
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