Huawei Envisions shift to IP video, as Telekom Austria, DNA sign new deals

Huawei has expanded its video portfolio, while Finland’s DNA and Telekom Austria have announced new deals to distribute their TV offerings, as the IBC event draws to a close.

Huawei has unveiled a new cloud-based platform, Envision, that allows cablecos to offer IPTV services including multiscreen, time shifting and personalised video, as well as emerging technology such as 8K UHD video and virtual reality.

The hybrid platform has been designed to ensure traditional cable TV services can run alongside those of IPTV, the China-based vendor said.

It includes the 3READY Rapid-Launch Multiscreen Solution from 3 Screen Solutions, which allows users to discover and watch content on any screen.

IBC also saw Telekom Austria announce the successful migration of its white label satellite TV platform direct2home to the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) standards.

The new standards offer improved transmission efficiency and boost broadcast quality, allowing more HD content to be broadcast, the operator said.

Telekom Austria has rolled out direct2home set top boxes featuring the capability to customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, marking the first time they are available in Europe.

[Read more: Telekom Austria wins Turner as customer for its wholesale pay-TV platform]

Stanislav Georgiev, Head of Media Broadcasting at Telekom Austria, said: “We announced the launch of our white-label direct2home platform exactly four years ago during IBC.

“Being the new-comer in the industry has had its own advantages. It has allowed us to adopt agile business models and partner with the most innovative and advanced technology vendors.”

The operator also signed a deal with Hong Kong-based APT Satellite to use its APSTAR-7 satellite to distribute 13 channels to Asia.

Meanwhile, Finland’s DNA signed up IP video specialist Amino to provide end-to-end delivery for TV channels, video on demand and other applications.

The DNA-hubi platform, based on Android TV and offering 4K video, launched in May this year.

It will use the Amino MOVE cloud TV platform to deliver content.

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