Cablevision, a pay-TV operator in Lebanon, has announced the imminent launch of an IP-based entertainment service in major cities across the country. The company’s IPTV entertainment service will be bundled with a broadband connection, and offer 150 live TV channels as well as on-demand video content.
The service launch is planned in and around the capital Beirut before a new tier of cities is targeted for further expansion. Cablevision has been operating pay-TV services in Lebanon since 1993, offering satellite channels to subscribers nationwide through a wireless encrypted signal.
Integrated by Meatel, the IPTV platform has been deployed using the tucanoRED service delivery platform from Alpha Networks, Amino’s high-performance Aria6 hybrid HEVC client device, Broadpeak’s nanoCDN for multicast ABR streaming and Viaccess’ Connected Sentinel security suite along with the Viaccess multi-platform secured media player for content delivery to multiscreen devices.
“We are confident that Cablevision will be able to offer a brand new content delivery and viewing experience to subscribers” said Bassam Jaber, chairman and general manager, Cablevision. “The choice of a proven ecosystem helped us reduce the number of integrations and equipment, and therefore simplifies future business operations. We see IP-based delivery as the way forward for future content delivery and believe we have in place the right ecosystem with Meatel, Alpha Networks, Amino, Broadpeak and Viaccess to drive our future strategy.”
Samer Elia, Head of Entertainment, Multimedia and Communications Business Unit at Meatel commented on the system integration: “We’re very proud to have successfully managed the integration of best-of-breed technologies with our partners. We’re delighted to enable our customer, Cablevision, to cost-effectively deliver a high-quality VoD and Live services over IP to its subscribers with a very innovative, feature-rich and reliable platform.”
Pascal Birot, SVP Business Development at Alpha Networks, commented: “The pay-TV environment is more complex and users are more demanding than before. Operators want to deliver a mix of live and VOD content, coming from different content sources, across different networks, targeting multiple screens. Our open and modular back-end provides a faster time-to-market for delivering new services so that Cablevision maintains its competitive edge in the marketplace.”
Bart Vanderostyne, VP Sales at Amino said: “We are very pleased to partner with Meatel on this exciting new IPTV deployment – one of the new ‘greenfield’ opportunities in the region. Cablevision is a very well established operator and we look forward to working with them on this exciting stage in their expansion plans.”
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Cablevision through this integration with Meatel, Alpha Networks, Amino and Broadpeak” said Arnaud Alvarez, VP Worldwide Sales at Viaccess. “This announcement is a proof point of the viability of our solutions-oriented approach. The proposed suite covers all needs of Cablevision’s and paves the way for innovative services,” concluded Alvarez.