Bahraini telco Batelco has selected middleware from UK firm Oregan Networks to power the set-top boxes that deliver its IPTV service ‘BlackBox’, launched late last year.
Oregan middleware enables a number of advanced features beyond linear and on-demand HD content, including catch-up TV, time-shifting and PVR, and keyword-based search.
The London-based firm’s Onyx media browser has been integrated as the consumer-facing user experience component of Batelco’s end-to-end video delivery and subscriber management system.
Batelco launched its IPTV service in September in 2012, offering access to around 100 premium and free-to-air channels in the basic package for BHD 15 (US$ 40) per month.
Availability is very limited however – at present the BlackBox service is only available to residents of the Reef Island and Riffa Views luxury residential developments.
“Ordinary” Bahrainis should not worry however – there is also a more widely accessible video service available from Batelco, called ‘Batelco Play’ and available over any broadband connection in the Kingdom – more details here.