Bahrain’s Batelco selects IPTV middleware from Oregan Networks

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.

BlackBox screenshots

BlackBox screenshots

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.

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