Philippe Le May, CTO of French cableco Numericable, on the company’s new ‘LaBox’ service, the challenge of bringing OTT content into Numericable’s walled garden, and the transformation of broadcast TV experiences into connected experiences.
Can you tell us more about Numericable’s new LaBox service?
Numericable launched ‘LaBox’ ten months ago – in January 2012. It’s a new connected customer premises equipment (CPE) device, an all-in-one unit which includes a 160/500 GB removal PVR and a removal Blu-ray player.
How big a challenge has it been to bring OTT content into Numericable’s walled garden?
This new-generation box is based on a full HTML5 user interface, designed for bringing innovative services in to the Numericable platform. The challenge consists here in using open APIs to deliver an all-in-one experience to the end-user.
What are some of the most exciting new IP-delivered features and services you have seen?
The most exciting new services Numericable has focused on this year were multimedia home networking, social TV and multiscreen services. Those services are demonstrating the value of the operator-deployed triple-play fibre deep access lines.
What prospects do you see for delivering Numericable services to customer-bought devices such as Smart TVs?
Numericable LaBox is able to bring “smart” services to any existing HDMI HD TV screen at home, transforming the broadcast TV experience in a connected experience.