Foxtel picks Elemental solution for TV Everywhere

Australia’s largest pay-TV company Foxtel has chosen video processing solutions from US firm Elemental Technologies to power its new TV Everywhere service ‘Foxtel Go’, featuring more than 50 linear channels as well as catch-up content.

The operator has chosen multiple Elemental systems to process and deliver video for the service, available on iOS devices already and due to arrive on Android later this month.

Foxtel Go offers many premium TV shows, series and sports from the operator’s satellite TV service, and is available for free to residential customers with a set-top box and login ID.

Brett Paton, head of product solutions design for Foxtel, said: “Foxtel Go is a game-changing way for people to take their entertainment with them on the go. Elemental’s performance, integration, support and rapid delivery times went a long way towards helping our continued channel expansion.”

The pay-TV operator revealed last March that it plans to launch a separate over-the-top TV service called ‘Foxtel Play’ this month, which will be offer pay-as-you-go access to over 40 channels for Australians who are yet to subscribe to its satellite packages.

Foxtel completed its merger with rival Austar in May 2012, creating a national service under the Foxtel brand that serves around 2.2mn homes.

The research team at Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News) currently predicts that while Foxtel should remain Australia’s dominant pay-TV operator in the short-to-medium term, it could eventually become somewhat vulnerable to low-cost alternatives.

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