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New hardware isn’t necessary, says Com Hem

Asanga Gunatillaka at the CDN World Summit

Asanga Gunatillaka at the CDN World Summit

At the CDN World Summit this morning, Com Hem’s Asanga Gunatillaka was extolling the benefits of hybrid cloud approaches, in the course of an exposition of the Swedish operator’s own successful partnership with TiVo.

“We do have a hardware platform,” he explained, during a keynote entitled ‘Experience of Hybrid TV in the Cloud and CPE in the Home.’ “We allow customers to record stuff, but it is cloud enabled, and in that respect, and the fact that you have apps in this product, it’s as future proofed as we can make it. The answer isn’t always new hardware, the answer is working with the hardware you have and intelligently combining elements with the cloud.”

Gunatillaka argued that advanced TV 2.0 services were going to be increasingly significant tools enabling operator’s “to remain engaged” with their pay-TV provider. “I think our Netflix integration in particular has been significant because I think it’s proved to customers that we can be this one stop shop super aggregator,” he concluded.

At the CDN World Summit 

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