This week IP&TV News caught up with Raphaël Porte, ahead of his appearance at this year’s AfricaCast…
IP&TV News: Hi Raphaël. Could you explain something about the two strands of TeVolution’s services?
Raphaël Porte: The first centres on our Turn Key Solution. TeVolution is proposing a full integrated solution for operators, retailers and editors. Our Turn Key Solution is made of 6 different bricks: Content (linear and non-linear), Content treatment (encoding …), Online distribution (CDN interco, origin server), Subscriber Management System (billing, CRM), User Interface (STB integration) and Content animation (TV portals…).
The other is our multidevice platform: our Service Delivery Platform (SDP) allows any content providers to stream content on any device. This next gen platform is operated on a TV-as-a-service basis, allowing small operators to launch multi-device operations for their clients.
Is TV in the cloud a game changer for African broadcasting and why?
TV in the cloud is clearly a game changer. This new concept allows small operators to launch OTT services using any available network (DSL, Fiber, Wimax, cable…), any device (mobile, tablet, STB, connected TV…) and any content (linear and non-linear).
And could you tell us about TeVolution’s involvement in the African ecosystem?
We first launched operations with Numericable, then with Leclerc. Those two successful launches used a DTT/OTT approach. The analog switch off in Africa comes at a time where OTT can be more readily implemented. TeVolution is able to provide a working solution that combines all content distribution channels.
One of the main advantages of our solution is the time to market. We have delivered full pay-TV operations in less than 4 months, including content ingest and delivery, user interface, and subscriber management.
What added significance could OTT have to the African consumer that it hasn’t got in other territories?
xDSL and cable broadband have been dominant all over Europe and North America. These technologies have raised IPTV and multicast as the standard over the ten last years while OTT technologies were developing. Africa is the first continent where OTT will become the main distribution standard for On Demand content and thematic channels.
What do you think the major hot topics will be at this year’s AfricaCast?
The major hot topic is clearly the OTT/DTT approach, combining the advantages of broadcast TV (quality, distribution) and on demand content. OTT provides a wonderful reason to switch off analog distribution and go DVB-T2.
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